D.Krumer

11
Dec
Exam grades 'more nature than nurture'

Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest. Scientists studied academic performance in more than 11,000 identical and non-identical 16-year-old twins in the UK. The team from King's College London found that on average, genes explained 58% of differences between GCSE scores in core subjects such as maths. Differences in grades due to environment, such as schools and families, accounted... [read news]

09
Dec
Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok. All opposition MPs from parliament on Sunday, and protesters marched again on Government House. Ms Yingluck won a huge majority in the last election in 2011. But the protesters say her government is controlled by her brother, ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, and have vowed to continue... [read news]

08
Dec
Hypnosis during pregnancy: Can labor really be pain-free?

Hypnosis for childbirth has garnered a lot of attention in recent years and even has a celebrity following with the likes of Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian reportedly using the techniques to make their experiences easier. If you’re pregnant and worried about giving birth, you might have wondered if the techniques would work for you. Here, find out what hypnosis really is, how it works, and if it can really make labor pain-free. Fear... [read news]

07
Dec
How long is someone with the flu contagious?

With flu season making it's earliest start in years, and certain strains of the virus hitting unlucky Americans hard this year, it’s important to be extra vigilant in your efforts to avoid catching it. I recently got this question emailed to me by a concerned viewer: Q: When is someone who has the flu contagious? Some people who are infected with the influenza virus can actually transmit the illness before they begin to feel any... [read news]

06
Dec
Doubt cast on vitamin D's role against disease

Scientists have cast doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements to protect against diseases such as cancers, diabetes and dementia. Writing in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, French researchers suggest low vitamin D levels do not cause ill health, although they did not look at bone diseases. More clinical trials on non-skeletal diseases are needed, they say. Vitamin D supplements are recommended for certain groups. Recent evidence... [read news]

05
Dec

A major storm has hit northern Europe, leaving at least four people dead or missing, causing transport chaos and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades. Dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed in the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland, while rail services were shut down in several countries. One of Europe's longest bridges - connecting Sweden to Denmark - closed. Tens of thousands of homes were also left without power as the... [read news]

04
Dec
Ukraine unrest: Former presidents back mass protests

Ukraine's three previous post-Soviet presidents have given their support to mass anti-government protesters. In a statement, Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko expressed "solidarity" with peaceful rallies. Thousands of protesters remain camped in Kiev's Independence Square, and are continuing to block the main government's building. They are angry at the government's last-minute decision not to sign an association deal with... [read news]

03
Dec
Porsche Carrera GT: 5 reasons the car Paul Walker died in is different

It has three times the horsepower of the average car. It's notoriously difficult to handle, even for professional drivers. And now, it's known as the car actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died. Both Walker and his driving team partner, who was behind the wheel, died after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were in slammed into a pole and burst into flames. Los Angeles County authorities say speed was a factor in the crash and are... [read news]

02
Dec
Charity sporting events offer incentives to get fit

Along with the usual reasons for losing weight, like fitting into a bikini and improving health, fitness experts say raising money for a good cause is another incentive for people to get in shape. Entering a charity run in memory of a loved one or a bicycle ride for a worthy cause has pushed many couch potatoes from their sedentary lifestyle on to the path of fitness. Kelly Flynn, running coach for Team In Training, a charity sports... [read news]

01
Dec
Dutch sound alarm about possible risks of e-cigarettes

The Dutch Health Ministry sounded an early warning on Thursday about the possible health risks of electronic cigarettes, announcing plans to clamp down on labeling ahead of European regulations. The move followed an analysis of existing scientific research by the National Institute for Public Health, the leading Dutch government health advisory body. The institute said it was concerned about a lack of evidence on the possible health... [read news]


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