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As Minds Get Quicker, Teens Get Smarter

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 29 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have demonstrated for the first time that adolescents become smarter because their brains process information faster. Researchers David Pillow, Anissa Snyder and Peter Kochunov — psychologists at University of Texas at San Antonio — said their findings make intuitive sense. “Our research was based on […]

Touching Helps Promote Learning

NOTRE DAME, Ind., Sept. 29 (UPI) — People’s ability to learn and remember information depends on what they do with their hands while they are learning, U.S. researchers suggest. Professor James Brockmole and postdoctoral fellow Christopher Davoli of the University of Notre Dame said people holding objects they’re learning about process detail and notice differences […]

Expert: If Your Boss Is A Psychopath, Leave

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept. 30 (UPI) — One in 25 bosses may be a psychopath, and a U.S. researcher suggests if an employee suspects his or her boss fits the description, it’s best to find a new boss. Jamie Dickey Ungerleider of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said 4 percent of business leaders […]

Chopped Romaine Recalled Voluntarily

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) — A California farm is recalling 90 cartons of chopped romaine lettuce because of possible tainting by Listeria monocytogenes, but no illness has been reported. “We are fully cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and we are contacting all of our customers to ensure prompt removal of any product […]

Governments Try To Calculate ‘Happiness’

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Several governments say they are considering developing a way to calculate psychological well-being of citizens, a researcher in Britain says. Charles Seaford, head of the Center for Well-being at the New Economics Foundation in London, said psychologists see happiness as “good functioning” or the meeting of psychological needs, an approach […]

Potatoes Are The Cheapest Source Of Potassium

SEATTLE, Sept. 28 (UPI) — White potatoes are the largest and most affordable source of potassium per serving of any vegetable or fruit, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Adam Drewnowski and colleagues at the University of Washington — in a study funded by the industry group the U.S. Potato Board — merged nutrient composition data from […]

Study: Internet Addiction Definition Passe

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The hours and hours many teens spend on the Internet daily can contribute to their healthy development, an Israeli researcher says. Moshe Israelashvili of Tel Aviv University, graduate student Taejin Kim and colleague Dr. Gabriel Bukobza studied 278 teens, male and female, from schools throughout Israel. The researchers […]

Study: Non-Parental Childcare Not Harmful

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 29 (UPI) — There is no evidence that early childcare or preschool is harmful for most children, researchers in Norway say. Synnve Schjolberg, a specialist in clinical psychology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said preschool children in Norway attend different types of childcare arrangements but most attend kindergarten. The report […]

Half In Battered Women’s Shelters Are Kids

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) — More than half of the residents of U.S. battered women’s shelters are children, researchers in Minnesota say. Jeffrey Edleson, professor of social work at the University of Minnesota, said an online training program aims to elevate children’s voices, so service providers may better understand and respond to the children and […]

Caregivers Have Negative Health Behaviors

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) — The estimated 6 million informal caregivers in California show serious psychological distress and negative health behaviors such as smoking, researchers say. In a policy brief by the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research, using data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey, the authors find […]

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