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New discovery could be a major advance for neurological diseases The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerative disorders such as epilepsy and dementia. The breakthrough, published in Nature Neuroscience, was [...]
Use of multiple brain-affecting drugs is rising among seniors, despite risks, study finds The number of older Americans who take three or more medicines that affect their brains has more than doubled in just a decade, a new study finds. The sharpest rise occurred in seniors living in rural areas, where the rate of doctor visits by seniors taking combinations of such drugs – opioids, antidepressants, tranquilizers and [...]
Married people have lower levels of stress hormone Studies have suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced or widowed. A new Carnegie Mellon University study provides the first biological evidence to explain how marriage impacts health. Published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, the researchers found that married individuals had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married [...]
Depression linked to e-cigarette use among college students The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. A new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, found a connection between depression and [...]
Study reveals surprising link between athletics and addiction As she was planning her study to look into the role physical activity and sport play in the development of substance addiction, Laurie de Grace was forewarned that she may have trouble finding any recovering addicts with a sporting background to speak with. After all, sport and physical activity go hand in hand with good [...]
Psychologists find human vision is more sensitive during physical activity It’s universally accepted that the benefits of exercise go well beyond fitness, from reducing the risk of disease to improving sleep and enhancing mood. Physical activity gives cognitive function a boost as well as fortifying memory and safeguarding thinking skills. But can it enhance your vision? It appears so. Intrigued by recent findings that neuron [...]
The Anatomy of Who We Are A new study explores the ties between personality and the dimensions of the brain.
How Brain Training Can Boost Confidence Confidence is an attractive and necessary quality to succeed in business, relationships, and life. But, it is a subjective and, sometimes, misunderstood characteristic. From the painfully shy to the arrogantly over-confident, what makes people think and feel what they think and feel about themselves? The … ...
Can Being Diagnosed with Bipolar Be a POSTIVE Thing? Sometimes I think being diagnosed with bipolar has made me better throughout the years. I wonder if it has done the same for you? I know after reading the title, … ...
The Valentine’s Day Ex-Trap Stay strong people. You will get tested this Valentine’s Day!! Ok, so you’ve been really great at staying away from your Ex these past few weeks, or months, or sometime … ...
5 Writing Rituals That Boost Productivity. In her book, “The Creative Habit,” choreographer Twyla Tharp talks about her daily ritual; she wakes up at 5:30 A.M., puts on her workout clothes, goes outside and hails a … ...
Your brain on exercise Psychologists have designed an experiment to investigate whether human vision is more sensitive during physical activity.
Stressed Out? Here are 10 Research Proven Ways to... You already have the tools (you may not have known that?) and now it is time to learn how to use them to manage stress and become more resilient when anxiety … ...
Narcissistic or not? The entire millennial generation has been criticized as narcissistic and entitled. Can this really be true?
Keeping up the pressure Besides the classic stress response – an acute reaction that gradually abates when the threat passes – our bodies appear to have a separate mechanism that deals only with chronic stress, research indicates. These findings may lead to better diagnosis of and treatment for anxiety and depression.
People Mistrust Science in General, But Not Specific Studies This has been a difficult era for science in the public eye. How does the uncertainty of science affect people's trust in it?
Love Week Today, on the eve of St. Valentine of Terni’s martyrdom 1700 years ago – for trying to convert Emperor Claudius – is International Self Love Day.
Multiple Tips for the Toddler Years When working with (or parenting) a toddler, keep in mind the typical areas of development such as those identified by MedlinePlus: Gross motor – walking, running, climbing Fine motor – feeding themselves, drawing Sensory – seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling Language – saying single … ...
Current Political Climate Making You Anxious? Tips to Weather... “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – J K Rowling The heated temperature of our current political climate may leave some of us feeling rather unsettled. Here are some tips on how to weather this partisan storm: … ...
Tears of Joy What does it take to make a grown adult cry? That’s what a team of researchers asked in a recent study published in the journal Emotion. But they weren’t interested in just any crying – they wanted to know why people cry with happiness. They found that, first, crying tears...