Wendy's wants to give you 50-cent Frosties and a vacation

It’s finally warming up outside, folks. The sweaters are coming off, the shorts are going on, and we even had to restock our sunscreen supply. More hot, wonderful sunshine also means winter is finally over, and it’s the best time to indulge in delicious frozen summer treats. Top of the list is a Frosty from

Centralized infrastructure facilitates medical education research

The Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance has enabled a large number of research teams to conduct meaningful scholarship with a fraction of the usual time and energy. CERA regularly conducts omnibus surveys of key family medicine education leaders, a process that includes collaboration with experienced mentors, centralized institutional review board clearance, pilot

Brain size mediates the association between height and cognitive ability

Several studies have found that height and general cognitive ability, or intelligence, are positively associated. A recent study reveals a biological factor underlying this relationship: the size of the cerebral cortex. Reports from several studies have identified a link between height and general cognitive ability, or intelligence, but the mechanisms underlying this association are not

Mother's Day means something else if you're grieving

Although my family is spread over many states, for many years, we gathered for a Father’s Day barbecue each June. My parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and I would all come together to celebrate. It was such a joyful ritual — and a time for us to connect as a family. But this year,

Research leads to medication reduction in aged care facilities

Effective intervention can reduce medication overuse in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF’s), the latest University of Tasmania research shows. Led by The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre’s Dr. Juanita Westbury, the research published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) today focuses on the results of the RedUSe (Reducing Use of Sedatives) intervention aimed

Neuroscientists find first evidence animals can mentally replay past events: Discovery of episodic memory replay in rats could lead to better treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

Neuroscientists at Indiana University have reported the first evidence that non-human animals can mentally replay past events from memory. The discovery could help advance the development of new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The study, led by IU professor Jonathon Crystal, appears today in the journal Current Biology. “The reason we’re interested in animal memory

Take time out now for school sports physicals

(HealthDay)—Most states require school athletes to have a sports physical, and now is the time to book it, doctors say. These physicals can reveal health problems that could impair athletic performance or even pose a risk of injury or death, according to Dr. John Higgins. He’s a professor of medicine at the University of Texas

This is why allergy season can leave you feeling exhausted

At long last, spring is in the air, the sun is out, and the flowers are starting to bloom. After that seemingly never-ending winter, what could be better? Well, for the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, the aforementioned springtime air, flora and fauna aren’t quite as much of a delight. In addition

Discovery of differences in the brains of rats classified as workers vs. slackers: Discoveries reveal the brain mechanisms involved in decision-making

A team of researchers led by Dr. Catharine Winstanley at the University of British Columbia have uncovered a network of regions in the brain that are involved in determining the choice of working harder to get a bigger reward, or putting in a lesser effort and receiving a smaller reward. Understanding how the brain makes

How IBD Messes With Your Period, Pregnancy, and Sex Life

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and you think it’s messing with your menstrual cycle, your pregnancy, your menopause, and even your sex life, you’d be…right. Women have all the luck, eh? IBDs affect both women and men, but as often seems to be the case, women experience unique challenges with it. For a

Low-Carb Bowls Are the Best Lazy Lunch Formula

Whether you’re on a ketogenic diet or you’re just trying to up your energy in a healthier and more sustainable way, monitoring your carbohydrate intake is a great starting point. While some may think you need carbs in order to have energy, that’s not always the case. On a ketogenic diet, you can up your

Baby nicknames that make even better names

While long, stately names certainly carry a certain amount of clout, they’re also a lot to saddle a baby with. You’re probably not going to call an infant by a long-winded moniker like Alexander or Samantha anyway, and are most likely going opt for shorter variations like Alex and Sam. So why bother giving your

How to celebrate Ramadan with kids

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins at sunset on May 15 this year, which is the start of the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It marks the beginning of religious observances wherein many Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset. But while fasting is a major part of Islam, it’s

Dealing with Cliques

If you’ve ever had to deal with cliques, you already know that it can be mildly annoying to really frustrating, and sometimes very hurtful. Learning ways to cope with cliques will help you realize that you don’t need approval from a group to feel good about yourself. What is a clique? A clique is a