Humans news stories

Give workers ‘breathing breaks’ to boost happiness, says expert
28th March 2017 | | Humans

Employees should be allowed ‘breathing breaks’ throughout the day to increase their productivity and happiness, a leading expert has said.

Author and happiness guru Max Strom, who offers lunchtime breathing workshops for office workers in central London, claims that calming the breath can have a huge impact on well-being.

Maintaining an active sex life may lead to improved job satisfaction, engagement in work
28th March 2017 | Humans

Maintaining a healthy sex life at home boosts employees’ job satisfaction and engagement at the office, underscoring the value of a strong work-life balance, an Oregon State University researcher has found.

Information Avoidance: How People Select Their Own Reality
27th March 2017 | | Humans

We live in an unprecedented “age of information,” but we use very little of it. Dieters prefer not to look at the calories in their tasty dessert, people at high risk for disease avoid screenings and people choose the news source that aligns with their political ideology.

The social media “echo chamber” is real
27th March 2017 | Humans

By making so much information so accessible, social media has drastically changed the way we consume information and form opinions in the modern era. The danger, however, is that social media creates an “echo chamber” that filters the information people receive so that it largely supports their existing opinions.

Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking
27th March 2017 | | Humans

Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’
27th March 2017 | | Animal Life, Humans

How an individual sperm swims, against all the odds, through fluid to reach the fallopian tubes has been revealed – and it’s all about rhythm.

Related: A healthy diet improves sperm quality and fecundability of couples

Purging the body of ‘retired’ cells could reverse ageing, study shows
26th March 2017 | | Humans, Tech

Purging retired cells from the body has been shown to undo the ravages of old age in a study that raises the prospect of new life-extending treatments .

When mice were treated with a substance designed to sweep away cells that have entered a dormant state due to DNA damage their fur regrew, kidney function improved and they were able to run twice as far as untreated elderly animals.

Old blood can be made young again and it might fight ageing
26th March 2017 | | Humans, Tech

A protein can boost blood stem cells, making them behave like those of younger people. Is it the key to harnessing young blood’s rejuvenating power?

Being Parent Could Add Extra Years to Your Life
26th March 2017 | | Humans

Parenthood is associated with a longer life than childlessness, particularly in older age, according to a study led by Karolinska Institute researcher Karin Modig. By the age of 60, the difference in life expectancy, which does not seem to be influenced by the sex of the child(ren), may be as much as two years.

Children who play outside more likely to protect nature as adults
26th March 2017 | | Humans

Protecting the environment can be as easy as telling your kids to go outdoors and play, according to a new UBC study. Research by Catherine Broom, assist. prof. in the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan, shows that 87 per cent of study respondents who played outside as children expressed a continued love of nature as young adults. Of that group, 84 per cent said taking care of the environment was a priority.

Spiritual retreats change feel-good chemical systems in the brain
26th March 2017 | | Humans

More Americans than ever are turning to spiritual, meditative and religious retreats as a way to reset their daily life and enhance well-being. Now, researchers show there are changes in the dopamine and serotonin systems in the brains of retreat participants.

Alt: Religious retreats can change the chemicals in your brain, discover scientists

Our Brains May Be Much More Powerful Than Previously Thought
26th March 2017 | | Humans

The brains of almost all animals contain a network of crisscrossing nerve cells, also known as neurons. Each nerve cell consist of three main parts — the soma (cell body), an elongated axon, and several branching dendrites.

A pharma company that spent $500,000 trying to keep pot illegal just got DEA approval for synthetic marijuana
26th March 2017 | | Humans, Tech

Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that was one of the chief financial backers of the opposition to marijuana legalization in Arizona last year, received preliminary approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week for Syndros, a synthetic marijuana drug.

LSD doesn’t just treat mental illness, ‘it could actually heal the brain’
26th March 2017 | | Humans

We do a strange thing when talking about mental health. Any violent offender who commits a particularly heinous crime faces the possibility of being branded ‘mentally ill’. This term has become a go-to, catch-all phrase, and as a result it perpetuates an incredibly negative stereotype.

The reality could not be more different; diagnosis of mental illness is increasingly broad, it affects vast numbers of the population, and as it grows, so too does the cost of treatment.

The ayahuasca king: the man who gives jungle ‘medicine’ to lost souls
26th March 2017 | | Humans

Peter Gorman’s Amazon expeditions draw guests aiming to ‘clear up ailments’ and ‘solve mid-life crises’ – and drugs are key to the transformative experience

Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all populations yet studied, providing clues to healthy lifestyle
26th March 2017 | | Humans

An 80-year-old from the Tsimane (pronounced chee-MAH-nay) group had the same vascular age as an American in his or her mid-fifties, suggests a new report. The Tsimane people — a forager-horticulturalist population of the Bolivian Amazon — have the lowest reported levels of vascular aging for any population, with coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) being five times less common than in the US, the research shows.

Alt: Is THIS the secret to a long life? Remote tribe living deep in the Amazon is found to have the healthiest arteries ever studied

Lost Tourist Says Monkeys Saved Him in the Amazon
26th March 2017 | Animal Life, Humans, Weird

Rurrenabaque, BoliviaIn the Bolivian Amazon, where vast rivers wind endlessly through mountainous terrain and a thick blanket of fog creeps through the trees, the locals say the jungle can swallow you in a second. Venture too far and you may never find your way back.

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