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Can omega-3 help prevent Alzheimer's disease? Brain SPECT imaging shows possible link The incidence of Alzheimer's disease is expected to triple in the coming decades and no cure has been found. Recently, interest in dietary approaches for prevention of cognitive decline has increased. In particular, the omega-3 fatty acids have shown anti-amyloid, anti-tau and anti-inflammatory actions in the brains of animals.
Is Suicide Contagion Real? With the popularity of the Netflix hit teenage high school show, “13 Reasons Why,” there’s been some debate among mental health care professionals and researchers as to whether an actual “suicide contagion” exists. Would such a contagion effect apply to something like a fictional TV … ...
Survival of the Scaredest Why are we more afraid of insects than guns? Our emotions and perceptions are evolutionary products, and we can blame genetics for our infested minds.
Do Your Best “Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.” – Don Miguel Ruiz The recommendation to do your best comes up a lot in general conversation, especially from well-meaning friends and family members, but also from bosses and co-workers. … ...
10 Keys to Recovery The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.
Regret Over Missed Opportunities May Drive Risk Taking Often it’s the things we didn’t do that we regret the most – not the things we did do but shouldn’t have. And when we take risks in life, often it’s because we realize that sometimes it’s worse to not do something and then regret what we missed out on...
Study shows differences in brain activity between men, women who are obese A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to overeating.
Scientists to test Zika virus on brain tumors In a revolutionary first, scientists will test whether the Zika virus can destroy brain tumor cells, potentially leading to new treatments for one of the hardest to treat cancers.  
Flies the key to studying the causes of dementia A research team has studied two structurally-similar proteins in the adult brain and have found that they play distinct roles in the development of dementia.
Best of Our Blogs: May 19, 2017 Lately, I’ve been into radical self-care. Some days this means lying in bed. Other days it means walking barefoot in the grass. Rest is not easy for me. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is active and engaged, and I am but an observer. … ...
10 Mental Health Accounts You Need To Follow on Instagram Instagram has it all—cute cat videos, hilarious memes and way too many photos of food. But did you know that there are also some great mental health accounts on there? In recognition of the millions of people who share their stories around mental health every day on the social media platform, Instagram started the #hereforyou […]
6 Ways to Mindfully Manage Tough Emotions Open yourself up to your emotions instead of fighting them. Let’s get real here. For most of us, life is fast-paced and chock full of family, relationship, and work stressors. This reality, along with the ever-increasing pressures of technology and society at large, can really … ...
Why Are Some States "Tighter" Than Others? State-level differences in making and enforcing rules can help us understand why illicit drug use is lower—and levels of cautiousness are higher—in the South than in the West.
Brain fights West Nile Virus in unexpected way A biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls up the body's defenses. Neurons might be protected by this otherwise self-demise mechanism because they are non-renewable and too important to kill off.
Being Parents of a Perfectionist Being parents of a perfectionist: For some parents it’s a dream, for others a nightmare. For the kids, it trends toward the latter.
Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognition By studying rhesus monkeys, researchers have identified a brain network dedicated to processing social interactions -- a discovery that offers tantalizing clues to the origins of our ability to understand what other people are thinking.
Pain, Creativity, and Secret Notebook Excerpts If you own (or used to own) a diary, have you ever looked through your past entries in an unsuspectingly good mood and found yourself offended by your own depressive writings? Don’t worry, you may not quite be the Negative Nancy that your diary paints … ...
Studies link healthy brain aging to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood Two new studies link patterns of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood to the integrity of brain structures and cognitive abilities that are known to decline early in aging. The studies add to the evidence that dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can promote healthy aging, the researchers said. Further research is needed to test this hypothesis, they said.
Data sharing can offer help in science's reproducibility crisis Criticism that researchers in the psychological and brain sciences are failing to reproduce studies -- a key step in the scientific method -- may have more to do with the complexity of managing data, rather than an attempt to hide methods and results, according to researchers.
Exposure to alcohol before birth may make drinking more appealing to teens Fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) reduces the taste system’s responsiveness to the bitter flavor and burning sensation of many varieties of alcoholic beverages, new research shows. These factors make alcohol unappealing to some people, but, for reasons that are unclear, are less of a deterrent in young people exposed to alcohol before birth.