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Juggling Enhances Connections In The Brain

9 years ago from Science Daily

Learning to juggle leads to changes in the white matter of the brain, a new study has shown. ‘We tend to think of the brain as being static, or even...

Microsoft says it can restore wiped Sidekick data

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- There may be a happy ending after all for owners of Sidekick phones who thought they might have permanently lost contact numbers and other personal information they...

Children Can Greatly Reduce Abdominal Pain By Using Their Imagination

9 years ago from Science Daily

Children with functional abdominal pain who used audio recordings of guided imagery at home in addition to standard medical treatment were almost three times as likely to improve their pain...

For economic success, channel your inner bonobo

9 years ago from Physorg

Psychology Professor Marc Hauser dispels misconceptions about human and ape behavior with regard to patience, impulsiveness, and economic interactions in Harvard Museum of Natural History talk.

The state of South African science

9 years ago from SciDev

Post-apartheid South African science faces many challenges but boosts in science spending mean the country is making strides.

Stranger homicide by people with schizophrenia is rare - and unpredictable

9 years ago from

International study led by Sydney researchers shows homicides of strangers by people with schizophrenia are exceptionally rare and unpredictable events...

How To Weight With A Balance

9 years ago from

Ah, the pleasure of study! I had forgotten the immense intellectual pleasure one may derive by reading a stimulating, informative book. And if half a lifetime has passed from the...

Where Religious Belief And Disbelief Meet

9 years ago from Science Daily

While the human brain responds very differently to religious and nonreligious propositions, the process of believing or disbelieving a statement, whether religious or not, seems to be governed by the...

Intercourse vs. Orgasm

9 years ago from Science Blog

Not long ago, a Canadian research team discovered something surprising: In the recipe for great sex, orgasm is optional. Said the head researcher, "There is plenty of evidence that most...

Scans show learning 'sculpts' the brain's connections

9 years ago from

Spontaneous brain activity formerly thought to be 'white noise' measurably changes after a person learns a new task, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the...

Licensed to Sell Marijuana, but Still in Shadow

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Fears of arrest and robbery hamper an experiment to provide safe, aboveboard access to medicinal marijuana.

Exercise gear that's on the cheap

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

Three trainers detail how to work up a sweat with soup cans, water bottles, foam rolls. ...

Sprouted-grain breads: The facts

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

Most of the health advantages touted by its proponents are valid only when compared against white breads; whole-grain breads are comparable. After that, it's pretty much a matter of taste. Sprouted-grain bread offerings...

Rethink your health insurance options to trim costs

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

It's open enrollment season at many businesses, and you might want to reconsider your previous year's choices. In Southern California, it's sometimes hard to tell that the seasons have changed, but here's a...

Autism parents see little help in report

9 years ago from CBC: Health

Parents of children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders say Quebec's ombudsman has correctly identified the huge gaps in services for their pre-school-aged children, but they doubt her recommendations...

Overweight teens get too much screen time: report

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The time spent in front of a TV or computer screen appears to be the main difference between Canadian teenagers who are overweight and their non-overweight peers, according to a...

Study: Managers' Hiring Practices Vary by Race, Ethnicity

9 years ago from Physorg

( -- White, Asian and Hispanic managers tend to hire more whites and fewer blacks than black managers do, according to a study published this month in the Journal of...

Not Just Organs - Pacemaker Donations Save Lives Too, Says Study

9 years ago from

Everyone knows about being an organ donor - you may even have a little sticker saying it's okay for doctors to remove parts from you in order to save someone...

MSU research: Small classes have long-term benefit for all students

9 years ago from Science Blog

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Providing small classes for at least several consecutive grades starting in early elementary school gives students the best chance to succeed in later grades,...

Youth push for louder conversation about suicide

9 years ago from AP Health

CHICAGO (AP) -- The topic of suicide makes many people squirm. It's something we've been told we're not supposed to talk about. If you speak it,...

For Families of Mentally Ill, Mixed Feelings Over Push Away From Adult Homes

9 years ago from NY Times Health

While relatives were happy that a court ruling may force New York to find less-restrictive homes for thousands of mentally ill residents, many feared that life on the outside might...

Scientists are studying duct tape in crime

9 years ago from UPI

DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A forensics expert at the University of California at Davis says he and colleagues are studying better ways to tie duct tape used...

School's Stresses Can Trigger Mood Disorders

9 years ago from Physorg

( -- With the school year kicking into full gear, mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression can start to manifest themselves -- and parents need to be on...

U-M discovery about biological clocks overturns long-held theory

9 years ago from Science Blog

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---University of Michigan mathematicians and their British colleagues say they have identified the signal that the brain sends to the rest of the body to control biological rhythms,...

NASA's Moon-Mars Chief Blasts 'False Claims'

9 years ago from

The director of NASA's embattled moon-Mars program says President Barack Obama's human spaceflight commission is making false claims about the advantages of alternatives.

Plans cemented for African health innovation

9 years ago from SciDev

A second meeting of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnosis Innovation has cemented its plans for African health innovation.

Study pinpoints key mechanism in brain development, raising question about use of antiseizure drug

9 years ago from Physorg

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a key molecular player in guiding the formation of synapses - the all-important connections between nerve cells -...

Long-term effects of undernutrition must not be ignored

9 years ago from SciDev

Understanding the long-term consequences of undernutrition in early life is essential for health policy, says Cesar G. Victora.