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The Opposite of Brain Food When a fast food restaurant opened down the road from our neighborhood, it wasn’t long before my teenagers started picking up meals there once or twice a week. It was … ...
Time Management 101 College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.
Today I Love The Call Of Ravens Today I love the call of ravens across the wet landscape of another warm wet autumn day. Days like today will be fewer and farther between soon enough, but other days will take their place, days with their own worthy qualities....
Can Introverted Non-Go-Getters Succeed in Private Practice?... I’m going to answer a question I get at least once per month. It usually goes something like this: “I’m really introverted and not a go-getter; do I have any chance at succeeding in private practice?” My answer is “Absolutely!” Sometimes, people read my story … ...
Hopes of improved brain implants Neurons thrive and grow in a new type of nanowire material developed by researchers. In time, the results might improve both neural and retinal implants, and reduce the risk of them losing their effectiveness over time, which is currently a problem.
Disruption of brain-blood barrier might influence progression of Alzheimer’s More and more data from preclinical and clinical studies strengthen the hypothesis that immune system-mediated actions contribute to and drive pathogenesis in Alzheimer’s disease. New insights suggest that A? indeed induces a strong inflammatory response, thereby destroying an important but often neglected brain barrier, called the blood-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) barrier. Disruption of this blood-CSF barrier disturbs brain homeostasis and might negatively affect disease progression. Strikingly, these effects could be blocked in the presence of a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) inhibitor.
Best of Our Blogs: September 29, 2015 I heard an insightful passage this weekend with marriage and family therapist Bonnie Badenoch for Sounds True’s Psychotherapy 2.0 Online Training Summit. Badenoch shared Colorado psychotherapist Matt Licata’s blog post on how we have a tendency to want to solve people’s problems instead of doing … ...
Understanding Avoidant Personality Disorder In a social media rich environment where a person is frequently overexposed, those with Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD) are a welcome change. APD pretty much sums up the disorder in one name.  In nearly every environment of family, work, or community involvement, APDs avoid social … ...
How to Make Life Fair for Everyone, Not Just... In his article “Mapping the Family Possible” in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hugh Ryan had this to say about my new book, How We Live Now: Redefining Home … ...
Overweight health bloggers perceived to be less reliable A blogger’s weight affects her or his credibility with readers seeking food advice, according to a Cornell study published online and in a forthcoming print issue of the journal Health Communication. The study revealed that when a blogger is overweight, as shown in the blogger’s photo, readers are far more skeptical of the information that [...]
Social Skills Social skills are vital if we are to be successful as human beings. The ability to mix and communicate effectively. All sentient beings need these skills, of course, including animals … ...
Strengthen Your Marriage: Communication A strong marriage is vital to the success of blended families. With unique stressors there is a likelihood of higher levels of conflict in the home and within the marriage, but … ...
Neuroscientists uncover brain abnormalities responsible for tinnitus and chronic pain Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center and Germany’s Technische Universität München say they’ve uncovered the brain malady responsible for tinnitus and for chronic pain — the uncomfortable, sometimes agonizing sensations that persist long after an initial injury. In the October issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers say identifying the problem is the first step [...]
Liquid crystals show potential for detection of neuro-degenerative disease Liquid crystals are familiar to most of us as the somewhat humdrum stuff used to make computer displays and TVs. Even for scientists, it has not been easy to find other ways of using them. Now a group of researchers at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) is putting liquid crystals to [...]
Connecting Alzheimer’s disease and the immune system The role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease is a hot topic, but exactly how the two are connected and what interventions could help lower risk remain a mystery. In a new study published in Nature Neuroscience this week, researchers in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) [...]
‘Connectome’ study finds particular brain connections linked to positive behaviors There is a strong correspondence between a particular set of connections in the brain and positive lifestyle and behaviour traits, according to a new study by Oxford University researchers. A team of scientists led by the University’s Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain has investigated the connections in the brains of 461 people and [...]
Cognitive behavior therapy intervention effective for depression but not self-care for heart failure A cognitive behavior therapy intervention that targeted both depression and heart failure self-care was effective for depression but not for heart failure self-care or physical functioning compared to enhanced usual care, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Major depression is a common co-existing illness in heart failure (HF). Depression and inadequate [...]
Monkeys and humans see visual illusions in similar way, study finds Monkeys perceive visual illusions in the same way great apes and humans see them, according to researchers at Georgia State University. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition in August, indicate humans and monkeys perceive and misperceive the world similarly, which reflects resemblances in these species’ perceptual systems and [...]
Children with ADHD and their mothers may live shorter than average population Psychiatric disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) impact family’s emotions and social life. It is well known. What is new is that this condition also affects the DNA of patients and their parents. Brazilian scientists from the D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) found that [...]
The citizen and the embryo: Birth weight affects social trust, Danish study shows How much does your baby weigh? All new parents are familiar with that question. Perhaps their reply is more important than we realize. Birth weight affects how much trust an individual will have in other people in his adult life. Trust, in turn, is the glue that prevents society from falling apart. This phenomenon is [...]