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Children and adolescents who volunteer are more likely to be in excellent health and less likely to have behavioral problems, researchers say.
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.
Some might think masturbation is all about self-pleasure, but scientists now claim it’s far more significant than that.
Their new findings suggest it could serve an important role in evolution.
An ancient trait in primates, masturbation — at least for the males of the species — increases their reproductive success while also helping them avoid catching sexually transmitted in...
Kids who devote some of their free time to volunteer work may not only help others, but also themselves.
That's according to a new study that found U.S. kids who spend time in community service are often thriving, physically and mentally.
Overall, kids who'd volunteered in the past year were in better physical health, had a more positive outlook on life, and were less likely to have...
Older adults are more easily distracted than younger folks, especially if they're also physically exerting themselves, according to new research.
“Our results suggest that older adults might have heightened distractibility,” said study co-author Lilian Azer, a graduate student from the University of Califo...
Teens who are abused by a romantic partner may suffer long-lasting repercussions, and this is especially true for girls, a new analysis finds.
Investigators who reviewed 38 studies concluded that teenage dating violence was linked to a higher risk for additional relationship violence in the teen years and even into adulthood.
These unhealthy relationships were also associated...
Growing numbers of American kids and teens are cutting or burning themselves, banging their heads against walls, pulling out their hair and even trying to die by suicide.
But figuring out who is at highest risk for harming themselves has been a daunting challenge. Until now.
Researchers report they have developed risk profiles that can help doctors pinpoint which kids or teens are ...
Selfie shots might seem shallow but they're actually serving a deeper psychological purpose, a new study suggests.
So-called "third-person" photos -- shots taken to include the photographer, such as selfies or group shots -- are better at depicting the deeper meaning of an event in a person's life, by showing them actively participating in that moment, according to researchers.
Those TV ads for juicy burgers may trigger your emotions, making you believe you'll be happier if you run out and get one for yourself.
Unfortunately, a similar ad for salad does not appear to have the same emotional impact, according to new research from the University of Michigan.
"Many people think that eating highly processed foods like cheeseburgers and french fries will make t...
Have you heard the old wives' tale that knuckle cracking will enlarge your knuckles? What about the one that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis?
There are many beliefs about this common behavior, but it's time to debunk the myths about knuckle cracking.
Why do people crack their knuckles?
Put out that cigarette for the health of your four-legged friend.
When smokers search social media for anti-tobacco information, they tend to engage most with posts about the risk of secondhand smoke on their pets, a new study reveals.
Posts with new information about harmful chemicals also receive high engagement, researchers found.
“Our results show that people respond to ...
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 that...
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