Who’s Your Mate?

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Chapman University in Orange California recently published findings based on two of the largest national studies done on mate preference. In other words, the researchers found specific traits that heterosexual couples find attractive in a mate and also discovered differences according to gender, age, income and education.

The basic traits evaluated were attractiveness and resources, with the knowledge that most men find attractiveness more desirable and more women find financial resources more desirable. The researchers also defined the difference between what was desirable in a mate and what was essential.

 

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Anxiety and Work Performance

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From the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, researchers found that the effect of anxiety in the workplace is closely connected to the quality of relationships between employees, their bosses and their co-workers. Additionally, researchers also found that high levels of emotional exhaustion from workplace anxiety would also directly lead to lower job performances.

These results impact not only the individual at the corporate office, but also your physician, police officers, attorneys and others whose decisions have make or break, life or death, results in your life.

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Backtesting and Overfitting Your Investments

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If your investment counselor calls with a recommendation for a new portfolio based on whether that same portfolio would have yielded positive results if you had begun investing 20 years ago, should you consider the possibility?

Mathematicians say no.

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Eating on the Go Leads To . . .

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You might have guessed that eating on the go during the day leads to weight gain. And, you would be right.

In a study from the University of Surrey, researchers found that people who ate “on the go” had a greater tendency to eat more calories during the evening than others. This leads to weight gain and obesity. Interestingly, they also found that eating while walking around lead to eating more calories than those who ate while watching television or eating with a friend.

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Fitness Improve Heart Arrhythmia

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Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia which causes the heart to fibrillate, or contract quickly and without a regular heartbeat.  The heart muscle doesn’t work together properly increasing the risk of stroke and heart failure. In some cases, people with atrial fibrillation will not experience any symptoms.

One of the primary risk factors for atrial fibrillation is a high body mass index, or obesity.  However, while it is a risk factor, those who are obese can reduce their risk by increasing their physical activity levels.

 

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Sharing the Load Eases Stress, Says Researchers

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New research from Queen’s University, Canada has demonstrated that strong relationships between two people can help ease stress when individuals are faced with difficult situations. The researchers used adolescent young women in stressful situations who were physically close to their mothers.

Prior to the situational stress, they were asked to rate their emotional closeness with their mothers. During the situation they either held their mother’s hand or didn’t. The researchers found that those adolescent girls who were physically close to their mother and held their hands, were able to handle the stress more effectively, as evaluated by sensors placed on their skin measuring levels of perspiration.

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Colon Screening Blood Test Improves Results


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Thanks to screening tests like the colonoscopy, most colon cancers are detected in the early stages. However, the colonoscopy involves snaking a camera through the intestines to identify polyps and remove them before they become cancerous. The new blood test requires additional testing to demonstrate the effectiveness of the test.

Because the colonoscopy can be expensive, is invasive and usually unpleasant, researchers have been trying to look for less invasive methods that would encourage more people to be tested for colon cancer.  

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Do you Address, Maintain or Adapt

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In most relationships there are common threads in disagreements and arguments – and the finances ranks in the top 5 of those common issues.  New research now demonstrates techniques that couple can use to reduce their conflicts while addressing financial uncertainty.

Regardless of income level, all couples face times of financial uncertainty. Whether they are deciding how to get food to the table for their family or whether or not to sell their vacation home, there are times in every couple’s relationship when finances become topic of conversation and the outcome is not certain.

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Two thirds of Alzheimer’s Cases Triggered by Potentially Modifiable Factors

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In the latter part of August 2015, researchers published their findings in the British Medical Journal which found that there are nine risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease – all of which are potentially modifiable. In other words, we have more control over our elder years than we may have anticipated.

In a literature review of studies done in the past the researchers identified 323 studies, covering 93 different risk factors and including more than 5000 people.  From this group they found that nine risk factors appeared to account for 2/3 of the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease across the world.

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Getting Passionate about Work

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In a study released in August 2015, researchers found that contrary to popular opinion, love at first site is not necessary with a potential job. The research was done at the University of Michigan and they suggest that you can choose to change your beliefs or strategies to cultivate passion for your new job or develop better compatibility with the job you already have.

 

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