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Cortisol excess hits natural DNA process and mental health hard High concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol in the body affect important DNA processes and increase the risk of long-term psychological consequences. These relationships are evident in a study on patients with Cushing’s Syndrome, but the findings also open the door for new treatment strategies for other stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
Biomechanical analysis of head injury in pediatric patients The biomechanics of head injury in youths (5 to 18 years of age) have been poorly understood. A new study set out to determine what biomechanical characteristics predispose youths with concussions to experience transient or persistent postconcussion symptoms.
Best of Our Blogs: March 28, 2017 I just spent thirty minutes trying to teach my son how to say, “please” and “thank you.” It’s ironic when signs of disrespect and impoliteness reigns over courtesy and kindness these days. It’s much easier to be rude than civil. It’s much easier to ignore … ...
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Breast-fed kids may be less hyper, but not necessarily smarter The topic of how breast-feeding may influence cognitive ability is controversial.
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A probiotic stress fix An engineer is working to create a probiotic that would help protect the host from the negative health effects of adrenaline surges. The new probiotic could easily be mixed into yogurt or taken in pill form.
Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression Cognitive neuroscientists are using the Stampede supercomputer to provide accurate predictions of risk for those with depression and anxiety. They have been able to classify individuals with major depressive disorder with roughly 75 percent accuracy using a machine learning approach. Stampede 2 -- which will come online later in 2017 -- will provide the increased computer processing required to incorporate more data and achieve even greater accuracy.
Quick, What’s the Opposite of Mindfulness? In the treatment of addictions it may be that mindfulness is best understood in terms of what it is not.  Most people are pretty sure about what mindfulness is.  In … ...
Sometimes Addiction Recovery Ends a Relationship Letting go can be difficult in recovery; especially if it’s your marriage. This morning as I was doing my gratitude ritual, I reflected on my two previous marriages that ended in divorce. I used to view them as failed marriages but today I see that … ...
ADHD, Anger, and Emotional Regulation I was once told that I had anger management issues. I was told this by a friend I respected. But I didn’t respect her as a psychologist. Fortunately, she isn’t … ...
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Microrna treatment restores nerve insulation, limb function in mice with MS Scientists partially re-insulated ravaged nerves in mouse models of multiple sclerosis (MS) and restored limb mobility by treating the animals with a small non-coding RNA called a microRNA. In a new article, researchers report that treatment with a microRNA called miR-219 restarted production of a substance called myelin that is critical to normal function of the central nervous system.
Nightmares and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy Maybe you’ve heard that if you have a recurring nightmare, you should try imagining a new version of the dream and rescripting a more pleasant ending. It’s a simple idea, but one that psychology researchers have elaborated into an entire method of therapy for people with chronic nightmares. Most people...
Talking About Mental Health in the Era of Trump... I have spent the last two years trying to read literature and articles and arguments trying to be better informed about issues around language and marginalization, to use preferred terms … ...
How Using GPS Navigation Alters Your Brain Using GPS navigation could be having a dramatic effect on the memory centres of your brain. • Click here for your free sample of Dr Jeremy Dean's latest ebook The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic • Dr Dean is also the author of Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything.
Graphene-based neural probes probe brain activity in high resolution Graphene-based transistors enable a flexible neural probe with excellent signal-to-noise ratio. Such probes are useful for examining neural activity for understanding diseases, as well as in neuroprosthetics for control of artificial limbs.
Why Virtual Reality Could Be a Mental Health Gamechanger We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of dramatic change thanks to VR.
Recommended Books for Adult Children of Alcoholics Adult Children of Alcoholics After last week’s blog post about growing up in an alcoholic family, I got a lot of requests for additional reading suggestions. We’re fortunate that there … ...
Why are primates big-brained? Researchers' answer is food for thought Brain size in primates is predicted by diet, an analysis by a team of anthropologists indicates. These results call into question “the social brain hypothesis,” which has posited that humans and other primates are big-brained due to factors pertaining to sociality.