Beyond Toys

Gifts that Evoke Kids’ Creativity Choosing thoughtful gifts for kids can be a challenge, especially when opting for creativity over this year’s hot toy. It’s possible to find gifts that appeal to both parent and child, involving the whole family …

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Blue Light Raises Cancer Risk

Blue light—a range of the visible light spectrum emitted by most white LEDs and most tablet and phone screens—could be hazardous to our health, a new study shows. Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health analyzed the blue light …

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Breathing Room

Growing Cities Must Add Woodlands The U.S. Forest Service has determined that as the acreage of urban environments more than doubles between 2010 and 2060, green spaces and urban forests need to expand to maintain air quality, moderate climate change …

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Too Much Sitting Thins the Brain

Sitting too much thins the medial temporal lobe (MTL), the part of the brain known for forming new memories, reports a study from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Researchers questioned 35 people of ages 45 to 75 about how …

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Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier than Ever

Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California. Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate …

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Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus

Even a single mindfulness meditation session can significantly reduce anxiety and lower heart rates, Michigan Technological University research shows. Fourteen people with mild to moderate anxiety participated in a 20-minute introductory meditation, a 30-minute mindful scan of each body part …

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Five Healthy Habits Add Years of Life

Analyzing why Americans have a lower life expectancy when compared to most other developed countries, Harvard researchers used 34 years of data on more than 120,000 health professionals to focus on five lifestyle factors that promote longevity. They found that …

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Expecting Moms Need to Relax at Holidays

South Korean women in their first trimester of pregnancy during the country’s stress-producing New Year’s holiday had babies that were a third of an ounce lighter on average, discovered an Australian study of 8,589,426 mothers covering 17 years. The extent …

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Green Cars Update

Plug in to the Latest Trends Through August in the U.S., automakers sold 36,380 battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV), compared to 16,514 by the same time last year. Sales are booming, although it’s not reflected in fairly flat …

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