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Increasing education not to blame for rising childlessness in Europe The increasing proportion of the population who prefer to remain childless is a major social problem for many European countries. However this trend has not (so far) been the result of the expansion of education. This is the conclusion of new research, published in the journal Population Studies. The researchers, Eva Beaujouan, Zuzanna Brzozowska and [...]
New report details pre- and postnatal brain defects from Zika virus The journal Radiology has published a special report, detailing the spectrum of imaging findings in babies and fetuses infected with the Zika virus. “Imaging is essential for identifying the presence and the severity of the structural changes induced by the infection, especially in the central nervous system,” said the report’s lead author, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, M.D., [...]
Discovery of mechanism that alters neural excitability offers window into neuropsychiatric disease Diseases such as epilepsy, neuropathic pain, anxiety, depression, drug addiction and Alzheimer’s are all associated with changes in the excitability of brain neurons. University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers show, for the first time, that the well-known mechanism of gene expression control — dynamic changes in DNA methylation — is also involved in changes to the [...]
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Mechanism that alters neural excitability offers window into neuropsychiatric disease Researchers show, for the first time, that the well-known mechanism of gene expression control -- dynamic changes in DNA methylation -- is also involved in changes to the excitability of neural cells. This suggests that DNA methylation changes that alter excitability may be a mechanism involved in neuropsychiatric disorders, and that the sites of such changes may offer a potential therapeutic target.
Brain damages caused by Zika virus congenital infection go beyond microcephaly A recent study published by Brazilian researchers indicates brain malformations induced by Zika virus congenital infection. More than microcephaly, the research indicates other neurological changes such as reduction in brain volume, cortical development abnormalities and ventriculomegaly.
Keep Your Cool around Hotheads How many times in your life have you dealt with a hothead? That is someone who overreacts and flies off the handle, doing so with some degree of intensity, consistency, and predictability, typically with minimal provocation. When faced with a hothead who occasionally or repeatedly … ...
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5 Ways We Teach Kids to NOT Trust Their Gut Recently I wrote an article on teaching kids concepts beyond stranger danger. Several people left comments about this great book called The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker which talks … ...
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How sleep deprivation harms memory Researchers have discovered a piece in the puzzle of how sleep deprivation negatively affects memory.
MRI scans may be useful in diagnosing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, study shows Doctors have used an MRI-based technique to detect shrinkage in brain consistent with CTE, which, they say, could lead to diagnosis in the living.
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3 Tips for Dealing with Worst-Case-Scenario Thinking Do worst-case scenarios constantly run through your mind like polluted streams of consciousness? You’re not alone. Imagining how things can go wrong is self-protective. Thank goodness we have the ability … ...
Five Pillars of Self-Care Body, mind, emotions, spirit and... I often talk self-care and focus on four primary pillars- body, mind, emotions and spirit.  However, I want add in another that is super important but I don’t often talk … ...
3 Ways to Be More Authentic in Your Intimate Relationships Feeling that you can be authentic in your relationships is certainly one of the keys to fulfillment. New research gives you the tools to test how well you measure up.