Study: Pets help their retired owners fall asleep more easily and feel better about their neighbourhood

Older people who own pets fall asleep more easily and feel consistently more positive about their local environment than those who don’t have animals, according to new research from Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. Health and wellbeing expert Gill Mein conducted the research along with statistician Robert Grant. They found older pet owners take considerably more mild […]

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This Is Why You Always Feel Bloated

A bloated stomach is a problem for various people. The feeling is unpleasant and sometimes has a negative impact on one’s self-esteem. It is thus important to examine the reasons responsible for this issue to treat the problem as quickly as possible. When a person is feeling bloated, a doctor normally looks for these usual conditions: Overgrowth of intestinal yeast […]

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‘Mindful people’ feel less pain; MRI imaging pinpoints supporting brain activity

Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others? A study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found one of the answers—mindfulness. “Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment,” said the study’s lead author, Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at […]

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Firstborn Asians feel added pressure with family responsibilities

When compared to European Americans, Asian-American firstborns feel the additional burden of being cultural brokers and having to take care of their immigrant parents and young siblings at the same time, says a University of Michigan researcher. Kaidi Wu, a U-M doctoral candidate in social psychology, was lead author of a study that explored how both groups—ages 18 to 25—viewed […]

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Reading and singing to preemies helps parents feel comfortable with their fragile babies

One out of 10 babies is born prematurely in the United States. These babies typically are cared for in neonatal intensive care units, often called NICUs. Traditional NICUs have an open-bay design where multiple babies are cared for in a large room. More recently, single-family room NICUs have emerged and have led to a variety of positive medical, developmental and […]

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