Mental Attitude: Why Do We Get Tongue Tied?
Do you have problems getting out the right words from time to time? An analysis of thousands of voice recordings from around the world revealed that there is a tendency to slow-down before saying nouns. In other words, you’re more likely to pause a little bit or use “uh” or “uhm” when using a noun. Researchers say this finding suggests the brain has more difficulty planning for some words than others and they recommend further study to investigate how the brain reacts to the information value of different words.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, May 2018
Health Alert: Mosquitoes Bite More During Droughts.
Typically, about 5-10% of female mosquitoes feed at any time during normal weather situations. However, a new study found that lab-induced dehydration led to a 30% feeding rate, suggesting that mosquitoes try to hydrate on blood when water is not available. Study co-author Dr. Elise Didion writes, “It makes sense… We find the highest transmission rates of West Nile virus during droughts because mosquitoes may use blood meals to replace the water they lose.”
Scientific Reports, May 2018
Diet: Regular Egg Consumption May Decrease Cardiovascular Risk.
An analysis of data concerning nearly half a million people in China showed that daily egg consumers had a 26% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke, a 28% lower risk of death from hemorrhagic stroke, a 12% lower risk of ischemic heart disease, and an 18% lower risk of cardiovascular death. Though the study was only observational, the findings suggest that there is an association between moderate egg consumption and a lower rate of cardiac events.
Heart, May 2018
Exercise: Promoting Better Health at Work Can Help the Bottom Line.
In a study that involved 1,120 employees from ten businesses, researchers found that participants who received customized information to promote physical activity and reduce sitting time not only experienced improved health but they also reported greater job satisfaction and increased productivity.
Ergonomics, June 2018
Chiropractic: Sleep Quality Predicts Low Back Pain.
Want to reduce your risk for back pain? Work on getting sufficient, quality sleep. A new study involving 405 working adults found that those with sleep problems had an elevated risk for one or more episodes of low back pain during the following two years. Based on this finding, the study authors suggest that difficulty getting sufficient quality sleep may be an early indicator for lower back pain.
Psychology, Health & Medicine, May 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Are You at Risk for an Ectopic Pregnancy?
When a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube, it is referred to as an ectopic pregnancy. This type of pregnancy causes the fallopian tube to eventually burst, leading to life-threatening bleeding. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, risk factors for such a pregnancy include the following: previous ectopic pregnancy, prior fallopian tube surgery, previous pelvic or abdominal surgery, certain STDs, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, smoking, becoming pregnant at 35 or older, infertility history, and the use of assisted reproductive technology.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, May 2018