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Researchers find little evidence that spending extensive time in day care causes behavioral issues from biting to bullying.
Women with a positive mindset have a greater chance of living beyond the age of 90, researchers say.
Moderate drinkers who binge alcohol are more likely to develop alcohol-related problems than moderate drinkers who don’t binge, researchers find.
Children are more eager to try new vegetables when offered a fun reward, study finds.
Emotional eating can start as early as preschool and may be shaped by a mother’s eating habits, researchers say.
A new study finds the brain releases more oxytocin as we age, which makes us kinder and more satisfied with life.
While some gamble socially and others do it for a living, it’s a serious addiction for those who have an uncontrollable urge to keep going at the risk of losing everything.
“In our brain, the centers involved with gambling addiction are the same centers involved with substance addiction," said
If you feel like the pandemic made you a permanent couch potato, a new study shows you're not alone: Well after lockdown measures were relaxed, many Americans were still taking fewer steps each day.
Researchers found that, on the whole, Americans' daily step count plummeted at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 -- an understandable decline that prior studies have charted.
The "love hormone" oxytocin might not play the critical role in forming social bonds that scientists have long believed, a new animal study suggests.
Prairie voles bred without receptors for oxytocin display the same monogamous mating, attachment and parenting behaviors as regular voles, according to researchers.
"While oxytocin has been considered 'Love Potion No. 9,' it seems that...
Millions of adults spend too much time at a desk or in front of a screen, and experts have long advised them to sit less, move more.
But if lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and a mood boost are the goals, what's the bare minimum of movement that will get the job done?
Apparently just five minutes of walking every 30 minutes.
That’s the finding of a small, new study th...
College students who routinely cram at the last minute may not only see their grades suffer, but their health, too, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that of more than 3,500 college students they followed, those who scored high on a procrastination scale were more likely to report certain health issues nine months later. The list included body aches, poor sleep, and depression and a...
A new study confirms what many believe: Women tend to be better than men at imagining or understanding what another person is feeling or thinking.
Using a test that measures empathy, researchers evaluated more than 300,000 people in 57 countries around the world to come to that conclusion.
“Our results provide some of the first evidence that the well-known phenomenon — that fem...
Swedish researchers studying anger say it appears there is a pent-up need for anger management and that an internet-based treatment can work.
Scientists from the Centre for Psychiatry Research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, had to close its recruitment site after a few weeks because there was so much demand for help with anger issues.
"It is usually very difficul...
Groups of whales, dolphins and porpoises are regularly stranded in shallow waters around the coasts of the United Kingdom.
Researchers wanted to understand why, so they studied the brains of 22 toothed whales — or "odontocetes" — that were stranded in Scottish coastal waters.
The study includ...
Kids who are the youngest in their grade may be overmedicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a Norwegian researcher who studied prescribing data.
Those who were also born preterm were at particular risk of being overmedicated, said Dr. Christine Strand...
Is your pooch a herder or a hunter? You can try taking them to a trainer, but new research shows much of their behavior is hardwired in their DNA.
For the new study, researchers analyzed DNA samples from more than 200 dog breeds and surveyed 46,000 pet-owners to try to suss out why certain breeds act the way they do.
“The largest, most successful genetic experiment that humans hav...
Americans are more likely to carry a loaded handgun than ever before: New research finds about twice as many adults carried in 2019 as did in 2015.
“Between increases in the number of people who own handguns and the number of people who carry every day, there has been a striking increase in handgun carrying in the U.S.,” said lead study author
It's time for time to fall back an hour, but fortunately that change is more in line with humans' circadian rhythm than springing forward.
This provides an opportunity for people to “fix” their circadian rhythm, that 24-hour body clock that regulates hormone release and temperature, said an expert from Baylor College of Medicine who offered some tips.
“While the end of dayli...
For cat owners who are convinced that their furry feline understands and even responds to the sound of their voice, here's the reward they've been waiting for: A new French study finds that, yes, cats can identify their owner's cooing and calling.
After extensive work with 16 cats, the investigators...
Experts studying kids' sleep and eating habits have learned more about a potential reason for childhood obesity.
Kids who are deprived of sleep tend to eat more calories the next day, researchers found. And some of those extra calories come from less-healthy, sugar-laden snacks or treats.
