June 25, 2014

I Was Good!

1 Memory Distortion Affects Diet

Are you tricking yourself in order to have that cookie? Researchers think so! A new study published in Journal of Consumer Research found that some people distort past memories of indulgences so they can indulge in the present. "...People may trick themselves into thinking something like, 'I've been good on my diet lately, so I can have this piece of cake,'" say study authors Frank May of Virginia Tech and Caglar Irmak of the University of Miami. This memory distortion may affect behaviors other than dieting, such as saving money or studying. Researchers suggest that people who are highly impulsive should try to keep a journal to help with accurate recall of moments of self-control, as well as past indulgences.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Continued Learning Prevents Elderly Memory Loss

Tags: Journal of Consumer Research, Memory Distortion, Consumers Distort Memories, Learning Self Control, Cheating on Diet, Studying Tips, How Save Money

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Look at the Big Picture

2 Achieve Goal by Not Thinking of Yourself

It's possible you might be more likely to achieve your goal if you stop focusing on yourself so much! Researchers reporting in Journal of Consumer Research say that staying focused on yourself may hinder your ability to overcome distractions and indulgences. People in the study were offered M&Ms while they answered questions. Some participants answered questions while seated facing a mirror. Results showed that when people were focused on themselves (looking into the mirror), they were more likely to indulge in M&Ms when their goal was abstract, such as improving health. Researchers believe that when a person stops focusing on themselves, they're able to use a more "big picture" way of thinking and act more responsibly.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: US Making Progress Toward 2020 Health Goals

Tags: Journal of Consumer Research, How Meet Diet Goals, Achieving Long-Term Goals, Removing Yourself from Big Picture

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Secret to Live Longer

3 Women Giving Birth Late in Life Live Longer

Women who give birth to their last child at an older age may be more likely to live longer, suggest researchers. The study found an association between older maternal age at birth of last child with better odds for living to an unusually old age. Specifically, women having their last child after age 33 had double the odds of survival to the top fifth percentile among their birth cohorts compared with those who had their last child by age 29 years. The study, which used Long Life Family Study data, was published online today at Menopause. Researchers say that while the results are noteworthy, more research is needed to identify genetic influences on reproductive fitness and a female's susceptibility to age-related diseases.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Bloodtest to Determine When Menopause Will Arrive?

Tags: How to Live Longer, Menopause Journal, Menopause Facts, Birth Order, Having Menopause Baby, Giving Birth Later in Life, Long Life Family Study Data

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Also Oxy, Aveeno, Clean & Clear

4 FDA Warns on Proactiv Dangerous Side Effects

Proactiv and several other over-the-counter acne treatments may be implicated in life-threatening allergic side effects, including shortness of breath, low blood pressure, and fainting, warns the FDA. Warnings included on packages warn of minor reactions, such as itching, swelling, and redness, but the more serious reactions are not currently noted on product literature. Products suspected of causing the side effects are acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, such as Proactiv, Neutrogena acne products, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear, sold in various forms including creams and cleansing pads. The FDA warning is based on 131 incident reports received over the past 17 months. Nearly 60 people have been hospitalizd, but no deaths have been reported.

More at FDA | Posted 3 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Thyme May Be Better Acne Treatment, Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Bowel Disease

Tags: Acne, benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Proactiv

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