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2011-10-30 07:17:03

Nonsmokers who live in locations with high levels of air pollution are approximately 20% more likely to die as a result of lung cancer than those who live in clean-air areas, a team of researchers claim in a new study. In their research, Michelle C. Turner, Daniel Krewski, C. Arden Pope III, and Susan M. Gapstur of the University of Ottawa, Yue Chen of Brigham Young University (BYU), and Michael J. Thun of the American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program followed more than 188,...

Profanity In TV And Video Games Linked To Teen Aggression
2011-10-17 03:56:26

While it's been long established that watching violent scenes increases aggression levels, a new study in the medical journal Pediatrics suggests that profanity in the media may have a similar effect. Pediatrics is the top-ranked journal in its field and among the top 2 percent most-cited scientific and medical journals in the world. The study appears to be the first to examine the impact of profanity in the media, which sounds surprising considering how central language is to movie and TV...

Does Materialism Harm Marriage?
2011-10-14 10:05:33

Couples who rank money and material goods as important in their lives might be worse off in their relationships than those who aren´t as materialistic, says a study published today in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. The survey of 1,734 married couples across the US, asked about attitudes toward relationship values and issues such as materialism, compassion, communication and the importance of marriage. The results revealed that being financially successful did not...

2011-10-13 10:15:26

New research to be published Oct. 13 confirms The Beatles' lyrical hypothesis and finds that "the kind of thing that money just can't buy" is a happy and stable marriage. Scholars at Brigham Young University studied 1,734 married couples across the country. Each couple completed a relationship evaluation, part of which asked how much they value "having money and lots of things." The researchers' statistical analysis showed that couples who say money is not important to them score about...

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2011-07-21 08:11:24

Whether on their own or orbiting as a pair, black holes don't typically sit still. Not only do they spin, they can also move laterally across their host galaxy. And according to astrophysicists at Brigham Young University, both types of movement power massive jets of energy known as quasars. The study, which appears in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is the first to compute what may fuel some of the brightest persistent lights in the universe....

2011-06-21 12:53:08

A new study shows that being married boosts survival odds for both men and women with colon cancer at every stage of the disease. Married patients had a 14 percent lower risk of death according to researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine and Brigham Young University. That estimate is based on analysis of 127,753 patient records. Similar to studies of other types of cancers, the researchers did find that married people were diagnosed at earlier stages of colon cancer and sought more...

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2011-06-08 08:05:00

Take a random person from a so-called "red state," and the odds are nearly 50/50 that he or she would actually be more liberal on political issues than a random resident of a "blue state." More specifically, the chances of any one red state citizen scoring more liberal than a blue state citizen are 46 percent on economic issues and 51 percent on social issues. The research, conducted by political scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Brigham Young University, paints an entirely...

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2011-04-19 07:45:00

Though more than one in 10 American babies are born prematurely, there have been few clues to predict whether a particular baby is going to arrive too early "“ until now. A new study suggests that more than 80 percent of pre-term births can be spotted in advance with a blood test taken during the second trimester of a pregnancy. "What's been missing is a way of assessing risk," said Steven Graves, who directs the chemistry portion of the research at Brigham Young University. "Our...


Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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