Health

What made humans ‘the fat primate’?

Blame junk food or a lack of exercise. But long before the modern obesity epidemic, evolution made us fat too. “We’re the fat primates,” said Devi Swain-Lenz, a postdoctoral associate in biology at Duke University. The [...]

Like old photographs, memories fade over time

Like old photographs, memories fade in quality over time – a surprising finding for a team of Boston College researchers who expected recollections would become less accurate, but found people also report declines in the vibrancy [...]

Study: Sperm from infertile men ‘as good as sperm from fertile men’

Scientists have found that sperm DNA from the testicles of many infertile men is as good as that of ejaculated sperm of fertile men. This may explain a major cause of male infertility and opens the [...]

Sense of control tied to feeling younger for elderly

A recent study finds that older adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health concerns. However, stress and health – not a sense of [...]

Mental health issues have boomed in young adults

The percentage of young Americans experiencing certain types of mental health disorders has risen significantly over the past decade, with no corresponding increase in older adults, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “More [...]

Children with many siblings susceptible to bullying

A child with more than one brother or sister is more likely to be the victim of sibling bullying than those with only one sibling, and firstborn children and older brothers tend to be the perpetrators, [...]

Savory Foods May Alter Brain to Promote Healthy Eating

Researchers have found that consuming a broth rich in umami–or savory taste–can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviors and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity. Umami is a [...]

Wait for it: Serotonin and confidence at the root of patience in new study

Just a little longer. It’s a common experience: hanging on in the hopes that our patience will pay off in the end. From waiting from a restaurant seat to queuing at a theme park, we’re all [...]

US Autism Rate Increased Some Per CDC Report

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 11 surveillance sites [...]

Scientists: positive workplace experiences among Americans with disabilities

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), have authored a new article that identifies how Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to employment. Their findings [...]