Being Awkward may save your Life

A new study showed that those who avoid close relationships or who were more anxious had faster responses when placed in a potentially dangerous situation.

Hmm, maybe it pays off to have that awkward friend?

The study rounded up 138 college students and had them fill out a survey to learn how they would approach a relationship. According to past research, people approach relationships three ways: anxious, avoidant, or secure (this is called the attachment theory). The students were then put into a room with a computer. When the experimenter would leave the room, the computer would emit smoke. The groups that were scored with higher levels of avoidance and anxiousness responded faster—about 1 to .5 seconds faster for each point higher they scored on avoidance/anxiety on their survey.

There might be cultural differences since this experiment was conducted inIsrael. Many of the young people there are involved in military service. The researchers recommend having diverse amount of friends in terms of different attachment security levels—it might give you a better chance of saving your life.

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More Risky to take a Puppy Home Too Early

A new study found that if you take a puppy away from their litter too early, they are more likely to develop behavioral problems. It is recommended from veterinarians and good dog breeders that puppies should stay with their litter at least 2 months before adoption.

The study was conducted in Naples, Italy from veterinary researchers who interviewed 140 dog owners, ages 18 months to 7 years. About 50% of the dogs were adopted early between 30 to 40 days and the other half were not adopted until they were at least 2 months old.

Overall, the results showed that the younger dogs were significantly more likely to be destructive than the older dogs, but the ones that were separated from their litters early were more likely to show behavioral problems such as:

  • Destructiveness
  • Excessive barking
  • Fearfulness of walks
  • Reactivity to noises
  • Possessiveness of food and toys
  • Attention seeking
  • Aversion or aggression toward strangers
  • Play biting
  • Tail chasing
  • Soiling the house
Researchers have not figured out why this happens, but suggests it might be “some dogs may have a genetic predisposition to certain conditions, including fear, anxiety and phobia of noises, and that early environmental experiences may increase the likelihood that they will develop these conditions or go on to have disordered behavior.”

Read original article here– Courtesy of Times Health Land

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Being Bitter Harms your Health

New studies show that people who are bitter or angry will have higher blood pressure & heart rate. They are more likely to die of heart diseases and other medical conditions than their counterparts. The reason for this is that the body is mentally prepared to fight that particular person which consequently increases blood pressure. If you are continuously holding a grudge, the body prepares itself for a fight which increases chemicals such as the C-reactive protein, eventually taking a toll on the heart and the rest of your body.

Some different ways to cope with bitterness are:

  1. Watching the news—By doing this activity, it gives you a reality check, showing you that other people also suffered as much or even worse than yourself. It can give you the realization that bad things happen to everyone and it is apart of life.
  2. Realize you’re are harming yourself—By holding a grudge, you are not harming the other person at all. Realize the physical harm that you have done to yourself because you remained angry.

Read the original article and find more tips here—Courtesy of CNN

15 Minutes a Day of Exercise Adds Years to Your Life

 

Currently, only one third of Americans meet the CDC’s guidelines for physical health which recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, plus additional strength-training.  New research finds that even 15 minutes a day (92 minutes a week) is related to increasing your life expectancy by three years and a 14% reduction in risk of death by any cause. This is compared to a sedentary lifestyle, in other words, a “couch potato.” Each additional 15 minutes of daily exercise reduces the risk of death by another 4% and people who achieved 30 minutes of activity a day found to add four extra years to their life expectancy.

The study involves more than 400,000 people in Taiwanwhere they followed for an average of eight years. The participants were given a questionnaire about their lifestyle and medical history.

Remember, the more exercise the better so don’t do the minimum effort if you have the opportunity to work out longer.

 

Read original article here-Times Health Land

Barbecued Spicy Apricot-Glazed Chicken Wings

Here is a quick and easy recipe for those summer get-togethers! It is great appetizer dish for those who like sweet and spicy food.

For two chicken wings: 252 calories

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apricot jam
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cupDijonmustard
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 60 chicken wings
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apricot jam, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, Dijonmustard, and kosher salt. Add chicken wings; toss to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with foil; bake chicken wings for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until golden brown and slightly charred.

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Credit: John Kernick

Music lower Anxiety and Pain Levels in Cancer Patients

Everyone already knows that music sooths the soul, and now it is proven that music reduces anxiety and pain for those who have cancer. Researchers from a new study from Drexel University in Philadelphia systematically reviewed 30 studies that included 1,891 adult and children cancer patients. Most of the studies (17) had the cancer patients listened to prerecorded music. The rest of the studies had the people take some kind of guided music therapies such as playing an instrument or singing.

The researchers found that in all studies, music lowered the patients’ anxiety levels and increased their outlook in life more positively better than standard treatments. Some of the studies showed that music therapy was able to improved blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate levels. However, the researchers could not determine the type of music intervention was most effective.

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Taller Women might be more likely to Develop Cancer

A new recent found that taller women are more prone to develop cancer than women who were short. The range of cancers included breast, ovary, uterus, bowel, blood and skin. The researchers studied 1.3 million middle-aged women inBritainbetween 1996 and 2001 which was part of the Million Women Study. The women ranged between 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 10 inches, averaging around 5 feet 5 inches. Over an average follow-up of 10 years, the women who were the taller end of the range developed more cancers than those who were shorter.

The researchers found that the cancer risk increased by 16% for every 4 inch increase in height despite her ‘birth year, socioeconomic status, alcohol consumption, physical activity level and other factors typically linked to cancer risk.” Researchers have not found the reasons why taller women are more prone to develop cancer, but predict that it maybe because of higher levels of growth-related hormones.

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Read original article here by Times Health Land