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December Is The Best Time To Conceive While June Is A Toxic Month

The stars might not affect one’s destiny, but researchers are increasingly putting forth the concept of month of birth impacting upon one’s life. According to a new paper, December might be the best time of the year to conceive while June is described as a “toxic month”. The findings, presented at the American Society for Reproductive

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Birth Order Has Only Small Effects On Personality

Our personality is not primarily affected by being the first-born or last-born, suggests a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It seems that we are who we are, regardless of our birth position among our siblings. Psychologists from the universities of Mainz and Leipzig, Germany, wanted to determine whether birth

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Stressful Jobs Linked With Increased Stroke Risk

Stressful jobs could be linked to an increased risk of having a stroke, says a meta-analysis published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Previous researches attempting to find an association between job stress and stroke risk have unfortunately not brought forth clear conclusions. The new study, on the other hand, shows

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Prolonged Sitting Is Not Harmful If One Is Physically Active

Spending long hours sitting is painted as an extremely unhealthy habit that is associated with a number of diseases. New findings now suggest that it is not detrimental to one’s health if one indulges in physical exercise. It is to be noted that previous studies have claimed that physical activity might not undo the harms.

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Positive Thinkers Are Protected From Heart Disease by Adhering To Healthy Habits

Humans are directly affected by the quality of their thoughts. More and more scientific studies are, thus, focusing on the effects of positive thinking. Researchers from Penn State University have recently studied positivity in relation to heart disease: does it really impact positively on the heart’s health? Find more in the paper published in Psychosomatic

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First-Borns Are More Likely To Be Myopic Because Parents Tend To Invest In Their Education More

Researchers have explained why first-born children are more likely to be myopic than their younger siblings. The findings are published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Myopia is becoming more and more common in our contemporary world. Previous studies have suggested that first-born children might have a greater risk of becoming near-sighted. This study explains how this happens. Jeremy

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New Study Links Heavy Internet Use With High BP In Teenagers

Spending too much time on the Internet might be linked with a higher risk of having high blood pressure (BP) as far as teenagers are concerned, as per the findings of a study performed by scientists from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The findings are published in the Journal of School Nursing. Indulging in

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Artist With Synesthesia Portrays How She “Sees” Famous Songs

This artist can see sound and songs and here are what they look like. We hear sounds and see colours – this is how the human brain and nervous system are wired. What happens if these senses are swapped, so to say? A neurological condition called synesthesia actually causes some people to “see sounds and

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Sinkhole Beneath Campsite in Australia Pulls in Tents, A Car & A Caravan

An enormous sinkhole appeared underneath a campsite on Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in Australia last weekend, taking into its insides several tents, a car and a caravan. Fortunately, noone was injured, but the 300 people who were there had to be evacuated. The sinkhole at Inskip Point on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Photo credits: Channel 7. The

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Our Brain Encourages Laziness, Says New Study

The biology of humans might be inclined towards laziness, suggests a new study. The paper has been published in Current Biology. The 9 volunteers of the study had to wear leg braces that would impede their usual walking pace. Since walking became more strenuous, the participants attempted to change their normal walking habits – that

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Unmade Beds Keep The Dust Mites Away!

A 2006 study added one more to the list of the perks of leaving your bed unmade in the morning. According to the findings, a messy bed might be better for one’s health because dust mites dry out when the blankets are left unfolded. Whether we like it or not, we co-exist with dust mites. They

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Humans Are Better At Detecting Lies In Groups Than As Individuals

Science has shown that humans are bad at detecting lies on an individual basis. However, if one man can’t do the job, a team might bring fruitful results. A new study demonstrates how groups of people are significantly better at spotting lies than individuals are. The findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National

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