December 18, 2010

Single, Divorced More Fit

1 Married People Tend to Be Less Physically Fit

Those who stay single or get divorced may be more physically fit than married people, reports MSNBC. Researchers suggest that marriage can be bad for our cardiovascular health. The long-term study involved almost 8,900 men and women, and cardiovascular fitness was measured by treadmill tests. According to researchers, people who got married during the study experienced a dip in cardiovascular fitness. However, cardiovascular fitness increased with divorce. Researchers speculate that the marriage and fitness link is explained by people letting themselves go a bit once they're hitched. Findings are available in American Journal of Epidemiology.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Journal of Epidemiology, Married People, Fitness of Marriage, Disadvantages of Marriage, Married People Way More, Married People Exercise Less, Cardiovascular Fitness, Treadmill Test

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Having Bar Nearby Isn't Good

2 Easy Liquor Means More Violence

The density of liquor stores or pubs in a neighborhood is linked with rates of domestic violence, say researchers who monitored changes in alcohol availability and cases of domestic violence in Australia. The study revealed that adding just one liquor store per 1,000 residents in a neighborhood was associated with an almost 30 percent increase in local domestic violence. Researchers found that rates of police-reported domestic violence were 6 percent higher per 1,000 residents for each additional pub or hotel allowing the sale of alcohol for consumption on location or off-site. For bars and nightclubs, which offer alcohol for consumption on location only, the increase in domestic violence was 2 percent. Findings are published in the journal Addiction.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: journal Addiction, Liquor Store, Location of Liquor Stores, Liquor Affect on Domestic Violence, Alcohol and Domestic Violence

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The Power of Mom

3 Mom's Voice Activates Learning in Baby's Brain

The portion of a newborn baby's brain responsible for language learning is activated by the sound of the mother's voice. Researchers say that science has proven for the first time that a mother's voice is very special to a baby. While a woman's voice will activate voice recognition parts of a newborn's brain, the mother's voice has a deeper effect, activating parts of the brain responsible for learning language. For the study, researchers applied electrodes to the heads of 16 sleeping babies as mothers and female nurses pronounced the short "A" vowel sound. The findings are more remarkable when considering that the female nurse, who is also a mother, had met and spoken with the mother before the baby was born, and the two women had similar voices.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lower Your Voice

Tags: Voice Recognition, Babies Know Mother's Voice, Newborns Recognize Mother, Newborn Language Learning, University of Montreal's Department of Psychology

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Searching for a Cause

4 Autism Risk Raised by Living Near Highway

"I wonder if the kids living near the freeways who were diagnosed with autism had poor diets and if a healthy diet would have helped prevent it?"
- Anthony in the comments

Kids residing close to highways at birth may have double the risk of autism compared to those who live farther way, reports Time. According to the research, kids who lived within 1,000 feet of a freeway at birth had twice the risk of autism as kids who didn't live as close to the freeway. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, included 304 kids with autism and 259 normally developing kids in the metro areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. Despite the elevated autism risk experienced when living near a freeway, researchers found that kids who lived near a heavily trafficked street didn't experience a greater autism risk. The study authors didn't conclude that air pollution or traffic exposure causes autism, but those may be factors.

More at Time | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Autism Risk, Dangers of Living Close to Freeway, Disadvantages of Living by Highway, Environmental Health Perspectives, Factors Increasing Autism Risk, Why Kids Get Autism

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Obesity and Attention

5 Eating Lunch at Your Desk Makes You Fat

Eating lunch with distractions (like working at your desk) can make you feel less full later and more likely to snack, suggest British researchers from the University of Bristol. Researchers examining the effect of attention and memory on appetite studied two groups of people: one that ate lunch without distractions and one that played solitaire on the computer while eating. Daily Mail reports that the group that ate without distractions later consumed half the number of chocolate snacks. In addition, the group that played solitaire while eating had trouble remembering in what order they ate their lunch items. Researchers believe that their findings support the idea that distraction during a meal may lead to increased food intake later during the day, which could contribute to obesity.

More at Daily Mail | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: University of Bristol, Effect of Attention and Memory on Appetite, Don't Eat at Desk, Don't Work During Lunch, Distractions While Eating, Reasons for Snacking

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Thirdhand Smoke Lingers

6 Toxins Linger Long After Smoker Moves Out

Toxins from tobacco smoke, referred to as thirdhand smoke, linger long after smokers move out of their homes and nonsmokers move in, say researchers from San Diego State University. Thirdhand smoke can seep into crevices and coat the surfaces of a dwelling, says lead study author Georg E. Matt. Findings, reported in Tobacco Control, show that even when a smoking home had been vacant for two months, nicotine on surfaces was up to 150 times higher in former smoking homes compared to homes of nonsmokers. Nicotine in the air was up to 98 percent higher in homes that had belonged to smokers. When nonsmokers moved into homes that had belonged to smokers, nicotine levels measured on their fingertips were seven to eight times higher than nonsmokers who had always lived in a nonsmoking home.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Smoking May Change Brain Structure

Tags: Cigarette Smokers, Reasons Not to Smoke, Why You Shouldn't Buy a Smoking House, Reasons to Buy a Non-Smoking House, Dangers of a Smoker's House

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Touchscreen Kitchen Companion

7 Weight Watchers IPad App Released

The brand new Weight Watchers iPad app is an interactive "Kitchen Companion" that leads users step by step through healthy recipes with checklists, videos and even interactive timers to track the meal's progress as they cook. A "Recipe Building" feature lets users input home recipes; the app will then display healthy substitutions to lower the meal's calories under the PointsPlus system. The Weight Watchers app comes in free and paid versions. The former lets you save 10 favorite recipes and try 10 more. The latter costs $17.95 plus a $29.95 sign-up fee to Weight Watchers Online, but unlocks thousands of recipes.

More at Mashable | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Previously: IPad May Cause Insomnia

Tags: IPad, Points System, PointsPlus, Weight Watchers

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