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  • 12/29/2011
    Beans just might be the Rodney Dangerfield of the food world.  To paraphrase the comedian, they just get no respect.  Beans are the butt of many jokes because they have a reputation for causing flatulence.  But new research may be able to set the record straight in defense of the bean: Not all beans are equally gassy, and even those that may cause gas really aren't so bad.
  • 12/27/2011
    According to a series of studies just published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people often opt for larger portion sizes because it makes them feel more important to do so.
  • 12/22/2011
    According to recent studies, IQs can change over the years. So instead of an IQ score being a benchmark of fixed intelligence that can be used as a predictor of success, it is really just a measurement of one "type" of intelligence at a randomly chosen point in time.
  • 12/20/2011
    According to research presented at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), up to 173,000 new cases of cancer could be prevented annually in the US if people sat less. The two types of cancer that seem to be the most influenced by sitting too much include breast cancer and colon cancer.
  • 12/17/2011
    New research that suggests home birthing is an extremely safe option for both mother and baby. Scientists at the University of Oxford in England found that the risk of injury to the newborn was less than one percent, even in births to first time mothers.
  • 12/15/2011
    According to new research, it seems that we are all surrounded by germs pretty much wherever we go. A study at the University of Colorado in Boulder found that public restrooms were an especially rich breeding ground for a whole range of bacteria.
  • 12/13/2011
    According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the majority of teens in the United States do not consume the recommended daily amount of fruit or vegetables.The survey showed that about one-quarter of the participating high school students ate fruit less than once a day and approximately one-third ate vegetables less than once a day (unless you count pizza as a vegetable.)
  • 12/10/2011
    Despite Facebook networks numbering in the hundreds or even thousands. That’s because the average person now has one-third fewer close friends than in the recent past.
  • 12/8/2011
    In the early 1980s, 117 healthy, young immigrants from Laos died in their sleep. What they shared in common was a belief that night spirits were able to kill them. In other words, it was their belief in the power of their nightmares that killed them.
  • 12/6/2011
    A new study out of Harvard University came to the surprising conclusion that it may indeed be possible to trigger new cell growth in parts of the brain by injecting the brain with healthy cells.
  • 12/3/2011
    Congress just voted to block legislation that would make school lunches a whole lot healthier than they now are. The new legislation, which was proposed by the USDA last January, is just too dang expensive to implement, say the legislators, plus, schools shouldn’t tell kids what to eat.
  • 12/1/2011
    Research has determined that there is a greater likelihood of dangerous behaviors among those teenagers regularly sleeping less than eight hours on school nights than for those who get at least eight hours of shut-eye a night.
  • 11/29/2011
    A study, at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, found that women who drink four or more cups of coffee every day have less of a chance of developing depression than those who drink only one cup or fewer.
  • 11/26/2011
    New research has found that poisoning by medication has risen tremendously in young children in the past few years. Visits to the emergency room for medication poisonings among children five and under has increased by 30 percent in the eight years between 2001 and 2008.
  • 11/24/2011
    A study in 2000 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston following 1,986 heart attack patients found that the risk of having a heart attack quadrupled within two hours of eating a particularly large meal.
  • 11/22/2011
    Research now shows that kids already recognize brand logos by six months of age. As soon as they can speak, they request particular brands. And by the age of three, the typical toddler can recognize 100 brand logos.
  • 11/19/2011
    A recent study has found that those who regularly eat greater quantities of white fruits and vegetables are 52 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who eat only a little white produce.
  • Genetics and Happiness: Born Happy?
    11/17/2011
    While our environments definitely contribute to our personalities, scientists have proven over the past few years that much of the responsibility for who we are actually lies within our DNA. And now, new research has shown that happiness may be one of the aspects of personality that is passed down through our genes -- at least to some degree.
  • 11/15/2011
    Several recent studies show that most iPhone users are smitten with their phones. The phones typically do evoke a true love reaction in their owners -- a love that actually resembles the feeling one gets for an intimate partner. And, the studies show, love for the iPhone often develops into a full-blown addiction.
  • 11/12/2011
    Using data compiled from 21,743 men and 24,608 women who took a self-assessment of their health status, the scientists discovered that binge eating was almost as big an issue for men as it is for women -- about two men for every three women.
  • 11/10/2011
    A new study on bisphenol A (BPA)  has "surprisingly" found that after we have eaten foods containing BPA, it is undetectable in blood samples even when it is present in large amounts in urine samples.
  • 11/8/2011
    It's been a bad month for the lucrative health-screening-test industry. Those of us who have been poked, prodded, scraped, and radiated to get our annual tests may be somewhat dismayed to discover that all the money and time spent may have been for naught -- or to be kind, very little.
  • 11/5/2011
    A team of researchers from England and Switzerland have discovered a "super-antibody" called F16 that appears to disable all of the influenza A viruses they tested it against.
  • 11/3/2011
    According to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average annual premium for family health insurance coverage in the United States was up by nine percent over 2010, reaching a total of $15,073.
  • 11/1/2011
    A recent study by psychologists at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville found that even watching just a few minutes of a typical, fast-paced children's cartoon can negatively affect the viewer's mental acuity.

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