|How to Live a Happier, Healthier Life
||In my last article, I described my frustration with not being able to help my clients enough, especially those who had already been doing all the right things and were … ...
|5 Ways to Deal with Irritability
||The past two days have been extremely frustrating. To characterize me as “irritable” would be putting it mildly. Normally I keep my head down and my mouth shut. That discipline … ...
|From Chaos to Balance
||Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy Many people who live with the challenges of bipolar disorder report grief and sadness about struggles in their relationships and interpersonal problems after or during either … ...
|“Let’s Move In Together!” Famous Last Words?
||Test-driving a relationship by moving in together before marriage seems like the cautious thing to do. But couples who live together prior to marriage are at higher risk for relationship troubles and divorce. Why do these relationships falter and how can you avoid possible negative effects of premarital cohabitation?
|Work, Stress, Health Conference Focuses on Role of Occupational Safety and Health in Economic Sustainability
||Topics range from usefulness of flextime to workplace stress and eating behaviors
|Cognitive scientists discover clues in the brain to an extraordinary memory glitch in healthy people
||Imagine living a healthy, normal life without the ability to re-experience in your mind personal events from your past. You have learned details about past episodes from your life and can recite these to family and friends, but you can’t mentally travel back in time to imagine yourself in any of them. Cognitive scientists from [...]
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|A sex difference in competitiveness even among the fastest runners
||Sex differences in some behaviors are well established, but it’s unclear whether differences still occur within highly selective sub-populations, such as expert financial decision makers or elite athletes. Researchers assessed the competitiveness of over 1,100 collegiate distance runners and tested whether the already-known sex difference in competitiveness narrowed when considering the fastest runners. They found [...]
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|Online discussion forums good for well-being, study shows
||A new study has found that internet discussion forums have positive links to well-being and are even associated with increased community engagement offline, contrary to a common perception of them being outdated and prone to trolling. Research just published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that online forums have benefits for both individuals [...]
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|Epigenetic Marks Lay Foundations for a Child’s Future Abilities
||Epigenetic marks on our DNA account for how all cells in the body have the same DNA sequence, inherited from our parents, but nonetheless there are hundreds of different cell types. The body uses epigenetics as its principal control system, to increase or decrease the expression of our genes, and epigenetic processes are known to be important in memory and other aspects of brain function. The new research used umbilical cord tissue collected at birth and identified epigenetic marks in a key brain development gene called HES1 that were linked to the child’s ability to learn and their cognitive performance at ages 4 and 7 years. The findings in two groups of children in Southampton, UK, were accompanied by additional findings in children from Singapore that HES1 epigenetic marks at birth were associated with aspects of socially disruptive behaviour that have previously been linked with a reduced school performance.
|What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight
||How do we keep our girls from being weight obsessed in a culture that values thinness?
|Your Brain's Trash Bin: What's in it and Why
||Emptying mental garbage can save your life
|No association found between MMR vaccine and autism, even among children at higher risk
||In a study that included approximately 95,000 children with older siblings, receipt of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine was not associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), regardless of whether older siblings had ASD, findings that indicate no harmful association between receipt of MMR vaccine and ASD even among children already at higher [...]
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|Failing to provide for kids leads to aggression and delinquency, according to new study
||A new study by two researchers in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work has shown that parents who chronically neglect their children contribute to the likelihood that they will develop aggressive and delinquent tendencies later in adolescence, and the one factor that links neglect with those behaviors appears to be poor social skills. [...]
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|Parkinson’s patient experiences symptom relief with new medication
||To date, a cure for Parkinson’s disease remains elusive for the more than 50,000 Americans diagnosed yearly, despite decades of intensive study. But a newly approved treatment that might help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s has shown remarkable promise. John Slevin, MD, MBA, Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair of Research at UK’s Kentucky Neuroscience [...]
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|Early child care experiences play role in kids’ future
||Children who use centre-based child care and multiple care arrangements across their early years are better prepared for school, a new Queensland University of Technology study has found. Dr Chrystal Whiteford, from QUT’s Faculty of Education, said early child care played an important role in children’s future academic, behavioural and health outcomes with child care [...]
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|Researchers show how blood-brain barrier is maintained
||The brain is a privileged organ in the body. So vital to life, the brain is protected from alterations elsewhere in the body by a highly regulated gateway known as the blood-brain barrier, which allows only selected molecules to pass through. In certain diseases, however, such as multiple sclerosis, the barrier can be improperly breached. [...]
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||About a month ago my psychiatrist prescribed for me Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant. I needed a little “umph.” I had just been hit hard by the devastating blow of … ...
|Chronic Migraines: The Significance of Emotional History...
||I received some pretty harsh criticism recently from a group of headache doctors because I suggested psychological and emotional history could have a place in chronic migraines. Some even went so far as to call me sexist for suggesting sexual repression could be a component … ...
|Link between serotonin and depression is a myth, says top psychiatrist
||The widely held belief that depression is due to low levels of serotonin in the brain — and that effective treatments raise these levels — is a myth, argues a leading psychiatrist in The BMJ this week. David Healy, Professor of Psychiatry at the Hergest psychiatric unit in North Wales, points to a misconception that lowered serotonin [...]
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|Marijuana consumers show greater susceptibility to false memories
||A new study published in the American journal with the highest impact factor in worldwide, Molecular Psychiatry, reveals that consumers of cannabis are more prone to experiencing false memories. The study was conducted by researchers from the Human Neuropsychopharmacology group at the Biomedical Research Institute of Hospital de Sant Pau and from Universitat Autònoma de [...]
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