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Postmenopausal Women Who Smoked Are More Likely to Lose Teeth Due to Periodontal Disease 

Postmenopausal women who have smoked are at much higher risk of losing their teeth than women who never smoked, according to a new study published and featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association by researchers at the University at Buffalo. 

New Study Shows Cannabis Effects On Driving Skills 

New research appearing online today in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, shows that cannabis can be detected in the blood of daily smokers for a month after last intake. The scientific data in this paper by Bergamaschi et al. can provide real help in the public safety need for a drugged driving policy that reduces the number of drugged driving accidents on the road. 

Brain Can’t Cope With Making a Left-Hand Turn and Talking On Hands-Free Cell Phone 

Most serious traffic accidents occur when drivers are making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection. When those drivers are also talking on a hands-free cell phone, “that could be the most dangerous thing they ever do on the road,” said Dr. Tom Schweizer, a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital. 

Aggressive Advertising Makes for Aggressive Men 

Does advertising influence society, or is it merely a reflection of society’s pre-existing norms? Where male attitudes are concerned, a new study implicates magazine advertisements specifically aimed at men as helping to reinforce a certain set of views on masculinity termed “hyper-masculinity.” The article by Megan Vokey, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Manitoba, and colleagues is published in Springer’s journal Sex Roles. 

Praising Children for Their Personal Qualities May Backfire 

Praising children, especially those with low self-esteem, for their personal qualities rather than their efforts may make them feel more ashamed when they fail, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. 

Horsemeat found in products from Taco Bell, Birds Eye and Brakes 

The latest Food Standards Agency (FSA) tests have revealed four beef products sold by Bird’s Eye, fast food outlet Taco Bell and foodservice firm Brakes contained horsemeat above the 1% threshold. 

Chewing Gum Helps You Concentrate for Longer, Study Suggests 

Chewing gum can help you stay focused for longer on tasks that require continuous monitoring. This is the finding of new research by Kate Morgan and colleagues from Cardiff University due to be published in the British Journal of Psychology today, 8 March. 

96-year old L.A. blogger pops onto Amazon’s bestseller list 

Los Angeles blogger Barbara “Cutie” Cooper has seen a lot in her 96 years: the Prohibition era, World War II, children, grandchildren, a 73-year marriage, the death of her husband Harry in 2010 at age 98, 18 presidents, and countless technological innovations. 

Olive Oil Makes You Feel Full 

Reduced-fat food products are gaining in popularity. More and more people are choosing “light” products in an attempt to lose weight, or at least in the hope that they will not gain any pounds. But whether these products are effective or not is a matter of dispute: While it is true that they contain fewer calories, people tend to overcompensate by eating more if they do not feel full. Now a study has shown how “natural” oils and fats regulate the sensation of feeling full after eating, with olive oil leading the way. So what makes this oil so effective? 

New Sign of Aging: Lessening Contrast in Facial Features 

The contrasting nature of facial features is one of the signals that people unconsciously use to decipher how old someone looks, says Psychology Prof. Richard Russell, who has been collaborating with researchers from CE.R.I.E.S. (Epidermal and Sensory Research and Investigation Center), a department of Chanel Research and Technology dedicated to skin related issues and facial appearance. 

No Attention-Boosting Drugs for Healthy Kids, Doctors Urge 

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest professional association of neurologists, is releasing a position paper on how the practice of prescribing drugs to boost cognitive function, or memory and thinking abilities, in healthy children and teens is misguided. 

Using Hansfree Kit or Sending Texts Behind the Wheel Is as Dangerous as Being Twice Over Legal Alcohol Limit, Study Suggests 

Scientists from various Australian universities in collaboration with the University of Barcelona have compared the effects of mobile use while driving with the effects of alcohol using a simulation. Their experiment demonstrates that using a handsfree kit or sending text messages is as dangerous as being above the legal alcohol limit.

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