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  • Larger Breasts Pay Off for Waitresses, Study by (Cornell) Hotel Professor Finds

    05/07/2010 7:50:42 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 213 replies · 6,905+ views
    ©2010 The Cornell Daily Sun. ^ | May 7, 2010 | By Eliza LaJoie
    Prof. Michael Lynn, marketing and tourism, surveyed 374 waitresses about their perceived “sexiness,” breast size and other physical characteristics and correlated these results with the amount of tips the waitresses received. His results indicate that evolutionary instinct trumps the ideals many patrons profess. Though most customers say they reward service, Lynn reports that quality of service has less than a 2-percent effect on the actual tip. Instead, he found that waitresses with larger bra sizes received higher tips — as did women with blonde hair and slender bodies..... Lynn explained that his study could be useful to a potential waitress...
  • Uninsured Twice as Likely to Die in ER

    11/17/2009 12:18:02 PM PST · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,488+ views
    CBS News / AP (Obama) ^ | Nov. 16, 2009
    Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a troubling new study. The findings by Harvard University researchers surprised doctors and health experts who have believed emergency room care was equitable. "This is another drop in a sea of evidence that the uninsured fare much worse in their health in the United States," said senior author Dr. Atul Gawande, a Harvard surgeon and medical journalist. The study, appearing in the November issue of Archives of Surgery,...
  • MRI Reveals Organs During Sex

    09/05/2009 7:18:24 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 116 replies · 6,260+ views
    Live Science ^ | 21 August 2009 10:50 am ET | Live Science Staff
    Submitted by LiveScience Staff This video (scroll down) is making the rounds the past week on respected science sites like New Scientist as well as geek blogs and YouTube. It's based on not-brand-new research that involved a video that is said to be of interest to scientists who study these things and, perhaps, to anyone in the general public interested in sexual anatomy. Dr. Pek Van Andel and colleagues, in 1999, made the first MRI images of male and female sex organs while couples were having sex under, as it was put, cloistered conditions. MRI machines are said by some...
  • The hunt for beer in space

    08/13/2009 3:21:37 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 23 replies · 2,873+ views
    Abc News ^ | 08/13/09 | Sarah Collerton
    Australians pride themselves on drinking beer just about anywhere and for any occasion - but what about in space? A Queensland astrochemist believes beer and the cosmos are more closely linked than we would have first thought. James Cook University's Centre for Astronomy director, Dr Andrew Walsh, combines his two passions - beer brewing and space study - to bring his science "down to earth". His research involves identifying different substances, molecules and chemicals in space and in doing that has he discovered many of the chemical ingredients in beer are out there.
  • Money Relieves Pain

    07/25/2009 6:53:38 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 504+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Fri Jul 24, 2009 | Robert Goodier
    Money dulls physical pain and eases the sting of social rejection, new research shows. Through six experiments, psychologists and a marketing professor probed the power of money as a proxy for social acceptance. Among their results, they found that merely touching bills or thinking about expenses paid affected the participants both physically and emotionally. Because it affects pain, money may be a clue to how the brain evolved to process social interactions, the researchers wrote in a paper published in the June edition of the journal Psychological Science. In one experiment, 84 undergraduate student volunteers were divided into two groups...
  • Humans Glow in Visible Light

    07/23/2009 12:14:39 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 961+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Wed Jul 22, 2009
    The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day, scientists now reveal. Past research has shown that the body emits visible light, 1,000 times less intense than the levels to which our naked eyes are sensitive. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals. (This visible light differs from the infrared radiation - an invisible form of light - that comes from body heat.) To learn more about this faint visible light,...
  • Gorillas Gave Humans 'The Crabs'

