- How smells stick to your memories: Your nose can be a pathfinder
- Percent of uninsured Texans declined since September 2013
- Multiple births don't have to be an inevitable result of fertility treatments
- How toddlers learn verbs: New insight
- Computer software analyzing facial expressions accurately predicts student test performance
- Body mass index associated with breast cancer, regardless of body shape
- Masculine boys, feminine girls more likely to engage in cancer risk behaviors, study finds
- Vitamin D deficiency contributes to poor mobility among severely obese people
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 10:33 AM PDT
Waves in your brain make smells stick to your memories and inner maps. Researchers have recently discovered the process behind this phenomenon. The brain, it turns out, connects smells to memories through an associative process where neural networks are linked through synchronized brain waves of 20-40 Hz.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 09:56 AM PDT
The percentage of uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 in Texas declined from 24.8 to 23.5 between September 2013 and March 2014, according to a report. The decrease in uninsured appears to be attributable to an increase in employer-sponsored health insurance. The report also found that during this period approximately 746,000 Texans purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace, of which 178,000 (30.2 percent) were previously uninsured.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 07:16 AM PDT
While fertility treatments have helped many people become parents, they commonly result in multiple births, increasing the risk of prematurity, and leading to lifelong complications. But this doesn't have to be the case, according researchers, who recommend sweeping changes to policy and clinical practice.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 07:16 AM PDT
Parents can help toddlers' language skills by showing them a variety of examples of different actions, according to new research. Previous research has shown that verbs pose particular difficulties to toddlers as they refer to actions rather than objects, and actions are often different each time a child sees them.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 07:13 AM PDT
Real-time engagement detection technology that processes facial expressions can perform with accuracy comparable to that of human observers, according to new research. The study used automatic expression recognition technology to analyze students' facial expressions on a frame-by-frame basis and estimate their engagement level. The study also revealed that engagement levels were a better predictor of students' post-test performance than the students' pre-test scores.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 06:08 AM PDT
A larger waist circumference is associated with higher risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, but not beyond its contribution to BMI, a new study of predominantly white women finds. The study fails to confirm previous findings that body shape itself is an independent risk factor for breast cancer.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 06:03 AM PDT
The most "feminine" girls and "masculine" boys are more likely than their peers to engage in behaviors that pose cancer risks, according to a new study. The most feminine teenage girls use tanning beds more frequently and are more likely to be physically inactive, while the most masculine teenage boys are more likely to use chewing tobacco and to smoke cigars, compared with their gender-nonconforming peers.
Posted: 15 Apr 2014 10:38 AM PDT
Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study. The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.
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