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Training Seems to Close Gender Gap in Spatial Ability
A gender gap in the ability of boys and girls to do spatial reasoning -- a divide that appears to favor boys -- can be eliminated through a specialized education program, new Israeli research suggests. The scientists focused on 100 first-graders, about half of whom were enrolled in an eight-week training program designed to show the children how to think about spatial information from a holistic point of view rather than one based on particular details, an ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Culture May Help Raise Breast Cancer Death Rate for American Indians
A new study finds that the high death rates from breast cancer in American Indian and Alaskan native women are linked to cultural beliefs, not barriers such as poor access to health care. The findings are significant, because breast cancer ranks second on the list of cancer-related deaths in American Indian and Alaskan native women, and these women also have the lowest five-year survival rate when compared with other ethnic groups. University of California ...
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With Healthy Foods, Taste Matters, Researchers Say
Taste exerts the biggest influence on people s food choices and many believe that healthy foods don t taste good, researchers report. That means more needs to be done to make healthy foods appealing, the study authors said. In the study, participants were presented with a variety of yogurts, each with different levels of sugar and fat. Even when given information about the ingredients, the participants were not more likely to select a healthier yogurt. Unh ...
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Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
New research suggests that mind-body treatment can boost the odds that infertile women will become pregnant by in vitro fertilization -- at least after more than one cycle. Dr. Alice Domar, who specializes in mind-body therapy in Boston, assigned one group of women undergoing in vitro fertilization IVF to take part in 10 sessions of a mind-body program another group undergoing IVF did not take part. There was no difference in pregnancy rates between the tw ...
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Divorce Isn't Eco-Friendly
Love not only makes the world go round, it may make it greener, too. Rising divorce rates mean that fewer people are living in each household, causing them to take up more space and consume more energy and water, a new study suggests. People talk about divorce hurting the children. Divorce also has an impact on the environment, said Jianguo Jack Liu, senior author of the study and the Rachel Carson chair in sustainability at Michigan State University. Nobo ...
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Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest
Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains. And nearly one in every five Americans uses herbal supplements like ginseng, Echinacea, ginkgo biloba and St. John s Wort. Those are just some of the findings of a new federal government report on complementary and alternative medicine trends in the United States. The report, derived from national heal ...
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Herbal Supplements Largely Untested in Kids
As the primary users of herbal remedies, more women are giving botanical medicines to their children for various ailments. But science has come up short on evidence that these popular herbal remedies actually work for kids. Recognizing the need for more solid information, researchers at the University of Illinois decided to sift through 40 years of medical literature to determine what clinical proof exists for using alternative remedies such as chamomile, ...
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A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer macroscopic infarcts -- small areas of dead tissue resulting from blockage of blood flow. This kind of brain tissue damage is believed to boost the risk for developing dementia, movement problems, disability and or dea ...
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Yoga Gaining in Popularity Among Americans
Yoga is increasingly popular among U.S. adults and children, two new government surveys reveal. One survey found a little less than 6 percent of adult Americans said they had tried yoga, tai chi or qi gong back in 2002, but that figure jumped to slightly more than 10 percent in 2012, fueled mostly by yoga. And a second survey that focused on children found a similar trend Yoga had been tried by about 1.7 million children in 2012, representing an increase o ...
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Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say
People with low back pain should try drug-free remedies -- from simple heat wraps to physical therapy -- before resorting to medication, according to new treatment guidelines. Low back pain is among the most common reasons that Americans visit the doctor, according to the American College of Physicians ACP , which released the new guidelines on Monday. The recommendations put more emphasis on nondrug therapies than previous ones have. They stress that powe ...
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Massage Eases Pain, Anxiety After Surgery
A 20-minute evening back massage can help relieve the pain and anxiety that often follows major surgery, new research shows. In patients getting massage, the acute response was equivalent to a [dose] of morphine, which was pretty remarkable, said study senior author Dr. Daniel B. Hinshaw, professor of surgery and a member of the palliative care team at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan. According to Hinshaw, the idea for the study originated y ...
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Massage May Improve Blood Flow While Easing Muscle Soreness: Study
Massage therapy can help ease sore muscles and improve blood flow for people who are active as well as for those who do not exercise, a small study finds. Those effects can last for more than 72 hours, researchers found. People with poor circulation or limited ability to move are among those who could benefit most from massage therapy, they noted. Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognized but base ...
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