    03/07/2007 9:48:12 AM PST · by presidio9 · 96 replies · 1,772+ views
    Live Science ^ | 03/07/07 | Charles Q. Choi
    Humans caught pubic lice, aka "the crabs," from gorillas roughly three million years ago, scientists now report. ADVERTISEMENT Rather than close encounters of the intimate kind, researchers explained humans most likely got the lice, which most commonly live in pubic hair, from sleeping in gorilla nests or eating the apes. "It certainly wouldn't have to be what many people are going to immediately assume it might have been, and that is sexual intercourse occurring between humans and gorillas," explained researcher David Reed of the Florida Museum of Natural History. "Instead of something sordid, it could easily have stemmed from an...
  • Wife Studies Why Husband Ignores Nagging

    02/14/2007 11:24:30 AM PST · by blam · 106 replies · 2,470+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-13-2007
    Wife studies why husband ignores nagging DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says some people just can't help ignoring their nagging spouses. The research, which appears online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found that people do not necessarily oppose others' wishes intentionally. Duke University researchers found that "some people will act in ways that are not to their own benefit simply because they wish to avoid doing what other people want them" to do. Psychologists describe the behavior at "reactance" -- a person's tendency to resist social influences that they perceive as threats to their...
  • Study finds puzzle in Greenland glacier melt

    02/09/2007 12:14:41 PM PST · by presidio9 · 67 replies · 1,969+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 9, 2007 | Bloomberg
    The melting of Greenland's glaciers can slow as rapidly as it can accelerate, making the ice's effect on rising sea levels tough to forecast, a study says.
  • Groups Say Scientists Pressured On Warming (Dozens say Bush Ad. pressured them to play down threat)

    01/30/2007 10:49:23 AM PST · by presidio9 · 37 replies · 1,053+ views
    CBS News ^ | 01/30/07
    Two private advocacy groups told a congressional hearing Tuesday that climate scientists at seven government agencies say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming. The groups presented a survey that shows two in five of the 279 climate scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained that some of their scientific papers had been edited in a way that changed their meaning. Nearly half of the 279 said in response to another question that at some point they had been told to delete reference to "global warming" or "climate change" from a report....
  • Study finds baby brain bleeding in vaginal births

    01/30/2007 7:42:33 AM PST · by presidio9 · 38 replies · 1,004+ views
    About a quarter of babies born in vaginal deliveries had a small amount of bleeding in their brains, while none delivered by Caesarean section did, according to a study published on Tuesday. But the researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill said it was premature to view their surprising findings as an endorsement of C-sections. They said the findings suggest brain bleeding in some newborns has been commonplace in vaginal deliveries throughout history, but is being detected now only because of highly sophisticated imaging technology. "There's no evidence that these bleeds are associated with...
  • New climate report too rosy, experts say (dire "Global Warming" predictions may be "sugarcoated")

    01/29/2007 6:42:15 AM PST · by presidio9 · 69 replies · 1,228+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01/29/07 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    Later this week in Paris, climate scientists will issue a dire forecast for the planet that warns of slowly rising sea levels and higher temperatures. But that may be the sugarcoated version. Early and changeable drafts of their upcoming authoritative report on climate change foresee smaller sea level rises than were projected in 2001 in the last report. Many top U.S. scientists reject these rosier numbers. Those calculations don't include the recent, and dramatic, melt-off of big ice sheets in two crucial locations: They "don't take into account the gorillas — Greenland and Antarctica," said Ohio State University earth sciences...
  • Scientists can't get sloth to move

    01/24/2007 2:52:11 PM PST · by presidio9 · 37 replies · 588+ views
    AP ^ | 01/24/07
    Scientists in the eastern German city of Jena said Wednesday they have finally given up after three years of failed attempts to entice a sloth into budging as part of an experiment in animal movement. The sloth, named Mats, was remanded to a zoo after consistently refusing to climb up and then back down a pole, as part of an experiment conducted by scientists at the University of Jena's Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology. Neither pounds of cucumbers nor plates of homemade spaghetti were appetizing enough to make Mats move. "Mats obviously wanted absolutely nothing to do with...
  • Researchers: Baking impacts Puget Sound

