April 2017 – Research News

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Do You Want to be a Superager?

According to the experts, you might want to try getting regular exercise, developing strong bonds with family and friends, eliminating smoking, eating healthy foods, and learning new information and skills.

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Did You Know the Power of “Gut Bacteria?”

McMaster University has found that the microbiota or “gut bacteria” of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects the brain as well as the intestines. This finding may lead to more targeted treatment of IBS.

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Should Teachers and Team Leaders Use Only Structured Learning  Activities?

At the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, it was concluded that structure helps organize human activities and makes understanding the world a little easier.  However, it reduces creativity.

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Journal Reference:  Yeun Joon Kim, Chen-Bo Zhong. Ideas rise from chaos: Information structure and creativity.
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2017; 138: 15 DOI:10.1016/j.obhdp.2016.10.001


Do You Want to Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones?

Barbara Fredrickson, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina, has some suggestions on fostering positive emotions.  The research that Dr. Fredrickson and others have done demonstrates that the extent to which we can generate positive emotions from even everyday activities can determine who flourishes and who doesn’t.  Check out some of her suggestions.

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You Could Train Your Brain So You Don’t Need Glasses

When most people reach middle age, the lenses in their eyes harden and become less flexible. There’s a new form of brain training that may help this age-related close-range visual focus.

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 Do You Know How to Treat a Soft Tissue Injury?

Inflammation plays an important role in an acute soft tissue injury.  You should use moist heat, movement, and supplements.  The usual Rest, Ice Compression Elevation (R.I.C.E.) can delay repair and recovery.

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Losing One Sense Enhances Remaining Senses

A new study has found evidence of significant brain rewiring in blind people that supports this theory.

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Accepting Special Education School Vouchers May Come with Hidden Costs

These Special Education Vouchers are endorsed by Trump administration and promoted by state education departments as well as private schools.  Know what you are giving up when you accept them.  You will lose certain rights.

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Endorsed by the Trump administration, and they are often heavily promoted by state education departments and by private schools,