Uncategorized Combined cognitive and motor training  may slow dementia process

Combined cognitive and motor training  may slow dementia process

Just 30 minutes of visually-guided movements per week can slow and even reverse the progress of dementia. Those in the early stages of dementia who were exposed to 30 minutes a week to a game which used rules to make visually-guided movements, were able to slow down the progress of dementia and for some, even …

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Uncategorized Almost two-thirds of Americans oppose SNAP program cuts

Almost two-thirds of Americans oppose SNAP program cuts

The survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research from June 5 to June 12, explores voter attitudes on several key farm bill issues, including conservation programs designed to protect U.S. land, water and food supply. The farm bill, when passed, will replace the Farm Act of 2014, which expires this year. In addition to support …

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Uncategorized Opioid prescriptions for minor injury differs  by where you live

Opioid prescriptions for minor injury differs  by where you live

Patients who sought care for a sprained ankle in states that were found to be ‘high prescribers’ of opioids were approximately three times more likely to receive a prescription for the drugs than those treated in ‘low-prescribing’ states, according to new research. Additional results of the study show that patients who received prescriptions for long …

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Uncategorized Habitat drives bird population changes

Habitat drives bird population changes

Land use changes are a major driver of species declines, but in addition to the habitat to which they’re best adapted, many bird species use ‘alternative’ habitats such as urban and agricultural land. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications documents a century of land use change in Illinois and shows that species’ long-term …

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Uncategorized Friendship Circles

Friendship Circles

“What our theory predicts and what we have now been able to ascertain is that people with a high cognitive capacity could potentially expand their circle of intimate friendships”, explains Anxo Sánchez, a professor in UC3M’s Department of Mathematics and one of the authors of the study published in PNAS. This also happens in small …

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Uncategorized When are Generalists Are Better Than Specialists?

When are Generalists Are Better Than Specialists?

We theorized that the benefits of being a generalist are strongest in fields with a slower pace of change. In these fields (think oil and gas, mining), it might be harder for specialists to come up with new ideas and identify new opportunities, while generalists may be able to find inspiration from other areas. We …

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Uncategorized Prone to feeling guilty can mean likely more trustworthy

Prone to feeling guilty can mean likely more trustworthy

New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that when it comes to predicting who is most likely to act in a trustworthy manner, one of the most important factors is the anticipation of guilt. In the study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, “Who is Trustworthy? Predicting Trustworthy …

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Uncategorized Over 60? Try sugar for improved memory

Over 60? Try sugar for improved memory

Sugar improves memory in older adults – and makes them more motivated to perform difficult tasks at full capacity – according to new research by the University of Warwick. Led by PhD student Konstantinos Mantantzis, Professor Elizabeth Maylor and Dr Friederike Schlaghecken in Warwick’s Department of Psychology, the study found that increasing blood sugar levels …

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Uncategorized Climate change split not that wide

Climate change split not that wide

The study also reveals that people are more likely to support the same climate policy proposal when they think that their own political party supports it. Further, both Democrats and Republicans overestimate how much their peers oppose the ideas of the other party. “Democratic and Republican citizens alike evaluate a carbon tax or cap and …

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Uncategorized Cognition can easily fall with dehydration

Cognition can easily fall with dehydration

Anyone lost in a desert hallucinating mirages knows that extreme dehydration discombobulates the mind. But just two hours of vigorous yard work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, according to a new study. Cognitive functions often wilt as water departs the body, researchers at the Georgia Institute of …

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