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Family support buffers the physiological effects of racial discrimination African American adolescents who experience high levels of racial discrimination show cellular wear and tear, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research indicated that a supportive family environment may protect against these negative physiological effects. “These findings are novel because they show that racial [...]
Protein production in the brain explains teens’ vulnerability to addictive drugs Researchers have discovered one reason why adolescents are more prone to drug addiction than adults, with findings that could lead to new treatments for addictive disorders. In two studies with mice and humans to be published together in the journal eLife, the investigators from Baylor College of Medicine, US, have found that the ability to [...]
When to Go and When to Stay? When to go with the tried and true, and when to reach out for something new?
How disbelief in free will can corrupt cooperation Arriving home from work to find your partner toiling away in the kitchen, odds are you’ll jump in and help. That’s human nature. But if you’re flat out ordered to help? That’s a different story. Remove the perception of choice and you’re in fact more likely to recoil from cooperation and go a different direction [...]
Long-term stress causes inflammation that erodes memory Sustained stress erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role in the cognitive impairment, according to a new study from researchers at The Ohio State University. The work in mice could one day lead to treatment for repeated, long-term mental assault such as that sustained by bullying victims, soldiers and those who report [...]
Depression is more than a mental disorder: It affects the whole organism An international team of researchers lead by the University of Granada has scientifically proven, for the first time, that depression is associated with important alterations of the oxidative stress, so it should be considered a systemic disease. An international team of researchers lead by the University of Granada (UGR) has scientifically proven, for the first [...]
Study on Arabic shows what you know can affect how you see Objects — everything from cars, birds and faces to letters of the alphabet — look significantly different to people familiar with them, a new study suggests. Using the Arabic alphabet as a frame of reference, Johns Hopkins University researchers studied how experts in the language and novices viewed various letters and found clear evidence that [...]
Suicide re-attempt risk substantially reduced after a novel psychiatric intervention Trial shows risk of suicide re-attempt substantially reduced after a novel psychiatric intervention A low-cost, alliance-based psychiatric intervention for emergency department patients admitted after a suicide attempt substantially reduced suicide re-attempt in a single-site randomized controlled trial published this week in PLOS Medicine. The trial, conducted by Konrad Michel and colleagues at the University Hospital [...]
Researchers ID risk factors that predict violence in adults with mental illness Researchers have identified three risk factors that make adults with mental illness more likely to engage in violent behavior. The findings give mental health professionals and others working with adults with mental illness a suite of characteristics they can use as potential warning signs, allowing them to intervene and hopefully prevent violent behavior. “Our earlier [...]
Americans who see God as ‘a secure base’ tend to be more committed, satisfied on the job People who see God as a “secure base” for intimacy and attachment are more likely to be emotionally committed to their workplace and satisfied with their jobs. They also tend to see their work as a calling from God, which correlates to higher levels of job commitment and satisfaction, according to a Baylor study of [...]
Twin study: Genetics and environment affect different regions of the brain A recent study, reported in the March issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, found evidence that genetic influence on cerebral glucose metabolism played a major role in the bilateral parietal lobes and the left temporal lobe of the human brain, while environmental influences after birth dominated in other regions. Twins have long been the [...]
Link between sleep and social participation may be key to healthy aging Sleep may be one of the most important factors for well-being; yet, according to the CDC, one in three adults does not get enough. Lack of sleep can lead to potential cognitive declines, chronic diseases and death. Now, research from the University of Missouri finds that older adults who have trouble sleeping, could benefit from [...]
How to Get Comfortable with Change & Fear of... It’s natural to desire a clear direction and sense of control in our careers. After all, the unknown can be intimidating, especially when it comes to your professional future. But while it’s certainly comforting to have specific instructions provided at work, a fixation on structure … ...
Link between ADHD diagnoses and academic expectations identified A new study led by Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has identified a possible correlation between the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increasing academic demands on young children. In an article published in JAMA Pediatrics, Brosco hypothesized that increased academic standards since [...]
5 reasons I Hate Asking For Favors, But Do It Anyway   We all need a favor from time to time. Your car breaks down or you need a last minute babysitter. Maybe you need an occasional ride to the airport … ...
Moments of acute stress can cause molecular alterations in immune response Chronic psychosocial and emotional stress has well-documented negative effects upon the human immune system but less is known about the health effects of acute but transitory episodes of stress. Do panic-inducing moments also raise the risk of stress-related conditions? A team of researchers has addressed that question by taking blood samples from skydivers to measure key immune response indicators.
Long-term stress erodes memory Sustained stress -- such as that experienced in bad marriages or when working for a beastly boss -- erodes memory, and the immune system plays a key role, according to a new study.
Five Areas of Emotional Health That Can Make or... Let’s take a look at the issues that can make or break your emotional health. There are five areas to consider today. 1. Awareness of feelings A common problem with … ...
Telling the Story of Serious Mental Illness Seventeen years ago I stood in the emergency room of a university hospital where my son had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. It took me years before I could tell the story.
Moving Past the Labels Given by Others Something that everyone has experienced at one time or another is judgement or prejudice. Whether it’s positive or negative, your job title, economic status, family structure or education are just … ...