|Is dietary supplementation appropriate for children with autism spectrum disorder?
||Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often picky eaters, which can lead parents to suspect that their children might not be getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. This sometimes leads parents of children with ASD to try nutritional supplements and dietary regimens such as gluten-free and casein-free (GFCF) diets without professional supervision. In [...]
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|Despite abnormalities after concussion, sleep continues to aid memory and recall
||After a concussion, a person can be left with disturbed sleep, memory deficits and other cognitive problems for years, but a new study led by Rebecca Spencer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that despite these abnormalities, sleep still helps them to overcome memory deficits, and the benefit is equivalent to that seen in [...]
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|Eating less during late night hours may stave off some effects of sleep deprivation
||Eating less late at night may help curb the concentration and alertness deficits that accompany sleep deprivation, according to results of a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. [...]
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|Study links delay of gratification to how brain structures are connected
||The ability to delay gratification in chimpanzees is linked to how specific structures of the brain are connected and communicate with each other, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University. Their findings were published June 3 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. This study provides the first [...]
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|Do cheaters have an evolutionary advantage?
||Anyone who has crawled along in the left lane while other drivers raced up the right lane, which was clearly marked “lane ends, merge left,” has experienced social cheating, a maddening and fascinating behavior common to many species. Although it won’t help with road rage, scientists are beginning to understand cheating in simpler “model systems,” [...]
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|Household items, toys key to infant motor skill development, research finds
||Toys, appliances, and even a sofa and coffee table can impact the way or when a baby first crawls, walks or achieves other growth milestones, but a new UT Arlington study finds that many parents are unaware of the significant role household items play in their infant’s motor skill development. Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor [...]
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|Self-Care because You Matter
||The Whole Self What have you done for yourself today? Time alone, exercise, reading, some time with friends, or maybe cleaning your house or office? Some of which may not … ...
|History of Liposuction and Two Healthy Alternatives
||When JoAnn turned 50, she became concerned about the “turkey wings” under her upper arms. She felt that she was turning into her grandmother, one ounce of fat at a … ...
|What Trolls Don't Know About Children's Mental Illness
||The Internet has made experts of all of us. But when your child is suffering from a mental illness, the "obvious" causes aren't always so obvious. Let’s all stop to think, just for a minute, before making a potentially hateful and hurtful comment about an issue that might be more complex than it appears at first glance.
|Delay of gratification linked to how brain structures are connected
||The ability to delay gratification in chimpanzees is linked to how specific structures of the brain are connected and communicate with each other, according to new research.
|Are You in the Mood?
||Mis-matched feelings of sexual desire are an incredibly common problem in relationships today. Sometimes you're in the mood and your partner isn't, sometimes it's the other way around. Brand new research has investigated how people with different relationship motivations handle these dilemmas to find sexual and relationship satisfaction.
|Too Little Behavioral Therapy for Kids with ADHD
||At the end of May, a JAMA report noted that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2009-2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs shows that about 43 percent of U.S. children and teens received only ADHD medications for attention deficit … ...
|Preventive neuroradiology: Brain imaging bolsters efforts to lower Alzheimer's risk
||Armed with new knowledge about how neurodegenerative diseases alter brain structures, increasing numbers of neurologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians are adopting quantitative brain imaging as a tool to measure and help manage cognitive declines in patients. These imaging findings can help spur beneficial lifestyle changes in patients to reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease.
|Team discovers how feedback from cortex helps mammals make fine distinctions about odors
||Everyday tasks we may regard as 'simple' -- for example, knowing the difference between the smell of an orange and a pickle -- are actually marvels of evolutionary development, the work of eons. A neuroscience team reports results of experiments that suggest how the mammalian brain distinguishes odors -- not just dissimilar ones but, perhaps more importantly, odors that are nearly identical, such as the scents of oranges and tangerines.
|Female mice are able to smell male pheromones only when ready to mate
||An American study in mice reveals that hormones that dictate a female's attraction towards males do so in part by controlling her sense of smell. The findings provide an example of how hormones may use the nose to circumvent the brain and influence behavior.
|Enough About “Inner Demons” Already!
||Maybe it was the 1000th time I heard that familiar, but fictitious, explanation: “It must have been his [her/their] inner demons that made them do it!” that I felt the strongest urge to scream. Why? Simply because the errant thoughts and behaviors we’re all prone to can almost always be understood without alluding to satanic forces insidiously goading us from within.
|Positive Psychiatry: The Next Chapter for an Evolving Field
||It’s time for psychiatry to move towards being true physician experts in mental health, not just mental illness. This means going beyond psychotherapy and medications treatment by incorporating validated wellness strategies in the day to day work with patients and families.
|Digging for Your Deepest Fear
||When I was in the midst of dieting, of worrying about my weight, of trying to lose weight, it had very little, of course, to do with losing weight or … ...
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|4 More Subtle Signs for Seeing a Therapist (and...
||In an earlier post we shared three signs it might be time to see a therapist. Today, we’re sharing four more signs. Because you don’t have to be in crisis mode, or have a diagnosable mental illness to seek professional help. You don’t have to … ...