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Survivors of childhood brain tumors have increased body fat New research findings suggest that one of the most important risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which is excess total and central fat in the body, is present relatively early in survivors of childhood brain tumors. This may program their future risk of these diseases and impact their outcomes.
7 Tips on Overcoming Anxiety The other day I was in the dentist office. Within minutes of being placed in the chair, the hygienist’s gloved fingers were inside my mouth. There was an immediate emotional reaction of anxiety as I tried to divert my thoughts from biting her fingers. (Yes, … ...
Scientists get closer look at living nerve synapses The brain hosts an extraordinarily complex network of interconnected nerve cells that are constantly exchanging electrical and chemical signals at speeds difficult to comprehend. Now, scientists report that they have been able to achieve -- with a custom-built microscope -- the closest view yet of living nerve synapses.
Shared genetic origin for ALS/MND and schizophrenia A new study indicates that the causes of ALS/MND and schizophrenia are biologically linked. The scientists say that the new findings have major implications for how we classify diseases and that they challenge the existing divide between neurology and psychiatry.
What is Cluster C – Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder?... As mentioned in my previous post, after reading DSM -5 there are three Cluster C disorders: Avoidance Personality Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Dependent Personality Disorder Having covered dependent personality disorder, … ...
To Zoo or Not to Zoo – A Very... When I opened my Time magazine this week, I found a fancy spread about zoos, which I read with great interest. To preface this topic I just want to say … ...
To Be a Good Therapist: Get a Life When I was on a panel at a high school career fair recently, a student asked an important question: “How do you prevent yourself from being regularly traumatized by the stuff people tell you?” she asked. “I mean. How can you stand it?” My fellow … ...
Interpersonal Attraction What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?
ADHD Running in Smoke Rings If you have ADHD and you smoke, you’re self medicating. When I was younger, I smoked. I smoked from the age of twelve, to the age of 36. When I … ...
Today I Love More Weekend Adventures Today I love more weekend adventures. I love that the weekend starts in a few hours and is tightly choreographed to include a multitude of things from sporting events to … ...
One Week of Sedentary Behavior Lowers Life Satisfaction... Recently, a group of researchers decided to try a rather unique health intervention – one designed to decrease people’s life satisfaction. Why would health researchers ever do something like that when they’ve dedicated their work to making people healthier and happier? In this case, the idea was to learn more...
Brain scans may help clinicians choose talk therapy or medication treatment for depression Researchers have found that specific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether psychotherapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help individual patients recover from depression.
Is Using Profanity a Sign of Honesty? A recent paper suggests that profanity may be a reflection of emotional honesty and candor. However, closer examination of the studies' results casts doubt on this idea.
The Peril of Ignoring Personality in Politics and Society People differ in their basic outlooks, personalities, and performance. While much social and psychological research supports this point of view, we ignore it -- disastrously.
How to Survive a Dysfunctional Family All dysfunctional families are alike. They all have mentally disturbed parents, one of them serving as the “mentally disturbed parent-in-chief,” and the other, if there is another, serving as the … ...
Best of Our Blogs: March 24, 2017 A newish friend and I both shared something vulnerable. We were both struggling with something. Both of us wanting the thing to be different from what it was. There we were sitting in our misery. It’s the test of every relationship with others and our … ...
When Bipolar Disorder Meets Bulimia At least 14% of people with bipolar disorder suffer from lifetime eating disorders. Compare this to 4-9% in the general population. Bipolar disorder alone is difficult to manage, even if … ...
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Study on hormone fluctuations finds women feel more assertive when they are fertile Female hormones impact women’s assertiveness and sexual availability, according to a study recently published in Psychoneuroendocrinology. Previous studies of female sexual behavior have found that women are the fussier sex when it comes to mate selection. This is thought to be because women put in the greater parental investment due to pregnancy, giving birth, breast [...]
Research suggests amygdala neural circuits drive pleasure-inducing behavior Scientists have long believed that the central amygdala, a structure located deep within the brain, is linked with fear and responses to unpleasant events. However, a team of MIT neuroscientists has now discovered a circuit in this structure that responds to rewarding events. In a study of mice, activating this circuit with certain stimuli made [...]