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Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves

When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that supports early learning and communication skills, say Cambridge University researchers.

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care

More than 80 percent of midlife women reported using complementary approaches in a recent survey, with herbal teas and vitamins the top choices.

New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

With new guidelines that define high blood pressure as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, nearly half of U.S. adults are considered at risk.

Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills

Swedish moms that took acetaminophen during pregnancy gave birth to girls which 30 months later showed slower ability in acquiring language skills.

Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence

Seniors that ate a diet high in veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were markedly more independent and less frail over a four-year period.

Yoga Soothes the Blues

A twice-weekly yoga class lowered symptoms of depression in participants within eight weeks.

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake

In an important fitness marker, young women were found by Canadian researchers to process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men their age when they began exercising.

Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less

When overweight Danes exchanged refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tended to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and have less inflammation.

Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

Ingesting a combination of five herbs returned menstrual cycles to normal durations for 55 percent of women with polycystic ovary syndrome among those participating in an Australian study.

Fruit Pesticides Lower Fertility in Women

Women undergoing fertility treatments were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth if they were eating pesticide-laden produce.

Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People older than 60 that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia.

Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress

People living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulates were 17 percent more likely to be psychologically distressed, feeling sad, nervous or hopeless.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

Eating a high-fat diet increases the risk of multiple sclerosis relapse in children by as much as 56 percent, while each additional cup of weekly vegetables cuts the risk by 50 percent.

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic after spending an hour a day watching nature videos for one year.

Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease

Teenagers that eat few leafy greens are at triple the risk for enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, reducing blood pumping volumes, than teens that eat greens.

Physical Activity Deters Alzheimer's

Walking, dancing, gardening and other physical activities significantly improve brain volume and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Gooseberries are Good for the Gut

Malaysian subjects with gastrointestinal problems had less pain, vomiting and sleep loss when receiving an ayurvedic remedy known as Indian gooseberry.

Saunas Lower Blood Pressure

Four to seven saunas a week halved high blood pressure risk in a study of 1,621 Finnish men.

Positive Outlook Powers Osteoarthritis Patients

People with osteoarthritis that wake up feeling enthusiastic about getting things done in their day end up exercising more and feeling less plagued by symptoms.

Teen Marijuana Use Fosters Depression

Teens using marijuana have a higher risk of depression as young adults, and depressed young teens are more likely to be using marijuana by age 18.

Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk

Eating red meat and poultry significantly increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, Singapore scientists report.

Toxic Effects of Lead on Reproductive Health

During their lead-tainted city water crisis, Flint, Michigan, residents experienced a 58 percent rise in fetal deaths and 275 fewer births.

Big Breakfast, Lower Body Mass

People that make breakfast their largest meal of the day have lower body mass, while those that make dinner the biggest meal are likely to weigh more, a recent study concluded.

Zinc Inhibits Throat Cancer

University of Texas researchers have found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells.

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