All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘studies’

Watching Violent Media Linked to a Gene

Though often used as a scapegoat during times of stress, its clear that violent movies, TV, and video games do not actually cause children or anyone else to become violent. Why, then, do people enjoy such entertainment? A new study has now shown that it could all come down to genetics. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have now linked …

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New Childhood Genetic Disorder Identified

Researchers with the U.S. National Institutes of health today announced the discovery of a new genetic disorder. The disease is known to affect young children, causing fever, rashes, and strokes that can cause severe disability. It has been dubbed DADA2 for deficiency of adenosine deaminase 2. Doctors at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) used genome sequencing to provide …

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Cortisol Linked to Depression, Especially in Young Men

Researchers today announced that the first biomarker for clinical depression has been identified. A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has linked cortisol and depressive symptoms to clinical depression. This biomarker is especially strong in indicating whether young men may develop clinical depression. Cortisol is a hormone sometimes known as the ‘stress hormone.’ The …

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Americans Seen Turning Against Animal Testing

The gap in opinion between young and old in the U.S. can often be wide. The country has seen significant movement on political issues such as gay marriage and marijuana legalization in recent years, much of it due to the entrance of younger people on the political scene. Now it appears that American opinions on animal rights are set to …

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More Chemicals Linked to Child Brain Disorders

A new study out of Harvard has identified six new chemicals that may be related to spikes in brain disorders in children. Researchers are concerned that toxic chemicals may be part of the rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and dyslexia diagnoses over the past few decades. The study, published this weekend in the journal Lancet Neurology, has labeled …

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Quitting Smoking Linked to Improved Mental Health

The benefits of not smoking are well-known and heavily publicized in the U.S. In addition to all of the physical health improvements, though, a new study has now shown that quitting smoking may actually lead to improved mental health. The study, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, has linked quitting smoking or even just cutting back on cigarettes with improved …

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Tablet Gaming Linked to Motion Sickness

Tablet and smartphone gaming has become a billion-dollar industry in just a few short years. With the massive install base these devices represent, game publishers are now targeting mobile users with a wide variety of monetization schemes. The only problem with all of this is that touch-based mobile games simply cannot offer the same types of gaming experiences that consoles, …

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Fear Can Build Brand Loyalty, Shows Study

It’s well-known anecdotally that horror can bring people together. A scary movie or haunted house trip can bring couples and friends closer than most communal activities as people cling to each other out of fear. It turns out, however, that such a strategy might also work for brands. A new study set to be published in the Journal of Consumer …

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Poison Center Calls Increase in States With Decriminalized Marijuana

With public opinion shifting on the issue of marijuana and some states already beginning to legalize the drug, it now seems inevitable that weed is destined to become a major industry in the U.S. Along with legitimization, however, will come a flood of regulations maintaining the sale and consumption of marijuana. A new study published in the Annals of Emergency …

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Energy Drinks Could Be Gateway Drugs, Shows Study

Over the past decade energy drinks have risen to prominence with ads promising to give workers that extra boost they need after lunch or jack up customers’ mood to “extreme” levels. Teens a big market for such products, and now a new study has shown that energy drinks could have more far-reaching effects than just being possibly unsafe. The study, …

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Labeling Obesity a Disease Could Undermine Health, Shows Study

Last summer the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to officially define obesity as a disease. The AMA’s members hope that the reclassification will require medical professionals to more directly intervene with obese patients. The group’s intentions were to encourage a greater focus on obesity and related health issues, but the label of disease has been a controversial one. Today a …

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HIV Viral Load Higher in Youth, Shows Study

Advances in HIV research in the past two decades have enabled those with the disease to live more normal lives, keeping the virus in check and down to minimum levels within their bodies. This does note mean, however, that everyone positive for HIV is conscientious in maintaining their health. A new study published in the journal AIDS has shown that …

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