Archive Monthly Archives: March 2013

Conscientiousness and longevity

Conscientiousness and longevity: an examination of possible mediators. OBJECTIVE:Conscientious individuals tend to experience a number of health benefits, not the least of which being greater longevity.

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Guns, germs, and stealing

Guns, germs, and stealing: Exploring the link between infectious disease and crime ABSTRACT Can variation in crime rates be traced to the threat of infectious disease? Pathogens pose an ongoing challenge

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Victorians had robust health

How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died Analysis of the mid-Victorian period in the U.K. reveals that life expectancy at age 5 was as good or better than exists today, and the incidence of degenerative

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Risk of depression and processed foods

Dietary pattern and depressive symptoms in middle age. BACKGROUND: Studies of diet and depression have focused primarily on individual nutrients. AIMS: To examine the association between dietary patterns

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Vitamin D and mental illness

Depressed adolescents in a case-series were low in vitamin D and depression was ameliorated by vitamin D supplementation. AIM:The relationship between depression in adolescents and vitamin D was studied

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Effect of NAC on mania and depression

A preliminary investigation on the efficacy of N-acetyl cysteine for mania or hypomania. Objective:Oxidative imbalance has emerged as a treatment target in bipolar disorder. As very limited data are available

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Gum chewing speeds cognitive processing

Effects of chewing on cognitive processing speed. In recent years, chewing has been discussed as producing effects of maintaining and sustaining cognitive performance. We have reported that chewing may

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Fertility and aging

Fertility and aging: do reproductive-aged Canadian women know what they need to know? OBJECTIVE:Female fertility declines with age; however, women are increasingly delaying childbearing until later in

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Vitamin K and Alzheimer’s

The possible role of vitamin K deficiency in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and in augmenting brain damage associated with cardiovascular disease. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease

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Food packaging chemicals can mess with testosterone

Fluorochemicals used in food packaging inhibit male sex hormone synthesis Polyfluoroalkyl phosphate surfactants (PAPS) are widely used in food contact materials (FCMs) of paper and board and have recently

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Why is celiac disease so common in Ireland?

Why is celiac disease so common in Ireland? Celiac disease (gluten sensitive enteropathy) is a condition affecting the small bowel, characterized by permanent intolerance to dietary gluten, and giving

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Sugar consumption and diabetes

The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data While experimental and observational studies suggest that sugar intake is associated

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Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Celiac Disease (CD) is an immune-mediated disease dependent on gluten (a protein present in wheat, rye or barley) that

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The heritability of life-history strategy

The heritability of life history strategy: The k‐factor, covitality, and personality Archival data from the MIDUS survey (Brim et al., 2000), a nationally representative sample, on 309 MZ and 333 DZ

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Depression and sickness behavior

Depression and sickness behavior are Janus-faced responses to shared inflammatory pathways. Prominent biological psychiatrist Michael Maes is one of the co-authors. It is of considerable translational

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The Average American Knows How Many People?

The Average American Knows How Many People? Andrew Gelman writes in the NY Times: The average American knows about 600 people. How do we know this? Researchers led by my Columbia colleague Tian Zheng posed

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