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Study highlights how former problem drinkers navigate social drinking situations A small, qualitative study published in the journal Health Communication highlights a wide variety of approaches that former problem drinkers take to determine how and whether to tell people in social situations that they don’t drink. “The findings tell us that former problem drinkers can find it tricky to navigate social situations where alcohol is [...]
New study maps the progression of Parkinson’s disease within the brain Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, have made advances in understanding the process involved in the progression and spread of Parkinson’s disease (PD) within the brain. The study, published in September issue of eLife Journal, focused on understanding the process that drives [...]
Neuroscientists discover high-fructose diet can slow recovery from brain injury A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, UCLA neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 [...]
RGFP966 — a drug used to treat cancer — appears to sharpen memory Can you imagine a drug that would make it easier to learn a language, sharpen your memory and help those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by rewiring the brain and keeping neurons alive? New Rutgers research published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that a drug – RGFP966 – administered to rats made them more [...]
Players object to exaggerated and sexualized physiques of video game characters College students playing Japanese fighting video games often object to the unrealistic depictions of the characters, drawn with exaggerated and highly sexualized physiques, but they say the mechanics of the game itself are more important to them. Those findings come from researcher Rachael Hutchinson, associate professor of Japanese studies in the University of Delaware’s , [...]
Do brain interventions to treat disease change the essence of who we are? These days, most of us accept that minds are dependent on brain function and wouldn’t object to the claim that “You are your brain.” After all, we’ve known for a long time that brains control how we behave, what we remember, even what we desire. But what does that mean? And is it really true? [...]
From King Henri II to Phineas Gage: How brain wounds and illnesses advanced neuroscience Modern neuroscience evolved over the centuries as physicians learned about the brain from horrific head injuries, vexing diseases, and congenital abnormalities. Award-winning science writer Sam Kean explores the serendipitous history of brain research in his new book The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of [...]
Disease linked to childhood stress Early stress causes physiological changes, including changes to the immune system, that may be difficult to reverse later.
Parents: Here's how to stop the worst of social media There are several ways that parents can help alleviate teens' stress from social media.
Kids with seasonal affective disorder, depression go largely undiagnosed Left untreated, kids with this disorder may be prone to depression throughout their lives.
What It Really Means to Practice Radical Acceptance There are many misconceptions about what radical acceptance — a skill taught in dialectical behavior therapy — actually looks like. One of the biggest myths is that radical acceptance means agreeing with what happened. People assume that acceptance is akin to approval. If I accept what … ...
An Open Letter to the President from a Forensic Psychologist Dear Mr. President....As a forensic psychologist and an American, I empathize with your profound frustration, pain, sadness, disgust and anger regarding the most recent mass shooting on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon this week.
Shifting the Focus from What Doesn’t Matter to What... This week on Weightless I talked about shifting our focus from the things that don’t really matter to the things that do (see here and here). Because our time and … ...
Warning: This friendship may be dangerous to your health!... After years of working with these types of relationships and being challenged by them in my own life, I have learned that there are some friendships that are more challenging … ...
I Can’t Take a Compliment Flattery and complimentary remarks always used to make me extremely uncomfortable. If someone told me that they liked my hair, or my outfit, or complimented me on a job well … ...
11 Tips for Parenting a Child with ADHD It can be exhausting and confusing to have a child with ADHD (or ADHD-like symptoms). However, if you’re reading this, I know that you also love your child whole-heartedly. Your child is probably creative, adventourous, fun, unique, or any combination of these characteristics. Because it … ...
Join Us! 5th Annual Mental Health Day Blog Party Next Saturday, October 10th, we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day. If you’re a blogger (on any topic), we’d like you to join us for our 5th annual blog party. World Mental Health Day is promoted by the World Health Organization to help raise awareness about … ...
Are You Spiritual or Religious? Does it Matter? Are you spiritual or religious? Does it matter? Why?
6 Steps to Reach Your Emotionally Unavailable Partner What does the term “emotionally unavailable” mean to you? It’s a term that’s thrown around a lot, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to everyone. Have you ever … ...
Ease Mental And Physical Pain With This Type of Spiritual Belief Study reveals how spiritual beliefs affect physical and mental health. » Continue reading: Ease Mental And Physical Pain With This Type of Spiritual Belief