Researchers use math to whittle away at jet lag

Apr 14, 2014

Researchers use math to whittle away at jet lag

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now researchers say that mathematical formulas suggest it is possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have ...

Vaccine denial goes mainstream in the U.S.

Apr 7, 2014

Vaccine denial goes mainstream in the U.S.

by Kerry Sheridan

Kathleen Wiederman is not staunchly against vaccines. She simply believes it is better for her child to naturally battle an illness than to be vaccinated against it. “Doctors don’t know everything,” said the 42-year-old recruiter, who prefers alternative medicine and gave birth at her ...

Apr 4, 2014

'Special K' could treat depression

The party drug ketamine could one day be used to help some people suffering from severe depression, according to British scientists who gave infusions of the narcotic, nicknamed “Special K,” to patients. Researchers who tested the drug on 28 people with major depressive disorder ...

Portrait of Fort Hood shooter starts to emerge

Apr 4, 2014

Portrait of Fort Hood shooter starts to emerge

When Ivan Lopez’s mother died last year, he told friends the U.S. Army had given him just one day to attend her funeral in Puerto Rico. That appeared to compound his grief over a personal double loss. The death in October of his mother, ...

U.S. Army names Fort Hood shooter, says had mental illness

Apr 4, 2014

U.S. Army names Fort Hood shooter, says had mental illness

The soldier suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas was identified as Ivan Lopez, a man battling mental illness when he went on a rampage, the base commander said on Thursday. No motive was ...

Autism begins in the womb: study

Mar 27, 2014

Autism begins in the womb: study

Autism may begin when certain brain cells fail to properly mature within the womb, according to new research by U.S. scientists. The scientists, studying postmortem brain tissue taken from children, found that those diagnosed with autism lacked key genetic markers for brain cells that ...

Dogs feel no shame despite the act

Mar 2, 2014

Dogs feel no shame despite the act

The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting “Shame on you!” because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it does not know what your rant is about. Behaviorists insist that ...

Feb 24, 2014

Social contact, regular exercise key to living longer

Social contact and regular exercise are key to aging well and living a longer life, according to new research. In fact, feeling extremely lonely can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent, an impact nearly as strong as that of ...

Hooked players drive mobile game explosion

Feb 21, 2014

Hooked players drive mobile game explosion

Fanatical players forking out money to get ahead in games such as “Candy Crush Saga” or “Angry Birds” are driving explosive growth in the multibillion-dollar mobile gaming business. Once hooked on free-to-download smartphone and tablet games, millions of not-so-brilliant or simply impatient gamers are ...

Feb 19, 2014

In prisons, solitary takes toll on minds

Robert King sat, slept and ate every meal alone in a cramped cell at Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison for 29 long and lonely years. His eyesight failed from lack of stimulation, but King insists his resolve to fight the injustice of solitary confinement never ...