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Courts face challenges when linking genetics to criminal behavior Studies suggest that some people may be at increased risk of criminal behavior due to their genes. Such research holds potential for helping judges and juries with some of the difficult decisions they must make, but it also brings a substantial risk of misinterpretation and misuse within the legal system. Addressing these issues will be
How high blood pressure in middle age may affect memory in old age New research suggests that high blood pressure in middle age plays a critical role in whether blood pressure in old age may affect memory and thinking. The study is published in the June 4, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our findings bring new insight into the relationship
Locked, loaded & feeling low: Dangers of gun ownership in the elderly In the United States the debate around gun ownership often focuses on teenagers; however, research shows that elderly Americans are the most likely to own a gun and that presents both medical and legal problems for physicians and carers. Writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Ellen Pinholt explores these issues and proposes
Brain protein may explain depression in pre-menopausal women Women nearing menopause have higher levels of a brain protein linked to depression than both younger and menopausal women, a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. This finding may explain the high rates of first-time depression seen among women in this transitional stage of life, known as perimenopause. “This
Genes and adversity linked to crime in incarcerated sample Researchers at Sam Houston State University have found a genetic characteristic that interacts with childhood adversity to predict higher rates of crime in an incarcerated sample. The study is the first in a series that will examine contributions of genetic and environmental variations to criminal behavior. Published in Psychiatric Genetics, this study examines the role of
Multilingual or not, infants learn words best when it sounds like home Growing up in a multilingual home has many advantages, but many parents worry that exposure to multiple languages might delay language acquisition. New research could now lay some of these multilingual myths to rest, thanks to a revealing study that shows both monolingual and bilingual infants learn a new word best from someone with a
To Intervene, or Not to Intervene? When conflicts break out in bars, how often and under what circumstances do other people get involved?
Light treatment improves sleep, depression, agitation in Alzheimer’s A new study suggests that light treatment tailored to increase circadian stimulation during the day may improve sleep, depression and agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Results show that exposure to the tailored light treatment during daytime hours for four weeks significantly increased sleep quality, efficiency and total sleep duration. It also
Dad’s alcohol consumption could influence sons’ drinking Even before conception, a son’s vulnerability for alcohol use disorders could be shaped by a father who chronically drinks to excess, according to a new animal study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, published online Wednesday in PLOS ONE, show male mice that were chronically exposed to alcohol before breeding had male
The Phenomenon of the Selfie Back in 2005-2006, when MySpace emerged on the social networking scene, I’d be in the backyard snapping photos of myself for my profile picture. “Lauren, you can point the camera to the outside world, you know.” Oh right, that. My mom did have a point or two, but it was...
Dating the Dark Triad The Dark Triad describes a personality structure consisting of subclinical narcissism, subclinical psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. Such a personality profile can influence romantic partner communication in numerous ways; this article highlights a few of those ways.
How To Make Your Very Own “I Don’t Suck” File I call it an “I don’t suck” file. A more positive name would probably be an I am enough file. You can call it whatever you want, but on days when it feels like we can’t do anything write (like pick the, er, right homonym), a concrete reminder that we...
Iowa revamps harsh HIV criminalization law Advocates hailed the bill signing as a historic victory that culminated after years of lobbying on the behalf of convicted Iowans.
Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein, study finds After a night of no sleep, even a healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the protein that forms the signature tangles in Alzheimer’s disease.
For new college grads, finding mental health care can be tough Young adults with a mental health condition who don't have steady jobs or stable paychecks find it difficult to find and pay for mental health providers.
#101 A Brief Glimpse of Heaven Emilio García via Compfight I was privileged to hold my mother in my arms when she died. Knowing how ill she was, Aaron had come from college to visit her and spend the weekend. He had always had a special bond with her, born in part by the uncommon physical...
New gene involved in Parkinson's disease found, finding that may result in new treatments A new gene involved in Parkinson’s disease has been identified by a team of researchers, a finding that may one day provide a target for a new drug to prevent and potentially even cure the debilitating neurological disorder. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease, and there is no cure for the progressive and devastating illness. About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year.
Don’t Give Up When He (Or She) Won’t Open Up Twelve steps to getting unstuck. One of the most frequently-voiced complaints that we hear from our clients and students (and admittedly, it usually tends to be women who we are hearing it from) is “He won’t talk to me.” “I can’t get him to open up. No matter what I do,...
Depressed in Summer? It May Be Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is usually something that wrecks your mood during the dark, cold months of winter. But for some people, summer is the time they feel the worst. It's called reverse SAD, and neuroscientists are just beginning to understand how it works....
How Do You Get Narcissists To Care About Other People? Narcissists are notoriously bad at empathizing, often to the detriment of their personal and professional relationships. So how do you get an egoist to imagine himself in someone else's shoes? Believe it or not, it could be as simple as asking him to do just that....