|Thickness of cerebral cortex could be key in Down syndrome
||The thickness of the brain’s cerebral cortex could be a key to unlocking answers about intellectual development in youth with Down Syndrome. It could also provide new insights to why individuals with this genetic neurodevelopmental disorder are highly susceptible to early onset Alzheimer’s Disease later in life. New brain-imaging research published in the journal Cerebral [...]
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|PrEP is not linked to greater risk for depression
||A new paper out of the iPrEx study–a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of daily oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in men and transgender women who have sex with men–reported no link between taking Truvada for oral PrEP and experiencing depression. During the iPrEx study, depression was the most frequently reported adverse event. As the use of [...]
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|Study shows sleep disturbances are common and influenced by race and ethnicity
||A new study suggests that sleep disturbances and undiagnosed sleep apnea are common among middle-aged and older adults in the U.S., and these sleep problems occur more frequently among racial/ethnic minorities. Results show that 34 percent of participants had moderate or severe sleep-disordered breathing measured by polysomnography, and 31 percent had short sleep duration with [...]
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|New biomarker identified in women with mental illness
||Psychiatric disorders can be difficult to diagnose because clinicians must rely upon interpreted clues, such as a patient’s behaviors and feelings. For the first time, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report identifying a biological marker: the over-production of specific genes that could be a diagnostic indicator of mental illness in [...]
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|Access to electricity is linked to reduced sleep
||Blame smartphone alerts, constant connectivity and a deluge of media for our society’s sleep deprivation. But the root cause of why we get less sleep now than our ancestors did could come down to a much simpler reason: artificial light. New research comparing traditional hunter-gatherer living conditions to a more modern setting shows that access [...]
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|Three Creative Ways to Heal Your Heart
|| Sometimes we try to push through. Sometimes we try to ignore it. And sometimes we just deny it. But a broken heart – like anything else that’s broken – … ...
|I’m Not Anxious, I’m Excited
||My little sister is getting married next weekend and I am absolutely bursting with excitement. She is going to be the most stunning bride and the wedding itself is going … ...
|Wrapping Your Head Around the Relationship Game
||I wrote about manipulation a couple weeks ago and that topic has been on my mind quite a bit the last few weeks. I’m single, I have been for awhile … ...
|8 Misconceptions about Mental Health and Mental Illness...
||There are still many myths floating around out there about mental illness, ranging from the absurd to the contradictory to the somewhat plausible. All are equally false. Unfortunately, these ideas make it harder for those suffering from mental health troubles to get the support and … ...
|Mass Shootings, Psychiatric Medications, and Rick Perry
||Psychiatric medications cause violent behavior? Where's the evidence?
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|Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America
||America's social and political dysfunction is rooted in dangerous pathology: anti-intellectualism.
|Groups Make a Magical Night Possible
||With the cost of attending a high school prom pushing the limits of affordability, many girls with fewer financial resources are having to sit out a major life event because … ...
|Psychology Around the Net: June 20, 2015
||Happy Saturday, readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net seems to be all about the lists — but we just love lists, don’t we? (Oh, and we can’t pass up a good story or two about our furry four-legged friends, either!) Happy reading! Duke Professor … ...
|The Creative Mind: Something Running All The Time
||Stephen King has commented about his creative mind: “It’s as though something in there is running all the time.” He also said that even when he tries to take time … ...
|Feeling is Healing-Coping with Loss
|| A guest blog by Beckah Novak. I remember, years ago, being arrogant enough to comment to someone that if I ever lost a child, that would be it. They’d … ...
|How to be Grateful for Not-So-Great Dads
||With Father's Day approaching and blogs abuzz about what makes the quintessential dad, or top ‘pop’ gifts, what about those who have not-so-great dads? Is it possible for them to appreciate a holiday dedicated to fathers? Let’s get real and accept that mediocre or “bad” dads exist and consider this for a second: can one be thankful for a terrible father?
|Bullying and Adolescent Angst
||They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. ~ Mahatma Gandhi Her voice had the tone of an adolescent who knows everything. What she knew, with conviction and absolute certainty, was that she was ugly. Yes, people said she … ...
|You’re More Creative When You Walk
||You’re More Creative When You Walk It’s true. According to Stanford University researchers, a new study indicates that walking increases creative ideation by 60%. That boring meeting may be much … ...
|When Women Aren’t Getting Sex
||The stereotype is that men want sex more so then women. Not true. Rarely do you see a role reversal. When the guy doesn’t want to have any sex and … ...