Nervous System May Hold Key to Weight Loss

People with higher levels of nerve activity may have an easier time losing weight, a small study suggests. Researchers looked at 42 overweight or obese people who took part in a 12-week weight-loss program that cut their daily calorie intake by 30 percent. The participants’ resting sympathetic nerve activity was measured at the start of theRead More

Ancient and healthy: The science of laughter

We all laugh. Some may laugh more than others, but it is a unanimous human trait. It feels good and brings people together. Really, laughter needs no introduction, but what is it for? Laughter is a trait that we share with our distant cousins. We laugh at jokes (albeit not all jokes). We can alsoRead More

Restaurant Calorie Counts Can Miss the Mark

In some states, it’s already a requirement that restaurants with numerous locations must post the calorie counts of their foods. And, soon, federal law will require more restaurants across the country to provide such information to its patrons. But, just how accurate are the calorie counts provided by restaurants? That depends on where you eat.Read More

‘Biggest Loser’ Sends Wrong Message on Weight Loss

The reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” sends patients an unhealthy and unrealistic message about weight loss, a researcher said here. The message that overweight people can and should lose significant amounts of weight in a short period of time is unhealthy and makes it seem that extreme dieting, plus hours of daily exercise, are what heavy peopleRead More

Fatty ‘Comfort’ Foods May Alter Brain’s Response to Sadness

“Eating fat seems to make us less vulnerable to sad emotions, even if we don’t know we’re eating fat,” said psychiatrist Dr. Lukas Van Oudenhove, co-author of a study that tracked people’s responses to sad and neutral experiences while fatty acids were inserted into their stomach. The food appeared to cause emotional and physical changes.Read More

Need a Job? Apple and Disney Are Looking for People Who Want to Work From Home

Amazon has jumped on the bandwagon. So has American Express. And now, Apple and Disney have joined the mix as well. What are we talking about? Why, only one of the fastest-rising and in-demand perks in the workplace … which happens to be, by definition, out of the workplace (traditionally speaking, anyway). It’s the ability to work from home. JustRead More