General Health

Cheers and Jeers

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Interpreting body language, which is a better indicator of emotion than looking at a person’s face alone. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem showed subjects images of professional tennis players right after winning or losing a high-stakes points. The images focused on just the face, just the body, or both together. The subjects more accurately read whether the emotion was positive or negative when the body was shown, with or without the face included. Learn more here about the study here.

Protecting your pet from the flu. Pets like cats and dogs can have runny noses, trouble breathing, and suffer from fatigue just like humans, and they can even catch the virus from you. A study out of Ohio found that 30 percent of cats have had the flu. To keep your pet healthy, keep your hands clean and cover your mouth when you cough. Read more here.

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A binge-drinking gene, which may make some people more inclined to binge drink. The King’s College in London looked at the gene, noting that those without it desired alcohol less than those with it. The gene seems to heighten dopamine responses, making consuming alcohol more rewarding for people with the gene. Get more details here.

Hangovers, which are caused by consuming too much alcohol and can be made even worse by smoking cigarettes while you drink.  For eight weeks, college students recorded the number of drinks they had in a given time as well as the number of cigarettes they smoked. The severity of hangover symptoms, such as nausea and headache, increased as the number of cigarettes did. Learn more about the study here.