    12/27/2006 6:44:49 AM PST · by presidio9 · 53 replies · 1,322+ views
    Researchers at the University of Washington say all that holiday baking and eating has an environmental impact — Puget Sound is being flavored by cinnamon and vanilla. "Even something as fun as baking for the holiday season has an environmental effect," said Rick Keil, an associate professor of chemical oceanography. "When we bake and change the way we eat, it has an impact on what the environment sees. To me it shows the connectedness." Keil and UW researcher Jacquelyn Neibauer's weekly tests of treated sewage sent into the sound from the West Point treatment plant in Magnolia showed cinnamon, vanilla...
  • Global Warming Could Trigger Insect Population Boom

    11/10/2006 8:14:02 AM PST · by presidio9 · 64 replies · 980+ views
    Live Science ^ | 11/08/06
    A rise in the Earth’s temperature could lead to an increase in the number of insects worldwide, with potentially dire consequences for humans, a new study suggests. New research shows that insect species living in warmer areas are more likely to undergo rapid population growth because they have higher metabolic rates and reproduce more frequently. The finding has scientists concerned that global warming could give rise to more fast-growing insect populations and that we could see a spike in the number of six-legged critters. The consequences could be more serious than just a few extra bug bites each summer. “If...
  • Erotic Images Entice Even When Invisible

    10/30/2006 1:15:22 PM PST · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 621+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 10/24/06
    The use of scantily clad models in ads for everything from underwear to ice cream attest to the persuasive power of sex, but a surprising new study finds that our actions can be swayed by erotic images even when they don't consciously register in our awareness. In an experiment, 40 men and women were shown erotic images that had been manipulated to bypass conscious detection. The participants consisted of both heterosexual and homosexual individuals. Subjects were then shown a small "probe" pattern and asked to determine its orientation—clockwise or counterclockwise. The researchers found that subjects identified the probe pattern more...
  • Vampires, ghosts aren't real, says physicist

    10/30/2006 6:16:04 AM PST · by presidio9 · 126 replies · 2,345+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/30/06 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    Horror stories may be the place for vampires, ghosts and zombies. Just remember, they are not real, warns physicist Costas Efthimiou. Obviously, you might say. But Efthimiou, a professor at the University of Central Florida, points to surveys that show American gullibility for the supernatural. Using science and math, Efthimiou explains why it is that ghosts cannot walk among us while also gliding through walls, like Patrick Swayze in the movie "Ghost." That violates Newton's law of action and reaction. If ghosts walk, their feet apply force to the floor, but if they go through walls they are without substance,...
  • Fear Could be Linked to Cancer (well that's just GREAT...)

    10/19/2006 3:09:05 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 627+ views
    Live Science ^ | 10/19/06 | Roy Britt
    Young female rats afraid of new environments developed cancer tumors sooner than their more adventuresome sisters, a new study finds. The researchers called the difference "striking." The apprehensive rodents died sooner than others in the study because they got cancer earlier in life, on average. Importantly, however, the study found no difference in the length of time between onset of cancer and death in the two sets of rats. Implications for humans? The findings suggest research is needed into the possibility that human personality could predict cancer risk, the researchers write in the current issue of the journal Hormones and...
  • Humans 'could evolve into two species'

    10/19/2006 7:10:22 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 123 replies · 2,710+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 17, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    HUMANS could evolve into two sub-species within 100,000 years as social divisions produce a genetic underclass. The mating preferences of the rich, highly educated and well-nourished could ultimately drive their separation into a genetically distinct group that no longer interbreeds with less fortunate human beings, according to British scientist Oliver Curry. Dr Curry, a research associate in the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science of the London School of Economics, speculated that privileged humans might over tens of thousands of years evolve into a "gracile" subspecies, tall, thin, symmetrical, intelligent and creative. The rest would be shorter and...
  • US full of Internet addicts: study

