Apr 30

A baby's first impression

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/a-baby-s-first-impression-1.3520825

Children show an understanding of their social world earlier than previously thought. New research suggests babies closely watch how people interact, and like adults, can quickly form negative impressions. Babies at 15 months of age make snap judgments when a stranger shows anger and they don't forget quickly, child psychologists find. The researchers say by 12 months of age, babies are very responsive to other people's emotions and they use that emotional information to regulate their behavior and generalize.

 

Apr 30

Doctor: Some babies simply just sleep better than others

Posted by: Administrator in News |

http://wivb.com/2016/03/16/doctor-some-babies-simply-just-sleep-better-than-others/

Maybe you’ve tried sleep training for your baby, getting them on a schedule or making sure they eat what the books say they should eat for a good night’s rest. A doctor is putting parents minds at ease when it comes to feeling guilty about how your baby sleeps. She wrote a blog for the New York Times that basically says some babies sleep better than others, and there’s not much you can do about it. 

 

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Apr 29

Researchers build software that can predict your lifespan

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/01/health/east-anglia-computer-lifespan-feat/index.html

Imagine if a computer could tell you how many days you had left. You might decide to live your life differently -- perhaps spending your money in other ways, or making your health a bigger priority. Whether you're ready to find out or not, researchers from the University of East Anglia have started a project creating a software that -- among other things -- will be able to predict a person's lifespan.

 
The researchers argue that knowing when our time is up could be helpful for planning retirement funds, getting better advice from physicians and understanding how drugs treating chronic illness could affect one's lifespan. They won't be able to provide an exact figure, but they plan to match people by age, sex, health and lifestyle to come up with an educated guess of how many years you have left to live.

Data from 3.4 million patients

"If we have a thousand people with roughly the same kind of conditions and lifestyles and so on, then on average they will live for so many years," Lead researcher Elena Kulinskaya told CNN.
 
It's a Big Data project, meaning it uses vast amounts of information -- in this case the medical records of 3.4 million British citizens.
 
"This is GP data, from people who come to see their GPs over many years -- it's routine primary care data," explains Kulinskaya, adding that, "It's absolutely anonymous."
"Big Data is great," says Dr Richard Siow, coordinator of Aging Research at King's College London, a consortium which brings together scholarship and research in aging, "Many companies are using it -- from pharmaceuticals to food distribution companies -- to try and get an overall trend.
 
"But to apply Big Data to an individual is unrealistic," he adds, "There are so many different variables... you may get overgeneralizations."

Better healthcare

However, Kulinskaya is confident the research could help patients and doctors make better educated decisions about healthcare -- for example by comparing life expectancies of people on different medications. It could even come in useful for planning your pension.

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    Apr 29

    This Online Startup Banks on Student's Potential When Giving Out Loans

    Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

    http://www.nbcnews.com/video/this-online-startup-banks-on-student-s-potential-when-giving-out-loans-649497667834

    This startup lender practices a non-traditional kind of lending, one that's based more on students' potential, than their credit history. The personal loan provider, which focuses on recent and upcoming college graduates, evaluates applicants’ potential on factors that can include which college they attended, their GPA and even their SAT scores.

     

    Apr 28

    Why it’s so hard to sleep in a new place

    Posted by: Administrator in News |

    http://www.futurity.org/sleep-brains-vigilance-1145392-2/

    man can't sleepPeople who go to bed wary of potential danger sometimes pledge to sleep “with one eye open.” That might not be too far from the truth. On the first night in a new place, one brain hemisphere stays more awake than the other during deep sleep, in a state of readiness for trouble.

    A new study explains what underlies the “first-night effect,” a phenomenon that poses an inconvenience to business travelers and sleep researchers alike. Sleep is often noticeably worse during the first night in, say, a hotel or a sleep lab. In the lab, researchers usually have to build an “adaptation night” into their studies to do an experiment.

    “In Japan they say, ‘if you change your pillow, you can’t sleep,'” says corresponding author Yuka Sasaki, research associate professor of cognitive linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University. “You don’t sleep very well in a new place. We all know about it.”

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    Apr 28

    Study finds women who live in greener areas live longer

    Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

    http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/04/15/Study-finds-women-who-live-in-greener-areas-live-longer/5861460734610/

    Scenic image of the Alps
    Women living in homes surrounded by lots of trees and vegetation may have a lower risk of death than those in areas with less greenery, a new study suggests.

    Researchers sifted through data on more than 108,000 women across the United States. The information was collected between 2000 and 2008.

    The researchers found that women living in the greenest surroundings had a 12 percent lower risk of death than those in the least green locations. The study also found that women with the most vegetation around their homes had a 34 percent lower rate of respiratory disease-related death. And women living with lush vegetation had a 13 percent lower rate of cancer death than those with the least green surroundings, the study reported.

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    Apr 28

    Moderate drinking may not be good for you

    Posted by: Administrator in News |

    http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/653158467668/

    Canadian researchers are debunking the popular belief that a glass of wine a day can keep the doctor away. The health benefits of moderate drinking are likely overstated, say Canadian researchers who reviewed 87 long-term studies on alcohol and death rates."We should drink alcohol for pleasure,"  Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research in British Columbia  said in an interview. "But if you think it's for your health, you're deluding yourself."

     

    Apr 27

    Inside the Storm Prediction Center

    Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

     http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/inside-noaas-severe-storms-lab/

    The heart of America is bracing for what could be more rough weather this week -- conditions are ripe for some destructive storms. CBS News went to Norman, Oklahoma to find out how experts track them. The storms already started in parts of Kansas already on Sunday. Bill Bunting, the operations chief at the Storm Prediction Center, said that is only the beginning. "All hazards are possible," he said. "Tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail." According to Bunting, the Midwest, South and Central Plains should brace for a week of potentially dangerous weather. The forecast comes from the center's "war room," where meteorologists track the systems and make predictions. He explained what he has learned over the years about the science of predicting weather and making forecasts. "I think key has been the understanding of how storms develop, and what environments are most favorable for say, tornadic thunderstorms, versus those that don't produce tornadoes."

     

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    Apr 27

    Study identifies specific work factors that predict sleep problems

    Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160419081720.htm

    A new study found that specific psychological and social work factors were associated with sleep problems both concurrently and two years after exposure, indicating prolonged consequences.

    Results show that quantitative job demands, decision control, role conflict and support from a superior in the workplace were the most consistent predictors of troubled sleep, which was characterized by difficulty initiating sleep or disturbed sleep. Findings remained significant after adjustment for potential con-founders such as age, sex and occupation skill level.

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    Apr 27

    Study says lack of sleep can damage the brain

    Posted by: Administrator in News |

    http://wivb.com/2016/04/07/study-says-lack-of-sleep-can-damage-the-brain/

    A new study warns a lack of sleep can damage the brain — specifically, what doctors call the “white matter” in the brain. A lot of people try to play catch up on the weekends to make up for the weeknights when they get behind. A small study in China links insomnia with abnormalities in the brain’s white matter. Those are the tissues that form connections and carry information between different parts of the brain. Later in life, this could impact how well your brain regulates sleep. It could also affect cognitive function.

     

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