An Emerging Era of Big Data

Every era has its technological icons. In the early 20th century, it was the airplane and the automobile. In the mid-20th century, it was the television and the telephone. Now in the early 21st century, the smart phone and social networking appear ...

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Smoking Cessation Meds Shows Promise as Alcoholism Treatment, Study ...

A medication commonly used to help people stop smoking may have an unanticipated positive side effect for an entirely different vice: drinking alcohol. A new study by University of Chicago researchers finds that varenicline, sold as Chantix, ...

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Mental health problems worsen after cosmetic surgery

Are people who opt for medically unnecessary, cosmetic surgery psychologically vulnerable? Does having such surgery bring them psychological relief? These are tricky questions. There's actually evidence of increased mental health problems among ...

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Weight Loss Can Be Contagious, Study Suggests

Is weight loss "contagious"? According to a new study published online in the journal Obesity, teammates in a team-based weight loss competition significantly influenced each other's weight loss, suggesting that shedding pounds can have a ripple ...

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Can Humor and Laughter Boost Your Health?

One of the most popular beliefs regarding humor and laughter is that they are good for your health. There are many extraordinary claims regarding the health benefits associated with humor. Many people believe that humor and laughter can help you ...

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Different bodies, different minds

We like to think of ourselves as rational creatures, absorbing information, weighing it carefully, and making thoughtful decisions. But, as it turns out, we're kidding ourselves. Over the past few decades, scientists have shown there are many ...

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Maybe Narcissus Had It Right

Know your worth: Narcissus knew he was all that and more. Although, his estimation of his worth was bloated and likely bordering on delusional, we often have the opposite problem. We think we are never enough! In an effort to compensate for our ...

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Motivation to exercise affects behavior

For many people, the motivation to exercise fluctuates from week to week, and these fluctuations predict whether they will be physically active, according to researchers at Penn State. In an effort to understand how the motivation to exercise is ...

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Good Aerobic Capacity Promotes Learning

Aerobic fitness has a favorable effect on cognitive functions. For example, physically active elderly people are less prone to aging-related cognitive decline than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. An increase in physical activity raises both ...

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Easy To Pronounce Names Help Win Friends And Influence People

Here is something Dale Carnegie didn't mention in his self-help bestseller "How to Win Friends and Influence People": having a name that is easy to pronounce appears to confer a subtle advantage. Apparently, it helps people gain promotions, ascend ...

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Finding Love Has No Expiration Date: People Over 60 Are Fastest ...

People may think that online dating is only for the young, but individuals over the age of 60 are the fastest growing demographic in online dating. However, they may be looking for different qualities in their relationships than their younger ...

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Stress Levels Rise When Caring for Others

Caregivers typically report higher stress levels than other adults, according to APA’s Stress in America survey. A lot of people don’t get what it means to take care of another human being. As kids, we don’t realize how hard it is to parent ...

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The history of happiness

Can the imperative to be cheerful make us miserable? On World Happy Day today, it's a sobering thought. A modern Russian adage holds that "a person who smiles a lot is either a fool or an American". It is true that, when McDonald's arrived in ...

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Smart Phone App Catches Depression Onset

A smart phone app in development for depression patients tracks contacts and movement, and prompts activities when patterns show withdrawal. Researchers at Northwestern University hope to get smart phones to help. They’re developing an app that ...

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Controlling Parents More Likely to Have Delinquent Children

Authoritarian parents whose child-rearing style can be summed up as "it's my way or the highway" are more likely to raise disrespectful, delinquent children who do not see them as legitimate authority figures than authoritative parents who listen to ...

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