|Research breakthrough to treat girls-only epilepsy
||An international team, led by a University of Adelaide genetics expert, has made a breakthrough discovery which is expected to help thousands of young girls worldwide who are suffering from a rare yet debilitating form of epilepsy. Professor Jozef Gecz, from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, was a key player in identifying the [...]
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|Typically disregarded brain lesions may warn of heightened stroke risk
||Scientists with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and colleagues found that very small brain lesions noted on brain imaging that would typically be disregarded by clinicians are associated with a heightened risk of stroke and death. The findings are in today’s Annals of Internal Medicine. The discovery about these tiny lesions — areas of [...]
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|Cognitive behavioral therapy helps patients with insomnia — even when they face other psychiatric conditions
||Cognitive behavioral therapy is a widely used nonpharmacologic treatment for insomnia disorders and an analysis of the medical literature suggests it also can work for patients whose insomnia is coupled with psychiatric and medical conditions, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Previous meta-analyses have suggested that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia [...]
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|#157 Video Games: A New Frontier in Education (Part 2)
||Cross-stitch ninja via Compfight As promised we will look at three more video games this week. I will be back next week and, after spending the time with me 10 … ...
|Brain imaging shows how children inherit their parents’ anxiety
||In rhesus monkey families – just as in their human cousins – anxious parents are more likely to have anxious offspring. And a new study in an extended family of monkeys provides important insights into how the risk of developing anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children. The study from the Department of [...]
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|Midlife changes in Alzheimer’s biomarkers may predict dementia
||Studying brain scans and cerebrospinal fluid of healthy adults, scientists have shown that changes in key biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease during midlife may help identify those who will develop dementia years later, according to new research. The study, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is published July 6 in JAMA Neurology. “It’s [...]
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|Study finds people over 65 with traumatic brain injuries hospitalized 4 times as often as younger people
||A disproportionate number of people hospitalized in Canada with traumatic brain injuries are 65 years or older, a new study from St. Michael’s Hospital has found. While that age group represents only 14 per cent of the Canadian population, it accounted for 38 per cent of hospitalizations for TBI between 2006-07 and 2010-11, according to [...]
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|How to rule a gene galaxy: A lesson from developing neurons
||The human organism contains hundreds of distinct cell types that often differ from their neighbours in shape and function. To acquire and maintain its characteristic features, each cell type must express a unique subset of genes. Neurons, the functional units of our brain, develop through differentiation of neuronal precursors, a process that depends on coordinated [...]
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|Adolescents who view medical marijuana ads more likely to use the drug, study finds
||Adolescents who saw advertising for medical marijuana were more likely to either report using marijuana or say they planned to use the substance in the future, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Studying more than 8,000 Southern California middle school students, researchers found that youth who reported seeing any ads for medical marijuana were [...]
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|Negative Future Perception and the Vicious Cycle of Depression...
||Though the future is impossible to predict, it is easy to imagine. This is the heart of depression in a theory devised by Ann Marie Roepke and Martin Seligman of … ...
|Building Better Habits: Order Can Create Inner Calm
||One of the first things I did after I got home from Australia — after repeatedly hugging every family member and racing from room to room like a puppy — was to unpack. This was something I learned from my husband. When I was younger, … ...
|Who Will Clip Your Toenails When You Cannot?
||They never tell you when you are little that you will one day clip the toenails of your parents or siblings. Such little things must amount to great differences in the quality of life as we age. If you needed one more reason to build and maintain lifelong, loving relationships. . .
|Brain imaging shows how children inherit their parents' anxiety
||A study in an extended family of monkeys provides important insights into how the risk of developing anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children.The study shows how an over-active brain circuit involving three brain areas inherited from generation to generation may set the stage for developing anxiety and depressive disorders.
|Reducing stroke damage may be next for optical coherence tomography technology widely used in vision healthcare
||A new article reports on use of optical coherence tomography to obtain high-resolution images showing blood-flow dynamics in the brain before, during, and after stroke-like states. The information may ultimately enable clinicians to reduce stroke damage.
|Stopping The Cycle
||“The cycle of abuse repeats”. How many times have we all heard that? It’s like a death sentence for some of us; those of us who suffered abuse as a … ...
|Starting a Private Practice as a Mom: Part 2...
||So, I started my counseling practice as a new mom of a breastfeeding infant with a deep knowing (link deep knowing to the Part 1 blog post). However, just knowing I was supposed to be doing this did NOT make everything fall into place. … ...
|The Magical Healing Power of Caring & Hope in Psychotherapy
||Psychotherapy works at least as well as drugs for most mild to moderate problems and should be used first. A good relationship is much more important in promoting good outcome than the specific psychotherapy techniques that are used.
|The Road Let's Follow: Why David Brooks Should Start a Cult
||How does what we say pave the road to character? David Brooks has some words of wisdom.
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|Uncovering the mechanism of our oldest anesthetic
||Researchers have now revealed brainwave changes in patients receiving nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas." Nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," has been used in anesthesiology practice since the 1800s, but the way it works to create altered states is has not been well understood.