    10/18/2006 9:24:15 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 64 replies · 1,163+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/18/06 | Glenn Chapman
    The United States could be rife with Internet addicts as clinically ill as alcoholics, a study suggested. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, said their telephone survey indicated more than one in eight US residents showed at least one sign of "problematic Internet use." The findings backed those of previous, less rigorous studies, according to the Stanford researchers. Most disturbing was the discovery that some people hid their Internet surfing, or went online to cure foul moods in ways that mirrored the way alcoholics use booze, according to the study's lead author, Elias Aboujaoude. "In a...
  • Breast Implants Linked to Higher Suicide Rate

    09/20/2006 7:09:08 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 151 replies · 4,534+ views
    Live Science ^ | Wed Sep 20, 2006
    Boosting breast size with plastic surgery has been linked to a significantly higher suicide rate among women in a new 15-year study. While overall risk of health problems did not change, the suicide rate was much higher for women with breast implants compared with the general population, scientists announced today. Jacques Brisson and Louis Latulippe of Laval University in Quebec, Canada, and their colleagues from the Canadian Public Health Agency and Cancer Care Ontario collected information on 24,600 women who had received breast implants for cosmetic purposes. The women, who underwent the implant surgery at an average age of 32,...
  • Men Smarter than Women, Scientist Claims

    09/08/2006 6:46:07 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 221 replies · 3,638+ views
    Live Science ^ | Fri Sep 8, 2006 | Jeanna Bryner
    Men are smarter than women, according to a controversial new study that adds another cinder to the fiery debate over whether gender impacts general intelligence. "For 100 years there's been a consensus among psychologists that there is no sex difference in intelligence," said J. Philippe Rushton, a psychologist at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Recent studies, however, have raised questions about the validity of this claim, he said. One such study showed that men have larger brains than women, a 100 gram difference after correcting for body size. Rushton found similar results in a study of gender and brain...
  • Researchers identify "male warrior effect"

    09/08/2006 12:50:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies · 877+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 8, 2006
    Men may have developed a psychology that makes them particularly able to engage in wars, a scientist said on Friday. New research has shown that men bond together and cooperate well in the face of adversity to protect their interests more than women, which could explain why war is almost exclusively a male business, according to Professor Mark van Vugt of the University of Kent in southern England. "Men respond more strongly to outward threats, we've labeled that the 'man warrior effect'," he told the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting. "Men are more likely to support a...
  • Study: celebrities more narcissistic

    09/06/2006 10:27:57 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 33 replies · 1,172+ views
    In case anyone needed proof, a new study supports the widely held perception: Celebrities are more in love with themselves than the average person. That's the conclusion drawn by Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young of the University of Southern California, whose study of 200 celebrities will appear in the Journal of Research in Personality. It's not the entertainment industry that turns stars into narcissists, the study found. Rather, it suggests, the self-adoring seek jobs in show business. The study, whose subjects were all guests on Pinsky's sex-advice radio show — not a place for shrinking violets — found that...
  • Taller people are smarter: study (Daschle "Deeply saddened..."

    08/25/2006 4:30:35 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 62 replies · 1,696+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/24/06
    While researchers have long shown that tall people earn more than their shorter counterparts, it's not only social discrimination that accounts for this inequality -- tall people are just smarter than their height-challenged peers, a new study finds. "As early as age three -- before schooling has had a chance to play a role -- and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests," wrote Anne Case and Christina Paxson of Princeton University in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The findings were based primarily on two British studies that followed children born in...
  • Study: Some women insecure about money

    08/23/2006 12:09:09 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/23/06 | EILEEN ALT POWELL
    Although American women are increasingly better educated and likely to have careers, they're still uncertain about their financial futures, according to a study released Tuesday. When asked "How secure do you feel financially?" just 10 percent of the women respondents said they felt extremely secure, the survey found. Fifty-seven percent said they felt somewhat secure, and 33 percent said they didn't feel secure at all. "It was the most eye-opening aspect of the study," said Mark A. Zesbaugh, president and chief executive of Allianz Life, one of the sponsors of the study "Women, Money and Power." Women's feelings about money...
  • Teamwork can stifle innovation, study says