"When children lost sleep, overall they ate an extra 74 calories per day, caused by an increase...
The pandemic brought about a lot of changes in people's lives. For many, that included a new baby.
The United States saw a “baby bump” in 2021 described in a new study as “the first major reversal in declining U.S. fertility rates since 2007.”
It was the opposite of what early forecasts predicted.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 40% of Americans were untruthful about whether they had the virus or were ignoring safety precautions, a nationwide survey shows.
Danger on the road: Speeding and texting while driving are two common but risky behaviors among teens, a new study finds.
Among teen drivers in the study, researchers found they drove over the speed limit on 40% of trips and held cellphones more than 30% of th...
For many kids with autism, Rhett, a black Labrador retriever, has been a calming and comforting influence in his seven years as a therapy dog.
But parents shouldn't assume that a service pooch is the solution for every child on the autism spectrum, a new study...
The most widespread form of bullying isn't physical acts like pushing or kicking, nor is it verbal threats or derogatory remarks. Far and away bullies' top tactic is social exclusion.
Also known as "relational aggression," this involves shutting out peers from group activities and spreading false rumors about them. And research underscores the damage done by this behavior.
Most people have cherished memories of their grandparents reading to them as children.
Ekaterina Pesheva's memories are quite different.
"I remember distinctly being very irritated and very angry listening to my grandmother reading children's books to me, like fairy tales," said Pesheva, 48, who lives in Boston. "I would become aware of her mouth getting dry, and that, for whatever ...
Buying someone a cup of coffee might seem like no big deal, but a new study shows that small acts of kindness have a bigger impact than people believe.
In a series of experiments, researchers found that those on the receiving end of a kind gesture typically appreciated it more than the giver anticipated. One reason, the findings suggest,...
From the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of monkeypox to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, school shootings and devastating wildfires, there's been no lack of doom and gloom lately, and many folks are glued to the news.
For more than 16% of people, however, compulsive news watching can be seriously problematic and is linked to a host of physical and
The health risks of losing sleep are well known, ranging from heart disease to depression, but who knew that too little sleep can also make you selfish?
That's the takeaway of new research from the University of California, Berkeley.
"This new work demonstrates that a lack of sleep not only damages the health of an individual, but degrades social interactions between individuals and...
A person's unrelated lookalike, commonly known as a doppelganger, may actually share genes that affect not only how they appear, but also their behavior.
In a new study, scientists did DNA analysis on 32 sets of virtual twins — people with strong facial similarities — and found they possessed similar genetic variants.
“Our study provides a rare insight into human likeness by...
Humans and dogs undoubtedly share a powerful bond, but can dogs cry when overcome with emotion?
According to a recent study, possibly the first to try to answer that question, canine's eyes do indeed well up with tears, most often when they are reunited with their beloved owner.
Reading, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends might help lower your risk of dementia, a new study suggests.
"Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated with various health benefits, such as a lower cancer risk, a reduction of
U.S. health officials are in the crosshairs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, facing threats and harassment from the public they serve.
And a growing percentage of U.S. adults are fine with that, according to a new Cornell University study.
Analysis of public opinion ...
While cats often prefer to be alone and closely guard their territory, some seem to thrive on togetherness even at a crowded shelter.
Chalk it up to chemistry.
That's the takeaway of a new study that investigated the role hormones and gut bacteria play in felines' social
Your fitness tracker, pedometer or smartwatch may motivate you to exercise more and lose weight, Australian researchers say.
In a large research review, the investigators found that tracking your activity might inspire you to
American society may seem more fractured than ever, but cooperation among total strangers has been on the upswing for decades, researchers in China say.
Their conclusion emerged from an analysis of more than 500 studies that tracked cooperation patterns over the past six decades.
The upshot, ...
From the ongoing pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak to the charged political landscape, New York City mom and entrepreneur Lyss Stern has been increasingly anxious.
Stern worries that she will pass all of this fretting down to her 8-year-old daughter, and a new study suggests she just might.
"Children may be more likely to learn anxious behavior if it is being displayed by their s...
If you've ever hesitated to text or email friends you haven't seen in a while, a new study has a reassuring message: They'll probably appreciate it more than you think.
