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2014-07-03 12:57:40

University of Toronto Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Thirty-five per cent of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused before they turned 18. In contrast, seven per cent of those without dyslexia reported that they had...

Savory Experiences Are Less Satisfying When People Are Exposed To Fast Food
2014-06-03 09:10:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you like to stop and smell the roses, you might want to make sure that you’re living in an area where you can’t smell Big Macs or Kentucky Fried Chicken cooking, according to a recently published Social Psychological and Personality Science paper. That’s because exposure to fast food can cause people to become more impatient, undermining their ability to enjoy experiences that require time to savor and thoroughly enjoy,...

Researchers Find ‘Seeing Jesus In Toast’ Phenomenon Perfectly Normal
2014-05-07 03:35:20

University of Toronto People who claim to see “Jesus in toast” may no longer be mocked in the future thanks to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and partner institutions in China. Researchers have found that the phenomenon of “face pareidolia”– where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toasts, shrouds, and clouds — is normal and based on physical causes. “Most people think you have to be mentally...

field of vision
2014-04-23 03:00:58

Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University A new study from North Carolina State University and the University of Toronto finds that people pay more attention to the upper half of their field of vision – a finding which could have ramifications for everything from traffic signs to software interface design. “Specifically, we tested people’s ability to quickly identify a target amidst visual clutter,” says Dr. Jing Feng, an assistant professor of psychology at NC State and...

2014-04-22 10:44:59

Researchers at the University of Toronto say a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. "Rapid-eye-movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is not just a precursor but also a critical warning sign of neurodegeneration that can lead to brain disease," says associate professor and lead author Dr. John Peever. In fact, as many as 80 to 90 per cent of people with RBD will develop a brain disease."...

2014-04-09 10:04:04

Even six-year-olds know who you sit beside matters, whether you're in first grade or at a high-powered dinner. But now a new study, using the U.S. Senate Chamber as its laboratory, provides documented evidence of that phenomenon. It shows that where a person is located influences who they interact with and who they will turn to in order to build support for their own agenda. For the powerful however, seating arrangements don't make much of a difference. That's because the people they...

2014-03-26 16:01:18

Arthritis in adulthood is linked to parental addictions during childhood, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers The adult offspring of parents who were addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to have arthritis, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers. Investigators examined a group of 13,036 adults and found that 20.4 per cent of respondents had been diagnosed with arthritis by a medical professional. Investigators found that 14.5 per...

2014-03-05 10:49:02

New research from the University of Toronto shows that a little training can go a long way in a desperate situation. Carmen Logie, assistant professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, demonstrated that marginalized and displaced women in Leogane, Haiti, can measurably impact mental and sexual health behaviours in their village. Leogane was at the epicentre of a 2010 earthquake that displaced entire populations and led to the collapse of business, social and health...

2014-02-27 18:23:49

Stars, diamonds, circles. Rather than your average bowl of Lucky Charms, these are three-dimensional cell cultures generated by an exciting new digital microfluidics platform, the results of which have been published in Nature Communications this week by researchers at the University of Toronto. The tool, which can be used to study cells in cost-efficient, three-dimensional microgels, may hold the key to personalized medicine applications in the future. "We already know that the...

2014-02-20 08:32:57

Dr. Frank Sullivan named first Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - North York General Hospital (NYGH) announced today the appointment of Dr. Frank Sullivan as the first Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine. The Chair is the first of its kind in Canada and will play an important role in community hospital-based research. Dr. Sullivan will also be appointed to the role of Director...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.