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Weight bias plagues U.S. elections Overweight political candidates tend to receive fewer votes than their thinner opponents, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University weight bias expert. While past research has found weight discrimination in schools, businesses, entertainment and other facets of American society, this is the first scientific investigation into whether that bias extends to election
Fluoridating water does not lower IQ New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ. The researchers were testing the contentious claim that exposure to levels of fluoride used in community water fluoridation is toxic to the developing brain and can cause IQ
Egg Freezing: A Modern Fertility Conundrum Is age-related egg freezing a good idea for women to try to preserve their fertility?
Does birth control impact women’s choice of sexual partners? Birth control is used worldwide by more than 60 million women. Since its introduction, it has changed certain aspects of women’s lives including family roles, gender roles and social life. New research in The Journal of Sexual Medicinefound a link between birth control and women’s preferences for psychophysical traits in a sexual mate. The researchers utilized
Team studies EEGs in the ER to improve seizure diagnosis and care Even though it could impact their admission or care in the hospital, few seizing patients receive a diagnostic electroencephalogram, or EEG, in the emergency department, says a new study presented this week by University of Cincinnati researchers. The research team, led by assistant professor of emergency medicine and neurosurgery William Knight, MD, looked at the
Study shows dementia patients benefit from holistic exercise program While dementia patients can often suffer from depression and declining physical and mental ability, exercise has been shown to help improve both their physical and psychological wellbeing. Researchers at Teesside University in the U.K. investigated how combining cognitive activities and elements of yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation with routine physical exercise affected dementia patients.
Teens who participate in sports show lower levels of hazardous drinking New research in Criminal Behavior and Mental Health aimed to find the relationship between participation in organized sports and an increase in hazardous drinking. Unlike previous research, the study focused on an underrepresented group – young offenders – adolescents who were either excluded from school or involved with the justice system. 93 British male young offenders from
#96 The Empty Nest Thomas Hawk via Compfight What had happened to all this reciprocity I’ve been ballyhooing—this balancing of parenthood?  I was clearly at the bottom end of the see-saw, and I saw no way to get up. The signs were there. The leave-taking had been positive in many ways—allowing the boys to...
Men with Borderline Personality Disorder Prior experience of abuse, neglect, or abandonment--which men are loathe to share--is a cause of BPD in men just as it is in women
Hiding Behind Your Phone? As technology advances, certain ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ continue to manifest. Among the pros: We can readily be in touch with friends and family; simple text messages yield instant communication. Among the cons: Scrolling through the Internet on your smartphone during a party may remove you from the moment. But what...
Madness! What Emotional Disorder Was Omitted from the DSM V? What pervasive cognitive/emotional/behavioral disorder was left out of the new diagnostic manual for emotional disorders? Here's some hints: What emotion most frequently gets you in trouble? What behavior of others most quickly leads to your wanting to avoid them?
5 Ways You May Be Unwittingly Inviting Rejection Rejection. It’s the greatest social fear. Who enjoys being hurt and rejected? Yet, so many of us unwittingly walking into rejection again and again. We feel consistently disregarded, hurt, isolated and betrayed in our personal and professional relationships. A pattern of feeling rejected leads to resentment and even depression. In...
Japan is a Loser’s Paradise If you lose your wallet, camera, cell phone or anything else of value, you stand a much better chance of recovering the item in Tokyo than in New York City.
Brain steroids make good dads: Fish study provides insight Insights from a highly social fish can help understand how other androgenic steroids, like testosterone, can shape a male's parenting skills. Once bluebanded gobies become fathers, they stay close to the developing eggs, vigorously fan and rub them until they hatch, and also protect them from mothers who would eat them.
Few seizing patients receive EEGs in emergency department, research finds Even though it could impact their admission or care in the hospital, few seizing patients receive a diagnostic electroencephalogram, or EEG, in the emergency department, says a new study. The team studied the use of EEGs to diagnose status epilepticus, a life-threatening condition in which the brain is in a state of persistent seizure for more than five minutes.
New MRI analysis predicts which stroke patients will be helped — or seriously harmed — by clot-busting treatment A technique that can predict — with 95 percent accuracy — which stroke victims will benefit from intravenous, clot-busting drugs and which will suffer dangerous and potentially lethal bleeding in the brain has been developed by researchers. In an ischemic stroke, a blood clot is stuck in a vessel, cutting off blood flow to a portion of the brain, which will begin to die the longer the clot remains. When patients come to the hospital within a few hours of suffering an ischemic stroke, doctors quickly move to give intravenous tPA, hoping that it will dissolve the clot without causing additional damage.
Friends with Benefits   I just returned from my college reunion where I spent the weekend with over 500 of my college classmates. I can safely say that I laughed harder in 48 hours than I’ve laughed in all of 2014. It was wonderful and I’m convinced that the feelings will carry over...
Introducing Bipolar Parenting Parenting is hard work. Ask any parent and they’ll admit as much (if they’re being honest!). Imagine, however, parenting with an invisible handicap that many people don’t understand. Yet that’s what millions of parents face every day when they have a mental health concern like bipolar disorder or depression, and...
Three Tips To Help Calm Your Anger Anger can feel like an overwhelming wave of pain and rage. Learn these three tips to help you manage your angry outbursts....
Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can't A brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head has been advanced by new research. The improvement avoids the radiation exposure and bulky magnets the others require. The new optical approach to brain scanning is ideally suited for children and for patients with electronic implants, such as pacemakers, cochlear implants and deep brain stimulators (used to treat Parkinson's disease).