Sep 17 2012
Stressed Out? It Could Impair Your Memory
The Gist It’s no surprise that stress can make it harder to focus and concentrate. For years, researchers weren’t sure exactly why. A recent study published in PLoS Computational Biology begins to answer the question. The study, written by ...
Sep 17 2012
Study Roundup: Can Sleeping Help You Lose Weight?
The Gist For most people, a weight-loss routine entails eating nutritious foods and exercising. Sleeping isn’t often part of the plan. But a growing amount of research shows that getting enough sleep is crucial for achieving and maintaining a hea...
Nov 29 2011
Your Roommates Could Help You Live Longer
Even if you have bad roommates—loud, obnoxious, anal-retentive, etc.—there’s a good chance they’ll help you live longer. A recent study of 44,617 people from 29 countries found that living alone was independently associated with an increase o...
Nov 22 2011
Wait. Why Did I Come In Here?
Nothing makes you feel quite like an exquisite specimen of evolution more than standing in the middle of a room and pondering life’s great question: What did I come in here for? Well, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not going senile and...
Nov 21 2011
Doctor in Your Pocket: Apps Bring Health Closer
The advances human beings have made in technology are astounding: we put a man on the moon and made advanced communications technology affordable to nearly everyone on the planet. While a lot of technology is devoted to things like funny pict...
Nov 18 2011
If Pizza is a Vegetable, Beer Should be a Grain
There’s something completely wrong with this. Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is okay with the fact that pizza sauce—cooked tomatoes, sugar, salt, and preservatives—counts as a serving of vegetables when it comes to school lunch...
Nov 15 2011
Freaks Like Me: Gene Mutation & Blue Eyes
Brown eyes are usually considered soulful, green eyes exotic, and all the shades in the middle an intriguing mix that gives us all our outward personalities. But nothing beats the sparkle of some bright blue eyes. (I am in no way biased in s...
Nov 14 2011
Stem Cells Could Prevent Post-Heart Attack Damage
Dr. Roberto Bolli, left, and Dr. Sohail Ikram of the University of Louisville prepare to infuse patient Mike Jones with adult cardiac stem cells. Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville.It may be premature to give stem cell therapy credit ...
Nov 09 2011
Stick Together, Your Brains Work Better
Could the song of Ecuadorian wrens provide some insight into how the world can support the surge in population? Decide for yourself.
Nov 02 2011
Guess What the McRib Has in Common With Your Shoes?
Never once have I understood the appeal of the McRib, McDonald’s elusive and strangely popular BBQ-ish sandwich. In essence, between two pieces of bread are some onions, a pickle, and drenched in BBQ sauce is a patty of rib meat reconstituted...