Guys, Can You Give Us 40? It May Show Heart Health

Guys, Can You Give Us 40? It May Show Heart Health

A new study suggests the number of push-ups a middle-aged man can perform might be an indication of his overall heart health. The men's push-up capacity was measured at the study's start, and participants also underwent a treadmill test to check their aerobic capacity.

Gut Microbes May Help Drive Lupus, Study Finds

Gut Microbes May Help Drive Lupus, Study Finds

By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An imbalance in the gut "microbiome" of people with lupus may be driving the chronic autoimmune disease as well as its flare-ups, new research suggests.

Is Tech Really Hurting Teens?

Is Tech Really Hurting Teens?

Rather than looking at one associative pathway between wellbeing and tech use, as past research has done, the authors of the new paper used a method called Specification Curve Analysis (SCA) to examine every possible analytic pathway and get an overall snapshot of how technology and teen mental health interact with one another.

Toxins in Home Furnishings Can Be Passed to Kids

Toxins in Home Furnishings Can Be Passed to Kids

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children who live in homes with vinyl flooring and flame-retardant furniture have higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals in their blood or urine, researchers have found.

Rationalizing Our Way to New Political Attitudes

Rationalizing Our Way to New Political Attitudes

(You can see a video demo of the experiment .) In our most recent published study, testing over 400 participants, we examined the long-term effects of accepting and rationalizing manipulated responses (Strandberg, Sivén, Hall, Johansson & Pärnamets, 2018).

Sacred Values and the Radicalized Brain

Sacred Values and the Radicalized Brain

A key finding of this research for policymakers, whether in defense and war planning or in social programs aimed at preventing violence, is that when matters that are believed to be sacred are involved, people cannot be swayed from defensive, or even offensive, pursuit of their beliefs with carrots or sticks, as with ISIS.

The Influence of Body Shape on First Impressions

The Influence of Body Shape on First Impressions

In an article, published in the December 2018 issue of Psychological Science , Hu and colleagues discuss people’s “ shape-to-trait inferences from bodies ,” suggesting that these inferences “reflect the valence and agency of traits as well as nuanced personality features related to the Big Five domains of extraversion, conscientiousness, and agreeableness.” 1 Body shape and personality: Methods Participants were 76 undergraduate students (17 men; average age, 20 years) from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Teletherapy-Hypnosis May Help Ease IBS Symptoms

Teletherapy-Hypnosis May Help Ease IBS Symptoms

Summary: Skype-Delivered Hypnosis is Helpful for IBS To summarize, the results of recent research have found that hypnosis may be an effective treatment for reducing pain, anxiety, and IBS severity and improving quality of life in people who have IBS.

How to Use Humor to Become Happier and More Successful

How to Use Humor to Become Happier and More Successful

Based on a model known as “parallel-constraint-satisfaction” theory, which proposes that stereotypes affect the way people interpret the behavior of others, Evans and his colleagues hypothesized that men would benefit and women would be penalized when using humor specifically in the workplace.

Does Bullying Start at Home?

Does Bullying Start at Home?

"Sibling bullying is the most frequent form of family violence, and it is often seen as a normal part of growing up by parents and health professionals, but there is increasing evidence that it can have long-term consequences, like increased loneliness, delinquency and mental health problems," said lead study author Dieter Wolke, from the University of Warwick in England.

Teens, Body Image, and Social Media

Teens, Body Image, and Social Media

However, talking about social media with our tweens and teens and encouraging media literacy – filtering , avoiding , being careful of comparisons , and evaluating – is a step towards reducing any potential pitfalls of social media use and raising kids who can take the “reality” presented online with a grain of salt.

Do Breed-Specific Laws Reduce the Number of Dog Bites?

Do Breed-Specific Laws Reduce the Number of Dog Bites?

As I indicated earlier, there was no expectation for the breed-specific legislation to have any effect on dog bite frequencies occurring in private and home settings (where it is doubtful that any additional restraint or control was actually put on the targeted dogs), and the statistical analyses showed that to be the case.

Five Myths About Child Sexual Abuse

Five Myths About Child Sexual Abuse

Many parents believe that sex offenses are committed by a stranger, thus they do not allow their children to walk home alone or play in the park unsupervised.

This Theory Holds the Secret to Healing America's Division

This Theory Holds the Secret to Healing America's Division

And a study published in 2017 by the co-founder of Terror Management Theory found that priming death-related thoughts directly increased support for Donald Trump. This was investigated with another Terror Management Theory study , which confirmed the relationship between existential fear and increased support for Bush.

What to Do with People Who Don’t Say Thanks

What to Do with People Who Don’t Say Thanks

Like the researchers in the Israeli study, you could look at some form of more private gratitude intervention in which you provide, in a nonthreatening way, opportunities for these people to offer thanks, even for simple things.

