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Researchers analyse how children perceive anger in speech

Researchers analyse how children perceive anger in speech

Health
In a recent research, experts from acoustics and psychology teamed up to to understand how children process emotion in speech and how it might influence their development. Presented at the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan joint meeting, the study could help in child development accordingly. The team used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to capture real-time information about the brain activity of children while they listening to samples of their mothers’ voice with different affects — or non-verbal emotional cues. Acoustic analysis of the voice samples was performed in conjunction with the fMRI data to correlate brain activity to quantifiable acoustical characteristics. “We’re using acoustic analysis and fMRI to look at the interacti
New Portable Breath Analyser makes diagnosis of diabetes painless

New Portable Breath Analyser makes diagnosis of diabetes painless

Health
Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new, portable breath analyser that could someday help doctors diagnose diabetes without painful pinpricks, needles or other unpleasant methods. Many studies examining the hallmarks of diabetes in exhaled breath have shown that elevated levels of acetone are strongly linked to diabetes. Detecting the concentrations of any given substance in breath in a simple way, however, is a major challenge. Breath contains a complex mix of compounds, including water, carbon dioxide and methane, that can throw results off. A technique called mass spectrometry can do the job, but it is not very practical for point-of-care testing. Robert Peverall from University of Oxford and colleagues wanted to fill that void. The researchers created a hand-h
Just by walking you can cut cardiovascular death probability by half

Just by walking you can cut cardiovascular death probability by half

Health
Moderate physical activities such as walking and cycling are associated with a greater than 50 per cent reduction in cardiovascular death in people over the age of 65, says a study. “Our study provides further evidence that older adults who are physically active have a lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease,” said one of the researchers, Riitta Antikainen, professor of geriatrics at the University of Oulu, Finland. “The protective effect of leisure time physical activity is dose dependent – in other words, the more you do, the better. Activity is protective even if you have other risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol,” Antikainen noted. The study assessed the association between leisure time physical activity and c
Preventive skin care treatment is important for women of all ages

Preventive skin care treatment is important for women of all ages

Health, Lifestyle
Everyone from your grandmother to your dermatologist will tell you that a good skin care routine is the answer to healthy skin. If you’re a skin care rookie, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with these 5 must-have products. Moisturiser Dryness immediately makes skin seem duller and older than it is. Luckily, the solution is oh-so very simple. Adding a high quality moisturiser to your daily routine will ensure your skin stays hydrated and soft. The serum Serums are oil or water based products with a high concentration of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that on application will penetrate the layers of your skin to give it the nourishing care it deserves. A dime-sized dollop of a good facial serum on clean skin is all it takes. Screen the sun One of the biggest causes