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Anti-Bullying Classes Found Ineffective

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) — Generic, cookie-cutter, anti-bullying curriculums are an ineffective substitute for student-focused engagement strategies, U.S. officials say. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, has issued a report in which bullying in schools is examined and recommendations are made for the best ways schools […]

Macrophages (Immune Cells) Burn Fat

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18 (UPI) — In response to cold, tiny immune cells known as macrophages can switch on the brown fat, inducing it to burn energy to make heat, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Ajay Chawla, an associate professor at University of California, San Francisco’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, said prior to this research, scientists assumed […]

Poll: Seniors Happy With Less Social Time

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) — American seniors don’t need as much social time with family and friends as younger people do to be happy, a U.S. survey indicates. Overall, Americans’ self-reported their mood improves with each hour of social time they spend in a day — up to about 7 hours. This relationship is present […]

Impatience Linked To Lower Credit Scores

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say there may be a psychological reason why people default on their mortgages — that is, they may be more impatient. Stephan Meier of the Columbia Business School and Charles Sprenger of Stanford University, while working at the Federal Reserve’s Center for Behavioral Economics and Decisionmaking in […]

Trees, Dust, Nuts, Mold Trigger Allergies

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 14 (UPI) — It may be a wonderful time of year but fresh Christmas trees, plants, air fresheners, perfumes, dust and nuts can spell misery for many, a U.S. researcher says. “The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics […]

U.S. Marriage Rate At All-Time Low

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Barely half of all U.S. adults are married, an all-time low that could fall further in a few years, an analysis of Census data indicates. A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data finds 72 percent of all adults ages 18 and older were married in 1960, with 15 […]

Second-Guessing Linked To Unhappiness

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) — Fretting over which coffee maker to buy or second-guessing oneself over a house one has bought may be a recipe for unhappiness, U.S. researchers say. Joyce Ehrlinger, an assistant professor of psychology Florida State University, said individuals identified among psychologists as “maximizers,” tend to obsess over decisions — big […]

Horticulture Helps Mentally Challenged

DAEGU, South Korea, Dec. 16 (UPI) — Participation in horticultural activities can reduce stress in patients who are mentally challenged, researchers in South Korea say. Min-Jung Lee of Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea said many studies have emphasized the effects of horticultural activities in relation to physical and psychological rehabilitation, but few have […]

Few Foods Are Source Of Vitamin D

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 15 (UPI) — Vitamin D deficiency is common in winter, with earlier sunsets and weaker rays, and few foods are sources of vitamin D, a U.S. food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site supermarketguru.com, said vitamin D refers to a group […]

Study: Smoking Cessation Ups Happiness

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 15 (UPI) — People who quit smoking are happier and more satisfied with their health, compared to those who smoke, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Megan Piper of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health said smokers hold strong beliefs about how stopping smoking will reduce their quality of life. […]

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