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Mutations in life’s ‘essential genes’ tied to autism Genes known to be essential to life–the ones humans need to survive and thrive in the womb–also play a critical role in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), suggests a new study from Penn Medicine geneticists published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. An analysis of genetic samples of [...]
Study: When focused we process information continuously rather than in waves as previously thought You’re in a crowded lecture theatre. Around you are a million tiny distractions: someone rustling in their bag; a door opening for latecomers; a phone vibrating or lighting up; another listener having a snack; a pen dropping on the floor. However, you remain focused, concentrating on the speaker, listening and engaging with the talk. But, [...]
Antipsychotic drug use increases risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer’s disease Antipsychotic drug use is associated with a 60 percent increased risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk was highest at the beginning of drug use and remained increased in long-term use. Use of two or more antipsychotic drugs concomitantly was associated with [...]
The Social Club: A Shelter in the Storm “Hey, Matt, come with me. I am going to my satellite office. Bring your laptop; you can do some work,” Uncle John said. As I hurriedly grabbed my belongings, I visualized Uncle John’s office. It was probably a nondescript building tucked in a tony Minneapolis … ...
Rock music impairs men’s performance when playing the board game Operation Men should avoid rock music when playing board games, say scientists Mozart may enhance a man’s performance in board games – while AC/DC may hinder their chances, according to new research. The scientists behind the study, from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, say classical music may be the best option for [...]
How hearing loss can change the way nerve cells are wired It’s winter, and your head is stuffed up from the cold or flu. Everything sounds muffled. If this has ever happened to you, you may have experienced conductive hearing loss, which occurs when sound can’t travel freely from the outer and middle ear to the inner ear. Other common causes include ear infections in children, [...]
Type of psychotherapy matters in treatment of irritable bowel syndrome Worldwide, roughly one adult in 10 suffers from a painful and sometimes debilitating condition called irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Previous studies have found that, on average, psychotherapy is just as effective as medications in reducing the severity of symptoms of this gastrointestinal disorder and the type of psychotherapy did not seem to matter. Now, [...]
Catholics more committed to workplace than evangelicals are, study finds Catholics are more emotionally committed to their workplaces than are Evangelicals — and people with strong attachments to God, regardless of their faith group, are more committed to their jobs when they work for smaller companies, according to a Baylor University study. Meanwhile, people who are not affiliated with a particular faith tradition are the [...]
Healing from Trauma: 8 Helpful Tips Healing from trauma can be a long and debilitating process, leading to confusion, feelings of helplessness/hopelessness, self-doubt, difficulty making decisions, and trusting one’s instincts. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling … ...
Research unlocks clues to language-based learning in children According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), one in five individuals are impacted by language-based learning disabilities — one of the most common being dyslexia, which involves difficulty in reading or interpreting words, letters and other symbols. Now, a new study from the University of Missouri that focuses on typically learning children, has [...]
Scientists identify the neurons that paralyze us during REM sleep During REM sleep, the brain inhibits the motor system, which makes the sleeper completely immobile. CNRS researchers working in the Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon (CNRS/Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1/INSERM/Université Jean Monnet) have identified a population of neurons that is responsible for this transient muscle paralysis. The animal model created will shed light [...]
Drug Addiction And Recovery Several emotional or psychological reasons may drive you into taking drugs. At times it is mere curiosity that propels you to develop an addiction to drugs over time. Drug addiction … ...
Should Self-Loathers Be Entrepreneurial Toward Dating? Can adopting an entrepreneurial spirit, such as relationship writer Neely Steinberg recommends, help the self-loathing to jump into the dating world? I think so, and here's why...
Sobriety Can Mean Working on More Than One Issue...     Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Recovery doesn’t either. Too many times in our substance abusing haze we developed co-occurring afflictions. For addicts and alcoholics, we often allow … ...
Kangaroo mother care helps premature babies thrive 20 years later Better behaved, larger brains, higher paychecks: a new groundbreaking study finds that Kangaroo Mother Care has enduring benefits 20 years later.
5 Stages Of Grieving Creative Loss When one of your screenplays gets rejected it’s only natural that you’ll go through a kind of mourning process. You’ve invested so much psychic energy over months and even years, … ...
Neurons paralyze us during REM sleep During REM sleep, the brain inhibits the motor system, which makes the sleeper completely immobile. Researchers have identified a population of neurons that is responsible for this transient muscle paralysis. The animal model created will shed light on the origin of some paradoxical sleep disorders, and more particularly the condition that prevents this paralysis. It will also be most useful in the study of Parkinson's disease, since these pathologies are related.
Coping Ahead for the Holidays: 3 Skill Videos Why is Family a Trigger? Ever wonder why your family can push your buttons like no one else? . . Because they installed them of course! Your pet peeves, triggers, … ...
Coping Ahead for the Holidays: 3 Skills Videos Why Family is a Trigger? Ever wonder why your family can push your buttons like no one else? . . Because they installed them of course! Your pet peeves, triggers, … ...
Today I Love Words Of Wisdom Today I love words of wisdom from surprising places, people finding the right way to express their feelings and emotions and likes and loves and desires. I love words that … ...