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Does TCM boost fertility?

January 18, 2012

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Dateline: 25 November 2011 // Posted by: B. Monahan Source: Daily Mail Story: “Chinese medicine could double the chances of childless couples conceiving” Summary: According to this article, couples with fertility problems are twice as likely to get pregnant using traditional Chinese medicine as western drugs scientists have discovered. It is stated that a discovery of […]

Inflammation causes depression?

January 18, 2012

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Dateline: 4 December 2011 // Posted by: Claire Mc Callion (@ClaireMcCallion) Source: Huffington Post Story: “Inflammation causes depression?” Summary: This article by Dr Andrew Weil was recently published on the widely read news blog ‘The Huffington Post’. Dr Weil’s website quotes itself as being ‘the premier resource for timely, trustworthy information on natural health and wellness, based on […]

Are stressed moms more likely to have daughters?

January 18, 2012

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Dateline: 17 October 2011 // Posted by: Gareth Keane Source: Daily Mail Story: “Why stressed-out women are more likely to have girls” Summary: Scientists in Oxford University in conjunction with scientists working in the US claim to have found that women who are stressed in the weeks and months leading up to pregnancy have significantly higher odds of […]

Does birth month affect school success?

January 17, 2012

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Dateline: 25 November 2011 // Posted by: Aisling Fallon Source: Evening Herald Story: “Birth month affects child’s school success” Summary: Researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) in the UK have come up with a theory concerning our birth months and how they are related to our academic achievements and well-being in the future. The research claims […]

Is this an alien skull?

January 17, 2012

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Dateline: 19 November 2011 // Posted by: Loren Burke Source: Daily Mail Story: “Is this an alien skull? Mystery of giant-headed mummy found in Peru” Summary: An elongated mummified skull has been found in Peru along with more skeletal remains. It has Spanish and Russian scientists baffled. According to the article, they believe it has come from an […]

Dogs and men: A toxic combination?

January 10, 2012

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Dateline: 3 November 2011 // Posted by: Cillian Ryan Source: Discovery News, Daily Mail, AllPetNews.com, The Science Bit Story: “Dogs Walked By Men Are More Aggressive” Summary: A new study published in the academic journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science claims that dogs walked by men are four times more likely to threaten and bite other dogs and that […]

Can a ghost be a ‘wine snob’?

January 10, 2012

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Dateline: 31 October 2011 // Posted by: M.Crisman Source: The Drinks Business Story: “‘Wine Snob’ Ghost Haunts Pub” Summary: Every year on Halloween, the Court Oak pub, located in Harborne, Birmingham, has reported paranormal activity within their pub. This Halloween was no different from past years. According to the staff at Court Oak, the ghost they have named […]

Ghost story

January 10, 2012

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Dateline: 22November 2011 // Posted by: Bitofaheel Source: Daily Mail Story: “Terror of family who claim their five-year old son is haunted by the ‘man with grey skin'” Summary: This story takes place in Bridlington, Yorkshire,in the United Kingdom. Dave Gerrity claims his son is being pestered by a ghost. He claims an image of this ‘grey-faced’ ghost […]

Psychopathic speech?

December 23, 2011

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Dateline: 20 October 2011 // Posted by: Laura O’Connor Source: Daily Mail, also reported on Science Daily Story: “Want to find a psychopath? Listen carefully…” Summary: According to the article, psychopathy can be identified by analysing a person’s speech patterns. Research has shown that people who use words such as “um” and “ah”,  display a lack of emotion, […]

Is acupuncture safe for kids?

