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  • Women More Likely to Remember Plus-Size Models

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Women More Likely to Remember Plus-Size Models TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're advertising to women, think beyond skinny minnies, a new study suggests. Young women are more likely to notice and remember average- and plus-size fashion models than thin ones, according to Florida State University researchers. Seeing plus-size models also gives a boost to many women's mental health, the researchers found. "We found overwhelmingly that there is a clear psychological advantage when the me...

  • Want a Workout for Mind and Body? Hop on Your Bike

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Want a Workout for Mind and Body? Hop on Your Bike THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bike is good for your body -- and your mind. So say health experts at Penn State, who add that biking provides superb heart conditioning. "That helps prevent weight accumulation, decreases the risk of heart disease and risk for diabetes," said Dr. Alan Adelman. He made his comments in a news release from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where he practices family medicine. Riding on ...

  • When Parents Focus on Smartphones, Kids' Misbehaving Can Rise

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    When Parents Focus on Smartphones, Kids' Misbehaving Can Rise THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could your smartphone prompt a toddler tantrum? Perhaps, a new study suggests. Young children whose parents interrupt family time by pulling out their smartphones or tablets appear more prone to misbehaviors, such as whining, sulking and tantrums, the research revealed. Study author Brandon McDaniel coined the term "technoference" about five years ago when researching technology's intrusion into fac...

  • Why Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation Are Good for You

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Why Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation Are Good for You FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Relax your mind and then consider this: The physical and mental health benefits of pursuits like yoga and meditation begin in your genes, a new review suggests. The researchers reviewed 18 studies, involving a total of 846 people, to examine how the behavior of genes is affected by yoga, tai chi, meditation and other mind-body interventions. The conclusion: Such activities reverse molecular reactions in DNA that ...

  • With Climate Change, More Deadly Heatwaves Will Strike

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    With Climate Change, More Deadly Heatwaves Will Strike MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If climate change continues unchecked, three-quarters of the world's population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by the end of the century, a new study warns. "We are running out of choices for the future," said study author Camilo Mora. He is an associate professor of geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Even with efforts that could lead to a significant reduction in the carbon emissions that ...

  • When Is Risk Highest for Women With Breast Cancer Gene Mutations?

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    When Is Risk Highest for Women With Breast Cancer Gene Mutations? TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women who have genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast and ovarian cancers, researchers have better defined at what age those gene flaws are most likely to cause trouble. Knowing when gene-based cancer risks peak in a woman's life will help doctors and patients decide when to take drastic steps such as removing a breast or the ovaries to prevent cancer, said study senior author A...

  • When is Tourette Syndrome Actually Autism?

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    When is Tourette Syndrome Actually Autism? THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in five children with Tourette syndrome also tests positive for autism, a new study shows. But it's unlikely that so many children actually have both disorders. What's more probable is that Tourette's symptoms often mimic or seem quite similar to those of autism, the researchers noted. "Our results suggest that although autism diagnoses were higher in individuals with Tourette's, some of the increase may...

  • Who Looks Obese to You?

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Who Looks Obese to You? TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether someone considers you obese may depend on your gender, race and age, a new study finds. "It looks like obesity is in the eye of the beholder," said study co-author Vida Maralani, an associate professor of sociology at Cornell University. "People are judged differently depending on who they are. 'Too fat' in the medical world is objective. You can measure it. But in the social world, it's not. It's subjective," Maralani said in a ...

  • With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk

    Posted: 06/21/2017

    With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk SUNDAY, June 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer. "Skin cancer, like all types of cancer, is capable of destroying healthy tissue and spreading to distant body sites," said Dr. C. Blake Phillips, a fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham department of dermatology. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the U.S. Cent...

  • Why Teen Mental Ability Surges While Brain Shrinks

    Posted: 06/15/2017

    Why Teen Mental Ability Surges While Brain Shrinks TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they have an answer to a persistent and quirky puzzle about brain development. They've long known that the brain's gray matter decreases in volume during adolescence -- even though mental performance improves dramatically from childhood to young adulthood. Gray matter is the tissue in brain areas involved in seeing and hearing, memory, speech, emotions, decision making and self-control, among othe...