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Eating walnuts will help you ace a memory test

Jan 27, 15 Eating walnuts will help you ace a memory test

Posted by in Mental Health

Walnuts are known for their powerful impact on heart-health. Their rich levels of omega-3 fatty acids help decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), triglyceride levels, and lower blood pressure. Now, a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests adults who consistently eat walnuts can improve their cognitive function, too.

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Too many women of reproductive age are taking opioid painkillers

Jan 27, 15 Too many women of reproductive age are taking opioid painkillers

Posted by in Health

Despite the risks associated with their use, doctors have been prescribing prescription opioid painkillers increasingly over the past few years. In 2012 alone, physicians wrote 259 million prescriptions for these painkillers. While overdoses are an obvious concern, a new study highlights another risk associated with their excessive use: Too many women of childbearing age are being prescribed the drugs.

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Special glasses let legally blind mother see her newborn son

Jan 27, 15 Special glasses let legally blind mother see her newborn son

Posted by in Technology

Parents are quick to compare physical features that they or their partner may share with their newborn. This was one aspect of being a mother that Kathy Beitz did not think she would be able share with other parents. Beitz, who is legally blind, recently gave birth to her son Aksel and wanted nothing more than simply to look at him. Little did she know a very special pair of glasses were on their way to make her wish come true.

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BPA disrupts sperm development, linked to declining male fertility

Jan 27, 15 BPA disrupts sperm development, linked to declining male fertility

Posted by in Science

Men are generally not as fertile as they used to be, many studies suggest. While there are regional variations, sperm counts and quality have, by and large, been declining over the past 50 years or so. One 2013 study of more than 26,000 French men, for example, found that sperm concentrations have dropped by nearly 2 percent each year from 1996 to 2005.

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Sleep now for better memory later on

Jan 26, 15 Sleep now for better memory later on

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

A new study from Baylor University in Waco, Texas found investing in quality sleep now leads to increased cognitive (and overall) health later. "It's the difference between investing up front rather than trying to compensate later," said Michael K. Scullin, lead study author from the BU Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory.

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The Pirate Bay servers were hidden in a…mountainside?

Jan 26, 15 The Pirate Bay servers were hidden in a…mountainside?

Posted by in Technology

By taking the Pirate Bay offline last month, a small team of Swedish police officers proved the infamous piracy site was vulnerable to a raid, debunking years of rhetoric from administrators who openly bragged they could never be stopped. The Pirate Bay had claimed it was run through the cloud, but that's now being contradicted by police, who told TorrentFreak that 50 servers were confiscated in the raid.

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If flossing is too hard, chew gum

Jan 26, 15 If flossing is too hard, chew gum

Posted by in Health

From a young age, we’re told time and again chewing gum can lead to cavities and poor oral health. However, a stick of gum can actually promote good dental hygiene in the same way as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. According to a recent study, chewing gum for up to 10 minutes can remove 100 million bacteria, or 10 percent of the microbial load in saliva.

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How the smell of cinnamon seduces us into spending money

Jan 26, 15 How the smell of cinnamon seduces us into spending money

Posted by in Science

Certain smells can have an impact on what and how much you buy, according to a new study. Unbeknownst to shoppers, the smell of cinnamon can spur them into buying more “prestigious items,” the researchers discovered.

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Google is starting to feel the heat of the new search wars

Jan 26, 15 Google is starting to feel the heat of the new search wars

Posted by in Technology

Google lost 1.6 percent of the U.S. desktop search market last month after Firefox switched to Yahoo as its default search engine. Left, Google’s tweet detailing how to switch Firefox’s default search back to Google. Image Credit: Google via Twitter If you needed any more evidence that the search wars are back on, just...

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Measles outbreak: Facts, myths about vaccines

Jan 26, 15 Measles outbreak: Facts, myths about vaccines

Posted by in Health

As parents, there is little we wouldn't do for our children to protect them, provide for them and bring joy into their lives. That being said, over the last several years, there has been a growing trend of parents electing not to get their children vaccinated. Their choice does not reflect a lack of love or caring, but, instead, a fear that vaccinations can harm them - the opposite purpose for which they were intended for.

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