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Getting married for health insurance

11 years ago from LA Times - Science

Seven percent of Americans say they or someone in their household decided to tie the knot in the last year so they could receive healthcare benefits, a poll finds. ...

Federal Money in Health Care Plan From McCain

11 years ago from NY Times Health

The senator called for the federal government to give money to states to help cover people who have been denied health insurance.

A workout for pooches and pals

11 years ago from LA Times - Health

Trainer Bruce Gilbert leads an hour fitness session every Sunday in Runyon Canyon. ...

Salvia divinorum, an old psychedelic drug with new appeal

11 years ago from LA Times - Health

Anyone can buy hallucinogenic salvia online or at a local head shop. The DEA and others want to limit its use, but scientists say making it a controlled substance would...

Decoding the dictionary: Study suggests lexicon evolved to fit in the brain

11 years ago from Biology News Net

The latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary boasts 22,000 pages of definitions. While that may seem far from succinct, new research suggests the reference manual is meticulously organized to...

Variety grows in accessories for Nintendo's Wii console

11 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Owners of Wii game consoles from Nintendo Co. have always enjoyed the freedom its motion-sensing games offer, but the wire between the remote and the nunchuk needed for...

Most Of Us Can Lose Weight Initially -- Keeping It Off Is Another Matter

11 years ago from Science Daily

The inability to manage weight gain and weight regain throughout life is helping to fuel the obesity epidemic in adults and children throughout Europe. However, the successful participation of more...

Down's Syndrome Children May Only Need BiFocals For Two Years, Study Suggests

11 years ago from Science Daily

Nearly one third of Down's syndrome children who wear bifocal lenses to help them focus accurately may only need to wear them for two years, according to new research.

Suboptimal sleep, TV watching correlate with overweight in infants and toddlers

11 years ago from Harvard Science

Infants and toddlers who sleep less than 12 hours a day are twice as likely to become overweight by age 3 than children who sleep longer. In addition, high levels...

Caring Men Are Happier Than Traditional 'Macho' Men, Study Suggests

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers found two distinct views on what it means to be a gentleman or a "macho" man in the Mexican-American culture. Traditional machismo is the stereotypical masculine personification of a...

'Emotional Inflation' Leads To Stock Market Meltdown

11 years ago from Science Daily

Investors get carried away with excitement and wishful 'fantasies' as the stock market soars, suppressing negative emotions warning them of high risks, according to a new study led by UCL....

Moral Philosopher Questions Memory Manipulation

11 years ago from Science Daily

Is medicated memory manipulation ethically sound? And perhaps more importantly, who should be charged with the decision to deliver such a treatment: patient or physician? A philosophy professor, is seeking...

Virtual World Therapeautic For Addicts: Study Shows Impact Of Environment To Addiction Cravings

11 years ago from Science Daily

Patients in therapy to overcome addictions have a new arena to test their coping skills -- the virtual world. A new study found that a virtual reality environment can provide...

For the Brain, Cash Is Good, Status Is Better [News]

11 years ago from Scientific American

New research shows for the first time that we process cash and social values in the same part of our brain (the striatum)--and likely weigh them against one another when...

Cereal Mothers: Babies' Sex Linked to Moms' Breakfast Calories [News]

11 years ago from Scientific American

Want a son? Pack on the calories. Biologist Fiona Mathews of the University of Exeter in England and her colleagues surveyed 740 first-time mothers on their pre-pregnancy eating habits and...

Study Shows Brain Power Can Be Bolstered--Maybe [News]

11 years ago from Scientific American

In the market for more brain power? In what's being touted as "a landmark" result, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (U.M.) researchers report that a specific memory exercise may...

Real-Life Iron Man: A Robotic Suit That Magnifies Human Strength [News]

11 years ago from Scientific American

The prospect of slipping into a robotic exoskeleton that could enhance strength, keep the body active while recovering from an injury or even serve as a prosthetic limb has great...

Don't Stress About De-Stressing

11 years ago from Physorg

Many people experience the feeling of being overwhelmed. Common sources of stress include losing a set of keys, being late to important meetings, and tackling stacks of paperwork. Many people...

2 Faculty Elected to National Academy of Sciences

11 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Two Arizona State University professors - Edward Prescott, Regents' Professor and Nobel Laureate, and Luc Anselin, founding director of the School of Geographical Sciences - have been elected to the...

Suicide rates higher among vets

11 years ago from Science Alert

Australian veterinarians have one of the highest suicide rates of all professions and may need support for depression and stress, according to a new study.

IT students' gender imbalance explained

11 years ago from Science Alert

Few girls study secondary IT because many find it uninteresting and irrelevant, while many students consider females unsuited to high level IT work, according to research.

Asian vultures declining faster than the dodo

11 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Livestock drug blamed for rapid decline in species, with dire impact on the environment

Families of contaminated heparin victims tell stories of deaths

11 years ago from AP Health

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The widow of a man who died after receiving contaminated heparin told a congressional subcommittee Tuesday "we have a false sense of security" in a land where...

Warming 'affecting poor children'

11 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Climate change is already affecting the prospects for children in the world's poorer nations, says the UN children's agency.

Mental workout 'boosts the brain'

11 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Even the slower-witted among us can improve our mental agility with a few daily brain teasers, a study suggests.

Successful qualification firing test for Zefiro 23

11 years ago from European Space Agency

On 27 March 2008, the second stage motor for Vega - Europe's new small launcher - successfully completed a static firing test at the Salto Di Quirra Inter-force Test Range...

Real Trekkie Tricorder Invented

11 years ago from Live Science

New handheld medical scanners are coupled with regular cell phones.

Ecuador postpones science plan to 2010

11 years ago from SciDev

Following conflicts on managing funds for science, the Ecuadorian government has postponed plans for the sector to 2010.