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Many languages use similar sounds for common objects

United States: Nearly two thirds of the world’s languages often use similar sounds for common objects, such as the “n” sound for nose, international researchers said Monday. The study challenges a long-standing principle of linguistics, which holds that the relationship between sound and meaning is completely arbitrary, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “These ...

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Music may help to reduce anxiety in patients during biopsy

Playing music during biopsy for breast cancer treatment may help reduce anxiety in patients, a new study has found. Researchers from the University Hospitals Case Medical Centre in the US conducted a two-year study to learn the effect of live and recorded music on the anxiety of 207 women undergoing a biopsy for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. They randomised ...

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You’re using your toothbrush wrong

The humble toothbrush… we may reach for it a couple of times a day already but do you really know the extent of all its capabilities? Truth be told, the abilities of the toothbrush far outweigh that of just achieving pearly whites, it also can be used to paint your nails, tame hair and beat ingrown hairs. Here are some ...

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Life story work may help people with dementia

Life story work, which involves helping people to record past incidents and present lives, has the potential to help people with dementia, a study has found. Life story work involves helping people to record aspects often in a book or folder or, increasingly, in music, film and multi-media formats. Researchers in the study, published in the journal Health Services and ...

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Teenagers who feel safe at school get higher grades

Feeling unsafe at school may hamper a student’s learning potential and also contribute to more emotional problems, warns new research. “We found that students who felt safer were more attentive and efficient in the classroom. These students also reported fewer symptoms of depression, such as feeling unhappy and having difficulty enjoying themselves,” said one of the researchers Caroline Fitzpatrick, Professor ...

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Thailand’s first halal hotel hopes to help boost Muslim arrivals

Predominately Buddhist Thailand has opened its first halal hotel as it hopes to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the Middle East, according to industry data. The four-star Al Meroz hotel in Bangkok, which opened ...

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Women have emotionally more intense nightmares than men: Study

Women not only have more nightmares than men, their nightmares are emotionally more intense than men’s, finds a study. Men also typically dream more of exciting and joyful things, the researchers said. “Nightmares come from anxiety. The extent to which women are more prone to anxiety disorders than men may be an underlying reason for this,” Anne Cutler, a US-based ...

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Chefs dish up surplus food from Olympic Village to Rio’s hungry

As athletes warm up for the start of the Rio Olympics on Friday, dozens of chefs are preparing for a different kind of challenge: feeding the Brazilian host city’s hungry with excess food from the Olympic Village. Chefs David Hertz from Brazil and Italian Massimo Bottura, aided by more than 40 colleagues from around the world, aim to turn surplus ...

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Colours from lives unknown

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It is not common knowledge that Bangladesh is home to about 35 ethnic communites, roughly consisting of 2.5 million people – 1.5 percent of the population. They boast a culture rooted in traditions and rites that go back generations. From the colourful attires they weave in their looms, the ethnic jewellery the ...

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