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Gaming Isn’t Entirely Antisocial, Shows Study

For decades now parents across the world have been nagging children to put down the video games and get outside the house to socialize. With the advent of the internet and more social gaming, however, new research is showing that video games may be an integral part of the social lives of today’s youth. A new study published in the …

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Flu Vaccines Cut Risks For Children, Shows Study

The backlash in the U.S. against vaccines seen over the past decade seems to be dying down. Incidents such as the recent Mumps outbreak at Ohio State University have demonstrated just how dangerous anti-vaccination views are, though anti-vaccine fear mongering is still prevalent in the popular culture. Despite criticism, the science behind vaccines is still marching forward. This week a …

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“Sodabriety” Challenge Successful at Cutting Teen Sugar Intake

Obesity is now known as an epidemic (and a disease) by the U.S. healthcare community, and the problem can largely be attributed to the abundance of sugar in the average American diet. Among the many sugary options available to American consumers, sugary drinks such as soda can be easily pinpointed as a major source of unneeded calories from sugar. Some …

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Depression Linked to Obesity in Teen Girls

The idea that obesity is more closely linked to mental health than physical addictions has long been a pop psychology canard. Now new research is shedding new light on how depression in particular may be strongly linked with obesity. A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that this could be even more the case for teenage …

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Cancer Fears Could Curb College Binge Drinking

On college campuses throughout the U.S. binge drinking is a problem. College students with little experience drinking can cause headaches for college towns in a variety of ways and alcohol poisoning claims the life of college students on a yearly basis. Universities have come up with a variety of ways to combat binge drinking, from banning alcohol on campus to …

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Debit Card Welfare Payments Could Cut Crime, Shows Study

In recent years more states have begun to move their public assistance programs over to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems. The programs essentially provide assistance through debit cards rather than cash through traditional checks. These EBT initiatives have sparked plenty of debate about the nature of welfare and the part the banking industry plays in EBT systems. A new study …

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Instagram Likes Hard to Come By? Take a Selfie

Your face drives engagement. It’s really that simple. Your Instagram photos (and possibly your Facebook photos too) are going to be much more popular if they prominently feature one crucial element–a human face. The Georgia Institute of Technology teamed up with Yahoo Labs and looked at 1.1 million Instagram photos to find that out. Instagram photos that featured a human …

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Lying to Children Could Make Them Into Liars

For many parents lying to their young children is much easier than forcing compliance or spending time on a lengthy explanation that isn’t likely to be understood anyway. It’s an understandable impulse, but even seemingly innocuous lies could be teaching children the wrong sorts of lessons. A new study published in the journal Developmental Science shows that children who are …

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Math Fears Could Be Genetically Influenced, Shows Study

A large portion of the human population knows the fear of math, that stomach-rumbling anxiety encountered when numbers blur into a jumble as the only correct solution to an equation is demanded. For many these fears may stem from early education that did not prepare them for the increasingly complex math introduced with each successive school year. Now a new …

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Dark Chocolate Health Benefits Explained by New Study

The health benefits of dark chocolate, at least when consumed in moderate amounts, have been known throughout history. Exactly why this is the case, though, hasn’t been truly understood until now. New research presented at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society this week has now shown exactly how dark chocolate affects the human body. The …

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Love Imagery Can Hurt Sales, Shows Study

Just one month ago stores, magazines, and television were filled with images of perfect couples celebrating Valentine’s Day with the perfect compliment of expensive flowers, jewelry, and chocolates. In the midst of the season, however, it is easy to forget that a large segment of the population is not in a committed relationship. This can lead love marketing to be …

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NASA to Conduct Twin Astronaut Studies

The physics behind spaceflight are well understood, but what exactly being in orbit does to the human body is still being uncovered. To help out with this research NASA today announced that it now has plans to study the physiological effects of microgravity using twins. The agency’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research has selected 10 “short-term” …

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