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What is Heart Rate Variability? And Why Does it Matter? How emotionally flexible are you?
Get Overwhelmed? Maybe This Easy Grounding Kit Can Summer. A season when we break routines. Maybe school is out. Maybe you’re going on vacation. Maybe you’re covering for other people who are going on vacation. Even good change causes stress, so it’s smart to stay aware that even these good breaks can bring stress and throw us off...
Computers can now accurately judge how masculine or feminine your face is Computers can mimic human perception of gender, according to new research published in the prestigious international journal PLOS One. A multi-disciplinary team of three computer scientists and two human anatomy experts at The University of Western Australia has, for the first time, developed a mathematical model that matches the gender scores people give to human faces [...]
How size-related food labels impact how much we eat Just what size is a “small” drink—8 ounces, 12 ounces, 16 ounces? The truth is, those are all “small” sizes depending on what restaurants and fast food joints you go to. As customers, we are used to ordering food based on relative size, but according to a new study from Cornell University, these seemingly standard [...]
Americans more likely to become depressed from job loss than Europeans due to lack of safety net A new study published online in the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE) shows that while job loss is associated with depressive symptoms in both the USA and Europe, the effects of job loss due to plant closure are much stronger in American workers as compared with European workers. The ‘Great Recession’ of 2008 caused significant [...]
The effectiveness of PTSD treatment provided by the Defense Department and VA is unknown The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should track the outcomes of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) provided to service members and veterans and develop a coordinated and comprehensive strategy to do so, says a new congressionally mandated report from the Institute of Medicine. Without tracking outcomes, neither DOD nor VA knows [...]
Antidepressant use during pregnancy may lead to childhood obesity and diabetes Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may be unknowingly predisposing their infants to type 2 diabetes and obesity later in life, according to new research from McMaster University. The study finds a correlation between the use of the medication fluoxetine during pregnancy and an increased risk of obesity and diabetes in children. Currently, up to [...]
Researchers discover how neurons equalize between excitation and inhibition Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a fundamental mechanism by which the brain maintains its internal balance. The mechanism, described in the June 22 advanced online publication of the journalNature, involves the brain’s most basic inner wiring and the processes that control whether a neuron relays information to [...]
Architecture of signaling proteins enhances knowledge of key cell receptors A team of scientists from Duke Medicine, the University of Michigan and Stanford University has determined the underlying architecture of a cellular signaling complex involved in the body’s response to stimuli such as light and pain. This complex, consisting of a human cell surface receptor and its regulatory protein, reveals a two-step mechanism that has [...]
Brain's balancing act discovered: Wiring determines if neurons communicate A fundamental mechanism by which the brain maintains its internal balance has been discovered by researchers. The mechanism involves the brain's most basic inner wiring and the processes that control whether a neuron relays information to other neurons or suppresses the transmission of information.
Researchers find gene critical for development of brain motor center In a report published today in Nature Communications, an Ottawa-led team of researchers describe the role of a specific gene, called Snf2h, in the development of the cerebellum. Snf2h is required for the proper development of a healthy cerebellum, a master control centre in the brain for balance, fine motor control and complex physical movements. Athletes and [...]
Checking In With Yourself We spend a lot of time checking in with our clients to determine what they need and how best we can assist.  However, sometimes it’s harder to remember to check in with yourself.  It is crucial to our well-being that we pay attention to our own needs. Here are a...
Playful And Powerful Quotes on Food, Cooking & Eating When we’re trying to eat intuitively and ditch our dieting mentality, it can feel like we’re a party of one. Everywhere we look, we see ads for weight-loss programs, diet foods and diet pills. We’re shamed and blamed about our food choices (you better not eat that if you want...
10 Habits for a Happy Marriage The key to a happy marriage is the quality of your habits, according to therapists Ashley Davis Bush and Daniel Arthur Bush. Thankfully, healthy habits can be learned. In their book 75 Habits for a Happy Marriage Davis Bush, LICSW, and Bush, Ph.D, share a variety of practical, valuable tips...
Introvert, Know Thyself Above All In this golden age for introverts, let's not forget the value and wonder of human complexity.
Expert Advice: 4 Great Tips for a Lasting Relationship A round-up of love advice from the pros. There are so many people who are either looking for love or are constantly talking about how to save their relationships. I remember having many of those conversations with friends. We were all either in difficult relationships or had been single for...
New study may explain why stress can cause heart attacks Stress can cause an overproduction of white blood cells, which can contribute to blockages.
Are Stressed Out Moms the New Prescription Pill Poppers? One of the most fundamental components of a healthy childhood is a child’s attachment to their parents. But children whose moms struggle with prescription drug addiction get a less than idyllic start. They learn that Mommy’s too sick to drive or too tired to play. Or Mommy goes through long...
Summer Review, Summer Preview for School Success in the Dear Friends, I know we are all breathing a sigh of relief to finally get finished with the school year and into the blissful mood of summer ease and relaxation. It’s so satisfying and empowering to accomplish some small academic goal by September.  Just 10-20 minutes of studying every day...
There’s no ‘rushing women’s syndrome’ — but hormones do affect mental health By Jayashri Kulkarni, Monash University Political controversies often use the suffix “gate“ to embellish their significance. In pop psychology, the equivalent is the made-up “syndrome”, which involves a combination of symptoms and circumstances to explain behaviours and reactions. The latest is “rushing women’s syndrome”, which former swimmer Lisa Curry used to explain her hormonal shifts [...]