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Study finds that sleeping on the job improves productivity

This is the study every employee has been waiting for. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that napping can improve productivity at work. Yes, folks, sleeping on the job can be a good thing. You should probably send this to your boss. The team found that taking a nap can be an effective strategy to counteract impulsive behavior and to boost tolerance for frustration. "Our results suggest that napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who may be required to remain...

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Study finds that medical marijuana edibles are often mislabled

Experts from the  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are urging people to exercise caution after discovering that the vast majority of edible cannabis products have been mislabeled,  either overstating or understating their delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. While the proof-of-concept study only examined products for sale at a small number of medical marijuana dispensaries, lead author/experimental psychologist Dr. Ryan Vandrey and his fellow researchers said that if their findings are “representative of the medical cannabis market,...

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You should take a family vacation: here’s why

I just returned from my family’s yearly vacation. Last year, I wrote specifically about vacationing at the Black River Lodge, but this year I thought it would be best to discuss family vacations in general and why they are so beneficial for our health. Physical Health Many people incorporate a fair amount of physical activity into their vacation time. For instance, if a family goes to an amusement park, they will be walking around, playing games,...

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Does the press influence which medicines we use?

After an Australian television station aired a two-part special that portrayed the use of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (also known as statins) in a negative light, the number of people who stopped using the medication increased temporarily, according to a new study. Andrea L. Schaffer from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy found a sustained decrease in overall statin dispensing after the program first aired in October 2013. The findings were reported recently in the...

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World’s first successful penis transplant recipient will become a father

The man who received the world’s first successful penis transplant put his new organ to good use, as various media outlets report that he is about to become a dad. According to BBC News and The Verge, the girlfriend of the unnamed 21-year-old South African man (whose operation took place back in December) is now four months pregnant, and the surgeons behind the operation see this as a sign of their success. “This is what we intended,” Dr....

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Toddlers are willing to trust a stoic adult, study finds

We’re taught throughout much of our lives that not overreacting to life’s little disappointments is part of being a mature adult, but could having a stiff upper lip and keeping our emotions in check actually cause our infant-aged children to mistrust us? Fortunately, the answer is no, according to a new study led by psychology experts at Quebec’s Concordia University and published recently in the journal Infant Behavior and Development. It demonstrates that children less...

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Pedophiles have higher incidence of facial abnormalities, study finds

A new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior has found that pedophiles are more likely to have irregularities in their faces and heads than non-pedophiles, lending more weight to the growing body of evidence that pedophilia develops prenatally. It was once common perception that pedophilia arose in a person through learning and experience (such as after being abused as a child), but recent thought holds that the root source comes far earlier—as in before birth. “Evidence...

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Healthy baby born using ovary frozen during mother’s childhood

A woman in Belgium has given birth after a transplant of her own ovarian tissue, which was frozen when she was still a 13-year-old child. The nature of the procedure and subsequent successful birth represent a world first. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, is now 27. Without the transplant, she would not likely have been able to give birth due to the adverse effects of treatment for sickle cell anaemia. The BBC reports that...

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Are antibacterial soaps harmful?

People have used antibacterial soap for years as a means of protecting themselves from germs. They’re everywhere- in commecial bathrooms nationwide, and likely in your own home. Children now have to bring antibacterial soaps as part of their school supplies. There are signs, advertisements, and sales pitches for antibacterial soaps everywhere you look. We have become a germaphobic society with a desire to eliminate bacteria from the planet. However, as the Smithsonian writes, antibacterial soaps aren’t...

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Acid Reflux: causes and treatment

The American College of Gastroenterology claims that over 60 million Americans deal with acid reflux pain on a regular basis. This uncomfortable experience is something more commonly known as heartburn. However, the issue runs much deeper-- acid reflux can have a significant impact on your longterm health if not addressed. Acid reflux is more concerning than many people realize. Let’s take a quick look at just what it is, what causes it, and what we...