Articles from: December 2017

Long-Term Cell Phone Use a Health Risk

Long-Term Cell Phone Use a Health Risk

Researchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer.

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Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse

Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse

Researchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.

Erase E-Waste: Regift or Recycle Smart Phones

Erase E-Waste: Regift or Recycle Smart Phones

When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems.

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Gut Bacteria Imbalance Linked to Chronic Fatigue

Gut Bacteria Imbalance Linked to Chronic Fatigue

Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalancesin the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.

Tiny Baubles: Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans

Tiny Baubles: Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans

Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates.

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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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