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Coping with a Narcissist, Psychopath, or other Personality-Disordered Person... Do you love or come in contact with on a frequent basis a person who seems IMPOSSIBLE to live with, let alone converse with, raise children with, spend holidays with, etc.?  These are the personalities that just know how to get under our skin and … ...
What is the science behind fear? Humans are born with only two fears, the fear of falling and the fear of loud noise.
Work stress can shave years off your life A study from researchers documents just how many years workplace stress can shorten your life: three, depending on your race, gender and educational level.
Understanding Depressive Personality Trait Depressive Personality (DP) is not the same thing as depression.  The two can look the same as the symptoms are similar.  The major difference is that a DP person can also have depression but a person with depression is not necessarily DP. One type of … ...
Setting Boundaries When Loved Ones Comment on Your Weight... What do you do when someone close to you comments on your weight? Makes a snarky remark about your looks? Makes a joke about your recent weight gain? When this … ...
To scratch an itch is a hairy problem An insect lands on your arm, moving the tiny hairs on your skin just enough to make you want to scratch. Salk Institute researchers have uncovered evidence of a dedicated neural pathway that transmits the itchy feeling triggered by such a light touch. Surprisingly, the spinal neurons involved in the tingling sensation caused by a [...]
Long-term aerobic exercise prevents age-related brain changes A study of the brains of mice shows that structural deterioration associated with old age can be prevented by long-term aerobic exercise starting in mid-life, according to the authors of a research article publishing in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on October 29th. Gareth Howell, Ileana Soto and their colleagues at The Jackson Laboratory [...]
BCBA Exam Study Topics: Assessment & Selecting Target Behaviors... As my last post mentioned, I will be posting information relevant for studying for the BCBA exam. I hope that you find these blog posts helpful. When providing behavior analysis services, assessment is a major part of the services that you will provide. Behavioral assessments … ...
Anti-vaxxers aren’t gullible. So what blocks pro-vaccine beliefs? Despite rhetoric that pits “anti-vaxxers” versus “pro-vaxxers,” most new parents probably qualify as vaccine-neutral–that is, they passively accept rather than actively demand vaccination. Unless there is an active threat of polio or whooping cough, they have to remind themselves that injecting their crying infant with disease antigens is a good thing. Even in these cases, [...]
Self-esteem not correlated with number of years younger patients look after face-lift Patient self-esteem measures appear to be unconnected to a positive outcome after face-lift surgery because patients felt they looked almost nine years younger but there was no change in self-esteem, according to an article published by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Face-lift surgery can restore the appearance of youth to an aging face. As with all [...]
Low testosterone and men’s empathy can determine parenting skills As they age, men often get concerned about their testosterone levels dropping. And rightfully so–it affects their sex drive and other health factors. But the hormone decline can also provide a window into men’s parenting. A new University of Michigan study found that when men saw their infants in distress, it lowered their testosterone. That [...]
Regular physical activity protects against depression after heartattack In the study published in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine using data from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study in Norway, the researchers studied whether pattern of leisure time physical activity among 189 patients prior to being hospitalized with first heart attack was associated with level of depressive symptoms after the initial heart attack. The researchers [...]
Early life stress and adolescent depression cause impaired development of reward circuits Early life stress is a major risk factor for later episodes of depression. In fact, adults who are abused or neglected as children are almost twice as likely to experience depression. Scientific research into this link has revealed that the increased risk following such childhood adversity is associated with sensitization of the brain circuits involved [...]
Breaking the mold: Untangling the jelly-like properties of diseased proteins Scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified a new property of essential proteins which, when it malfunctions, can cause the build up, or ‘aggregation’, of misshaped proteins and lead to serious diseases. A common characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease – is the build-up of ‘misfolded’ proteins, which [...]
What you’re able to take with you to your new company will determine how well you do To “spin out,” you better have a big team with lots of experience. When it comes to leaving a company to start your own, whether you sink or swim could depend on how many good people you can bring with you. According to new research by U of T Scarborough and Rotman School of Management [...]
No need to stop antidepressants before plastic surgery, evidence suggests For patients undergoing plastic surgery procedures, there’s no consistent evidence that taking antidepressants increases the risk of bleeding, breast cancer, or other adverse outcomes, concludes a research review in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Stopping antidepressants before plastic and reconstructive [...]
People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study finds Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants’ capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise therapies that are less effective than they could be, according to new research by scientists at the University of Illinois. In a study of 64 patients with MS, kinesiology and community health [...]
Male/female brain differences? Big data says not so much A research study at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science has debunked the widely-held belief that the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is larger in females than in males. Lise Eliot, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience at the university’s medical school, [...]
Has Your Doctor Told You These 6 Brutal Depression... You’d be surprised at everything you DON’T know. Depression isn’t just about being unhappy about something or feeling blue. It’s a legitimate and very serious medical condition with many emotional, physical, behavioral and cognitive symptoms. It isn’t inevitable for anyone living in the modern world, … ...
The Enneagram: Type 5 – The Observer Are you the silent, analytical friend? Perhaps you store facts in your head and can reel them off at a moments notice? Hey, you never know when you’re going to need them, right? Your family may call you ‘shy,’ ‘smart’ or ‘cerebral.’ Well, we have another identifier that you just might like: The Observer. Type […]