Volume 7 Issue 146
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-May-2005 
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New study supports use of humor in online courses

Watch out Leno, here come the professors. Though most students would argue that academia and humor are about as compatible as oil and water, two Ohio University psychology professors argue that the use of humor in online courses can yield good results. In a new study presented today at the American Psychological Society convention in Los Angeles, Calif., Mark Shatz and Frank LoSchiavo found that the use of levity in the virtual classroom can significantly boost student interest and participation. more  

Patients with metabolic syndrome, moderate coronary calcium have greater risk of blocked arteries

Conditions such as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood sugar are problematic enough for people all on their own. But when patients have three of these disorders at the same time, they have what is called the "metabolic syndrome" – an increasingly prevalent disorder affecting up to 40 percent of the adult population in the United States – frequently leading to diabetes and accelerated heart disease. more

Risk factors associated with elderly hospital deaths: Dependence on others and being too thin

Underweight elderly patients who have difficulty performing routine daily activities such as eating and bathing are at greatest risk to die in the hospital, new Saint Louis University research shows. more  

Study links brain fatty acid levels to depression

A group of researchers from Israel has discovered that rats exhibiting the signs of depression have increased levels of the omega-6 fatty acid, arachidonic acid, in their brains. The details of their findings appear in the June issue of the Journal of Lipid Research, an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology journal. more

Severe sleep apnea may be a risk factor for liver damage  

Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are obese and therefore at risk of having fatty liver, a condition in which fat accumulates in the liver cells. But the link between OSA and liver injury independent of weight has yet to be examined. more

Short on time, long on feeling: Study suggests deadlines intensify emotions 

Amateur observers and scholars alike have remarked that older people often have more intense and complex emotional lives than their younger cohort. What accounts for the difference, wondered psychologist Ursina Teuscher: Wisdom gained with the gathering years? A shift in values thanks to greater life experience? Or, is it a keener sense of time – a precious and, of necessity, diminishing resource? more

A warning for women on HRT – don’t skip your next mammogram

Melbourne researchers are urging women on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to be extra vigilant about having regular two-yearly mammograms. more


Deadline stress causes peak emotional response.