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Prenatal Stress Keeps Infants, Toddlers up at Night, Study Says

...l anxiety or depression, her smoking habit, or her social class. This problematic sleep is notable; it may be part of the reason why mood-disturbed pregnancies are linked to childrens behavioral disorders, like depression, hyperactivity and anxiety, later on down the road, OConnor said. It remains to be...

Bigger horns equal better genes

...so help to "win" physical battles and achieve high social rank among their competitors. "We've learned from other species, such as deer and sheep, that horn or antler size can be a good indicator of an individual's quality and reproductive success," Coltman said. "We wanted to see if the same could be s...

Millions of children denied drug that costs less than $3 a year

...untreated epilepsy in terms of human suffering and social costs is enormous, says Professor Perucca. An efficient epilepsy management programme will work only if fully integrated within a community healthcare delivery system, which should provide not only reliable supplies of drugs, with adequate facili...

Undergraduate research shows leaderless honeybee organizing

...implications for understanding the dynamics of all social animals, including man. Pierce’s recently repor...s co-authors were able to document details of bee social behavior that fundamentally confirm the hypothesis that major colony activities are initiated by the...

Researchers reveal structure of protein altered in autism

...velopmental disabilities that cause impairments in social interaction and communication. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, interpersonal relationships, and leisure or play activities. Comoletti and colleagues studied the neuroligin f...

Study shows lizard moms dress their children for success

...t color patterns in their offspring in response to social cues, "dressing" their progeny in patterns they wi... of the hormone estradiol to their eggs in certain social circumstances. The extra hormone affects the back patterns of lizards that hatch from those eggs, cr...

Nurtured chimps rake it in

...impanzees: one with a history of long-term stable, social interaction with humans (‘enculturated’); a group raised in a sanctuary setting, with only caretaker contact with humans (‘semi-enculturated’); and another group raised under more austere captive conditions (laboratory chimpanzees). The experiments ...

Plants recognize their siblings, biologists discover

...ory, the study shows plants are capable of complex social behaviours such as altruism towards relatives, says Dudley. Like humans, the most interesting behaviours occur beneath the surface. Dudley and her student, Amanda File, observed the behavior in sea rocket (Cakile edentula), a member of the mustar...

CU study reveals why starling females cheat

...ales mate with subordinate males from within their social group when they need help to raise their chicks. (Superb starlings are cooperative breeders, meaning breeding pairs get help in raising chicks from other family group members.) This additional male then also acquires food and tends to the nestlings, ...

Electric fish conduct electric duets in aquatic courtship

...urroundings and communicate their species, sex and social status with other fish. It is also the first study to successfully sort signals in electric fish based on sex. The research, which is the cover story in the July 1 issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, is authored by Carl D. Hopkins, Corne...

Putting feelings into words produces therapeutic effects in the brain

...associate professor of psychology and a founder of social cognitive neuroscience. “When you attach the word ‘angry,’ you see a decreased response in the amygdala,” said Lieberman, lead author of the study, which appears in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science. The study showed that w...

Ants show us how to make super-highways

...g ecology and evolutionary history in the study of social organisation in animal societies....

More recycling on the farm could reduce environmental problems

...ld overcome this disadvantage, and points out that social benefits could be expected. Pearson argues that existing funding programs for farmers could be modified to encourage more regenerative agriculture, and suggests that philanthropists and professional bodies could stimulate its uptake....

Ecology in an era of globalization

...searchers describe the economic, environmental and social factors that will play a major role in the future of ecosystems, biodiversity, land use, and conservation policy. They suggest that migration and other demographics - when combined with ecological data - present opportunities for modeling projection...

Madagascan tropical forests return thanks to better management and well-defined ownership

...ar. As a result, they went further and also made a social inventory based on interviews with local forest of...portance of an increased understanding also of the social context behind forest regeneration," says Elmqvist. The loss of tropical forests is a concern worldw...

A frown or a smile? Children with autism can't discern

... degrees of impairment in communication skills and social interactions and display restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior. “They don’t pick up what’s going on ?they miss the nuances, the body language and facial expressions and sometimes miss the big picture and instead focus on min...

Effect on breast tumors of DNA alternations in 3 genes described

...enghua Tao, Ph.D., research assistant professor of social and preventive medicine in the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions and first author on the study. "In addition, it is now becoming clear that other changes in the DNA may also contribute to the development of cancer." The researc...

Study shows dramatic increase in Caesarean sections

... likely to be multifactorial and reflect a complex social process affected by clinical status, obstetric practice and training, family and social pressures, the legal system, availability of technology, women's requests and women's role models, s...

Man's best friend lends insight into human evolution

...ions in Psychological Science, chimpanzees utilize social cues like eye gaze and face orientation to monitor...s, to understand the "unique" human ability to use social cues cooperatively we should look not just at our closest animal relatives, but also at our best ani...

In young mice, gregariousness seems to reside in the genes

...neage of primates, according to scientific gospel, social behavior is dictated primarily by competition for ...sity of Wisconsin-Madison have found evidence that social interactions among young mice result from basic motivations to be with one another. What's more, the...

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