    07/20/2006 6:43:13 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 16 replies · 532+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 19, 2006 | ELLEN WULFHORST
    Emphasizing teamwork may be popular in workplaces across America, but a new study says companies that focus more on individual achievement produce more innovative ideas. The findings may support the view that creative companies need to encourage differences rather than build teamwork, which leads to conformity, said Barry Staw, professor at the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business and co-author of the study. "The more you emphasize collectivity and team membership and orientation, the lower is the creativity," Staw said. "So much of creativity is being different, being willing to deviate and take chances and be the...
  • Global warming perk disputed (Science Dudes: More CO2 will NOT be good for crops)

    06/30/2006 10:09:45 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 65 replies · 973+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 30, 2006 | Michael Hawthorne
    Scientists had thought that there was one potential upside to global warming: more food to feed the world. Years of laboratory tests led them to believe that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could fertilize food crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and rice, offsetting the plant-damaging effects of higher global temperatures and less rainfall. But a new study with field tests in Illinois and other spots around the globe is challenging that assumption, suggesting that any increase in crop yields due to the buildup of greenhouse gases would be modest or non-existent. Lower-than-expected yields could have dire consequences for...
  • Sexual orientation of men determined before birth (mom gives you gay)

    06/27/2006 7:00:11 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 77 replies · 1,268+ views
    Reuters Health ^ | Tue Jun 27, 2006
    A man's sexual orientation appears to be determined in the womb, a new study suggests. Past research by Dr. Anthony F. Bogaert of Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario and colleagues has shown that the more older brothers a man has, the more likely he is to be gay. But it has not been clear if this is a prenatal effect or a psychosocial effect, related to growing up with older male siblings. To investigate, Bogaert studied 944 gay and straight men, including several who were raised with adopted, half- or step-siblings or were themselves adopted. He reasoned that if...
  • Many teenage girls feel pressured into sex: study (where would we be without socio-medical research)

    06/07/2006 7:45:41 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 57 replies · 1,222+ views
    Reuters Health ^ | Tue Jun 6, 2006 | Amy Norton
    Teenage girls commonly have sex not because they want to, but because they feel pressured into it - and the result may be a higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 279 teenage girls they interviewed, many said they'd given in to unwanted sex at some point because they were afraid their boyfriend would get angry. The findings, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, indicate that may teenagers -- both female and male -- need help in negotiating their relationships. "We need to give guidance to teens on...
  • Impact of Beaver Dams Wider Than Thought

    06/05/2006 12:16:34 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 50 replies · 968+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 6/5/6 | Bjorn Carey
    A busy beaver's dam work is felt downstream in a major way, a new study suggests. Beavers are well known for creating large pond-like areas upstream from their dams, but scientists have found that the construction projects also spread water downstream with the efficiency of a massive once-every-200-years flood. Researchers spent three years in the Rocky Mountain National Park examining downstream valley ecosystems in the Colorado River. They found that beaver dams force water out of the natural stream channel and spread it across and down the valley for hundreds of yards. Dams also change the direction of groundwater movement....
  • Sex late in pregnancy does not hasten birth: study

    06/02/2006 11:22:15 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 314+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/2/6
    Sex during the final weeks of pregnancy does not hasten labor and delivery, according to a new US study. "Patients may continue to hear the 'old wives' tale' that intercourse will hasten labor, but according to this data, they should not hear it from the medical community," said Jonathan Schaffir, an obstetrician at Ohio State University Medical Center and author of the study published in the June issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study looked at 93 women with low-risk pregnancies. Half of the women reported having sex during the final weeks of their pregnancies, a higher number...
  • Study: North Pole Once Was Tropical

    06/01/2006 12:19:41 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 857+ views
    AP ^ | May 31, 2006
    Scientists have found something about the North Pole that could send a shiver down Santa's spine: It used to be downright balmy. In fact, 55 million years ago the Arctic was once a lot like Miami, with an average temperature of 74 degrees, alligator ancestors and palm trees, scientists say. That conclusion, based on first-of-their-kind core samples extracted from more than 1,000 feet below the Arctic Ocean floor, is contained in three studies published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Scientists say the findings are both a glimpse backward at a region heated by naturally produced greenhouse gases run...
  • Study: Most young kids glued to the TV

