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People often wonder what attracts the opposite sex. According to scientists, the answer is art. The study, Status and Mating Success Amongst Visual Artists, illustrates that point by showing that successful artists have more mates.
“There is some evidence from mate preference studies that creativity is desired in a potential mate,” say the authors of the study. The authors, three scientists from the UK, tried to prove this hypothesis by collecting information from 236 visual artists.Full Story
A new study on the human brain shows that meditation can reduce pain. The authors measured pain intensity and pain regulation in fifteen volunteers by using a pain rating scale and an MRI, a machine that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to capture x-ray like images. Two MRI sessions were conducted — one before meditation training and one afterwards. In the second session, the male and female volunteers experienced less pain after practicing mindfulness meditation, a technique that involves letting random thoughts go and focusing on breathing sensations, according to the authors of the study.Full Story
New research shows that certain dietary components can promote weight loss in women. In a Canadian study, overweight and obese women lost weight and gained muscle mass after combining exercise with a diet that was high in protein and dairy food.
The ninety women participants were assigned to three different groups, each of which consumed a different amount of protein and dairy.Full Story
Scientists recently learned that the essential fatty acid, DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), could be linked to human mental performance. They studied 280 healthy adult volunteers from Pennsylvania, and the volunteers who had higher blood levels of DHA got better scores on mental performance tests.
In the study, the participants with higher DHA levels received better scores on cognitive tests for nonverbal reasoning and mental flexibility, as well as working memory.Full Story
Scientists are finding that the vitamin-like substance, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), may play an important role during and after exercise. New studies have determined that Q10 helps protect muscles and enhances endurance.
One study shows that CoQ10 protects muscles by regulating certain proteins and by preserving the energy-producing portions of muscle cells.Full Story
Do you dream about fast food? Does eating a greasy burger and fries sound good sometimes? Don’t feel bad. Everyone gets food cravings. The important thing is to keep those cravings under control and avoid obesity.
You see, scientists are learning that a high-fat diet can upset the balance of your intestinal bacteria and lead to obesity.Scientists are also learning that some bacteria may help you maintain a normal weight and bacterial balance.Full Story
Have you lost interest in sex? Do you wonder why you no longer have sexual fantasies? Are you anxious about losing interest in sex? These are the symptoms of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), according to the American Psychiatric Association. HSDD, or low sex drive, is fairly common. In fact, scientists interviewed 2207 American women in a study and learned that many of them had this problem. 26.7% of the premenopausal women had low sexual desire. 52.4% of the naturally menopausal women from the surveyed group had the same issue.Full Story
Let’s face it: Cat grooming is a challenge. Cats do what they like. They’ll sit in your favorite chair or jump up onto your dinner table. They’re not terribly cooperative.
You may even find kitty’s tail sprawled across your dinner plate after you set the table. That’s my personal favorite.Full Story
The family and friends of singer Amy Winehouse are grieving. According to the Daily Mail, her parents are devastated by her death.1 The British newspaper reported that she had been undergoing treatment for a drinking problem.Full Story
We live in stressful times. A rocky U.S. economy has made it harder than ever to live the American dream.
You might want a family and a house, but you must constantly retrain yourself to compete and make a living. That can make your work day longer and harder. As a result, you might worry more often.
When worry takes over, it can lead to a panic attack. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you have panic attacks frequently and constantly worry about the next attack, you may have panic disorder.1Full Story