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Religion and support for birth control health coverage can mix New research debunks the assumption that a woman’s religion predicts her views on policies affecting reproductive health care such as insurance coverage for birth control. Even when it comes to policies that have sometimes been characterized as going against Christian views – such as the Affordable Care Act mandate for employer-provided contraception coverage- religious women’s [...]The post Religion and support for birth control health coverage can mix appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Let Someone Love You: 10 Key Insights Have you realized that you need to consciously allow another person to love you? If you’re not used to being loved, your default position may be to push people away. For example, a reader recently wrote: I got really close to someone, then I did what I always do, I...
The brain processes ongoing pain more emotionally A momentary lapse of concentration is all it takes for a finger to become trapped or sprain an ankle – and it hurts. Pain is the body’s protective mechanism and a complex neurological phenomenon. Moreover, ongoing pain in the sense of chronic pain can be a disease. Scientists from Technische Universität München (TUM) have now [...]The post The brain processes ongoing pain more emotionally appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists develop computer model explaining how brain learns to categorize New York University researchers have devised a computer model to explain how a neural circuit learns to classify sensory stimuli into discrete categories, such as “car vs. motorcycle.” Their findings, which appear in the journal Nature Communications, shed new light on the brain processes underpinning judgments we make on a daily basis. “Categorization is vital [...]The post Scientists develop computer model explaining how brain learns to categorize appeared first on PsyPost.
Exercise may help keep seniors moving longer despite old age brain decline Older people who are physically active may be protecting themselves from the effects of small areas of brain damage that can affect their movement abilities, according to a new study published in the March 11, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Many older people have small areas [...]The post Exercise may help keep seniors moving longer despite old age brain decline appeared first on PsyPost.
Harder-to-abuse OxyContin doesn’t stop illicit use A reformulation of OxyContin that makes it harder to abuse has curtailed the drug’s illicit use. But some 25 percent of drug abusers entering rehab said they still abused the prescription painkiller despite package labeling that emphasizes its abuse-deterrent properties, new research indicates. The study, by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. [...]The post Harder-to-abuse OxyContin doesn’t stop illicit use appeared first on PsyPost.
Gender and race influences when teens start drinking, smoking and doing drugs Cigarette use among white teenagers is substantially higher than among black and Hispanic teenagers, especially at 18 years old, according to Penn State researchers. Alcohol and marijuana use are also higher in white teenagers, and the numbers continue to increase until age 20. Throughout their 20s, blacks and Hispanics are more likely to pick up [...]The post Gender and race influences when teens start drinking, smoking and doing drugs appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows feasibility of blood-based test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Although approximately 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, no reliable blood-based test currently exists for the neurodegenerative disorder that is the [...]The post Study shows feasibility of blood-based test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Healing after Trauma: Ten Steps Forward, Nine Steps Back Most of us have suffered psychological wounds. Just as the body can be damaged, so can the mind. But the similarity ends there, because mental and physical injuries heal by different means. At another time I’ll explore physical healing in detail, but for now a brief outline will suffice: A...
STOP Catastrophizing I’m really good at catastrophizing. I’ve even ended up overdosing and in the hospital because of it. What is “catastrophizing?” It’s mental health jargon for thinking the worse thing that can happen, will happen. For me, it is a snowball rolling down a hill. One “bad” thing happens and then...
Sexy soldiers? Study reveals sexual appeal of war heroes Women are more attracted to war heroes than regular soldiers or men who display heroic traits in other fields, such as in sports or natural disaster work, according to new research from the University of Southampton and partners in Europe. The findings also suggest that men did not find heroism to be a sexually attractive [...]The post Sexy soldiers? Study reveals sexual appeal of war heroes appeared first on PsyPost.
Meta-study shows that depression alters the experience of time Time perception is highly subjective and usually depends on the relevant situation so that, for instance, your sense of how fast or slow time is passing can be influenced by whether you are waiting for something or if a deadline is approaching. Patients suffering from depression appear to experience time differently than healthy individuals. Statements [...]The post Meta-study shows that depression alters the experience of time appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Very encouraging results': Yoga could lessen prenatal depression, study suggests In a small pilot study, researchers at Brown University, Butler Hospital, and Women & Infants’ Hospital have found evidence suggesting that yoga could help pregnant women with significant depression reduce the severity of the mood disorder. Lead author Cynthia Battle said she learned in prior research that depressed pregnant women are often reluctant to use [...]The post ‘Very encouraging results': Yoga could lessen prenatal depression, study suggests appeared first on PsyPost.
Study reveals how genetic changes lead to familial Alzheimer’s disease Mutations in the presenilin-1 gene are the most common cause of inherited, early-onset forms of Alzheimer’s disease. In a new study, published in Neuron, scientists replaced the normal mouse presenilin-1 gene with Alzheimer’s-causing forms of the human gene to discover how these genetic changes may lead to the disorder. Their surprising results may transform the [...]The post Study reveals how genetic changes lead to familial Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Prescription for living longer: Spend less time alone Ask people what it takes to live a long life, and they’ll say things like exercise, take Omega-3s, and see your doctor regularly. Now research from Brigham Young University shows that loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity. “The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that [...]The post Prescription for living longer: Spend less time alone appeared first on PsyPost.
Rat brains point to lead’s role in schizophrenia A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia. Results of the study by scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health appear in the [...]The post Rat brains point to lead’s role in schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
Steroids rapidly restore blood-brain barrier function after blast Barclay Morrison III, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has led the first study to determine underlying biological mechanisms that promote functional recovery of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) after blast injury. The research demonstrates that treatment with the glucocorticoid, dexamethasone, after primary blast injury promotes rapid recovery of an in vitro model of [...]The post Steroids rapidly restore blood-brain barrier function after blast appeared first on PsyPost.
Rewriting the Script: What if You Dropped Your Usual I often feel like my husband always gets to be the good guy and I have to keep the balance by being the bad guy. I have to be the one to naysay. Ask him to dinner, but he’ll check with me before answering. “My wife says we’re doing something...
Rat brains point to lead's role in schizophrenia A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia.
“Teen Mom” Star, Tyler Baltierra, Recounts Suicide Attempt When Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra first appeared on reality television, they were preparing to give their now 5-year-old daughter, Carly, up for adoption. The young couple managed to stay together and now have a 2-month-old baby girl named Novalee. Although, they shared, in often painstaking detail, the challenges they...