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Extreme Biology

The new rules for living longer and healthier

Extreme Biology

My Best Advice on Quitting Smoking

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9 months ago

If you want to stop smoking here’s the best advice that I could give you.  The first thing I would say is, smoking is actually not physically addictive for very long after you stop smoking.  So we know from studies that about 100 hours after your last cigarette, all of the nicotine is out of your ...

Extreme Biology

Watch Out For Those Wide-Faced Men

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Brock University researchers asked a group of undergraduates -- about two-thirds of them men -- to complete a personality survey designed to measure certain psychopathic traits, including "cold-heartedness" and "self-centered impulsivity." They were then invited to ...

Extreme Biology

Sorry, Housework's Not Making You Thinner

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Forty-three percent of UK residents who took the University of Ulster's Sport NI Sport & Physical Activity Survey (SAPAS) reported that they performed the minimum weekly amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity -- 150 minutes -- as recommended by the ...