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  • 'Get Up!' or lose hours of your life every day, scientist says
    'Get Up!' or lose hours of your life every day, scientist says

    There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be...

  • Study says early DDT exposure may set up females for obesity, diabetes
    Study says early DDT exposure may set up females for obesity, diabetes

    As they reached adulthood, female mice who were exposed in utero and just after birth to the pesticide DDT showed metabolic changes that put them at greater risk for obesity and type-2 diabetes, a new study says.

  • Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows
    Rain of asteroids melted early Earth, boiled its oceans, study shows

    When you look up at the moon’s pockmarked face, you’re actually staring at Earth’s early history. The rain of asteroids that pummeled the lunar surface hit our planet too — it’s just that erosion and plate tectonics blotted out the evidence. In fact, no rocks anywhere in the world survived...

  • Will it be a hit or a bomb with the public? Read the brain waves
    Will it be a hit or a bomb with the public? Read the brain waves

    To predict a large population's likely response to something--a product, politician or policy--political consultants, marketing gurus and advertising execs have long favored the focus group. Ask a small segment of the target audience what it thinks about something, the formula goes....

  • There is something rarer than being killed by lightning, CDC says
    There is something rarer than being killed by lightning, CDC says

    The lightning strikes that killed one person and injured at least seven others at Southern California’s Venice Beach this week were freak events. But when it comes to extreme weather, there’s something even more unusual than being killed by lightning -- dying in a flood.

  • Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record
    Mars rover Opportunity breaks the off-world driving record

    Opportunity, the little rover that could, has broken a 41-year-old driving distance record that’s out of this world. The decade-old NASA Mars rover has crossed the 25-mile mark, surpassing the 24.2-mile record held by the Russian moon rover Lunokhod 2.

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  • When food's the reward, obese women's judgment fails them
    When food's the reward, obese women's judgment fails them

    At the risk of inspiring offensive commentary from misogynists and fat haters, I bring you this intriguing finding about obese women from researchers at Yale University: Compared to their normal-weight peers, obese women -- but not men -- appear to have a highly specific learning deficit...

  • Among blacks and whites alike, strokes are down
    Among blacks and whites alike, strokes are down

    The nation's fourth leading cause of death is getting a little less common and a bit less deadly. And while racial disparities remain, there is equal progress in driving down stroke incidence and improving survival among African Americans and white Americans, a new study finds.

  • Is exercise work or play? Weight gain or loss depends on your answer
    Is exercise work or play? Weight gain or loss depends on your answer

    It's a common rookie mistake, but plenty of diet-and-exercise veterans make it, too: With an act of will, you muster yourself to the gym or the track, and you gut your way through an arduous workout. When you sit down to dinner or go to the break room later that day, you say to yourself,...

Human Behavior

  • New funds jump-start mental illness research
    New funds jump-start mental illness research

    What will happen in the field of serious mental illness when human need, scientific progress and a major influx of funding converge? Scientists on Tuesday predicted that the world could see the same kind of progress in understanding schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that's been seen in...

  • Improved parenting may fortify low-income kids against poverty effects
    Improved parenting may fortify low-income kids against poverty effects

    For children growing up in poverty, the seeds of poor health in adulthood appear to be sown early. But a nurturing parent may be able to foster a child's resilience to such conditions as allergies, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, says a new study.

  • Pill look different? Shape and color changes may prompt lapses
    Pill look different? Shape and color changes may prompt lapses

    In a decade, Americans have saved an estimated $1.2 trillion by taking generic drugs instead of the high-priced originals. But the booming market in copycat prescription pharmaceuticals - coupled with insurance companies' efforts to keep healthcare costs low - often means that when they...

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