Senior Sisterhood: New Options for Independent Co-Housing

Senior Sisterhood: New Options for Independent Co-Housing

For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age.

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PETS LOVE MUSIC: Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat

PETS LOVE MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat

by Sandra Murphy

Just as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations.

“We sense our world from where our ears are.

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Animal Smarts: Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do

Animal Smarts Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do

Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked.

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Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory

Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory

Researchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention.

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Go Eco Like Grandma: Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways

Go Eco Like Grandma: Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways

by Avery Mack

“Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.

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Alcohol Affects Our Heartbeat

Regular Sleep Times Promote Health

A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amounts of those that promote hunger, leading to obesity.

AWAKE PARENTING: Raising Connected, Confident Kids

AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids

by Judith Fertig

One of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful approaches to benefit the family—and the community.

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Tree Tally: Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census

Tree Tally Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census

The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done.

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Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

High-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits.

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CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES: The New Face of Sports Medicine

CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES

by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.

Coaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care.

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