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Testosterone reduces eye contact avoidance in women with Social Anxiety Disorder Taking an oral dose of testosterone relieves one of the major symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), according to findings of a study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. SAD is an anxiety disorder affecting about 15 million Americans. People suffering from SAD experience intense fear of being judged even in normal social situations. Severe cases [...]
Study finds trees are linked to the reduction of psychological stress Natural scenery has long been accepted and utilized in mental health circles as an effective tool for the reduction of psychological stress. However, the exact nature of this relationship has yet to be thoroughly examined in academic literature. A new study by Bin Jiang and colleagues, published in the May 2016 issue of Environment and [...]
Alternative explanations for the evolution of monogamy and sibling cooperation The textbook “monogamy hypothesis” argues that monogamy favors the evolution of cooperation by increasing sibling relatedness, since helpers are as related to the full siblings that they care for as they are to their own offspring. So under certain circumstances helping can be as, or even more, successful in getting genes passed on as reproducing. [...]
Study finds guided online self-help intervention can help prevent depression Among patients experiencing some symptoms of depression, the use of a web-based guided self-help intervention reduced the incidence of major depressive disorder over 12 months compared with enhanced usual care, according to a study appearing in the May 3 issue of JAMA. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common condition associated with substantial illness and economic [...]
Experimental Alzheimer’s drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease Aging takes its toll on the brain, and the cells of the hippocampus–a brain region with circuitry crucial to learning and memory–are particularly vulnerable to changes that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline. With the hope of counteracting the changes that can lead to these two conditions, researchers at Rockefeller University and their [...]
Study finds placebo effects in women are boosted by the hormone vasopressin A new study in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry suggests that women are particularly susceptible to the pain-relieving placebo effect of vasopressin. Placebos are used to help accurately measure clinical responses/outcomes when studying the effects of medications, therapies, and other treatments. The well-known “placebo effect” is a phenomenon whereby a patient’s condition improves or a [...]
Group activities reduce depressive symptoms among older people with dementia Both a high-intensity functional exercise programme and a non-exercise group activity, conducted among older care facility residents with dementia, reduced high levels of depressive symptoms. However, exercise had no superior effect on depression, according to a dissertation from Umeå University. “Unfortunately, depression is common among older people, especially in people with dementia,” says Gustaf Boström, [...]
Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes in common Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well, an extensive assessment by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Comprehensive Cancer Center has found. The [...]
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A Mindfulness Exercise That Takes Under 30 Seconds You don’t need to carve out a big chunk of time each day to “practice” mindfulness. I have a quick, simple exercise that you can do (right now!) that will … ...
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Experimental Alzheimer's drug reverses genetic changes thought to spur the disease When given to old rats, the drug, which is known to affect signaling by the neurotransmitter glutamate, reversed many age-related changes that occur in a brain region key to learning and memory. The drug also produced effects opposing those seen in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.