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What One Little Stomach and One Big Lion Have The other night I had a dream that a big lion bit me in the stomach and I died. It was a sad dream. My family was there, and many friends, but no one could do a thing to save me. Please understand – this kind of dream is nothing...
Novel pathway for prevention of heart attack, stroke A recent study could pave the way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis. Finnish researchers have found that the low-expression variant of fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4), which is particularly common among Finns, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. The finding revealed a promising new way to customize a potentially preventive drug for atherosclerosis.
ADHD children make poor decisions due to less differentiated learning processes Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among school children. Pupils with ADHD often make poorer decisions than their unaffected classmates. Researchers have now discovered that different learning and decision-making mechanisms are responsible for these behaviors, and localized the underlying impairments in the brain.
Important clue found for potential treatments for absence seizures A group of researchers has succeeded in revealing a principle mechanism of a neural network in the human brain, which will provide an important clue to potential treatments for absence seizures. Absence seizures are believed to be elicited by T-type calcium channels in the thalamic reticular nucleus of the brain that regulate influxes of calcium. These channels enable thalamic reticular nucleus neurons to generate burst firing, leading the neurons to enter a hyper-excited state.
POLL: Are Yoga Apps Replacing Mats in Classes? Years ago, I used to call myself “doing yoga” when I’d pop in a DVD and breathe and bend when the instructor told me. These days, I prefer practicing yoga in a class. Sure, I have enough knowledge of certain yoga poses and yoga sequences that I can (and do)...
Are You ‘Other’ If You Are Not a Mother? Bella's intro: In this first of a 2-part post, guest blogger Gabriela Denise Frank offers an enlightening, stereotype-smashing view of what it means to live alone. In this first part, she takes on the "othering" of people who do not fit into traditional categories, such as married mom. In...
The Type of Yoga That Boosts Memory and Attention Ancient spiritual practice found to increase attention and working memory capacity. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Short Yoga Session Stimulates Brain Function Immediately Afterwards Yoga Lowers Fatigue and Inflammation in Breast Cancer Patients Yoga’s Powerful Influence on Mood The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Learning Challenging New Skills Like Photography Improves Memory
The Truth about Couples Therapy I always say that every couple would benefit from therapy. As a couples therapist myself, I am privy to the benefits of therapy both after problems begin and as a preventative measure. As some brilliant person once said, “The best time to fix a leaky roof is when the sun...
Smart People, Dumb Decisions Generally, we assume it’s good to be smart. We expect smart people to make smart decisions. But smart people may be so good at reasoning that they can logically reach the conclusion they want rather than the correct answer. Maybe critical thinking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
It’s Gonna Get Better -It’s Just Gotta Depression has been a big topic in the news lately.  And I won’t lie to you, depression is hard, really hard. The isolation, the silence, and the noise, and on and on and on. Depression is a quite contradictory, have you noticed that?  And when you are in the throes...
ADHD Gets Coronated My friend is hooked on Coronation Street; has been for years. How could I help watching when she and her partner were glued in front of the telly on weekends when I was visiting? I couldn’t be rude, now could I? The inevitable plot line So, there we were one...
Personal Stories Week: A Journey After Suicide Suicide. Sometimes that word alone is enough to provoke a sea of emotions in many of us. Most of us have experienced the sting of suicide either in our personal lives or through the lives of others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide by suffocation...
Dealing with Everyday Sadists and Other "Dark Personalities" How to spot and protect yourself from "everyday sadists" and other members of the "Dark Tetrad"
4 Reasons Why Your Man Doesn’t Appreciate You Are you suffering from lack of appreciation from your man? If so, you may find the following perspective on men to be very enlightening. It might even spur you into action to get the appreciation you deserve. It’s part of a larger work that I am involved in writing. I...
An Introduction to the Dark Side of Personality The dark side of personality consists of a variety of sometimes beneficial, sometimes harmful characteristics. We describe these in some detail, focusing on the Dark Triad of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy, but also discuss some other approaches that include more characteristics. We provide some benefits and potential downsides for the traits that are listed
Why Are We So Different? In Reology, we learn to celebrate our differences. Instead of judging each other or ourselves, we learn to appreciate our differences and quit expecting others, particularly our romantic partners, to think and be like ourselves. And perhaps we can then, stop trying so hard to change them. As Elie Wiesel...
Imitating to Survive When it comes to teaching values, it's the useless things we do that are the most important
ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” – A Challenge Has Been   With more and more people doing the “Ice Bucket Challenge” Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), (a.k.a Lou Gehrig’s Disease): This is a “progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord…The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. ”  ~...
Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones In contrast to evidence that the amygdala stimulates stress responses in adults, researchers have found that the amygdala has an inhibitory effect on stress hormones during the early development of nonhuman primates. This finding adds to evidence for a developmental switch in amygdala function and connectivity.
White-matter deficits in users of codeine-containing cough syrups An imaging study of chronic users of codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) has found deficits in specific regions of brain white matter and associates these changes with increased impulsivity in codeine-containing cough syrup users. These findings were consistent with results of previous studies of heroin and cocaine addicts. White matter disruptions also correlated with the duration of CCS use.