6:29 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Reading A Backlit E-Book Before Bed May Be Harmful To Your Health

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Curling up with an e-book for a bedtime read might damage your sleep and maybe your health. 

That’s according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers found back-lit e-readers led to less and poorer-quality sleep versus reading a paperback. 

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6:22 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Whooping Cough Strains May Be Outsmarting Current Vacine

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Whooping cough might be evolving to outsmart the current vaccine. 

That’s according to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Researchers says the changing strains may have serious consequences in future outbreaks, but stress the vaccine remains highly effective in protecting the most vulnerable babies.

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5:59 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Are You A Worrier? There May Be A Silver Lining

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Over-thinking and worrying has been linked to other health problems, but it could be a sign of higher verbal intelligence. 

That’s according to a study to be published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

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5:50 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Smartphone Users More Developed In Area Of Brain Related To Touch

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Smartphones are changing our brains. That’s according to a study in the journal Current Biology

The trait is more pronounced in musicians such as violinists, but smartphone users are more developed in the region of their brains that is associated with touch, or movement of a thumb across a touchscreen.

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6:25 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Experts Suggest Connection To Autism, Air Pollution

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Scientists are suggesting a link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy. 

The study in Environmental Health Perspectives says tiny particulate matter, which can be passed from the lungs to the bloodstream may be a factor. 

Experts say pregnant women should minimize their exposure to air pollution. However, the link has yet to be proven.

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6:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Fat Breathed Out Of Body During Exercise

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Fat can be breathed out as carbon dioxide as well as burned off. That’s according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

Results from the study show lungs are the primary excretory organ for weight loss.

Researchers say people still need to huff and puff with exercise to keep slim; hyperventilating by itself won’t do the trick.

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6:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Sleeping Habits May Be Genetic

How much sleep you get each night may depend on your genes.

That’s according to a new study published in Molecular Psychiatry.

7:55 am
Wed December 3, 2014

HIV Becoming Less Deadly

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HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious. 

That’s according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study found the virus is taking increasingly longer to become AIDS.

Findings suggest treatment drugs forced HIV to evolve into milder forms. Researchers say the virus may eventually become almost harmless. 

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Anzu wyliei
6:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Meet 'Pearl': The Next Big Thing At Burpee

Artist's version of Anzu wyliei, the species of oviraptorosaur "Pearl" is expected to be.
Julius T. Cotonyi Burpee Museum of Natural History

What’s seven feet tall, covered with feathers, and is moving, piece by piece, into the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford? It’s “Pearl,” an extremely rare dinosaur that could fill in some blanks for researchers.  

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8:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A Dozen People Being Monitored For Ebola In Illinois

Twelve people in Illinois are being monitored for possible exposure to Ebola. The Chicago Tribune reports they are not being quarantined and are considered at low to medium risk. 

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