    05/25/2006 7:23:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 372+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed May 24, 2006 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Eight in 10 of the nation's youngest children — babies up to age 6 — watch TV, play video games or use the computer for about two hours on a typical day. A third live in homes where the TV is on most of the time. Even for the littlest tots, TV in the bedroom isn't rare: 19 percent of babies under 2 have one despite urging from the American Academy of Pediatrics that youngsters not watch any television at that age. So concludes a new study that highlights the immense disconnect between what child-development specialists advise and what parents...
  • Mass Media May Prompt Kids to Try Sex: Study

    04/03/2006 8:15:59 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 16 replies · 556+ views
    Yahoo News & HealthDay ^ | Mon Apr 3, 2006 | Kathleen Doheny
    Exposure to sexual content not only in movies and TV but also in music and magazines speeds up the sexual activity of white teens, increasing their chances of early intercourse, a new study contends. The link between sex-filled media and early intercourse was not as apparent for black teens, who were found to be more influenced by parents and peers, said Jane D. Brown, the lead author of the study, which appears in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics. "The unique part of this study is, we're finding this effect not only for television but for all four media...
  • 'Cry Baby' Study Has Blogs Bawling

    03/29/2006 11:30:40 AM PST · by presidio9 · 29 replies · 1,345+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 29, 2006
    The usual suspects are crying out about a study suggesting whiny babies become conservative adults. Plus, bloggers herald news of 8.5 million Chinese moving into cities. And, are comic book publishers keeping a super hero from the public? Oh Baby! It's been a busy couple of weeks for social scientists. This week, psychologist Jack Block's controversial study is heating up the blogosphere, making it one of the most-cited news stories of the week. Block's study began in the 1960's when he began tracking over 100 nursery school kids in Berkely, California as part of a study of personality. Teachers and...
  • Republicans start as whiners

    03/28/2006 10:19:20 PM PST · by presidio9 · 29 replies · 637+ views
    Daily Beacon ^ | Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | Jon Fish
    I love when science and politics intertwine. See, I’m a scientist first, and a political analyst second. So much of politics is based in the realms of opinion and propaganda that it makes my scientific disposition go haywire with frustration. Now, my preference tends to be the opposite of my opponents. People like Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, every “intelligent design” supporter on the planet, Senate Majority Leader and medical doctor Bill Frist and countless other prominent conservatives much prefer to shout propaganda, pseudo-rhetoric and outright lies before even looking at anything that could be considered a fact. I guess that’s...
  • Smokers often die prematurely: study

    03/21/2006 8:21:19 AM PST · by presidio9 · 78 replies · 1,576+ views
    Reuters Health ^ | Mon Mar 20, 2006 | Megan Rauscher
    Cigarette smoking strongly increases the risk of dying in middle age for both men and women, but kicking the habit, even at older ages, strongly decreases the risk of dying prematurely. These are the findings of the largest and longest study to date on smoking habits and consequences. The study is published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among nearly 50,000 residents of rural Norway who were followed for 25 years, researchers found that 41 percent of men who continued to smoke heavily (at least one pack a day) died between 40 and 70 years of age compared with...
  • Study: Sick Spouse Bad for Your Health (caring for a dying loved one will hasten your own death)

    02/15/2006 4:19:52 PM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 850+ views
    AP ^ | 2/15/2006
    A husband or wife with a debilitating illness can hasten your own death, a study suggests. ADVERTISEMENT The researchers blame the stress and the loss of companionship, practical help, income and other support that can occur when a spouse gets sick. "You can die of a broken heart not just when a partner dies, but when your partner falls ill," said chief researcher Dr. Nicholas Christakis at Harvard Medical School. The study at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania was published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The research, backed by the National Institutes of Health, analyzed Medicare...
  • Students embracing virtual sex (87% of Canadian college students are having cycer-sex?)

