September 27, 2011

Night School

1 People May Learn When They’re Asleep

People may be learning while they sleep, says a Michigan State U study that focused on an unconscious form of memory that is not yet fully understood. "There is substantial evidence that during sleep, your brain is processing information without your awareness and this ability may contribute to memory in a waking state,” says lead researcher Kimberly Fenn of the study that “is the first step to investigate whether or not this potential new memory construct is related to outcomes such as classroom learning." Results of the study of more than 250 participants indicate that people derive different effects from “sleep memory,” but reinforces the importance of a good night’s sleep. "Simply improving your sleep could potentially improve your performance in the classroom," says Fenn.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Research Shows That Babies Learn While Sleeping

Tags: Memory, Michigan State University, Sleep, Sleep and Memory, Sleep and Learning, Kimberley Fenn, Improving Memory, Improving Sleep, Learn While You Sleep

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Heart Loves Kids

2 Dads Less Likely to Die from Heart Disease

Fathers are less likely to die from heart disease compared with males who've never had kids, say researchers from Stanford. MSNBC reports that the new study raises questions about a potential biological link between overall health and male infertility. The large study analyzed 10 year's worth of data on 135,000 men who were AARP members. Published in Human Reproduction, the findings show that men without children were 17 percent more likely than fathers to have died from heart disease during the study. Researchers aren't certain whether the link between fatherhood and decreased heart disease is entirely biological. They note that it's possible that having kids motivates men to take better care of themselves, or that men benefit from not living alone.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Heart Disease Risk Factors, Benefits of Fatherhood, Fertility Link Heart Disease, Prostate Cancer Fertility, Journal Human Reproduction

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Changes Gut Flora

3 IBD Related to Using Multiple Antibiotics

Results from a new study conducted at the University of Manitoba suggests that taking multiple antibiotics may increase the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which encompasses ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Researchers looked at information from an IBD database of 24,000 individuals, 12 percent with IBD had taken at least three antibiotics compared to only seven percent without the condition. The risk of Crohn's disease increased if the antibiotics were taken within two to five years before diagnosis. It is believed that the bacterial profile in the gut is altered by taking so many antibiotics which may predispose a person to developing IBD. Prior research has shown the link between antibiotics and IBD which many think is an immune reaction.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Bowel Disease

Tags: IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Crohn’s, Antibiotic Use, IBD and Antibiotic Use

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