Weight loss may not improve mood, study says

08 September 2014
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Advertisements for weight-loss programs usually show cheery dieters delighted to be shedding their burden of excess pounds, but a new study finds that in the real world, over time, weight loss may be linked with worsening mood. UK researchers following about 2,000 overweight and obese adults over four years found that people who lost 5 percent or more of their body weight had improved physical health but higher rates of depression. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “We know that weight loss is so hard to achieve or maintain, so we wondered whether part of the explanation might be that the psychological...

Lack of sleep may shrink your brain

08 September 2014
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Why flunking exams is actually a good thing

08 September 2014
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KKK recruits with candies and fliers

03 September 2014
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(CNN) — Carlos Enrique Londoño laughs at the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flier recently left on the driveway of his suburban New York home. It’s unlikely the group would accept him. “I’m Colombian and dark-skinned,” said Londoño, a painter and construction worker who has lived in Hampton Bays on Long Island for 30 years. The flier was tucked into a plastic bag along with a membership application, the address for the KKK national office in North Carolina, a list of beliefs and three Jolly Rancher candies. Gen. Nathan Forrest, a former Confederate soldier, slave trader...

There’s a cure for those end-of-summer blues

03 September 2014
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There are simple ways to stay positive as the warmth of summer slips away, psychologist Christine Ziegler says. “Try not to view winter in ‘black or white’ terms.”(Photo: The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — There’s a bittersweet beauty to this last week of August. The traffic is lighter, the weather’s still warm — but one of the most perfect summers on record is slowly fading away, and another miserable winter is sitting out there, ready and waiting. For some, it’s enough to set off a case of the end-of-summer blues. “When it...

Researchers find way to turn bad memories into happier ones

03 September 2014
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This undated image provided by Karl Deisseroth’s lab shows a three-dimensional rendering of clarified mouse brain seen from below.AP Photo/Karl Deisseroth Scared to death of spiders after you found one crawling in your bed? Scientists may have discovered a way for you to find them positively cuddly.  After identifying the neurons powered by positive and negative memories in mice, MIT neuroscientists found a way to use light to essentially rewrite a mouse’s memories to “reduce the feelings of a bad memory they have or stress they have had,” a study author tells the New York...

How to cope when kids fly the coop

03 September 2014
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Step foot on any college campus on freshman move-in day, and you’ll see the same scene: scores of devoted parents with ambivalent looks on their faces, a blend of worry and pride. For those saying goodbye to their only or youngest child, the journey that awaits them will be just as uncharted as the one that lies ahead for their new college student. What will life be like now with an empty nest? Natalie Caine, founder of Life in Transition, remembers the feeling all too well. As her daughter and only child prepared to venture off to college 3,000 miles away from home (moving from Los Angeles...

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