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Don’t delay: Having to wait doesn’t help young kids exercise self-control Would your ability to resist a tantalizing cookie improve if you had to wait a few seconds before you could reach for it? The idea that natural urges ‘die down’ with time seems intuitive, but new research shows that it’s being reminded about what not to do, not the passage of time, that actually helps [...]
Study: Negative body image, not depression, increases adolescent obesity risk Negative body image significantly increases the risk of obesity regardless of whether youth have depression, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. “Our last study found that participants who were depressed were twice as likely to be obese six years later, implying a cause-and-effect [...]
Patients with severe mental illness rarely tested for diabetes, despite high risk, study shows Although adults with serious psychiatric disorders are at high risk for diabetes, a large study led by UC San Francisco reveals that low-income patients on Medicaid are rarely screened for it. The findings support growing efforts to integrate mental health services and primary care to improve diagnosis and treatment of medical issues associated with mental [...]
Bipolar Disorder Exhaustion I laid in bed today. Don’t worry I did get up to feed the dog and let her out a couple of times. I got up at 3:30 to eat … ...
New study: Leading cause of blindness could be prevented or delayed In a major scientific breakthrough, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s and related diseases may be able to delay or prevent macular degeneration, the most common form of blindness among older Americans. The findings, published in the American Journal of Medicine, are a groundbreaking effort in the fight against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which affects [...]
Dealing with the “Winter Blues”: How We Can Prepare... Most of us have had that thought, “Wow, I could be at the beach right now”, in the middle of winter when the sky has turned gray, the sun sets … ...
Nerve cells warn brain of damage to inner ear Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in humans, it may lead to new insights into hyperacusis, an increased sensitivity to loud noises that can lead to severe and long-lasting ear pain.
Borderline Personality Disorder: Facts vs. Myths Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychiatric condition marked by a pattern of unstable and stormy relationships, an unformed sense of identity, chronic feelings of emptiness and boredom, unstable moods, and poor impulsive control in areas such as spending, eating, sex, and substance use. … ...
Innovative health program reduces depression, unhealthy weights in teens An innovative high school health program helped students maintain healthier weights and even alleviated severe depression for a full year after the program ended. Researchers found that 12 months after completing the COPE Healthy Lifestyles TEEN Program, students had markedly lower body mass index than students who received a more standard health curriculum. Additionally, COPE [...]
Implantable wireless devices trigger — and may block — pain signals Building on wireless technology that has the potential to interfere with pain, scientists have developed flexible, implantable devices that can activate — and, in theory, block — pain signals in the body and spinal cord before those signals reach the brain. The researchers, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University [...]
How marriage has morphed into a means of supporting intensive investments in children Marriage as an institution is not what it used to be. Since the 1950s, the number of couple exchanging “I dos” has dropped steadily. And while most Americans do marry at some point in their lives, many are choosing to do so later. A new study by UC Santa Barbara demographer Shelly Lundberg and economist [...]
Nerve cells warn brain of damage to the inner ear Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research from Johns Hopkins. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in humans, it may lead to new insights into hyperacusis, an increased sensitivity to loud noises that can [...]
How the science of human behavior is beginning to reshape the US government Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals. The order, which directs federal agencies to incorporate insights from behavioral science into their programs, may turn out to be one of the most [...]
What Affairs Can Teach You Embedded in the pain of affairs are lessons: 4 things to learn
Sensitive & Creative; Mind Your Environment In the Survival Guide for Highly Sensitive, Introverted & Shy Writers Part 3, we talked about how writers who find themselves sharing some of these traits can protect themselves and … ...
Your Cheatin' Heart? More Like Your Cheatin' Brain. Some people cheat on their partners. Others wouldn’t dream of it–the risk is too huge. A new video from ASAP Science lays out how genetic differences in the neurotransmitters that promote risk-taking and social bonding might influence people’s willingness to stray....
Solitude To Be Creative Some forms of creative expression – like acting and filmmaking – involve collaborating with other people. But a number of artists make use of isolation and do their creative work … ...
Malignant network makes brain cancer resistant Glioblastoma is the most malignant type of brain cancer. Scientists have now reported that glioblastoma cells are connected to each other by long cellular extensions. The cancer cells use this network for communication, thus protecting themselves from damage inflicted by therapy. When the researchers blocked the network formation, the cancer cells invaded the brain less successfully, and responded better to radiation therapy.
Thickness of grey matter predicts ability to recognize faces and objects The thickness of the cortex in a region of the brain that specializes in facial recognition can predict an individual's ability to recognize faces and other objects.
Extremes of self-experimentation with brain electrodes MIT Technology Review has jaw dropping article about brain-computer interface research Phil Kennedy. In the face of diminishing funding and increasing regulation he “paid a surgeon in Central America $25,000 to implant electrodes into his brain in order to establish a connection between his motor cortex and a computer”. Both ethically dubious and interesting, it […]