July 14, 2015
Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media, playing video games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it. And as discussed in last week’s column, digital overload can imp
July 14, 2015
A short nap could reduce impulsive behavior and improve the ability to withstand frustration, a small study suggests.
Researchers studied 40 people aged 18 to 50. After three nights of normal sleep, the participants took computer-based tests of frustration tolerance — which consiste
July 7, 2015
Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights t
June 23, 2015
Fryman Canyon is one of those special places in the city of Los Angeles — a bit of country and canyon nestled just off the crest of Mulholland Drive, with gorgeous views of the valley and mountains.
It's favored by the canine set — my two dogs love it here — and on any given mor
June 2, 2015
Exercise may affect how and when we move, even when we aren’t exercising, according to a fascinating new study in mice. The findings suggest that, by influencing our built-in body clocks, exercise may help our bodies to recognize the optimal times we shou
June 9, 2015
The Upshot. One weekend afternoon a couple of years ago, while turning a page of the book I was reading to my daughters, I fell asleep. That’s when I knew it was time to do something about my insomnia.
(by Austin Frakt, Photo credit Juliette Borda
May 20, 2015
Medscape. It appears that patients with tension-type headache (TTH) have relatively weak neck extension muscles, a new study shows.
Researchers found that these patients are 26% weaker than controls with respect to neck extension muscles, that they have a 12% smaller extension/flexion
May 19, 2015
NPR. If you've ever walked out of the house without your phone and wallet — as I did yesterday — you might have wondered: Am I starting to lose it?
Even if you're too young for any real concern about dementia, this kind of precursor to a "senior moment" can be rattling.
May 19, 2015
NPR. Missing out on sleep pretty much guarantees feeling crummy the next day. But it can also lead to dangerous or even disastrous decision-making. Sleep-deprived operators failed to prevent the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
And during the Civi
May 17, 2015
NPR. Terri Bradford has suffered debilitating headaches all her life. Some days the pain is so bad, she says, "By 11 o'clock in the morning, I'm on the couch in a darkened room with my head packed in ice."
Over the years, Bradford, who is 50 years old and lives in Bedford, Mass., has