|Researchers identify a novel disease gene causing neurodegenerative disorders
||Researchers at the University of Miami (UM) have discovered and characterized a previously unknown disease gene linked to the degeneration of optic and peripheral nerve fibers. The study titled “Mutations in SLC25A46, encoding a UGO1-like protein, cause an optic atrophy spectrum disorder” is published in the journal Nature Genetics. Patients with mutations in this gene [...]
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|Baby’s first stool can alert doctors to future cognitive issues
||A newborn’s first stool can signal the child may struggle with persistent cognitive problems, according to Case Western Reserve University Project Newborn researchers. In particular, high levels of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE) found in the meconium (a newborn’s first stool) from a mother’s alcohol use during pregnancy can alert doctors that a child is [...]
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|Depression damages parts of the brain, research concludes
||Brain damage is caused by persistent depression rather than being a predisposing factor for it, researchers have finally concluded after decades of unconfirmed hypothesising. A study published in Molecular Psychiatry today has proved once and for all that recurrent depression shrinks the hippocampus – an area of the brain responsible for forming new memories – [...]
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|#156 Inside Out Revisited
|| Hina Ichigo via Compfight Speaking of imagination the new Disney movie Inside Out is a wonder. From my viewpoint as a psychologist I believe it provides a remarkably accurate … ...
|Torture, APA, and the Hoffman Report: What Now?
||What can the APA do to rectify the shameful legacy of psychology’s collusion?
||There are games we play just for fun. We laugh together. We become unpredictable, unpackaged, opened to an experience that is, when you think about it, when you compare it to our national pastimes, truly extraordinary.
|Bringing Therapeutic Sound into Your Daily Life for Health...
||The Oxford English Dictionary describes stress as pressure or tension exerted on a material object or a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. When we are subjected to stressful life circumstances, our system responds by releasing hormones … ...
|Impact of major Alzheimer’s-related gene may be felt years before any symptoms appear
||The best-known genetic variant linked to Alzheimer’s disease may be “at work” promoting deposits of plaque in the brain long before any symptoms of the disease can be measured on tests, according to a national research study led by Indiana University School of Medicine investigators. In a research paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia, [...]
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|Scientists identify new compounds that may treat depression rapidly with few side effects
||A new study by researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified promising compounds that could successfully treat depression in less than 24 hours while minimizing side effects. Although they have not yet been tested in people, the compounds could offer significant advantages over current antidepressant medications. The research, led by Scott Thompson, [...]
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|Reinvent Yourself In Hollywood – Part 2
||As trends change, different types of movies become popular, others become passe, television shows change in tone; they may become edgier and darker, like Breaking Bad or True Detective. Because … ...
|Spike activity 13-07-2015
||A slightly belated Spike Activity to capture some of the responses to the APA report plus quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: APA makes a non-apology on Twitter and gets panned in response. “the organization’s long-standing ethics director, Stephen Behnke, had been removed from his position as a result of […]
|Losing half a night of sleep makes memories less accessible in stressful situations
||It is known that sleep facilitates the formation of long-term memory in humans. In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden, now show that sleep does not only help form long-term memory but also ensures access to it during times of cognitive stress. It is well known that during sleep newly learned information is [...]
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|An All-Natural Mood Booster To Beat Depression
||“Joan” is a middle-aged woman I recently started working with. She suffers from depression and has been a frequent customer of psychotherapy and medication to treat her symptoms. For years … ...
|Manipulation of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives...
||The American Psychological Association (APA) is a large, complex bureaucracy that has evolved over its long history. Because it is so large and run by both a set of paid staffers (over 550!) and volunteer members, it is an organization only a DC policy wonk … ...
|More Ideas for Navigating Bad Days
||On Sunday, in this post, I shared a list of ways we can navigate bad days. Today, I’m sharing a few more ideas. A bad day doesn’t necessarily include bad events. It’s … ...
|Appreciate the little things…
||I got an email from a young girl a few weeks ago who is in the foster care system because of horrible physical and sexual abuse she endured at the … ...
|When a Therapist Breaks Your Trust
||A few years ago I was referred to a highly reputable and respected psychologist who, in the midst of writing academic books and journals, also crossed the border on occasion to … ...
|Starting a Private Practice as a Mom: Part 3
||Starting a private practice as a mom is a tricky business. While things are shifting in this area, women have historically held themselves to impossibly high standards as they’ve gone to work. They often hold the same amount of home duties that stay at home … ...
|F%$& Shame, TEDx and Mental Health
||Many of us don't give the proper weight to the use of mental health labels. As this talk shows, diagnostic labels can actually impact the way in which labeled individuals perform. If nothing else, this fact should make us more wary of using these labels as everyday placeholders to describe those around us. We may just be sentencing them to meeting our low expectations.
|Notifications Are the New Distractions
||Do you jump a little inside when your phone pings to let you know you have a new text or voice mail? Turns out that can be as distracting as actually talking or texting. Another reason to get your phone under your control.