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Study reports significant link between nightmares and suicidal behavior A new study is the first to report that the relationship between nightmares and suicidal behaviors is partially mediated by a multi-step pathway via defeat, entrapment and hopelessness. Results show that suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts were present in 62 percent of participants who experienced nightmares and only 20 percent of those without nightmares. Multiple [...]
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New Research: Women Consistently Outperform Men in EQ When it comes to emotional intelligence, women beat the pants off men (so to speak), says new data. What are the implications for leadership?
Flipping a light switch recovers memories lost to Alzheimer's disease mice Light stimulation of brain cells can recover memories in mice with Alzheimer's disease-like memory loss, according to new research. The rescue of memories, which changed both the structure of neurons as well as the behavior of mice, was achieved using optogenetics, a method for manipulating genetically tagged cells with precise bursts of light. This finding suggests that impaired retrieval of memories, rather than poor storage or encoding, may underlie this prominent symptom of early Alzheimer's disease and points to the synaptic connectivity between memory cells as being crucial for retrieval.
Embrace That College Rejection Letter The dreaded college rejection letter actually presents unique opportunities that teens—and their parents—shouldn't let go to waste.
Mindful meditation eases pain and may help medication work better A new study finds that easy-to-learn mindful meditation significantly reduces pain.
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A Bedtime Story Of Sophistication & Simplicity The Sophisticate and the Simpleton by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov Part One There were once two homeowners who lived in the same city. They were very, very wealthy, and they … ...