Basics of physical fitness, Definition and discussion

Basics of physical fitness: Definition and discussion

The popularity of yoga pants and the rise of spornosexuals are clear indicators that a considerable percentage of the population have become obsessed with getting fit. It is also worth mentioning that the recent years have witnessed the emergence of several trademarked workout regimens and disciplines—from specialised routines such as TRX and HIIT as well […]

Evolution to multicellular animal life due to single mutation

Evolution to multicellular animal life due to single mutation

The evolution to multicellular animal life was a product of a biological phenomenon that happened 600 million years ago. A study published in the open-access journal eLife provided a detailed scenario on how a single-cell eukaryotic organism eventually evolved into a multicellular organism. Life as we know it might be different if not for one mutation […]

School gardening can help in promoting fruit and vegetable consumption among children

School gardening: Promoting vegetable consumption

Children often disregard vegetables or salads from food selections available at school canteens. Nonetheless, several studies have revealed that school gardening and related nutrition intervention programs can promote fruit and vegetable consumption. In other words, children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they grow them themselves or if they have an established […]

Power naps can significantly improve memory performance according to neuropsychologists

Power naps can improve memory performance

A power nap is a very short sleep that terminates before an individual falls deeper into the slow-wave sleep phase of the sleep cycle. People have been taking power naps to jumpstart their day or to supplement normal sleep, especially when they have accumulated sleep debts. Neuropsychologists from Saarland University in Germany have further uncovered […]

Health benefits of exercise and physical activity

Health benefits of exercise and physical activity

Individuals should understand that physical fitness is an important determinant of health and this is only attainable through regular physical activity. It is also worth mentioning that a large body of research have concluded that sedentary behaviour is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the world. The diseases that come from having […]

Stand-biased desk, Preventing obesity and improving school performance

Stand-biased desk: Preventing obesity and improving school performance

Seating has become deeply entrenched in environments where cognitive performance is a prerequisite of productivity. In classrooms for example, seated workstations or desks are more common because they give an impression that they provide students with comfort. A new study, however, revealed that students can think better while standing. Researchers from the Texas A&M Health […]

Omega-3 and improving memory performance, Some evidences from science

Studies: Can Omega-3 improve memory?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of fat essential in human nutrition and physiology. They are easily acquired from common food sources to include cold water fish such as salmon and sardines, meat from grass fed animals, eggs, and plant sources to include walnuts, flaxseeds, and black raspberry. Despite this dietary abundance, pharmaceutical and food […]

Suffering from herniated disk, Blame evolution of human locomotion

Suffering from herniated disk? Blame evolution of human locomotion

The relatively quick evolution pertaining to the ability to walk on two legs may have had a substantial impact on modern human health. Particularly, the evolution of human locomotion may explain why a particular back problem called intervertebral disk herniation is common. Intervertebral disk herniation has a prevalence rate ranging from 20 to 78 percent. This […]

A high-fat diet for five days immediately disrupts the ability of muscle to oxidize glucose

Five days of high-fat diet disrupts the ability of muscle to oxidize glucose

A high-fat diet could result in considerable metabolic change within a short span of time. A study conducted by a team of researchers from the Virginia Tech specifically revealed that after just five days of eating fatty foods, the ability of skeletal muscle to process nutrients changes. These changes could lead to weight gain, obesity, […]

Taking the pill tolcapone that prolongs the effects of dopamine in the brain can make us more compassionate, generous

Parkinson’s drug tolcapone makes us compassionate, generous

Altering our brain chemistry by taking tolcapone can make us more sensitive to inequality and thereby, more compassionate and more generous to others according to a study from a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco. Researchers found out that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical […]

Laughter helps get people disclose intimate information, create new bond with others

Laughter helps get people disclose intimate information, create new bonds

Self-disclosure or the sharing of intimate information to others is critical in forming new relationships with strangers. On the other hand, sharing laughter seems a key feature in existing social bonds. However, a team of researchers led by Alan Gray of University College London has decided to explore the relationship between self-disclosure and laughter, and […]

Cannabis use during teenage years leads to poor long-term memory in adulthood

Cannabis use during teenage years may lead to poor long-term memory in adulthood

A Northwestern University study revealed heavy use of cannabis or marijuana during teenage years correlates to abnormality in the shape of hippocampus, thus leading to poor long-term memory in adulthood. The study involved 97 participants—grouped further into young adult subjects with no history of cannabis use, young adult subjects with history of abusing cannabis as […]

Size matters, Male finger length related to treatment of women

Size matters: Male finger length might dictate men’s relationship with women

Can you judge a man by the length of his fingers? Apparently, yes. Findings from a study have suggested a link between the relative lengths of index and ring fingers in men and their corresponding behaviour, including relational attitudes toward women. Accordingly, men with shorter index fingers and longer ring fingers are on average nicer toward […]

Listening to music can make us unfocused and forgetful

Listening to music can make us unfocused and forgetful

While some of us listen to music to help us relax when trying to concentrate, a new study revealed that doing so could actually prevent us from remembering what we’re focusing. This is especially true for older people. Simply put, listening to music can make us unfocused and forgetful. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology […]

Lucid dreaming is associated with self-reflection and personal awareness

Lucid dreaming is associated with self-reflection and personal awareness

Researchers from Berlin and Munich discovered that lucid dreamers tend to have larger anterior prefrontal cortex—an area in the brain that enables self-reflection or metacognition. Hence, these individuals are more likely to self-reflect and have considerable degree of personal awareness when they are awake. Lucid dreaming involves awareness of being in a dream state and […]

Climate influences human speech development

Climate and human speech development

Variations in human speech exist across regions and continents. Linguists and researchers have long debated whether geography has affected this phenomenon. Nonetheless, a group of researchers uncovered a striking pattern: variations in human speech correlate with variations in climate or prevailing geographic temperature. Researchers from the University of Miami, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary […]