Are You Easily Conned?

Machiavellians are temperamentally predisposed to scheme and cheat (as explained here). However, they can’t have their way without trusting or foolish victims who ignore the warning signs. Every con artist needs a rube capable of being gulled. I’ve written many articles about what makes master manipulators tick, but what about people who fall victim to Machiavellian schemes because they are too...

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Swap a soda for water to reduce weight gain

Swap that can of cola for a glass of water - your waistline will thank you for it. This is the conclusion of a new study, which found that replacing a single sweetened beverage with water may reduce the risk of obesity and improve overall health. Study co-author Kiyah J. Duffey, of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal...

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Backup plans may keep you from achieving your goal, research shows

When it comes to setting organizational and personal goals, making a backup plan has been seen as a sensible way to deal with uncertainty -- to be prepared if things don't go as expected. However, new research challenges that conventional wisdom. When it comes to setting organizational and personal goals, making a backup plan has been seen as a sensible way to deal with uncertainty -- to be...

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Poor protein control key to Alzheimer's progression

Despite decades of research, the molecular mechanisms behind Alzheimer's disease are poorly understood. New research investigating the pattern of protein build-up in Alzheimer's brains may open the door to a deeper understanding. Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia, with an estimated 5 million Americans living with the disease today. It is a progressive condition, normally appearing...

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Could memory loss be reversed with a common painkiller?

Researchers have spent decades trying to find new, effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease, but new research suggests the answer may reside in an existing painkiller commonly used to treat menstrual cramps. In a study published the journal Nature Communications, researchers reveal how the drug mefenamic acid reversed memory loss in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease by reducing brain...

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Pre-dementia memory loss improved with acupuncture

Acupuncture appears to be effective for the mild cognitive impairment that is a precursor for dementia, when used as an alternative or in combination with other treatment, a new study finds. The review of available published evidence and presented in Acupuncture in Medicine shows promise for clinical effectiveness and safety of acupuncture use for the pre-dementia state. However, the authors...

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Mediterranean diet may slow cognitive decline, prevent Alzheimer's

A new review concludes that a Mediterranean diet is good for the brain, after finding that people who follow the diet are less likely to experience cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer's disease. Lead author Roy Hardman, from the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and his team publish their findings in the journal Frontiers in...

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Study sheds light on link between cholesterol and diabetes

The slight increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes during statin treatment may actually be a consequence of having lowered cholesterol, rather than a direct effect of the drug, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation. The genetic study found that people with genes predisposing them to having lower levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, had a decreased...

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