|An Essay On The Effects Of Stimulant On Addiction
||I think we can agree that addiction is not a good thing, yes? Good. So it nearly goes without saying that we do not want to invest in a treatment … ...
|8 Normal Experiences That Should Not Be Labeled as...
||What does mental illness look like to you? If you walked by someone on the street, would you be able to detect that they are a sufferer? Many of us … ...
|Psychedelic drugs should be legally reclassified as they may benefit patients
||Psychedelic drugs such as LSD are much less harmful than claimed and should be legally reclassified to allow further research on their medical use, a psychiatrist writes in the BMJ. James Rucker, a psychiatrist and honorary lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, describes how these drugs “were extensively used [...]
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|Paradigm shift in treatment of cocaine addiction holds promise, thanks to epigenetics
||One of the major challenges of cocaine addiction is the high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal and abstinence. But new research reveals that changes in our DNA during drug withdrawal may offer promising ways of developing more effective treatments for addiction. Withdrawal from drug use results in reprogramming of the genes in the [...]
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|Cannabis use can be prevented, reduced or delayed
||Responding to rapidly shifting legal and cultural environments, researchers at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Children’s Hospital have found a way to prevent, reduce or delay cannabis use amongst some at-risk youth. Cannabis users are at risk of neurocognitive deficits, reduced educational and occupational attainment, motor vehicle accidents, exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms, and [...]
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|Study examines association of genetic variants with cognitive impairment
||Individually rare but collectively common intermediate-size copy number variations may be negatively associated with educational attainment, according to a study in the May 26 issue of JAMA. Copy number variations (CNVs) are regions of the genome that differ in the number of segments of DNA. The Database of Genomic Variants catalogs approximately 2.4 million DNA CNVs. [...]
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|Hospice use linked to fewer depressive symptoms for surviving spouses
||Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms, compared to surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, according to a study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine. This is the first national [...]
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|You’re driving yourself to burnout, literally
||Commuting length, distance, and means are stress factors that can lead to burnout, says Annie Barreck of the University of Montreal’s School of Industrial Relations. “A correlation exists between commuting stress factors and the likelihood of suffering from burnout. But their importance varies according to the individual, the conditions in which their trips take place, [...]
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|Honesty can keep companies’ stock prices up during hard times
||Honesty is the best policy, and a new study from the University of Missouri finds that companies can benefit when they publicly accept the blame for poor performance. Researchers found companies that performed poorly yet blamed other parties — such as the government, competitors, labor unions or the economy — experienced a significant blow to [...]
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|Being aware of positive emotions may help to form, maintain relationships
||If you want to strike up a new relationship, simply smile. It works because people are much more attuned to positive emotions when forming new bonds than they are to negative ones such as anger, contempt or sadness. Don’t try to fake it, however, because people can recognize a sincere smile a mile away. This [...]
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|Bipolar Disorder Today
||I have bipolar disorder 1 with psychotic features. Not so beautiful all the time. Sometimes I hallucinate. Sometimes I only get out of bed to take care of the dogs … ...
|The Importance of Developing Curiosity
||We all want to be happy; according to the Dalai Lama, it is “the very purpose of our life.” Yet despite the incredible advancement of modern-day technology and society, few of us are happy. A 2013 Harris Poll found that only one in three Americans … ...
|Understanding Long Term Depression
||When it comes to bipolar disorder, oftentimes people think of a pendulum that goes back and forth and back and forth on an equal playing field. People may think the … ...
|Getting a dog reduces stress in caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder
||An article published this April in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders suggests man’s best friend can significantly reduce stress in the primary caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In the study, 38 primary caregivers were given a pet dog, and were compared to 24 caregivers who were not given a dog. [...]
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|Humans are able to learn abstract relations even before the first year of life
||Two pennies can be considered the same — both are pennies, just as two elephants can be considered the same, as both are elephants. Despite the vast difference between pennies and elephants, we easily notice the common relation of sameness that holds for both pairs. Analogical ability — the ability to see common relations between [...]
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|How racial stereotypes impact the way we communicate
||Racial stereotypes and expectations can impact the way we communicate and understand others, according to UBC research. The new study, published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, highlights how non-verbal “social cues” – such as photographs of Chinese Canadians – can affect how we comprehend speech. “This research brings to light our [...]
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|Breakthrough in brain imaging lets doctors measure Parkinson’s progression
||University of Florida researchers have identified a biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease. By comparing brain images of Parkinson’s patients to those of a control group over a year, an interdisciplinary team found that an area of the [...]
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|Study identifies possible role for carbon monoxide in treating hemorrhagic stroke
||Carbon monoxide is typically associated with brain injury and neurological symptoms. But a new study suggests that when administered in small, carefully controlled amounts, CO may actually protect the brain from damage following hemorrhagic stroke.
|What Do Children Know About Climate Change?
||Children are the future stewards of our fragile ecosystem. What does research tell us about what children know and feel about environmental threats, such as climate change? What are the best ways to educate and engage children on these issues?
|Breakthrough measures Parkinson's progression in brain
||A biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson's disease in the brain has been identified by researchers, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.