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Study: Nice Guys Make Lower Salaries

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Nice guys may or may not finish last, as the saying goes, but they make less money than their less agreeable counterparts, U.S. and Canadian researchers found. Study authors Beth A. Livingston of Cornell University in New York, Timothy A. Judge of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana […]

Breastfeeding May Drop Breast Cancer Risk

BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Giving birth to two or more children is linked to estrogen and progesterone receptor negative cancers in women who didn’t breastfeed, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Julie Palmer, a senior epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center and a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said the […]

Addiction Redefined As Brain Disorder

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A U.S. group of doctors redefined addiction as a chronic brain disorder and not just a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex. Dr. Michael Miller, past president of American Society of Addiction Medicine, who oversaw development of the new definition, says this is the first time […]

Competitive Scrabble May Make You Smarter

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Competitive Scrabble players develop visual word recognition ability in adulthood — beyond what Canadian researchers say they thought was achievable. Penny Pexman, a professor of psychology at the University of Calgary, and colleagues say in their study Scrabble players were able to recognize English words — compared with nonsense […]

15 Minutes Of Exercise Daily = Longer Life

HOUSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Even light exercise for 15 minutes a day extended the expected lifespan of people in Taiwan by three years compared with couch potatoes, researchers say. The researchers’ prospective observational study involved 416,175 Taiwanese who participated in a standard medical screening program from 1996 to 2008. Study participants completed a questionnaire […]

Vitamin D Receptor Slows Colon Tumors

BARCELONA, Spain, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Vitamin D, specifically its receptor, slows the action of a key protein in the carcinogenic process of colon cancer cells, researchers in Spain say. Researchers at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues say the protein, known as beta-catenin, is normally found in intestinal epithelial […]

People Need Confidence To Keep Exercising

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Almost 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out in the first six months, a U.S. researcher says. “You can apply the concept of self-efficacy — the belief that one is capable of performing in a certain manner to attain certain goals — to every single […]

Cellphones Used To Entertain, Evade

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Many Americans find cellphones useful for alleviating boredom and some use them to avoid talking to someone actually in their presence, a survey indicates. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found 42 percent of those surveyed — by telephone, of course — say cellphones can help stave […]

Moderate Drinking Reduces Dementia Risk

CHICAGO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Moderate drinking — no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women — reduces risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, U.S. researchers say. Edward J. Neafsey and Michael A. Collins, professors in the department of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of […]

PTSD May Impinge Recognizing Fear, Sadness

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Post-traumatic stress disorder may change brain processes that make it harder to recognize fear and sadness, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dutch researchers say. Dr. Ervin Poljac of the International University of Sarajevo and the University of Leuven, Dr. Barbara Montagne of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Edward de Haan […]

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