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Average Terror In hero-worship we attribute wishful powers to a leader or a lover in hopes that they can protect us. When heroes abuse you and hero-worship starts turning into self-hatred, it's time for a fresh look at the flip side: the terror of the average life.
Best of Our Blogs: June 24, 2014 It’s officially summertime. Do longer days and hot weather signal relaxation and fun to you or do  you dread it? Would you rather crawl into a black cloud and wait until the all too sunny season is over? Difficulty happens at every season. Loss creeps up when we least expect...
Body Image And Self-Care: On Asking For Support Last week I wrote about how we can ask for what we need. Because we can’t expect others to read our minds. And we can’t expect them to decipher our hints, jokes or passive-aggressive remarks. That’s why it’s key to be clear, direct, humble and polite. Sometimes, though, we might...
Let Go of Self-Esteem: 4 Ideas to Truly Feel People come to me in my private practice and request that I help them build their self-esteem so they can be more resilient in life. I think they’re on the wrong track. While having a healthy amount of self-esteem can be helpful, there are aspects of self-esteem – and the...
Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis use Genes that increase the risk of a person developing schizophrenia may also increase the chance they will use cannabis.
It's time to get your brain in shape In honor of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, learn how exercising your neurons can improve memory and stave off dementia.
Fatal cellular malfunction identified in Huntington's disease Researchers believe they have learned how mutations in the gene that causes Huntington’s disease kill brain cells, a finding that could open new opportunities for treating the fatal disorder. Huntington's disease is caused by a defect in the huntingtin gene, which makes the huntingtin protein. Life expectancy after initial onset is about 20 years.
Study finds that learning by repetition impairs recall of details When learning, practice doesn’t always make perfect. UC Irvine neurobiologists Zachariah Reagh and Michael Yassa have found that while repetition enhances the factual content of memories, it can reduce the amount of detail stored with those memories. This means that with repeated recall, nuanced aspects may fade away. In the study, which appears this month in Learning [...]
Understanding the mechanics of the eye could help treat degenerative disease By Riaz Akhtar, University of Liverpool When people think about biomechanics in health it’s more than likely they will think of treatments related to the human musculoskeletal system, such as treating knee injuries or osteoarthritis. But this field of research, which involves understanding biological systems through mechanics, has many more applications, including its use in [...]
Gestures that speak: Gesticulating while speaking is not just a ‘colorful’ habit Have you ever found yourself gesticulating – and felt a bit stupid for it – while talking on the phone? You’re not alone: it happens very often that people accompany their speech with hand gestures, sometimes even when no one can see them. Why can’t we keep still while speaking? “Because gestures and words very [...]
Fatty liver is linked to maternal use of the SSRI antidepressant fluoxetine Adult offspring of mothers who used fluoxetine, a common antidepressant, during pregnancy were more likely to develop a fatty liver, a new animal study has found. The results will be reported Saturday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. “When mothers take antidepressants during [...]
USA is Depressed and Anxious: Top 10 Psychiatric Medications Taste the Rainbow Mental Health Humor cartoon 100% compliance might be more realistic than humorous. Here a depressing thought, Of ALL the Psychiatric Medications Prescribed in 2013 the top 8 were for Depression… It’s enough to make you sick with worry ~ but Hey, the other 2 meds were for...
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Vitamin D can lower weight, blood sugar via the brain Vitamin D treatment acts in the brain to improve weight and blood glucose (sugar) control in obese rats, according to a new study presented Saturday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. “Vitamin D deficiency occurs often in obese people and in patients with [...]
Bisexual men face unique challenges to their sexual health Bisexual men have many unmet public health needs, which leave them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other health problems. This new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illuminates the behavioral, interpersonal, and social realities of men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), and it explores possible interventions [...]
The Funeral My aunt — my mother´s youngest sister — left a chilling message on my cousin´s voicemail. “Suzanne has to be institutionalized,” she pronounced without conscience or hesitation. “Don’t enable her delusions.” Just like that. Suzanne was bipolar so she should be committed; lose her freedom, her rights. My aunt, whose...
#104 Peace Begins with Parenting Bart via Compfight Bart via Compfight I’m no Miss America but I want to propose a change in our parenting practices that has the potential to raise a generation of champions for peace.  I am talking about rearing a cohort of children who would embrace nonviolence; a group for whom...
High blood sugar causes brain changes that raise depression risk Researchers have found a possible biological reason why people with diabetes are prone to depression. A new study shows that high blood glucose (sugar) levels in patients with Type 1 diabetes increase the levels of a brain neurotransmitter associated with depression, and alter the connections between regions of the brain that control emotions. The results [...]
How to choose the best educational app for your child By Natalia Kucirkova, The Open University Parents and teachers have long been given guidance on which books can help children learn but no such help is on offer when it comes to apps. The bad news is, definite recommendations may be a long time coming. The good news, though, is that we already know a [...]
Long-term care must be improved to aid rising numbers with dementia, study finds As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers, a new RAND Corporation study says — and it offers possible ways to do so. Unlike other, existing national plans [...]