Health & Balance News
- Naps & Health: How Long You Nap May Matter
April 27, 2023 — Researchers found people who napped 30 minutes or longer were more likely to have a higher BMI, higher blood pressure and other conditions associated with heart disease and diabetes.
- Positive Beliefs About Aging are Good for Memory Recovery
April 13, 2023 — Positive beliefs about aging give older people a 30% better chance of recovering normal thinking after experiencing mild memory loss.
- More Time Outdoors May Mean Less Need for Medications
February 6, 2023 — Urban dwellers who frequently visit green spaces, such as parks and community gardens, have a lower use of some commonly prescribed medications.
- Females Are More Empathetic Than Males, Study Confirms
January 3, 2023 — Women scored higher in cognitive empathy – the extent to which a person can understand another’s emotions and take on another’s perspective to understand their feelings -- in a study to measure empathetic reactions of more than 300,000 people from 16 to 70 in 57 countries.
- Elementary School Kids Offer Encouraging Words -- and a Pep Talk
November 14, 2022 — Two art teachers in Healdsburg, CA, set out to create a hotline for anyone in their small wine country town in need of a mental health lift this past March. Cleverly known as PepToc, a call into the number features seven options of pre-recorded bilingual messages from joyous elementary school children.
- Danger, Death, and Disgust: Why You Just Can't Look Away
October 24, 2022 — Our penchant for fear dates back millennia. But new research is testing the theory that indulging in morbid curiosity and scary play can help us build psychological resilience, overcome phobias, and deal with genuine scares. So far, the answer is yes.
- We're Increasingly Disconnected and That Has Consequences
September 16, 2022 — For a "connected" society, many of us feel more isolated than ever – and that’s dangerous for our long-term health. But there may be reasons to be hopeful.
- Have ‘Zoom Fatigue?’ Study Finds Way to Lessen It
August 18, 2022 — A new study suggests using hand signals during videoconference calls may lessen "Zoom fatigue"
- ‘Love Hormone’ No Help for Troubled Relationships: Study
August 1, 2022 — Nasal sprays that contain the "love hormone" oxytocin have been marketed as a potential cure-all to improve emotional connection with others and even save troubled relationships. But a new study from the United Kingdom suggests otherwise, revealing that oxytocin spray does not make young healthy men more able to recognize emotions.
- Two-Thirds of Working Parents Are Burned Out, New Study Suggests
June 20, 2022 — It’s not just kids and health care workers: Working parents, too, are increasingly burned out.
- The Science of Screaming: What Happens When We Turn Up the Volume
June 16, 2022 — Hear the six types of human screams (with audio!). Find out what researchers have learned about our most primal communication method.
- Do Optimists Live Longer?
June 13, 2022 — Researchers explore evidence for a link between optimism and longevity in a diverse population.
- Can Some Movies Change Your Life? Maybe
May 14, 2021 — A new study finds watching certain movies may help you navigate difficult times in your own life.
- ‘Grief: Beyond the 5 Stages’ Survey Methodology
July 11, 2019 — The WebMD survey, "Grief: Beyond the 5 Stages," was done by AmeriSpeak®, which is funded and operated by the independent research institution NORC at the University of Chicago.
- How Grief Shows Up In Your Body
July 11, 2019 — The sadness and other emotions you experience with grief can have a physical effect on you, too.
- The Grief Experience: Survey Shows It's Complicated
July 11, 2019 — A new WebMD survey finds many people are experiencing grief for more than a year and that losing friendships can cause intense grief similar to when someone dies.
- The Psychology of Political Ads
October 22, 2008 — Experts explain the psychology behind political ads -- how campaigns use advertising to trigger emotions and change minds.
- This Labor Day, Make a Toast -- to Yourself
August 31, 2001 — Polls Show We Are Satisfied With Our Work and Play