Do Women Age Slower Than Men?

A recent study investigated sex differences in how our brains age. In a recent study 1 , the researchers used PET imaging to look at metabolism in the brains of more than 200 healthy men and women between 20 and 82 years old.

Fish Oil Supplements: A Fish Tale or a Good Catch?

Fish Oil Supplements: A Fish Tale or a Good Catch?

There’s a threshold at which you’d stop seeing benefits.” A similar study found that a prescription form of 1.8 grams of EPA per day, in addition to a cholesterol-lowering medication, cut the odds of having heart attacks and other heart problems in people who had high cholesterol.

4 Tips on How to Post and Share Effectively on Social Media

4 Tips on How to Post and Share Effectively on Social Media

While there is some overlap in my connections on these different platforms, there’s little in common in my posting and sharing activity.

Is “Drunkorexia” a Real Thing?

Is “Drunkorexia” a Real Thing?

Source: Pexels/CC0 Definitions of drunkorexia vary slightly from one research study to another, but all include engaging in unhealthy compensatory behaviors (e.g., extreme caloric restriction, over-exercise, or purging) to offset the calories ingested through alcoholic beverages or to increase how quickly one becomes intoxicated.

Exercise-Linked Irisin May Protect Against Neurodegeneration

Exercise-Linked Irisin May Protect Against Neurodegeneration

Source: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock The recent study by first author Mychael Lourenco et al., “ Exercise-Linked FNDC5/Irisin Rescues Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Defects in Alzheimer’s Models ,” adds to a growing body of evidence that exercise-induced irisin may protect against neurodegeneration and boost memory in both humans and mice.

How to Believe in Boys

From my experience with my grandson, my clients, boys I meet with in schools and in research studies, I can say that this effort is likely to be heartening, one that should restore our faith in boys (and men).

An Incompetent Research Project

One possibility is that as a psychoanalyst Newbauer expected that nurture (parenting and social class) would explain most of the variance in child and adult outcomes, and was dismayed by how even in the most different of rearing households, the separated siblings exhibited many dramatic similarities (such as the triplets all becoming wrestlers and two separated female twins both majoring in film studies).

Study: Social Media Not A Teen Depression Trigger

Study: Social Media Not A Teen Depression Trigger

Social media use did not predict the development of depression symptoms among school kids or college students, researchers found. Instead, school-age girls with greater symptoms of depression tended to use more social media over time.

Babysitting rates across the country: See how your city ranks

Babysitting rates across the country: See how your city ranks

The average hourly rate for a babysitter is $16.75 for one child and $19.26 for two kids, according to the 2019 annual study compiled by UrbanSitter .

Is Optimism Ever Unhealthy?

Is Optimism Ever Unhealthy?

Next time you’re at a dinner party, try the following experiment: Ask people to raise their hands to indicate whether they believe they’re at greater risk, equal risk, or less risk than the average person of their same age, gender, and background for virtually any common negative event, from having a heart attack to being mugged.

How Brain Communication Differs Between Humans and Monkeys

How Brain Communication Differs Between Humans and Monkeys

It’s the first study to go beyond structural differences between humans and animals to look at how the brain computes information,” says Ziv Williams, a neurosurgeon at Harvard Medical School, who was not involved with the research.

Antivaxxers and the Plague of Science Denial

Antivaxxers and the Plague of Science Denial

In 2014, Brendan Nyhan and colleagues published a study in which anti-vaccination attitudes among parents were countered by refuting claims about a vaccine-autism link and highlighting the dangers of not vaccinating by presenting information about the diseases the vaccines prevent, showing images of infected children, and providing a narrative about a mother hospitalizing her son with measles.

Does Twitter Contribute to Suicide?

Does Twitter Contribute to Suicide?

The second wave of tweets regarding Avicii’s passing came after his family announced that the death was a suicide on April 26, 2018. The researchers suggest that the Twitter API may be used to monitor harmful messages stemming from celebrity suicide disseminated by news organizations on social media.

Are Young People Today Growing Up Too Slowly?

Are Young People Today Growing Up Too Slowly?

A more reliable marker of entering adulthood is when a young person takes on responsibilities related to family and work — finishing school, finding steady employment, getting married, and having children, for example.

Parents are OK with girls playing with trucks. Not so much with boys wearing makeup

Parents are OK with girls playing with trucks. Not so much with boys wearing makeup

Not so much with boys wearing makeup Sonja Haller, USA TODAY Published 5:10 p.m. ET Feb. 5, 2019 Parents talk about everything - except gender identity, a survey by SeniorLiving.com found.

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