Weekend reads: Is cheese good for your heart?

Ben Palmer's reads

Need to remember something? Read it out loud, study says. Reading aloud may make you more likely to retain information in your long-term memory, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. For the study, researchers tested four methods of retaining written information: hearing another person read, listening to a recording of oneself reading, reading out loud, and reading silently. The researchers found that among the 95 study participants, reading information out loud produced the best chance of remembering the text—a strategy of speaking and hearing the text that the researchers called the "production effect." Colin MacLeod, a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Waterloo, said, "When we add an active measure or a productive element to a word, that word becomes more distinct in long-term memory, and hence more memorable."

Increasing your Vitamin D could help you sleep better. Sleep quality may be directly related to the levels of Vitamin D in the body, according to a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience. For the study, researchers conducted a double blind, clinical trial in which they divided 89 participants into two groups: one group was given a Vitamin D supplement, while the second was given a placebo. Before and after the eight-week trial, participants were asked to fill out surveys on sleep quality, physical activity, diet and nutrition, and general information. The researchers found that the participants who had taken the Vitamin D supplement had better sleep scores than those who took the placebos, even when accounting for multiple variables.

Rachel Schulze's reads

When she was rescued, she was called a 'feral child.' Here's how she is doing, more than 10 years later. About a decade ago, reporter Lane DeGregory in a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece—"The Girl in the Window"—told the story of a girl who at about age 7 was rescued from a life of neglect—the worst case of neglect the detective who found the girl had ever seen. The girl could not talk or walk, and was described by foster care workers as a "feral child." In a new piece, DeGregory reports on how the girl's has life unfolded, with a focus on the girl's adoptive father and his perspective.

A (small) piece of cheese a day keeps the doctor away? A new review of data from 15 observational studies finds that people who ate high levels of cheese were 10% less likely to have a stroke and had a 14% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than their counterparts who rarely or never ate cheese. However, the relationship was U-shaped, not linear—so more cheese isn't necessarily better, Amanda MacMillan reports for Time. The stroke and heart disease risk was lowest among those who consumed an average of about 40 grams of cheese—think the size of a matchbook. In the United States, the average person eats roughly 42.5 grams a day.   


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