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The intelligence level of a child may be determined by the nutrients that he or she ingests early in life, according to a study published in the journal, Child Development. In the three-part study, scientists determined that baby formula containing essential fatty acids may improve a child’s ability to solve certain problems. The results show that 229 infants from Texas were randomly given either regular baby formula or baby formula containing two fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA).Full Story
We live in difficult times. Employees work harder than ever and have fewer opportunities. That’s what the market research firm, Harris Interactive, found after questioning over 1,500 American workers.
Harris published these findings in a survey that the firm conducted for the American Psychological Association.
According to the survey, thirty-six percent of American workers are stressed out.Full Story
Low back pain is a big problem in the United States. That’s what the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found.
The NCHS, a U.S. Government agency, conducted a health survey in 2009. According to the results, almost twenty-five percent of adults between eighteen and forty-four years old had low back pain.Full Story
Two recent studies have linked ADHD to possible problems with the body’s ability to create serotonin, a neurotransmitter that’s essential for good psychological health.
According to the research results, the abnormalities could involve the amino acid, tryptophan, and a gene that helps produce serotonin.Full Story
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental illness. People with OCD feel great anxiety. They’re trapped in a loop of repetitive thoughts known as obsessions.
Many OCD patients seek relief from these obsessions by engaging in compulsive behavior. Such behavior involves performing repetitive tasks such as counting or hand-washing.
But new research provides insight into potential causes of OCD. During the past few years, scientists have learned that this anxiety disorder may be linked to immunological problems.Full Story
If you’re a single man, you’ve probably gone to bars or night clubs. You’ve probably checked out the women there, too. Maybe you were nervous and had a few drinks to work up the courage to mingle.
You may even have thought that one particular woman seemed interested in you. When you approached her and introduced yourself, she may have rejected you.Full Story
A recent study found that whey protein, a substance found in milk, can change body weight and composition in beneficial ways. Six scientists from the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center conducted the twenty-three week study to see how this nutrient-rich protein would affect adults. Among the ninety obese and overweight participants, the people who consumed whey protein lost weight and had a decrease in fat mass.Full Story
Tension often leads to headaches. In fact, there’s one headache known as the tension-type headache.
Not too long ago, a study was done to see if massage therapy could alleviate the psychological problems that might cause tension headaches. The authors, scientists Albert Moraska and Clint Chandler, hired therapists to massage sixteen volunteers and reduce anxiety, depression, and stress in those study participants.Full Story
In a study published last year, scientists learned that healthy people may experience mental benefits from taking certain vitamins and minerals. Scientists from Northumbria University and Bayer Consumer Care recruited 210 men for the study and found that these men had better brain functions after taking a supplement containing B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc.Full Story
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become a significant problem in the United States. This year, the CDC reported that ADHD had become more prevalent in American children and was affecting 9% of them between 2007 and 2009. A previous CDC report showed that food allergies in children had also increased during a very similar time period.Full Story