Researchers discover gene that stimulates growth of new brain cells in adults

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Increased length of the hippocampus dentate gyrus (DG) for overexpressed TLX gene vs. control group.

City of Hope researchers have found that over-expressing a specific gene could prompt growth in adults of new neurons in the hippocampus, where learning and memory are regulated.

 

 

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Why is ‘adult adoption’ so popular in Japan?

A majority of adoptees in Japan are men in their 20’s and 30’s.

The highest adoption rates in the world are in the United States and Japan.  But there is one big difference.  Most adoptees in the U.S. are children, in Japan kids only represent 2% of all adoptions.  Men in their 20s and 30s make up the remaining 98%, or almost 90,000 adoptees in 2008 (up from fewer than 80,000 in 2000). Why do the Japanese adopt so many adults?

 

 

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Life-sized sandbox for thrill-seeking adults in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas has seen its share of heavy construction equipment as it bulldozed its way through one giant casino project after another. But with the recession having gutted the construction industry, excavators and bulldozers near the Strip are being put to use as toys for thrill-seeking visitors.  (Pics)

 

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83% of American adults own cell phones

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A third of American adults own smartphones.

83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone.  Cell phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives. In a nationally representative telephone survey, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that, during the 30 days preceding the interview:

 

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United States is Fattest Nation Among 33 Countries

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Two thirds of American’s are overweight or obese.

The United States is the fattest nation among 33 countries with advanced economies, according to a report out today from an international think tank.Two-thirds of people in this country are overweight or obese; about a third of adults — more than 72 million — are obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight.

 

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Parents of New Babies Miss 6 Months’ of Sleep in the First Two Years

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New parents miss 6 months’ of sleep in two years.

Parents of new babies miss out on six months worth of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life, according to a study.  Most get less than four hours uninterrupted rest a night because of crying offspring.

Adults Need to Wear Bicycle Helmets, Too

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Adults, especially over 30, need to wear bicycle helmets when riding their bikes.

Always with a helmet on her head, Catherine Talese rides her bicycle everywhere — to work, to the theater, out to dinner.  “There was a time when I didn’t wear a helmet; I thought I looked like a dork,” Ms. Talese, a freelance photography director who lives in Manhattan, told me recently. “But I’ve realized it’s not negotiable. Helmets are really your only safety gear in a city where pedestrians and drivers are still learning to share the road with bikers.”

 

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Retro Playground Sports Catch on with Grown-Ups

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After 40 intense minutes, C.R. Hooligan’s and Shenanigans are tied 7-7, so the teams take the court for one more round.The players — most of them in their 20s and 30s — are shouting, clapping, high-fiving, putting their game faces on. Head umpire Peter Boyer steps between them in the gym of Highlands Elementary School in Wilmington, Del. He lowers and calms his voice so the players pay attention to him.

 

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