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Mental Illness Worse For Longevity Than Smoking

If you smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, your average life span is 8 to 10 years less than the person who never smoked.  That's a lot of years.  But data from 20 different studies involving more than 1.7 million people show researchers from Oxford University that people with mental illnesses die, on average, even earlier than those who are regular or heavy smokers.....

Want This New Invention? The Wello Water Wheel

There are people who out there who will tell you not to reinvent the wheel. However, sometimes the wheel needs to be reinvented -- with a different purpose and to help those who don't have access to the same wheel as the rest of us do. The Wello Water Wheel is a new take on the wheel and it is out the change the world -- the Third World, that is.

Red Wine: It May Stain Your Teeth But It Fights Cavities

What a glass or two of red wine can do to your pearly whites!  But never you mind.  A new study published in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has revealed that red wine is not only healthy for your heart, but for your teeth. It fights cavities! 

Hope For Successful Alzheimer's Drug Comes After Compound Reverses The Disease In Mouse Models

Researchers at Saint Louis University have successfully reduced the symptoms of Alzheimer's in mice genetically engineered to have Alzheimer's disease (AD).  The specific molecular compound that was used in the study, antisense oligonucleotide (OL-1), attacked the most widely-studied cause of AD, the accumulation of amyloid beta protein in the brain.

New Research Findings: Which Meditation Methods Are Best To Reduce Stress?

Those who want to practice meditation are often initially challenged to pick 'the best way' to meditate.  Some experts argue for mindfulness meditation, like focusing on your breathing or on body parts, or about a specific object or even a real problem one is experiencing.  Others prefer a non-directed, open-minded meditation in which one allows thoughts to come and go without dwelling on them or judging them or even reacting to them.  A team of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Oslo, and the University of Sydney recently published their findings on the respective methods and their effects on the brain as seen on magnetic resonance imagery (MRI).

New Lab-On-A-Chip Detects Cancer In Very Early Stages

An international group of inter-disciplinary scientists in oncology, plasmonics, nano-fabrication, microfluids, and surface chemistry have developed a detection device that can identify cancer in the blood long before any detection device available now. Though many years and many scientists have contributed to its development, the cancer detector and tracker is deceptively simple-looking and fits on a chip that's only a few square centimeters in size.

Ford and ScentAir Present The Top 7 Aromas For A More Enjoyable Drive

To help kick off National Sense of Smell Day and keep the good thymes coming down the road, Ford Motor Company and ScentAir have compiled a list of the Top 7 Aromas For A More Enjoyable Drive.

All That Jazz Is Good For Your Brain: 3 New Studies

....Studies have shown that those with early music training benefit from that training long into their adult years, and there are correlations between early music training and improved neural reaction to speech sounds in elderly persons, for whom these signals are generally the first to go.  These three most recent studies help explain why musical training might be so important to the retention of language skills....

Innovative Food Research: Products Reflect Changing Diets

What will the diet of the future be like? Researchers in France have been busy developing diverse food types with higher nutritional value, alternative ingredients and production processes that are compeltley sustainable. Read on for more information, whether you are hungry or not.

Researchers Learn Optimal Working Conditions For Therapy Dogs

More and more, dogs are being used in the management of human health and rehabilitation situations. Dogs are trained to help blind persons identify visual cues in their sphere, to help hearing-impaired persons identify auditory cues, to be companions to heart patients and cancer patients, and buddies to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder and other debilitative conditions.... But what needs do therapy dogs have to keep them happy and alert?  Specifically, what can humans do to reduce any stress these dogs might experience?