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Short bouts of high-intensity exercise before a fatty meal best for vascular health

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Thursday, 25 June 2015 01:46 1463 Category: Research Highlights
A short burst of intensive exercise before eating a high fat meal is better for blood vessel function in young people than the currently recommended moderate-intensity exercise, according to a new study from the University of Exeter. Cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and stroke are the leading cause of death in the UK, and the process underlying these diseases start in youth. An impairment in the function of blood vessels is thought to be the earliest event in this process, and this is known to occur in the hours after consuming a high fat meal.

Carnegie Mellon researchers identify brain regions that encode words, grammar, story

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:22 1138 Category: Research Highlights
Some people say that reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" taught them the importance of friends, or that easy decisions are seldom right. Carnegie Mellon University scientists used a chapter of that book to learn a different lesson: identifying what different regions of the brain are doing when people read. Researchers from CMU's Machine Learning Department performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of eight people as they read a chapter of that Potter book...

Diagnosed autism is more common in an IT-rich region

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:09 1103 Category: Research Highlights
A new study from Cambridge University has for the first time found that autism diagnoses are more common in an IT-rich region. The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study, published today in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, has important implications for service provision in different regions and for the 'hyper-systemizing' theory of autism.

The Goldilocks effect: Babies learn from experiences that are 'just right'

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:08 1166 Category: Research Highlights
Long before babies understand the story of Goldilocks, they have more than mastered the fairy tale heroine's method of decision-making. Infants ignore information that is too simple or too complex, focusing instead on situations that are "just right," according to a new study to be published in the journal PLoS ONE on May 23.
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