People who spend a lot of time on the internet are more likely to be depressed, lonely and mentally unstable, a study found.

A study has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life.   Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, Lin N, et al. (2013) Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults. PLoS ONE 8(8): e69841.

A study shows a new way to get patient information.

For many diseases, early detection is key to healing. Many patients are nervous about revealing the symptoms of their conditions. This study shows that they are okay with drawing pictures of their problem. Instead of asking a patient to talk about a problem, ask them to draw whatever their issue is. This worked with melanoma […]

Running, even 5 to 10 min/day, reduces risks of death from all causes.

Although running is a popular physical activity, we don’t know about the long-term effects of running on mortality.   We examined this associations in 55,137 adults, 18 to 100 years of age.   Compared with nonrunners, runners had 30% and 45% lower adjusted risks of mortality. It gave them a 3-year life expectancy benefit.   […]

Research reveals significant reading delays for children exposed to airport noise.

Children exposed to chronic loud noise also have higher blood pressure and stress hormones. They are less motivated to perform on challenging language tasks. „The Effects of the Physical Environment on Children’s Development„; Kimberly Kopko, Ph.D, Outreach-extension

Children who are touched and hugged by their mothers are more relaxed and have calmer minds.

The research has some serious limitations. The possible unknown factors are driving differences in amounts of touch and in the children’s brain development like genes. Bigelow, A. E., Power, M., MacLellan-Peters, J., Alex, M., & McDonald, C. (2012). Effect of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on postpartum depression and maternal physiological stress.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and […]

Researchers recorded a fragment of speech from middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis and breast cancer.

They found that those who swore in the company of other people had increased depression. What more, those same people also lost social support. The study has its limitations, as the sample. Swearing by women has an adverse effect on their social support. Particularly, societal norms dictate that women shouldn’t swear. The same study performed […]

Intelligence is connected with sperm quality

Researchers found correlations between intelligence and sperm concentration, sperm count, and sperm motility. The sample consisted of 405 U.S. Army Veterans. Scientists took notice of age, body mass index, days of sexual abstinence, service in Vietnam, or use of alcohol or drugs. Rosalind Arden, Linda Gottfredson, Intelligence and Semen Quality are Positively Correlated, Intelligence 37(3):277-282 · May 2009, DOI: 10.1016/j.intell.2008.11.001  

A high-sugar diet shortens the lives of flies…

even after their diet improves. This is because the sugar diet leads to long-term reprogramming of gene expression. The gene is also important for humans, so the findings may have broad implications for us. The research team fed a healthy diet containing 5% sugar to one group and the other group was given 40% sugar. […]

Drugs work a little bit better than a placebo

In 2008, a psychologist analyzed all the test data on drugs used for curing depression. He concluded that the extra benefit of the drug versus the placebo was not meaningful. He said this was for those with mild to moderate depression. Kirsch, Irving. “Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect.” Zeitschrift Fur Psychologie 222.3 (2014): 128–134. PMC. […]