December 23, 2011

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Dateline: 21 November 2011 // Posted by: Claire Mogan Source: CBS News, Fox News Story: “Is Acupuncture safe for kids?” Summary: The American Academy of Pediatrics has given acupuncture in children the go-ahead, after sixty years of research conducted. They reported that acupuncture is “generally safe for kids when performed by appropriately trained practitioners”. The report which was […]

Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

December 23, 2011

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Dateline: 1 November 2011 // Posted by: Hannah Pearsall Source: Reuters, Press TV, ONLINE – International News Network Story: “Hypnosis, even in ‘real world,’ may help IBS” Summary: For those with particularly difficult cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), standard medical treatment tends not to alleviate discomfort. Studies since the 1980s have documented that with these difficult […]

Magnets on the brain

December 23, 2011

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Dateline: 1 November 2011 // Posted by: JBergII Source: Daily Mail Story: “Could zapping the brain with magnets help you overcome aggression and social anxiety?” Summary: Daily Mail correspondent Simon Tomlinson reported on 1 November that scientists have revealed that magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain could control human emotion. A study published in Current Biology using TMS reported […]

Mirror therapy for pain?

December 22, 2011

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Dateline: 15 November 2011 // Posted by: Kaitlin Hanley Source: Los Angeles Times; Huffington Post; Daily Mail; The Guardian Story: “Optical illusion dampens arthritis pain” Summary: A new study reported at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference suggests that mirror therapy, often used as treatment for those who have had an amputation, can also be effective in treating arthritis.  […]

Fizzy rascals

December 22, 2011

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Dateline: 24 October 2011 // Posted by: Graham McNamee Source: Science Daily Story: “High Fizzy Soft Drink Consumption Linked to Violence Among Teens” Summary: A study published online in Injury Prevention, a self-described “international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and others in injury prevention,” found a correlation between amount of fizzy soft drinks (measured in cans of […]

Can dogs ‘smell cancer’?

December 19, 2011

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Dateline: 16 November 2011 // Posted by: Carlos Perez Source: Daily Mail Story: “The dogs that can detect cancer: Meet the four-legged ‘bio-detectives’ who are pioneering a health revolution” Summary: Dogs’ most powerful sense, their sense of smell, is commonly used in drug detection, human rescues, and so on. Now, a group of scientists claim that dogs […]

Evidence? In your dreams…

December 19, 2011

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Dateline: 11 November 2011 // Posted by: Joanne O’Sullivan Source: The Sun Story: “Why girls have more nightmares” Summary: According to columnist Dr Pam Spurr, women have “wilder” dreams than their male counterparts and suffer more nightmares than men. This is supposedly due to particular female hormones which during the menstrual cycle cause body temperature changes which […]

Coffee: The new Prozac?

December 19, 2011

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Dateline: 26 September 2011 // Posted by: Lauren Fergus Source: Los Angeles Times Story: “Caffeine’s buzz chases away women’s depression” Summary: A recent news article in the LA Times has reported that a new research paper — “Coffee, caffeine and risk of depression among women” (published in the academic journal Archives of Internal Medicine) — reported […]

High on traffic

November 29, 2011

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Dateline: 10 November 2011 // Posted by: Deirdre Metcalf Source: Daily Mail Story: “Car fumes are a mild narcotic that help us cope with city stress, claims scientist” Summary: Carbon monoxide (CO) is well known as an odorless, poisonous gas that is fatal to humans.  However, a recent study by Professor Itzhak Schnell of Tel Aviv […]

Singularly speculative

November 28, 2011

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Dateline: 12 October 2011 // Posted by: AHJOConnell Source: Forbes Story: “Ray Kurzweil On The Future Of Innovation At Singularity University” Summary: The article tells of Ray Kurzweil speaking to a group of his students at the singularity university in Silicon Valley, California. He is talking about the great strides that have been made in technology […]

Are ghosts “all in the mind”?

November 28, 2011

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Dateline: 2 November 2011 // Posted by: Aware521 Source: Daily Mail, BBC News, and more. Story: “Do Ghosts Exist or is it ‘All in the Mind?’” Summary: In May of 2003, the BBC reported on research by psychologists from the UK who examined the reports of over 600 volunteers at two of the UK’s most haunted […]