February 3, 2013 |
Anyone who has booked a last-minute flight knows you pay more when you wait. But you also pay more if you book too early. What's too early? What's too late? Pity the poor fare geek trying to hit that elusive sweet spot. Discount travel site Cheapair.com has crunched a year's worth of booking data and found some answers to these and other eternal travel questions, including: - Best time to book a domestic flight? Seven weeks in advance. - Best time to book an international flight?
April 3, 2011 |
Getting a good grip on your health may mean … getting a good grip. The force you can muster when squeezing an object or a weight doesn't only reveal how strong your hand and arm are. It can be a measure of overall muscle function and — according to one recent study — even portend how long you're likely to live. That's not as nutty as it seems, says Richard Bohannon, a professor of physical therapy at the University of Connecticut. "Grip strength reflects your overall muscle status and a general sense of how much muscle mass you have" he says.
March 26, 2013 |
People who are socially isolated are more likely to die prematurely, regardless of their underlying health issues, according to a study of the elderly British population. The findings, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that when mental and physical health conditions were factored out, the lack of social contact continued to lead to early death among 6,500 men and women tracked over a seven-year period. "They're dying of the usual causes, but isolation has a strong influence," said study author Andrew Steptoe, an epidemiologist at University College London.
December 30, 2013 |
Both the American Medical Assn. and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise doctors to talk to their teenage patients about sex, but discussions about sexual feelings and health occurred in only 65% of the checkups analyzed in a new study. Even when physicians and adolescents did talk about sex, those conversations lasted for only 36 seconds, on average, according to a report published online Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The data in the study make clear that most teens didn't feel comfortable speaking with their doctors about sexual issues.
May 4, 2012 |
Summer internships are often competitive, stressful and less than lucrative. But in the rarefied realm of the most superior of internships, there's free meals, social mixers and plenty of pay to be had. To hear interns tell it, working at Google is tops. A software engineering intern there lands an average of $6,463 a month, according to career site Glassdoor . Google interns reported getting good time in with higher-ups and opportunities to sit in on meetings; their experiences were the most satisfying compared to interns at other companies.
May 7, 2012 |
Underage drinkers who participated in a study to see if they could buy alcoholic beverages online were successful in 45% of attempts. The study, conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recruited eight people, ages 18 to 20, to try to purchase wine, beer and other beverages online, according to Bloomberg News. To keep participants on the right side of the law in case they got caught, each got a letter of immunity from the local district attorney. The participants were instructed, for the purposes of the study, to lie about their age when filling out order forms.