Human Quirks: Health & Medicine
November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

Traveling Through Space? Don't Forget Your Sleeping Pills and Skin Cream

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study is the first-ever examination of the medications used by astronauts on long-duration missions to the International Space Station: the medications they used, the reasons they used them and ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study of sleepwalkers found an intriguing paradox: Although sleepwalkers have an increased risk for headaches and migraines while awake, during sleepwalking episodes they are unlikely to feel ... read more

In 2030, We Will Have Local Protein on Our Plate

Nov. 2, 2015 — In 2030, new sources that will not accelerate climate change and that are located near the consumer will make available both food and fodder. New foodstuffs are being developed by breeding insects, ... read more

Race Starts Could Give Some Athletes an Unfair Advantage

Oct. 28, 2015 — The alerting effect means competitors who have longer start processes finish slower, affecting standings aggregated across more than one heat. Effect is enough to deny a ... read more

Brain Imaging Can Predict Success of Large Public Health Campaigns

Oct. 28, 2015 — In a new study, brain activity in 50 smokers in Michigan was able to predict the outcome of an anti-smoking advertising campaign sent to 800,000 in New York, demonstrating the promise of neuroscience ... read more

Singing's Secret Power: The Ice-Breaker Effect

Oct. 27, 2015 — A study with adult learners showed groups doing singing bonded faster than others. The study looked at how people attending adult education classes grew closer over seven months. The conclusion -- ... read more

Oct. 22, 2015 — Facial color affects early stage of subliminal processing of facial expression, say researchers, providing the first neurophysiological evidence showing the effects of facial color on emotional ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — Biologists used cadaver arms to punch and slap padded dumbbells in experiments supporting a hotly debated theory that our hands evolved not only for manual dexterity, but also so males could ... read more

Cancer-Causing Parasite May Accelerate Wound Healing

Oct. 21, 2015 — A cancer-causing, parasitic worm could help patients recover from their wounds, say researchers. They report that the parasite could live for decades in the human body, and would have an incentive to ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Over 200 American kitchens were photographed to determine if the food sitting out on counters could predict the weight of the woman living in each ... read more

Sniffing and Gasping Can Prevent Fainting

Oct. 17, 2015 — Sniffing and gasping can prevent fainting, reveals new ... read more

Oct. 14, 2015 — Researchers are creating portable robot skeletons for the elderly so they can continue to be active longer. Think of it as a tool, not as a robot, says ... read more

Ancient Human Ear-Orienting System Could Yield Clues to Hearing Deficits in Infants

Oct. 13, 2015 — Vestigial organs, such as the wisdom teeth in humans, are those that have become functionless through the course of evolution. Now, a psychologist studying vestigial muscles behind the ears in humans ... read more

Oct. 12, 2015 — Inhibiting infants' tongue movements impedes their ability to distinguish between speech sounds, researchers have found. The study is the first to discover a direct link between infants' ... read more

New Optoelectronic Probe Enables Communication With Neural Microcircuits

Oct. 12, 2015 — The burgeoning field of optogenetics makes it possible for scientists to control brain activity using pulses of light. Now, researchers have developed an optoelectronic device which opens the ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — If you want to learn how something works, one strategy is to take it apart and put it back together again. For 10 years, a global initiative called the Blue Brain Project has been attempting to do ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — Researchers have found that activating the pleasure and reward receptors in the brain could provide the 'reward' of dangerous drugs without having to consume those ... read more

Chew on That: Can Your Chewing Predict When You'll Die?

Oct. 5, 2015 — Could scientists use the Second Law of Thermodynamics on your chewing muscles to work out when you are going to die? According to research, the level of entropy, or thermodynamic disorder, in the ... read more

First-Aid for Defective Mucus

Oct. 2, 2015 — Proper lubrication is crucial to keep not only machines but also humans functioning smoothly. The mucus membranes in our mouths, eyes, stomachs and genital area help keep friction to a minimum and ... read more

Chore or Stress Reliever: Study Suggests That Washing Dishes Decreases Stress

Oct. 1, 2015 — Mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress, a new study shows. The study looked at whether washing dishes could be used as an informal contemplative practice that promotes a ... read more

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