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3 Ways to Navigate the Emotional Side of Pregnancy Pregnancy is a beautiful and miraculous time. You’re growing a baby for goodness’ sake. And for many moms-to-be, it’s also a tough time. There are the physical symptoms—marathon-level fatigue, nausea, heartburn, appetite loss—which ensure that you don’t feel like yourself. The days might be limping … ...
Irisin: The "Exercise Hormone" Is a Fat-Fighting Phenomenon A new study reports that the exercise-induced hormone irisin can reduce the number of mature fat cells by 20 to 60 percent. If you want to lose weight, irisin production can help.
When To Say Enough! 10 Ways To Escape Toxic People How would you know a person is “toxic?” What about them or their behaviors would signal to you that they are toxic? For me, a toxic person is someone who … ...
How My Life Mirrors The Angel Tree The 8th anniversary of my first suicide attempt has passed. It makes me happy – like, another year under my belt. Even though to be honest there have been multiple … ...
Neuroimaging study finds spaceflight results in significant changes in brain activity, performance A long period of head-down tilt bed rest, which mimics the effects of spaceflight, results in significant changes in the functional connectivity of motor, somatosensory, and vestibular areas of the brain, according to a recent study published online this July in Neuroimage. The study found that several of these functional changes were also significantly associated [...]
What motivates prosocial behavior in narcissists? Investigations of narcissism often focus on aggression and other negatively perceived traits, but a new study by Sara Konrath, Meng-Han Ho and Sasha Zarins instead examines the factors that motivate narcissists to engage in behaviors that are considered to be prosocial in nature. Prosocial behaviors can take many forms and may be a result of altruistic (self-sacrifice) or self-serving intentions, as it [...]
Scientists find new path in the brain to ease depression Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a new pathway in the brain that can be manipulated to alleviate depression. The pathway offers a promising new target for developing a drug that could be effective in individuals for whom other antidepressants have failed. New antidepressant options are important because a significant number of patients don’t adequately improve [...]
Failed replication study shows reading literary fiction doesn’t boost social cognition When a 2013 study published in Science concluded that reading literary fiction for as few as 20 minutes could improve someone’s social abilities, it made quite the splash. However, when researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Pace University, Boston College and the University of Oklahoma tried to replicate the findings using the original study materials and [...]
Can you zap your brain back to health? Rather than taking medication, a growing number of people who suffer from chronic pain, epilepsy and drug cravings are zapping their skulls in the hopes that a weak electric current will jolt them back to health. This brain hacking — “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS) — is used to treat neurological and psychiatric symptoms. A [...]
New genes linked with bigger brains identified A number of new links between families of genes and brain size have been identified by UK scientists, opening up a whole new avenue of research to better understand brain development and diseases like dementia. A team of scientists from the Universities of Bath and Lincoln compared the genomes of 28 mammals with differing sizes [...]
Sex before sport doesn’t have a negative effect on the athlete and could even benefit performance Over the course of the Rio Olympics, 450,000 condoms were distributed around the athlete’s village. This may be surprising considering the common view that abstinence from sexual activity can boost athletic performance. These long-standing views have now been challenged by a recent analysis of current scientific evidence, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Physiology. [...]
Psychotherapy sessions are best in the morning when levels of helpful hormone are high Patients make more progress toward overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias when their therapy sessions are scheduled in the morning, new research suggests. The study found that morning sessions helped psychotherapy patients overcome their panic and anxiety and phobic avoidance better, in part, because levels of cortisol — a naturally occurring hormone — are at their [...]
Protein linked to high risk of Alzheimer’s can be removed from brain without hindering learning A protein linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s can be removed from the brains of mice without hindering memory and learning, according to a study that addresses whether potential therapeutics targeting this protein would have detrimental side effects. The study from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute also showed, however, that the protein’s absence in [...]
All work and no play with children make moms less happy parents A team of researchers from Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, and Minnesota Population Center have used time diary data to find that mothers are less happy than fathers with their parenting duties. Mothers report more stress and greater fatigue than fathers. This experience gap is attributed to the differing tasks of each parent. The [...]
Repeated exposure to community violence associated with violent behavior As exposure to community violence increases for adolescent men of color, symptoms of depression subside and violent behaviors increase, according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, a journal of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. The results add evidence to a model demonstrating the desensitization to [...]
An ADHD diagnosis puts girls at much higher risk for other mental health problems Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are at higher risk than girls without ADHD for multiple mental disorders that often lead to cascading problems such as abusive relationships, teenage pregnancies, poor grades and drug abuse, UCLA psychologists report in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers, who conducted by far the most comprehensive analysis of girls and ADHD, [...]
Hillary Clinton’s contrasting memoir writing styles linked to public perception problems Many consider the political memoir genre to be obsolete since they rarely reveal anything new or noteworthy. However, Carnegie Mellon University’s David Kaufer and the University of Maryland’s Shawn J. Parry-Giles analysis of Hillary Clinton’s two political memoirs, “Living History” and “Hard Choices,” has discovered links to the U.S democratic presidential candidate’s public perception problems. [...]
Concussion can now be diagnosed with 95 percent specificity A team of researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown that the I-Portal Neuro Otologic Test, which uses the head-mounted goggle that gauged eye movement through video cameras and computers, can successfully diagnose concussion with 95 percent specificity and 89 percent sensitivity. These findings illustrate how use of the I-Portal [...]
Calvin and Hobbes on Mindfulness and Happiness The comic Calvin and Hobbes has always been one of my all time favorite since I was a teen. The author and illustrator Bill Watterson, really had a way with … ...
Setting Your Private Practice Up for Success: Money When Nell first started her private practice, if you asked her what her number one goal was she’d say what a lot of  beginning therapists say – “Get clients!” She kind of knew what she needed to pay her basic bills, so she held it … ...