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Can't Get Comfortable In Your Chair? Here's What You Can Do

16 hours 26 min ago

Chair design shifted dramatically about a hundred years ago, and it hasn't been good for our backs. Our daily lives are filled with chairs that make our posture worse. Luckily, we've got hacks.

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Teens Sleeping Too Much, Or Not Enough? Parents Can Help

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 7:00am

Though teenagers need about nine hours of rest a night, most get only seven and are suffering. A new survey suggests their parents are struggling, too. Here's how to improve the quality of teen sleep.

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Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 7:02am

Uncertainty over federal standards for these cost-saving programs could trigger different perks for employees, and change what they must do to qualify.

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Remembrance For Walter Mischel, Psychologist Who Devised The Marshmallow Test

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:31am

Walter Mischel had an idea that became a pop culture touchstone. He wanted to see if preschoolers seated in front of a marshmallow could delay their gratification. What did the experiment really mean?

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Parents Are Leery Of Schools Requiring 'Mental Health' Disclosures By Students

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 4:48am

Florida school districts now have to ask if a new student has ever been referred for mental health services. It's a legislative attempt to help troubled kids. Will it work, or increase stigma instead?

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Puerto Rico's Tap Water Often Goes Untested, Raising Fears About Lead Contamination

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 4:09pm

People in Puerto Rico don't trust the water supply, and with good reason. Local systems aren't adequately tested for contaminants, including lead.

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Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:00pm

A Japanese research team made immature human eggs from stem cells that were derived from human blood. The technique brings scientists a step closer to being able to mass-produce human eggs.

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In Lab Turned Casino, Gambling Monkeys Help Scientists Find Risk-Taking Brain Area

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:01am

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have identified a brain region in monkeys that influences their desire to take big risks. When this area is inactivated, the monkeys tend to hedge their bets.

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Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:00am

The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It's one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.

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Myth And Reality About Hurricane Risks For Expectant Mothers

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:36pm

Research suggests that floods and other environmental disasters can raise the risk for spontaneous miscarriages, preterm births and low-birth-weight infants. Doctors say it pays to be prepared.

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Do IVF And Other Infertility Tech Lead To Health Risks For The Baby? Maybe

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:25pm

A small study of teens who were conceived via assisted reproductive technology finds a significant number already have hypertension and premature "age-related changes" in their blood vessels.

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County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 5:00am

Getting mental health treatment to inmates who need it requires money and unprecedented collaboration between state and county departments of criminal justice and social services. Is it working?

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Doctors Today May Be Miserable, But Are They 'Burnt Out'?

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:06pm

There's a lively debate going on in the medical community about physician burnout. Who has it? How bad is it? Is it even real?

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This Rapper Tried To Use Neuroscience To Get Over Her Ex

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 5:00am

Dessa is a singer and writer from Minneapolis who spent years trying to fall out of love and get over her ex. Nothing seemed to help — until she visited a research lab for a brain scan.

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Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:20pm

The largest study of its kind shows a high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences — or ACEs — across the population, but especially among some vulnerable groups.

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Ticket To Ride: Pot Sellers Put Seniors On The Canna-Bus

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 4:45am

Marijuana dispensaries are reaching out to seniors seeking help with the aches and pains of aging. They're discovering an array of products and some interesting side effects.

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As Injuries Continue, Doctors Renew Call For Ban On Infant Walkers

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:01am

Despite improved safety standards over the years, more than 230,000 children under 15 months old were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to infant walkers from 1990 through 2014.

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Study: A Daily Baby Aspirin Has No Benefit For Healthy Older People

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:00am

Results from a large international study show that risks from taking daily low-dose aspirin outweigh the potential benefits for older people in generally good health.

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To Manage Dementia Well, Start With The Caregivers

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 12:38pm

A new approach to helping Alzheimer's and dementia patients starts with training caregivers, teaching them to respond to their loved ones' needs with insight and creativity.

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Update: A Young Man's Experiment With A 'Living Drug' For Leukemia

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 5:14am

After trying one treatment after another for his leukemia, 20-year old Aaron Reid enrolled in a study to test an experimental therapy using modified cells from his own body.

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