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Global Alert News – 01.27.18

Countless forms of environmental contamination are taking their toll on the health and cognitive function of populations. But is this actually the primary factor behind the perplexing and willful blindness of the masses? As the ancient saying goes, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned”, overall human nature has not changed. The flow of dire headlines is coming in from every direction, in …

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The Personal Computer Radio Show – 11.08.17

Personal Computer Show Wednesday, November 8th  2017 Broadcast HEADLINE NEWS FOLLOW-UP: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning Proof of concept app exploits iOS camera permissions to secretly take pictures and videos Google Docs users getting locked out of their files Google Docs Lockout Fixed, But Big Privacy Fears Raised Microsoft Will End Final Free Windows …

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Don Hazen – Stressed out by Finances? Maybe You’re Suffering from Acute Financial Stress

One potential consequence of economic stress is a kind of PTSD, which psychologist Galen Buckwalter has termed Acute Financial Stress via findings in his research on the topic. Over the past month, AlterNet has produced a series of articles on AFS by Buckwalter, which has led to some interesting and robust discussions in the AlterNet comments section. To broaden understanding, AlterNet conducted …

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Stress, Depression and Anxiety Are All Alleviated By Probiotics

Intestinal bacteria are the focus of intense research by scientists worldwide. They play a significant role in causing and preventing hundreds of diseases. According to a new systematic review and meta-analysis, probiotics have several advantageous effects on mental health by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety. There are over 400 species of bacteria in your belly …

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Drinking Peppermint Tea Boosts Memory

Peppermint tea tested against for memory and cognition In a release from the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Nottingham, researchers have found that peppermint tea can immediately increase short- and long-term memory. The researchers, Dr. Mark Moss, Robert Jones and Lucy Moss from the UK’s Northumbria University, tested 180 healthy people. They were randomly selected to drink peppermint tea, chamomile tea …

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Poverty and perceived hardship affect cognitive function and may contribute to premature aging, say investigators

A new study finds strong associations between sustained exposure to economic hardship and worse cognitive function in relatively young individuals. Poverty and perceived hardship over decades among relatively young people in the U.S. are strongly associated with worse cognitive function and may be important contributors to premature aging among disadvantaged populations, report investigators in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Rising …

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We think better in green buildings, Harvard study shows

A study by the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University has shown that green buildings have a positive link to higher cognitive function for workers. The report notes that we “spend about 90% of our time indoors, and buildings have a unique ability to positively or negatively influence our health”. Twenty-four professionals such as architects, designers and engineers …

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Jeremy Adam Smith, Summer Allen – How Nature Helps Fathers Nurture

Some dads are very involved in the lives of their children—while other fathers neglect, ignore, or even abuse their kids. That’s a fact. Are there biological factors that could help explain why some fathers are more nurturing than others? That’s the question being explored by Emory University anthropologist James Rilling in a series of innovative studies that are documenting how differences in …