Strenuous Job-Related Exercise May Not Increase Longevity in Men

Although frequent exercise is often touted as key to leading a long and healthy life, a new Japanese study suggests that long-term, job-related strenuous exercise may not necessarily extend longevity.
The study suggests that perhaps excessive endurance training and physical activity can actually overwhelm the beneficial aspects of regular physical exercise. The research was conducted on men, so the effects in women remain unknown.

Study: LGBTQ Youth Bullied At Twice The Rate of Hetero Youth

A new U.S. survey finds that 91% of LGBTQ adolescents report at least one experience of bias-based bullying, more than double the estimates from previous studies of predominantly heterosexual youth.
While experts recognize detrimental health consequences often stem from the distress of being stigmatized for their sexual and gender identities, little is known about how being mistreated for other reasons (such as their weight, race/ethnicity, religion, disability status) may also contribute to their health.

Kids Have More Nuanced Idea of Reality Than Once Thought

What’s the difference between “real” and “unreal” in a young child’s mind? Are dinosaurs more real than Santa Claus at the mall? And what about The Wiggles or aliens and ghosts?
In a new U.K. study, researchers at Keele University sought to better understand how children see various characters as real or unreal.

Teens’ Poor Sleep Tied to Later Depression, Anxiety

Teens who get very poor sleep may be more likely to struggle with poor mental health later in life, according to a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Researchers from the University of Reading, Goldsmiths University of London and Flinders University analyzed self-reported sleep quality and quantity from teens and found a significant relationship between poor sleep and mental health issues.

Comcast Offers Free Internet Essentials, Opens Public WiFi Hotspots

In light of the widespread disruptions to education, work and in-person social connections due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Comcast announces two initiatives to help students, teachers and members of the public to maintain their connectivity to important resources, friends and family.

Political Candidates’ Use of Humor on Twitter Can Backfire

A new study shows that political candidates’ use of humor on social media can sometimes backfire when it comes to potential supporters.
The findings, published in the journal Communication Research Reports, show that people were more likely to view messages using humor as inappropriate for a political candidate they didn’t know. This led participants to rate a candidate who used humor as less credible than one who didn’t — and less likely to get their vote.

Math-Savvy Smokers More Likely to Want to Quit

A new study shows that smokers who score higher on tests of math ability are more likely than others to say they intend to quit smoking.
According to the findings, this is because smokers skilled in math have a better memory for numbers related to smoking risk, which ultimately leads to a greater intention to quit.