|Neurodegeneration and identity: How others see us depends on moral traits — not memory
||We may view our memory as being essential to who we are, but new findings suggest that others consider our moral traits to be the core component of our identity. Data collected from family members of patients suffering from neurodegenerative disease showed that it was changes in moral behavior, not memory loss, that caused loved [...]
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|First-of-its-kind study finds music therapy lowers anxiety during surgical breast biopsies
||A first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds that music therapy lessened anxiety for women undergoing surgical breast biopsies for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The two-year study out of University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center involved 207 patients. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first randomized controlled trial to test [...]
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|Smoking cessation drug not boosting number of smokers who quit
||The introduction of a new prescription smoking-cessation aid, varenicline, in 2006 has had no significant impact on the rate at which Americans age 18 and older successfully quit smoking, according to a study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The findings, published online August 17 in Tobacco Control, suggest [...]
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|6 Self-Assured Tips to Earn and Keep Respect
||Because you do deserve R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Do you feel as if people (or friends) take advantage of you? Do you let it happen? If you responded, “Yes” to one or both of these important questions, it’s time for you to get the respect you deserve! Respect … ...
|Rebelling Against Yourself? Yep.
||Yeah it’s a little tricky, but we somehow manage to rebel against our own expectations, right? We all know the classic image of a rebel. The guy or gal who … ...
|Study finds where our brain stores the time and place of memories
||For the first time, scientists have seen evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories. Results showed that the similarity of the brain activation patterns when memories were recalled was an indicator of the breadth of space and time between the actual events. Participants in the Ohio State University study [...]
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|What clinicians need to know about bilingual development in children
||Bilingual children pose unique challenges for clinicians, and, until recently, there was little research on young bilinguals to guide clinical practice. In the past decade, however, research on bilingual development has burgeoned, and the scientific literature now supports several conclusions that should help clinicians as they assess bilingual children and advise their parents. In an [...]
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|Opiate addiction is spreading and becoming more complex
||The growing availability of heroin, combined with programs aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse, may be changing the face of opiate addiction in the U.S., according to sociologists. While heroin abuse is still relatively rare, the use of the drug is not only increasing, but it is now being coupled with the abuse of prescription [...]
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|Training for Therapists
||As a therapist, you are constantly developing your knowledge and honing your skills. I don’t think there is a time when we are complacent. Each new client we work with brings new challenges and encourages our own growth. One of the ways we develop is … ...
|Study reveals structural brain changes caused by chemoradiation in glioblastoma patients
||A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center researchers – the first to examine the effects of combined radiation and chemotherapy on the healthy brain tissue of glioblastoma patients – reveals not only specific structural changes within patients’ brains but also that the effect of cancer therapy on the normal brain appears to be [...]
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|People who feel they don’t have control are more likely to believe conspiracy theories
||Conspiracy theories have probably been around as long as man has had something to conspire about. What is Stonehenge and why was it really built? Do aliens exist? Who really shot JFK? Conspiracy theories are innately interesting, which is why many people will talk about them even if they don’t believe in them. But what [...]
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|Study reveals effects of chemoradiation in brains of glioblastoma patients
||A new study -- the first to examine the effects of combined radiation and chemotherapy on the healthy brain tissue of glioblastoma patients -- reveals not only specific structural changes within patients' brains but also that the effect of cancer therapy on the normal brain appears to be progressive and continues even after radiation therapy has ceased.
|Where our brain stores the time and place of memories
||For the first time, scientists have seen evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories.
|Study identifies cause of disruption in brain linked to psychiatric disorder
||New research has identified the mechanisms that trigger disruption in the brain's communication channels linked to symptoms in psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. This research could have important implications for treating symptoms of brain disorders, say authors of a new report.
|Careers and Giftedness: Where Will You Thrive?
||Managing your career is as important as choosing the right career. And thriving in your career begins with honest self-analysis.
|Poll: What Does Google Tell You About Depression?
||We want everyone who views this entry to take a quick little poll about Google’s search results for the term, “depression symptoms.” It’ll take you just a minute or two to complete it and the anonymized data collected from this survey will be used to … ...
|#161 Mary Poppins
||Joe Penniston via Compfight Since I’ll be on vacation for the next two weeks I decided to repeat a past blog which also includes a beloved movie character. It is … ...
|Scientists uncover nuclear process in the brain that may affect disease
||Every brain cell has a nucleus, or a central command station. Scientists have shown that the passage of molecules through the nucleus of a star-shaped brain cell, called an astrocyte, may play a critical role in health and disease.
|Getting The Most Out of Your Brain
||In my book, ReRight Your Life, I present a simple model of the human brain by suggesting that we have a primitive brain and a modern brain. I explore the … ...
|Are You Blocking Your Own Shot? Research Finds Strange...
||You may be more vulnerable to this paradoxical time-thief if you find yourself worried about how you’re spending your time. Specifically, the more time and thought you put into your procrastination problem, the more difficult it will be to overcome. How’s that for a catch 22....