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Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter

Children learn more and remember better when writing by hand, a new study reports. The brains of children are more active when handwriting than typing on a computer keyboard. A survey of 19 countries in the EU shows that Norwegian children and teens spend the most time online. The smartphone is a constant companion, followed […]

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Women More Likely to Embrace Behaviors Aimed at Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Women are more likely than are men to follow guidelines outlined by medical experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In Behavioral Science & Policy, New York University and Yale University researchers report that women have practiced preventive practices of physical distancing, mask wearing, and maintaining hygiene to a greater degree than men. Women were […]

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Yoga and Meditation Reduce Chronic Pain

A mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course was found to benefit patients with chronic pain and depression, leading to significant improvement in participant perceptions of pain, mood, and functional capacity, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The study found mindful meditation and yoga led to significant improvements in patients’ perceptions of […]

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COVID-19 infection may deplete testosterone

For the first time, data from a study with patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 suggest that the disease might deteriorate men’s testosterone levels. Testosterone is associated with the immune system of respiratory organs, and low levels of testosterone might increase the risk of respiratory infections. Low testosterone is also associated with infection-related hospitalisation and all-cause […]

Drink coffee after breakfast

A strong, black coffee to wake you up after a bad night’s sleep could impair control of blood sugar levels, according to a new study. Writing in the British Journal of Nutrition the scientists show that whilst one night of poor sleep has limited impact on our metabolism, drinking coffee as a way to perk you up […]

Low level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child’s brain development

A new study finds any alcohol use during pregnancy, even low levels, is associated with subtle, yet significant behavioural and psychological effects in children including anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and poor attention. Published in the prestigious American Journal of Psychiatry. Release date: 25 September 2020 Source: University of Sydney