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Just 1 month in greener play areas could boost kids’ immune systems, study says

The researchers say their findings support the idea that low biodiversity in modern living environments could lead to "uneducated" immune systems.

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Making outdoor play areas greener and more biodiverse could improve children's immune systems in one month, a new study suggests.

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What we want from horror is a cardiac jump-start, study suggests

A study looks at the ingredients of a good scare.

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  • Researchers from a Danish Recreational Fear Lab investigate fear's Goldilocks zone.
  • People love a good fright that stops short of being genuinely worrisome.
  • The study tracks the heart rates of haunted-house visitors.
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    How music therapy benefits the autistic brain

    While the benefits of music therapy are well known, more in-depth research explores how music benefits children with autism.

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    • Music is used in many different therapies. Used in conjunction with traditional therapies, music therapy benefits us in a variety of different ways.
    • According to a 2004 study, music intervention used with children and teens with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) can improve their social behaviors, increase focus and attention, and reduce their anxiety and improve body awareness.
    • Various music therapy activities and tools can be used to help improve the quality of life of children with autism.
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    New research finds playfulness is a skill anyone can learn

    The improvement in personal well-being might be worth effort.

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    • Researchers in Germany discovered that even serious adults can become playful with training.
    • Developing a playful attitude leads to better overall well-being.
    • Play is a deeply embedded ancestral brain system, according to neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp.
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