Fruit flies with better sex lives live longer than their frustrated counterparts, according to research conducted at the University of Michigan. The study, published in the journal Science, looked at male flies that perceived sexual interest from females only to be denied. The sexually frustrated flies lived shorter lives.
Cervical cancer screenings, also known as Pap tests, may be overused in some groups of women - especially those who've had hysterectomies and those over the age of 65 with no history of cervical cancer. Dr. Deanna Kepka from the Huntsman Cancer Institute says that testing these groups has meant about 14 million tests for women who didn't need them.
Mutation of a single gene, Elfn1, has been shown to cause symptoms characteristic of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to research at Trinity College Dublin. The animal study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined the role of the gene by removing it from a group of mice and comparing their behavior with a group of mice with a normal functioning Elfn1 gene.
Materialism has the effect of making traumatic events (car accidents, serious illness, etc.) seem even worse, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois. The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, used data culled from a U.S. national survey and an Israeli field study.
Those who live in well-heated homes are less likely to be obese and have lower BMIs than those with cooler houses, according to research conducted at the University of Stirling in Scotland. The study, published in the journal Obesity, surveyed data on 100,000 adults culled during the Health Survey for England.
Faulty functioning of the gene Gabrb1 may be to blame in those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol, according to research conducted by the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust and the European Foundation for Alcohol Research. The animal study, published in the journal Nature Communications, saw researchers mutating the Gabrb1 gene in mice and monitoring the behavioral change.
Vitamin D supplements may be helpful for dancers and other athletes who train indoors and lack an exposure to sunlight, according to research conducted at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the University of Wolverhampton and dancers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The team studied two groups of ballerinas: one which took 2,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day, and another who took no supplement.
The toll of the 2009 pandemic flu may be as high as 400,000 once H1N1 deaths due to cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases are included in the count. A new study, published in PLOS Medicine, suggests that 203,000 respiratory deaths were caused by the virus. The new estimate is roughly ten times higher than the official estimate by the World Health Organization.
Sea coral may prove to be a helpful substance for improving bone graft material, according to research conducted at Swansea University. The study, published in Biomedical Materials, tested the effectiveness of calcium carbonate - found in sea coral - converted into coralline hydroxyapatite/calcium carbonate (CHACC) and used in 16 bone graft patients.
A new study has recently shown that marijuana could be used to treat autoimmune disorders such as arthritis and diabetes. The study was conducted by Indian-origin scientists. Researchers from the School of Medicine University performed a test on mice where they injected them with THC and analyzed their RNA.
Exercise during adolescence may help mitigate the negative health effects shown in children whose mothers had high-fat diets during pregnancy, according to an animal study conducted at Johns Hopkins. The team compared a group of rat offspring whose mothers were given high-fat diets during pregnancy.
Playing violent video games may lead to lack of self-control and impulsive behavior in teens, according to research conducted at Ohio State University. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, included 170 teens. One group of kids played a violent video game, while the other played a non-violent game.
A newly discovered strain of HIV leads to the much quicker development of AIDS, according to research conducted at Lund University in Sweden. The study, published in the journal of Infectious Diseases, notes that the strain takes five years to develop into AIDS, the shortest time span among HIV-1 types.
Continuous exposure to a negative event may neutralize its ability to impact one's mood, according to research conducted at Tel Aviv University's School of Psychological Sciences. The study, published in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, used the "emotional Stroop task" to measure the effect of repeated negativity to an individual.
Adolescent women who consume diets high in fat may be putting themselves at a higher risk for breast cancer later in life, according to research conducted at Michigan State University. The study, published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, was conducted on mice who were given high fat diets. Just three weeks after the dietary change, the mice began to show changes in the breast.