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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 […]
When Your “Blended” Family Isn’t Blending Your kids don’t like your new partner’s kids; your new partner’s kids don’t seem to respect your authority; and all the stress is starting to make your rethink the whole … ...
7 Ways to Make Your Happiness Last The ability to hang on to good feelings is an important aid to our emotional well-being, but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Those struggling with depression, for example, find that surges of pleasure fade like shooting stars instead of providing a lasting glow.
5 Gifts of Gratitude When you’re sitting at the holiday table this Thanksgiving trying to decide what you’re thankful for, don’t forget to add this item to the list: gratitude. The ability to feel … ...
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Pretending to be Perfect: Feeling like a Fraud What happens when we doubt our judgment? It’s always a disaster. We kick ourselves for not trusting our gut. We did a good job, we were right the first time, … ...
All You Need is Love? There’s a common belief that penetrates stepfamilies and often sets them up for failure. “Stepparents should treat and love their stepchildren as their own.” “The way to reduce conflict is … ...
The Benefits of Emotional Intelligence Did you ever think back on some of the important decisions you made in your life and wonder “What was I thinking?” or “Did I really do that and why?” Not using your emotional intelligence may be to blame for those bad decisions and actions. … ...
Relationships: What Should You Put Up With? What should you have to put up with? It’s no secret that other people can get under our skin. Where do you draw the line? This is what we’ll discuss … ...
How The Brain Forgets Things To Conserve Energy A fascinating new explanation of why our brains forget some things we've learned. » Continue reading: How The Brain Forgets Things To Conserve Energy
What Perseverative Thinking Feels Like If you have anxiety, you probably know something about perseverative thinking. You obsess about your fears until they mean nothing. You’re exhausted. You rationalize it with yourself. If you spend hours … ...