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The results of a recent wellness study conducted by the Detroit Zoological Society and Michigan State University researchers found that viewing animals reduces stress levels. Study participants were separated into three groups and showed a video of either a plain white screen, Detroit traffic or animals at the Detroit Zoo. MSU scientists measured stress indicators, like heart rate, skin conductance, and facial reaction. The results showed that stress levels were lowest in the group who were shown animals.read more
A new survey of 300 U.K children found that kids aged four to eight quizzed had trouble naming fruits, vegetables or herbs. The survey by Sudocrem found that only one in three children can name a single herb and more than half could not name five fruit or vegetables that grow in British gardens, apart from potatoes. Children surveyed could not name a single variety of apple.read more