|Nationwide study finds U.S. newspaper reporting of suicide linked with some teenage suicide clusters
||Heightened newspaper coverage after a suicide might have a significant impact on the initiation of some teenage suicide clusters, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study reveals that the content of media reports is also important, with more prominent stories (ie, published on the front page) and those that describe the suicide
|Many Ivy League students don’t view ADHD medication misuse as cheating
||Nearly one in five students at an Ivy League college reported misusing a prescription stimulant while studying, and one-third of students did not view such misuse as cheating, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Stimulants are used to
|When it comes to classes, small is better
||Small classes, especially in the first four years of school, can have an important and lasting impact on student achievement, a new report shows. In a review of over 100 papers from 1979-2014, education expert Dr David Zyngier from Monash University’s Faculty of Educationlooked at whether the conclusions reached on the effect of smaller class sizes still hold
|Responsibility in Relationships: Stop Playing the Blame Game
||I often find it valuable to take commonplace sayings, or “rules” and, rather than just accept them at face value, “take them for a ride” to see if they ring true. Most of us have heard the saying, “Others only treat you the way you allow them to.” The hard...
|Taking Notes On Your Laptop Could Be Ruining Your Test Scores
Many people take notes during interviews, presentations and lectures not with pen and paper, but with a laptop. But a newly published study concludes that people actually remember better when they've taken handwritten notes, rather than typed ones. In fact, studying from typed notes could actually hurt your test scores....
|Extreme sleep durations may affect brain health in later life
||A new research study led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in May, shows an association between midlife and later life sleeping habits with memory; and links extreme sleep durations to worse memory in later life. The study suggests that extreme changes in sleep duration from middle age
|Cyber buddy is better than ‘no buddy’
||A Michigan State University researcher is looking to give exercise enthusiasts the extra nudge they need during a workout, and her latest research shows that a cyber buddy can help. The study, which appears in the Games for Health Journal, is the first to indicate that although a human partner is still a better motivator
|Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making
||The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a collective faces a variety of factors — as often happens in life and nature. Instead, Princeton University researchers report that smaller groups actually tend to make more accurate decisions while larger assemblies
|Novel compound halts cocaine addiction and relapse behaviors
||A novel compound that targets an important brain receptor has a dramatic effect against a host of cocaine addiction behaviors, including relapse behavior, a University at Buffalo animal study has found. The research provides strong evidence that this may be a novel lead compound for treating cocaine addiction, for which no effective medications exist. The
|Some astronauts at risk for cognitive impairment, animal studies suggest
||Johns Hopkins scientists report that rats exposed to high-energy particles, simulating conditions astronauts would face on a long-term deep space mission, show lapses in attention and slower reaction times, even when the radiation exposure is in extremely low dose ranges. The cognitive impairments — which affected a large subset, but far from all, of the
|3 Ways Marriage Counseling Can Help Your Relationship
||Recently, an otherwise happily married couple found themselves in the midst of some difficult communication problems. According to him, he can’t talk to her about important relationship issues that arise, so they never resolve them. She thinks that she simply gets over issues faster than he does and talking rarely...
|Get Your Elders Online For Their Mental Health
||Despite the psychological benefits, 70% of US retirees are not online, study finds.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Combat
||After decades of exclusion, women may now serve equally with men throughout the military, including in combat. In the long term this will enable women to enter the ranks of the most senior leadership positions in our Nation’s military service.
|Why Your Teen Might Not Talk to You
||Teen suicide is way more common than you’d think. 1 in 12 teenagers have attempted suicide, according to a 2012 report. And the idea that people who talk about killing themselves are not actually going to try has long been proven to be a fallacy. If someone is talking about...
|Discrimination associated with mental health woes in black teens: Racism a common 'toxic stressor'
||The vast majority of African-American and Afro-Caribbean youth face racial discrimination, and these experiences are associated with an increased risk of mental health problems.
|Common Mistakes Adults with ADHD Make in Managing the
||When you’re managing any disorder, you’re bound to make mistakes. (Life is filled with them.) For instance, making mistakes when managing ADHD symptoms is normal, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. It’s “part of the journey.” Also,...
|How To Love Better
||Can we learn to love better? Can we make our intimate relationships feel like a haven, be deeper, more peaceful and more meaningful? To a great degree, we can. And we do this by learning to speak to each other in a different way—a whole new conversation. If we can...
|Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth
||When the economy hits the skids, government stimulus checks to the poor sometimes follow. Stimulus programs — such as those in 2001, 2008 and 2009 — are designed to boost the economy quickly by getting cash into the hands of people likely to turn around and spend it. But sending cash to just the very
|New study links inflammation in those with PTSD to changes in microRNA
||With a new generation of military veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a prominent concern in American medical institutions and the culture at-large. Estimates indicate that as many as 35 percent of personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. New research from the University of South
|Researchers build new ‘off switch’ to shut down neural activity
||Nearly a decade ago, the era of optogenetics was ushered in with the development of channelrhodopsins, light-activated ion channels that can, with the flick of a switch, instantaneously turn on neurons in which they are genetically expressed. What has lagged behind, however, is the ability to use light to inactivate neurons with an equal level