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Heart disease gene 'found in women'

<b>Scientists have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk of heart disease, an early study suggests.</b><p>The work showed that women who had a particular version of the BCAR1 gene were more likely than other women to have heart attacks and strokes.<p>In contrast, men who had the gene were not at …

The obesity paradox: Why Coke is promoting a theory that being fat won’t hurt your health

Over the past few years, an unconventional idea has been gaining traction in the scientific literature: Maybe our pursuit of thinness is a big, fat waste of time.<p>This idea is known as the "obesity paradox," and it's based on studies finding that people who classify as overweight or even moderately …

Breakthrough: Huge new genome discovery shakes human medicine

The human genome has been sequenced, a discovery that has scientists cheering and ethicists fretting about what's next for humanity.<p>It’s a term …

Sex Moves You and Your Husband Can Use Each Night This Week

Has your married sex gone from too hot to touch to too boring to bother? You're not alone. "After we settle into commitment, the mystery and excitement can fade as we settle into a marriage built on stability, trust and security," explains Emily Morse, Ph.D., sexologist and founder of the <i>Sex With</i> …

Relationships

The real nuclear deal: Israeli discovers how a protein solves the chaos of reproduction

Human cells have 46 chromosomes that determine who we are — a factory for replication and reproduction that forms our body, traits and aging.<p>Your …

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

Gene therapy rescues dying cells in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time<p>An experimental gene therapy reduces the rate at which nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients degenerate and die, according to new results from a small clinical trial, published in …

Neuroscience

The science of forgiveness: “When you don’t forgive you release all the chemicals of the stress response”

<b>(altanaka via Shutterstock)</b><p>Researchers are studying how we can let go of our grievances and live a healthier life. Here’s how it works<p>Megan Feldman Bettencourt<p>August 24, 2015 2:26am (UTC)<p>From “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World”<p><b>The Burn Surgeon: How Anger Can Impede Healing</b><p>In …

Psychology

Have scientists at Harvard and MIT found a cure for obesity?

Snipping out bad DNA code could prevent or even cure obesity in those people with a faulty gene, say scientists from two top US universities<p>A cure for obesity could be just an injection away after scientists at Harvard and MIT discovered that a tiny DNA tweak causes the metabolism to burn up excess …

Genetics

Bacteria With Synthetic DNA Create Protein Never Found In Nature

For when the usual four nucleotides can’t give you what you want<p>Your DNA, like that of everything else on the planet, is made of four nucleotides: A, C, G, and T. These are like a blueprint that your body reads to produce 20 different amino acids, which combine to make up the proteins that enable …

Biochemistry

High childhood IQ linked to bipolar disorder later in life

Is bipolar disorder the price humans must pay for creativity and intelligence?<p>High childhood IQ levels are linked to an increased risk of bipolar disorder later in life, according to new research.<p>The study, carried out at the University of Glasgow, measured the IQ of a large group of people aged …

New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts

Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women's chests? Scientists have never satisfactorily …

Papua New Guinea

The Health Benefits of Bananas

Last week, a reader asked why I included bananas in my list of good carbs for the Adrenal Reset Diet. Her confusion is understandable, since some experts claim bananas are fattening or unhealthy.<p>Recently, I read one such claim:<p>"I tell my clients to stick to fruits that either have edible skin, …

Scientists keep finding more evidence that bacteria in your stomach are connected to your mood

What's been harder to understand, historically, has been the apparent connection between our resident bacterial communities, especially those in the gut, and the human brain — notoriously protected from bacteria by the blood-brain barrier.<p>Yet there's more and more evidence that somehow, <b>the</b> …

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Disney, Brain Science and Understanding Emotional Intelligence

I never thought seeing a kid's movie would become the inspiration for a new blog on emotional intelligence. Seeing <i>Inside Out</i>, the new movie from Disney/Pixar got me thinking about how we think.<p><i>photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar</i><p>Almost the entire animated movie takes place inside the brain of a young …

Deafness could be treated by virus, say scientists

<b>Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards treating some forms of deafness after restoring hearing in animals.</b><p>Defects in a baby's DNA are behind roughly half of cases of hearing loss in early life.<p>The mouse study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed a virus could …

Can fasting help you lose weight and live for longer?

New research suggests that fasting could slow down ageing and extend people's lives. What fasting diets are there - are are they a good idea?<p>Fasting is in fashion. The 5:2 diet is now so mainstream that several restaurants offer special 500-calorie, three-course menus making it easier for those on …

Avocados can fight disease that kills 10K each year, study says

The unassuming avocado, so rich and delicious it's often called nature's butter, has been found to hold a key ingredient that could fight off one of the world's most devastating diseases, Eureka Alert reports.<p>That disease is acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer that the American Cancer Society …

Small molecules change biological clock rhythm

A team of chemists and biologists at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University have succeeded in finding new molecules …

MG12 Magnesium Oil | Healing Life from the Dead Sea

Google Chrome Browser: An Easy Hack For Longer Battery Life

Love or hate Chrome, few will deny it is brutal on laptop battery life. But that might be about to change…<p>‘Better battery life for your laptop’ is a fascinating new post on Chrome’s official blog page and in it Google software engineer and ‘power conservationist’ Tommy Li claims the team have made …

Software

59 ways to live a longer life

The fountain of youth may be elusive, but there's plenty you can do to give your longevity a boost.<p>Back in the 13th century, English philosopher and …

17% Of Our Genetic Knowledge Is Wrong

Your genes are not your fate.<p>Nonetheless, genes can tell us a lot about our risk for disease, and sometimes they can tell us how to lead healthier lives.<p>The landscape of the human genome is vast and mostly unexplored. There is far, far more that we don’t know than we do know. This is why it’s so …

Genetics

Forget Fitness Challenges—Sex Challenges Are Now a Thing

“It might be a way to spring life back into your relationship, into your connection,” says Neil Rosenthal, a marriage and family therapist and author of the book <i>Love, Sex, and Staying Warm: Keeping the Flame Alive</i>. “You can be relatively moderate and try it for a week or 10 days, then see how you …

18 things every modern gentleman should have in his closet

But do you have the right pieces? The essentials? The pieces no wardrobe should be without?<p>It's probably time to take stock of your wardrobe to make sure.<p>Don't get caught in the rain without a raincoat (literally).

Men's Fashion

Eggs: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

Which came first — the egg or controversy about its healthfulness? Few foods in Western culture have come under such scrutiny. One day, nutritionists …

Nutrition

Does Having More Sex Actually Make You Happier?

For the study, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University recruited 128 healthy men and women between the ages of 35 and 65 and split them into groups: One group was asked to double how much sex they had in a week; the other was given no instructions on how often they should get busy.<p>The groups …