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Study finds differences in obesity rates between kids with and without autism Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be more likely to be obese and stay obese during adolescence than their peers without ASD, according to a new epidemiological study led by researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and published online in Childhood Obesity in advance of print. Previous studies have found that [...]
Female brain volume changes in sync with hormones, study finds Although it has already been known for some time that the brain does not remain rigid in its structure even in adulthood, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences made a surprising discovery: The brain is not only able to adapt to changing conditions in long-term processes, but it can [...]
Some children are genetically predisposed to overeating in response to television food ads Exposure to food ads on television leads to overeating among children, especially those genetically predisposed to obesity, researchers at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the C. Everett Koop Institute have shown. In the Dartmouth study, a particular gene that has been linked previously to obesity is now shown to play a role in overeating [...]
Designer brain receptors used in preclinical study to suppress cocaine seeking Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have used viruses to infect neurons with genes that allow them to switch on brain receptors involved in suppressing addiction relapse. Results of these preclinical studies were published in the September 28th, 2016 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The technology, called designer receptors exclusively activated by [...]
The President's Personality Are there certain personality traits that help predict the success of a president? Do our current candidates embody these? Emotions expert Dr. Paul Ekman weighs in.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much One of my patients was very distressed.  We worked on talking her down many times.  She could differentiate reality from fantasy.  She could tell worry from pain.  She could distinguish this moment … ...
What Is Complicated Bereavement? Earlier this year I lost a loved one and I’ve never experienced death before so when it happened, I was lost. The whole process was new and strange to me. … ...
6 Antidepressant Side Effects I Didn’t See Coming To say it’s a game-changer would be the understatement of the year. In recent years, depression had become more widely understood. This has been, in many ways, fantastic for those of us who suffer from what is sometimes referred to as “the black dog.” At … ...
Infidelity and Mental Health: 7 Stressors Betrayal in an intimate or otherwise romantic relationship occurs when a partner lies, cheats, engages in deceptive language or behaviors, surreptitiously uses family finances, chronically criticizes, stonewalls, yells, degrades, or … ...
3 Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism and Accepting Yourself...   We live in a culture of perfectionism. Open any women’s magazine or watch any TV program and you can’t escape the emphasis we put on looking, behaving, and achieving … ...
Understanding the delayed response to antidepressants Depression is a mental illness that affects how a person feels, thinks and handles daily activities. Antidepressants are prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of depression and help the brain process and use certain chemicals that regulate mood or stress. Unfortunately, existing medications usually require two to four weeks of use before patients respond.
Correlation found in TBI, concussions Physicians and researchers have identified a link between domestic violence and traumatic brain injury. The findings could have important implications in the treatment of domestic violence survivors, both in medical and social service communities.
Should Psychiatrists Monitor Physical Activity? When I go in for my physical every year, my doctor asks me about my activity level. “How much do you exercise and how often?” Since it’s a comprehensive check … ...
Gray Divorce: Why Some Grandparents Are Calling It Quits Would you stay in a stale marriage if you are going to live into your 80s or 90s? Gray divorce is here to stay.
Eating Disorders: Learning to Be Okay in the Rain Psychologist Abraham Maslow developed the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. This hierarchy looks like a pyramid, with each level building on the one below it. The very bottom, basic need a person must fulfill is entitled the “physiological needs.” A component within the physiological needs is … ...
Fruit fly neurons hold the key to the molecular causes of mental diseases New research involving the removal and analysis of single neurons from fruit fly embryos has revealed insights into the causes of mental diseases such as bipolar disease.
Astroglia zip the two halves of the brain together Scientists have identified the cellular origins of the corpus callosum, the 200 million nerve fibers that connect the two hemispheres of the brain. A study of mice and human brains shows that during development, astroglia, the main supporting cells of the brain, weave themselves between the right and left lobes, and form the bridge for axons to grow across the gap. Without these astroglia, the corpus callosum doesn't form correctly, causing a condition called callosal agenesis -- which affects 1 out of 4,000 people -- and a range of developmental disorders.
A Guaranteed Way To Reduce Your Anxiety Do you want to reduce your anxiety? Then change your Virtual Question. I was working with a client suffering from chronic anxiety. We discovered that her Virtual Question was, “Am … ...
Females react differently than males to social isolation While male and female mice have similar responses to physical stress, research suggests females, not males, feel stressed when alone.
Why Men Grope Women Compared to a woman paralyzed or befuddled by being groped, the man seems to himself to be a master of the universe.