    02/14/2006 7:40:45 PM PST · by presidio9 · 50 replies · 1,115+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/06 | Natalie Armstrong
    Call it a sexual revolution of the virtual kind -- young Canadians are practicing a new style of safe sex and the only touching required involves a keyboard. Of more than 2,500 university and college students polled across Canada, 87 percent of them are having sex over instant messenger, webcams or the telephone, according to results of a national survey released on Monday. "We were very surprised," Noah Gurza, a founder of Toronto-based, an online dating community for students, which commissioned a Canadian CampusKiss & Tell Survey. "We did realize that new technologies are always embraced by younger individuals,...
  • Test Helps You Predict Chances of Dying

    02/14/2006 1:35:59 PM PST · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 1,406+ views
    , AP Medical Writer ^ | 2/14/2006 | LINDSEY TANNER
    It sounds like a perfect parlor game for baby boomers suddenly confronting their own mortality: What are your chances of dying within four years? Researchers have come up with 12 risk factors to try to answer that for people who are 50 and older. ADVERTISEMENT This is one game where you want a low score. Zero to 5 points says your risk of dying in four years is less than 4 percent. With 14 points, your risk rises to 64 percent. Just being male gives you 2 points. So does having diabetes, being a smoker, and getting pooped trying to...
  • Money really doesn't buy happiness, study finds

    02/13/2006 10:19:16 AM PST · by new cruelty · 93 replies · 1,798+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 13 12:19 PM
    Money really doesn't buy happiness, study finds Feb 13 12:19 PM US/Eastern Email this story Money doesn't buy happiness, and now there's a study to prove it. Australian researchers found that people in well-off Sydney are among the most miserable in the country, while those in some of the poorest areas are much more satisfied with their lives. "Only at very, very high levels does money actually have any impact to act as a buffer," said Deakin University researcher Liz Eckerman. "Money doesn't actually buy happiness and that's what was shown very clearly for the nearly 23,000 people we've interviewed...
  • Altruistic Love Related to Happier Marriages (science dude: Selfish people don't make good spouses)

    02/10/2006 2:48:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 502+ views
    LiveScience ^ | Thu Feb 9, 2006
    Altruism may breed better marriages, a new study suggests. Or, the data might mean that good marriages make people more altruistic. ADVERTISEMENT Whatever, altruism and happiness seem to go together in the realm of love. "Altruistic love was associated with greater happiness in general and especially with more marital happiness," concludes Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago in a report released today. I do Study participants were asked whether they agreed with statements that define altruism, such as, "I'd rather suffer myself than let the one I love suffer," and "I'm willing to...
  • Fear of death factors into how we vote (Voters preferred Kerry in 04, but OBL made them switch)

    02/08/2006 1:45:55 PM PST · by presidio9 · 84 replies · 1,456+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec. 21
    Rutgers University scientists say their research suggests some people voted for George W. Bush rather than John Kerry because of concerns about death. Florette Cohen, a graduate student in social psychology and Daniel Ogilvie, a psychology professor, used research based on the 2004 presidential election. They found voters in a "psychologically benign state of mind" preferred Kerry to Bush, but Bush was more popular than Kerry after voters received a subtle reminder of death. Citing an Osama bin Laden tape that became public a few days before the election, the researchers say many Americans' unconscious concerns about death resulted in...
  • Smelling Good May Mean Its Good for You

    02/09/2006 2:36:50 PM PST · by presidio9 · 47 replies · 889+ views
    AP ^ | 2/9/6 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    That fresh grassy smell wafting up from the newly sliced tomato may be its way of saying "I'm good for you." Indeed, the odors from foods ranging from garlic and onions to ginger and strawberries may be nutritional signals that the human nose has learned to recognize. "Studies of flavor preferences and aversions suggest that flavor perception may be linked to the nutritional or health value" of foods, researchers Stephen A. Goff and Harry J. Klee report in Friday's issue of the journal Science. However, they caution, domestication of many vegetables has not been kind to them, tending to favor...