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2011-04-08 09:05:00

Contagious yawning is not just a marker of sleepiness or boredom. For chimpanzees, it may actually be a sign of a social connection between individuals.New research at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, may help scientists understand empathy, the mechanism thought to underlie contagious yawning, in both chimpanzees and humans. The research also may help show how social biases strengthen or weaken empathy.Scientists at Yerkes discovered chimpanzees yawn more after...

2011-03-16 00:00:30

Horses that don't sweat "“ a condition called equine anhidrosis "“ run a serious health risk. Managing the symptoms is difficult for owners and trainers but now there's an effective, natural alternative that can prevent and treat anhidrosis or non-sweating: an electrolyte-balancing patch marketed under the trade name "Equiwinner". Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) March 15, 2011 Horses that don't sweat not only perform poorly, they risk succumbing to heat stroke and dying, in extreme cases....

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2011-01-10 11:05:00

Little is known about the distances a cough or sneeze can travel, but researchers in Singapore are attempting to find out how airborne transmission of flu viruses takes place using a giant mirror and a high-speed camera. "It's really to inform infection control teams, because there is controversy now about which pathogens, e.g. flu, are airborne and if so, how significant this route is compared to others, such as direct contact," said team leader Julian Tang, a virologist and consultant with...

2010-10-18 08:33:09

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- After women exercise, they generally glow with radiance.  On the other hand, after men exercise, they usually look like he just got out of the pool.  A recent study in Japan looks at the differences between men and women's response to changes in exercise intensity and how men are more effective sweaters in those regards.  Regardless of the difference between sexes, researchers say women 'shouldn't sweat it.' Researchers that Osaka University and Kobe...

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2010-10-08 13:25:00

Women have to work harder than men in order to start sweating, while men are more effective sweaters during exercise, according to new research published in the journal Experimental Physiology. The study by Japanese scientists at Osaka International University and Kobe University looked at differences between men and women's sweating response to changes in exercise intensity. The researchers asked four groups of subjects (trained and untrained females, trained and untrained males) to cycle...

2010-09-27 15:35:14

Coughing episodes are closely related to gastroesophageal reflux symptoms in patients who experience chronic cough, irrespective of other diagnoses, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the acid contents of the stomach back up, or reflux, into the esophagus. This typically produces heartburn, a burning sensation below the sternum where your ribs come together....

2010-09-15 17:14:24

If someone near you yawns, do you yawn, too? About half of adults yawn after someone else does in a phenomenon called contagious yawning. Now a new study has found that most children aren't susceptible to contagious yawning until they're about 4 years old"”and that children with autism are less likely to yawn contagiously than others. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut, appears in the September/October 2010 issue of the journal Child Development. To...

2010-09-15 09:10:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- If someone near you yawns, chances are that in a few seconds you will too.  It has to do with the balancing of pressure in a room.  It's a well-known phenomenon called contagious yawning and chances are that you too may be a victim.  But at what stage of your life does this phenomenon start having an effect on you? Here's the question: do you remember the first time you yawned?  You don't need to think to hard about it, cause probably not since you...

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2010-07-13 06:30:00

Most people fail to properly prevent the spread of contagious and infectious germs when coughing and sneezing, according to a study by medical students in New Zealand. For the study, the students secretly watched hundreds of people cough or sneeze at a train station, a shopping mall and a hospital. What they noticed was far from sanitary. The study took place in the capital city of Wellington over a two week period last August, during the tail end of the swine flu illness. It was a period...

2010-07-13 02:23:07

Less than 5 percent of public adopted public health recommendations during H1N1 pandemic Approximately 1 out of every 4 people observed in a public setting failed to cover their mouth when they coughed or sneezed according to research presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Even more concerning, less than 5 percent of people covered their mouth using methods recommended by public health officials. "We were surprised to find that this was the first...