It may not be very good news during the festive season for those who are very conscious and particular about their looks, and especially about their size, as a new study suggests that we are all fatter than we think we are. The study further suggests, that women are most likely to underestimate their size, with an average woman believing herself to be 5lb lighter than she actually is. Also, women in their 30's are apparently the most optimistic with them being most convinced they weigh half stone lesser than they really do.
Chocolates being the best gift for only women may soon be the thing of past, as scientists discover that the sweet bar of sins has significant health benefits for men folks well. So you may soon see pumped up men with chocolate bars, for all good reasons. A new study by researchers from University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health suggests that men who consume dark chocolate reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Dark chocolate apparently has anti-clotting effects which gets activate within two hours of consumption in both sexes, but the effect is more pronounced in men.
There have been studies earlier linking premature birth to increased risk of lower IQ and impaired cognitive and motor skills in babies. However, a new study has found that programs for helping such infants and their families after they leave the hospital apparently increases IQ in the period up to school age, and provides lasting improvements in cognitive skills. For the study, researchers conducted a review of 21 studies of early developmental intervention programs for babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy.
Social networking sites have gained immense popularity in the last decade and their usage is only increasing by the day. From the elderly to children as young as 8-year-olds, almost everyone has an account on one or the other networking site. Even though these networking sites are popular with almost all age groups, perhaps the age group most hung up on the virtual bonding sites are teenagers. With the introduction of networking sites, the whole meaning and idea of friendship and "keeping in touch" has changed. While there were times when friends used to write each other letters, decades after finishing school and people used to call each other over telephones, these days it is just way too easy to stay in touch with your friends.
A new study links overfeeding to increased blood pressure stating that it causes increased sympathetic nerve activity (SNA), leading to increased blood pressure. The study conducted by researchers at Lehman College, suggests that increased SNA (part of the fight or flight reflex) can lead to the development of high blood pressure. Even though for many years it has been known that obesity and weight gain are major contributors of high blood pressure, scientists had not been able to determine how exactly happens.
A new study suggests that children, whose parents struggle with addiction, unemployment, divorce etc, are 10 times more likely to be victims of childhood physical abuse than others. The study which was conducted by researchers from the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has found that more than one-third of adults whose families were affected by all three factors reported being physically abused by someone close to them while under the age of 18. The study revealed that only 3.4 per cent of those whose families were not affected with any of these issues reported being physically abused while growing up. However, it was found that each additional factor contributed to the risk of childhood physical abuse dramatically.
While a lot of women don't feel a thing or experience any symptom around mentrual cycles, for some others, the pre-menstrual symptoms can be really bad and even hamper their day-to-day life with depressive mood, anxiety, excessive emotional sensitivity, fatigue, lack of concentration, headache, etc. However, according to Leire Aperribai, PhD holder in Psychology from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, a defined criteria and diagnosis of this problem is yet to be studied and agreed on and hence "it is difficult to develop suitable interventions to treat women suffering from these symptoms," Medical Xpress reports.
A new study published by a Colorado State University researcher suggests that people armed with a gun perceive others also as being armed. For the study, 217 students were asked to react to images on a computer screen. The participants were asked to determine if the person they could see on the screen was holding a gun or a neutral object like a wallet or a shoe. The most important manipulation in this study was that some of the participants were also holding a gun - in this case, a Wii gun, Medical Xpress reported.
In a rather disturbing report, it was revealed that more than half a million adults in California seriously considered committing suicide last year. The revelations came through a study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The study used data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).
A new study suggests that placing juvenile offenders in jobs without making them attend school may make them more antisocial. Many high school students take up jobs apart from in addition to going to school, and there are arguments from some that taking up a job is good for at-risk youths. However, according to the new study by researchers from University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and the University of California, ensuring education rather than employing the at-risk youths is more important for them to be shaped as good citizens.
A new study suggests that low-income teenagers who have supportive role models and engage in adaptive strategies have lower levels of a marker for cardiovascular risk when compared to low-income teens who do not have such resources. The background of the study established that low-income teens are more prone to chronic diseases, basically because of their pessimistic view of life and future.The study was conducted by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of British Columbia.
According to a new report from the Department of Public Health, there is a decrease in the number of students smokers in California, but apparently, there is also rise in the number of students increasingly getting dependent on the usage of smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco refers to a number of tobacco products that are used by means other than smoking, including chewing, sniffing, applying on the skin etc.
A new study suggests that toddlers with better language skills are more capable of managing their anger when compared to others. According to the research, children who can speak words can manage their frustration better and are less likely to express anger by the time they're in preschool. The study has been conducted by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and appears in the journal Child Development.
Rubbishing the current methods of calculating a person's Intelligence Quotient or IQ, researchers from Western University, after conducting the largest online intelligence study on record, conclude that the notion of measuring one's IQ by a singular, standardized test is highly misleading. The study had included 100,000 participants and their test was open to anyone in the world.
Having a sibling is a true blessing in terms of time one spends with a brother or a sister during childhood. Even when parents may be busy or may not understand your little problems, your sibling is most likely to help you get out of your problems. However, siblings also tend to have their small little squabbles over things like unwanted borrowing of a clothing item, or arguments over fairness, such as whose turn it is to play a new video game etc. Although adults mostly do not think of these squabbles as anything to be concerned about, a new study suggests that these arguments between children represent two specific types of sibling conflict that can have different effects on a youth's emotional health. The study by a psychologist from University of Missouri psychologist suggests that the findings of this research may help parents better understand how to bring peace among children and at home, and how to encourage a healthy psychological development in children.