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Posts from ‘December, 2011’

The Fat Trap

The Fat Trap by Tara Parker-Pope, NY Times, December 28, 2011 In the battle to lose weight, and keep it off, our bodies are fighting against us. While researchers have known for decades that the body undergoes various metabolic and hormonal changes while it’s losing weight, the Australian team [of researchers] detected something new. A […]

The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood

The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood By Natalie Angier, NY Times, December 26, 2011 Around 5 or 6, children experience an endocrinological event (andrenarche)  that propels them toward the ability to control impulses, to reason, to focus, to plan for the future.

The Generous Marriage

The Generous Marriage by Tara Parker-Pope, December 8, 2011 and December 11, 2011 in The New York Times Magazine From tribesmen to billionaire philanthropists, the social value of generosity is already well known. But new research suggests it also matters much more intimately than we imagined, even down to our most personal relationships…. Men and […]

How Exercise Benefits the Brain

How Exercise Benefits the Brain by Gretchen Reynolds NY Times 11/30/2011 New research suggests that surges in a brain protein (brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which promotes the health of nerve cells) after exercise may play a particular role in improving memory and recall.