In a series of experiments involving nearly 6,000 adults, researchers found that, in general, people underestimated the value of "reaching out" to someone in their social circle they hadn't contacted in a while.
Want to feel you matter after you retire? Start socializing, a new study suggests.
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis found that positive connections with other people were associated with a sense of purposefulness in older adults.
Having a sense of purpose is...
If you are feeling stressed and depressed, new research suggests that grabbing a trowel and getting your hands dirty may improve your mood.
Researchers found that tending to plants can reap mental health benefits, even for first-time gardeners. The activity was linked to decreased stress, anxiety and depression in h...
Your age may play a huge role in whether you'll decide to get a COVID vaccine, new research finds.
Though vaccine hesitancy due to personal politics has drawn a lot of media attention, a University of Georgia study reveals it's not the only consideration.
The link between vaccines a...
Deep-rooted bias may affect the way white patients physically respond to medical care provided by physicians of differing race or gender.
Researchers assessed treatment reactions of nearly 200 white patients after they were randomly assigned to receive care from a male or female doctor who was either Black, white or Asian.
White patients appeared to improve faster when treated by a...
Using ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft can reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, potentially leading to fewer alcohol-related crashes, a new research review confirms.
Review author Christopher Morrison, who studies drinking and the problems it spawns, including assaults, drunken driving and crashes, said the evidence is clear.
"One way to prevent these probl...
Are you plagued by FOMO -- "fear of missing out"? Then silencing your smartphone may not be the stress-buster you think it is.
That's the takeaway from a new study that found many folks check their phones a lot more when they're set to mute or vibrate than when they beep and ring.
"Without any clear 'buzz' or sou...
You and your best friend may have your noses to thank in helping bring you together, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that pairs of friends who'd just "clicked" upon meeting tended to smell more alike, compared to random pairs of strangers. What's more, a high-tech electronic nose was able to predict, based on body odor, which strangers would hit it off during their first interacti...
What goes through your dog's mind when you tell him to find his favorite toy?
Hungarian researchers say Fido relies on a mental image based on sensory features. Dogs call to mind the way that toy looks, feels and smells.
The finding - from the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest - was recently published online in the journal
Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.
Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall asleep after midnight, while folks in their 40s go to bed earlier but devote the fewest hours to sleep.
Adult flu shots have slumped in states with low COVID-19 vaccination rates, suggesting that COVID-19 vaccination behavior may have spilled over to flu-vaccine behavior, new research indicates.
University of California, Los Angeles researchers point to declining trust in public health agencies caused by controversy over
The COVID-19 pandemic changed kids' lives in many respects, and sometimes for the better. Pot use, drinking, smoking and vaping all fell among U.S. youth, likely because they had to spend more time at home and less time with their friends, researchers say.
The findings are based on an analysis of 49 studies.
"One of the driving factors for youth substance use is access to substance...
The key to a long life may be your attitude.
Researchers at Harvard studied the impact of optimism on women's lifespans, finding that optimism was associated with greater longevity, such as living past age 90.
Lead study author Hayami Koga, a PhD candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, decided instead of studying risk factors, she wanted to look at posi...
People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests.
The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people's preferences for particular
Many people think they make healthy food choices, but they may be viewing their diet through rose-colored glasses.
That's the main finding of a new study that aimed to identify disconnects between how healthfully Americans think they eat and how they actually do.
"It appears difficult for adults in the United States to accurately assess the quality of their diet, and most adults bel...
The expression "plays well with others" is often tossed around to describe people who are less likely to ruffle feathers, and new research shows these sandbox skills really matter.
It turns out that kids who play well with others in preschool are less likely to experience mental health issues ...
Of all the health harms the pandemic brought, new research has uncovered one positive effect: For the first time in 30 years, teens' consumption of junk food fell following school closures, social restrictions and more parents working from home.
The study included 452 participants,...
Graphic images on cigarette packs of diseased body parts and other smoking horrors may not have the desired effect on smokers themselves, a new study finds.
Many smokers kept cigarette packs with gruesome warning images hidden, but the images didn't have a lasting effect on their smoking habits, researchers discovered after presenting thousands of specially designed cigarette packs to smo...