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How Cat Naps Affect Your Mood And Memory

By Nicole Lovato, Flinders University and Leon Lack, Flinders University | Photo Credit: irina198   Want to boost your memory and mood? Take a nap, but keep it short We’re told to have power naps to keep us safe on the road and improve our alertness if we’ve had insufficient sleep. They even help our…

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How Fat And Sugar Makes You Keep On Eating

Too much sugar and fat is affecting your brain too – not just your belly. By Terry Davidson, American University | Photo Credit: novelrobinson, CC BY-NC-SA   Fat and sugar-heavy diet harms your brain – and makes you keep on eating Do you eat only when you’re actually hungry? Many of us eat even when…

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The Science Behind Why Kissing Feels Good

Getting jiggy. By Sheril Kirshenbaum, University of Texas at Austin | Photo Credit: Pedrosimoes7, CC0 Public Domain Lips are the most exposed erogenous zone, which makes kissing feel very good Scientists in the Netherlands have reported that we share about 80m bacteria during a passionate ten-second kiss; a finding that makes puckering up seem cringe-worthy…

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The Key to Feeling Well Rested Isn’t Just The Amount Of Time You Sleep

By Richard Stevens, University of Connecticut | Photo Credit: Davi Ozolin, CC BY-NC-SA A dark night is good for your health Today most people do not get enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called insufficient sleep an epidemic. While we are finally paying attention to the importance of sleep, the…

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What Occurs Inside Your Brain When You Give Up Sugar

Here’s what happens to your brain when you give up sugar By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Neuroscience Doctoral Candidate Penn State College of Medicine Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania –…

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Why You Should Stand At Work For Two Hours A Day

By David Dunstan, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute | Photo Credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY   Office workers, stand up from your desk for two hours a day We’ve known for some time that too much sitting increases your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and early death. But until now it’s been…

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