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  • The Positive Side of Water-Cooler Gossip

    Posted: 08/23/2017

    The Positive Side of Water-Cooler Gossip FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Psychologists and sociologists call it reputational information sharing, but you know it better as gossip. You may not think of office chit-chat as a force for good. But research done at Stanford University and published in the journal Psychological Science found that, in office settings, gossip about worker performance can promote honest behavior and a better work ethic. The study was based on experiments involving more ...

  • Taking a Stand on Staying Mobile After 80

    Posted: 08/23/2017

    Taking a Stand on Staying Mobile After 80 MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to stay as fit as possible well into your 80s, the answer may be as simple as standing on your own two feet. New research shows that a standing-exercise program is more effective for older adults than commonly used seated exercises. Among nearly 300 participants who were an average age of 80, those who took part in a standing-exercise program were able to walk faster and farther than those in a seated-exercis...

  • This Common Email Move Could Be a Career Killer

    Posted: 08/23/2017

    This Common Email Move Could Be a Career Killer TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smile and the world smiles with you. But send a smiley emoji at work, and people might think you're incompetent. So suggests a new study that found the email use of emoticons such as the smiley face don't convey a positive impression and may even make it more difficult to share information in business documents. "Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perc...

  • TV Binge-Watching May Leave You Like 'The Walking Dead'

    Posted: 08/23/2017

    TV Binge-Watching May Leave You Like 'The Walking Dead' THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watch a full season of your favorite television series and a night of bad sleep is bound to follow, new research suggests. The finding stems from a new survey that looked at TV viewing habits and sleep histories among more than 420 people between the ages of 18 and 25. "Our research indicates that regular TV viewing -- switching from one show to another -- has no association with sleep or fatigue, w...

  • Therapy for Kids With Autism Pays Off for Moms, Dads

    Posted: 08/22/2017

    Therapy for Kids With Autism Pays Off for Moms, Dads THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Behavioral therapy for children with autism also benefits their parents, a new study finds. About 70 percent of children with autism have emotional or behavioral problems and may turn to cognitive behavioral therapy to help with these issues. Usually, while kids are with the therapist, parents are in a separate room learning what the children are doing, but not participating, according to researcher Jonathon...

  • Teen Drivers Take More Chances as Senior Year Begins

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Teen Drivers Take More Chances as Senior Year Begins FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older teens are more likely to do risky things while driving and have a higher rate of crashes and near misses than their younger classmates, a new survey finds. Researchers surveyed 2,800 high school students across the United States. While 3 out of 4 seniors considered themselves safe drivers, they were more likely than younger teens to engage in dangerous or distracted driving -- especially using cellphones ...

  • Take the (Exercise) Plunge

    Posted: 08/13/2017

    Take the (Exercise) Plunge TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You can do more than just beat the heat the next time you go to the pool. Whether you swim or do aquatic exercises, working out in water improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Water provides more resistance than air, allowing you to exercise at a higher intensity with less wear and tear on the body and less risk of injury. That's great for people with joint pain. Swimming is a perfect water workout, according to the ...

  • Take to the Road on 2 Wheels

    Posted: 08/09/2017

    Take to the Road on 2 Wheels MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cycling is a fun fitness option at every age. It's easier on your joints than some other forms of cardio, yet it's just as efficient. And you don't have to limit yourself to the stationary bike in your basement or at your gym. Getting outdoors on two-wheels can be energizing and entertaining -- so much so that it may not even feel like a workout. For those who want to shed pounds, cycling is also a great calorie-burner. A 155-pound p...

  • Too Soon to Widely Recommend Ketamine for Depression

    Posted: 08/09/2017

    Too Soon to Widely Recommend Ketamine for Depression FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The drug ketamine -- known as Special K on the party scene -- shows promise as a depression treatment. But researchers aren't ready to recommend it because its long-term effects remain unknown. That gap in knowledge must be filled before ketamine can be widely used to treat depression, said Colleen Loo, co-author of a new research review. She's a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Ket...

  • Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine Shots

    Posted: 08/07/2017

    Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine Shots WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Of all the items on your child's back-to-school checklist, getting vaccinated is probably your kid's least favorite. But those shots are essential for keeping children healthy, pediatricians say. Vaccination requirements may vary somewhat from state to state. But all 50 states and Washington, D.C., require children to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis), polio, measl...