Tell Us About Beauty

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Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and in the study we examine today, researcher find out why.  Using twins, researchers found that the differences of opinion about beauty is not related to genetics or gender, but rather specifically about something personal to each of us.

In 'Is It Fact or Fiction?' you'll discover why your mom always told you that cracking your knuckles would give you arthritis in your hands. The question - is it true or something she told you to get you to stop the habit?

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Activity, Thinking and Brain Flexibility

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In the news today researchers from the University of Illinois have discovered that people who are physically fit and active have a greater capacity to withstand a specific illness that isn't related to the heart or diabetes.

When Popeye ate his spinach, what specific ingredient was in the vegetable that gave him the strength of four men? Olive Oil certainly relied on Popeye and his spinach to save her! Read below to find out. 

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Women Can Negotiate Better Than Men – In Some Circumstances

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Change is difficult for most of us, but is sometimes the healthiest thing we can do. In today's  story Steve had to learn the difference between change that brought great innovation and change that brought great pain.

In the news from the American Psychological Association comes interesting research demonstrating the differences in negotiation skills between men and women. Under 'Is It Fact or Fiction?' you'll discover if you should feed a cold and starve a fever or feed a fever and starve a cold. You may not have learned the right way!

 

 

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Biomarker Found for Pre-Diabetes

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Researchers at Virginia Tech believe they have identified a biomarker in individuals who are pre-diabetic and can help prevent these people from later developing Type II diabetes. Published in Clinical Epigenetics, the study discovered that those people who are currently pre-diabetic and considered to be insulin resistant also had altered mitochondrial DNA.

The connection was made after blood samples were analyzed and they revealed that there were lower amounts of mitochondrial DNA with a higher amount of methylation. This is a process that can change the expression of genes in the cells.

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Born at Home or the Hospital

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Did you know that having a baby at home can save thousands of dollars over having your child in the hospital? But, when money is not the only consideration it’s helpful to have more information about what is not only cost effective but safe.

In a study released in August 2015 from the University of British Columbia, researchers found that for low risk births, having your child at home is just as safe as in the hospital and can save new parents thousands of dollars. This followed another study earlier which also showed that planned at home births resulted in fewer interventions for the mother and child and fewer adverse newborn outcomes.

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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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