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Study shows environmental influences may cause autism in some cases Research by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University may help explain how some cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can result from environmental influences rather than gene mutations. The findings, published online today in PLOS Genetics, shed light on why older mothers are at increased risk for having children with ASD and could pave
Research details how developing neurons sense a chemical cue Symmetry is an inherent part of development. As an embryo, an organism’s brain and spinal cord, like the rest of its body, organize themselves into left and right halves as they grow. But a certain set of nerve cells do something unusual: they cross from one side to the other. New research in mice delves
5 Mental Health Heroes #mhmonth2014 Here is the next installment of 5 Mental Health Heroes. Due to time constraints, down to the wire, I am posting them together for now:      ...
Dyane Harwood Mental Health Hero #mhmonth2014 Hi there! My name is Dyane Leshin-Harwood and I am a forty-four-year-old married mom of two little girls. I’ve been a freelance writer for over fifteen years. At age thirty-seven, just after my second daughter was born, I became hypomanic and I experienced the rare condition of hypergraphia, which is...
Jay Glenn Mental Health Hero #mhmonth2014 Jay Glynn is the Chief Executive Officer of Charlotte Behavior Health Care located here in Port Charlotte, Florida. At the beginning of the month,  I started the month off right with a mental health walk where Jay Glynn spoke. “At the event, CEO Jay Glynn, spoke while holding his puppy…Okay,...
Jessica Lynn Gimeno Mental Health Hero #mhmonth2014 I am a mental health blogger, speaker, and advocate. My passion for helping people with mental illnesses (especially young adults) was born out of tragedy. When I was 18-years old, my friend “Dina,” who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, completed suicide. She was the only person who “got” me. After...
Hypersensitive and Frazzled by Facebook hobvias sudoneighm via Compfight I just realized why social media can be so draining. I’ve been kidding myself that the only harm of spending too much time online is that it’s a colossal time waster and gateway to procrastination and avoidance. I just realized the deeper harm lurking beneath the...
From lost memories to brain drugs, a leading neuroscientist answered your questions By Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Barbara Sahakian, professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at Cambridge University, discussed subjects from depression to cognitive enhancing drugs. Here are the highlights. How do nature and nurture interact in neurological disorders, especially depression? (Aleph_Alpha_001) Sahakian: Neuropsychiatric disorders can have
Study finds mode of transportation affects how we feel What mode of transportation makes you happiest? Clemson researchers investigated how emotions like happiness, pain, stress, sadness and fatigue vary during travel and by travel mode in a new study published in the journal Transportation. Utilizing data from the American Time Use Survey, collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the researchers were able to determine the average mood felt
Study suggests strong link between depression and early death among seniors with diabetes People with diabetes have about double the risk of premature death as people of the same age without diabetes. Studies also have shown that they have about twice the odds of suffering from depression, which further increases their mortality risk. A new UCLA-led study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that among adults
Narcissists can feel empathy, research finds Narcissists tend to lack empathy, which can cause problems for themselves, the people around them and society in general. However, new research published today from the University of Surrey, suggests that with the right focus, people with narcissistic tendencies can feel empathy for another person’s suffering. This may be important in helping to prevent the
Hero or Sissy? Study explores perception of injured athletes NFL teams shoulder most of the blame for players’ injuries and sports journalists can shift football cultural norms toward valuing players who put their health first. These are the key findings of a new study authored by Clemson University researchers Jimmy Sanderson and Melinda Weathers that examined health and safety issues in sports. It was published in the journal Communication &
You Won’t Be Able to Forget This Novel Why am I devoting a whole post to a single novel? Anthony Doerr’s "All the Light We Cannot See" is a masterpiece, and writers can learn a lot from it.
Empathy: It’s a Win-Win Situation At a family holiday dinner last week, it finally dawned on me that certain people I consider smart and beautiful consider themselves stupid and hideous. Granted, I spent most of my life considering myself occasionally stupid and more or less hideous, but no one has ever considered me beautiful, so...
Mental Health Heroes: My Kids and #MentalHealthMonth Mental Health Humor’s month long Cartoon-A-Thon of Mental Health Heroes for May’s Mental Health Month is NOT over…Even though, I’ve been incognito most of the month. As my regular readers and Facebook friends know by my last to blog posts, I’ve had a hard time the last couple months with...
Quiz: What's Your Self-Compassion Style? Do you put others needs ahead of your own? Do you feel guilty if you take time out for yourself? Do you think you don't deserve self-care? Take this quiz and learn tips that will help.
Additional Questions to Spark Self-Discovery Last month we explored various questions to help you get to know yourself better. Self-discovery is powerful. “ It is at the core of living a joyful, fully self-expressed life,” said Mara Glatzel, MSW, an intuitive life and business coach who helps women create lives brimming with ease, self-care...
How To Get a Narcissist to Feel Empathy A simple technique to help narcissists develop more fellow-feeling.→ 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:Are Narcissists As Sexy As They Think? Art Elevates the Mind by Increasing Empathy, Critical Thinking and Tolerance The Psychology of Storytelling and Empathy, Animated Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse Powerful People Feel Taller Than They Really Are
Level of addiction to tobacco measured by new virtual platform In Mexico, 21.7 percent of the population smokes, which is associated with 95 percent of (lung cancer cases and the development of 29 more different conditions. A citizen science project titled "Are you smoking away?" is part of the venture "Science that Breathes" that makes available a tool that leads to answer a series of questions about the perceptions that people have about smoking.
Are You A Doormat? Yes, I went for a provocative title.   I know people are not doormats, but let’s face it, sometimes we all have occasions where we act like it.  But if you find that you’re habitually getting walked on, it might be time to make some changes. This is actually a...