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Could blood pressure drugs have a role in Alzheimer’s disease treatment? In laboratory neuronal cultures, an FDA-approved drug used to treat high blood pressure reduced cell damage often linked to Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and the National Institutes of Health. They say their work, published online Jan. 28 in the journal Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, provides information supporting the potential [...]
Brain scans of ballet dancers show the long-term effects of learning ‘Practice makes perfect’ may be a cliché but a new brain study out of York U affirms this age old theory. In this study, Faculty of Health researchers were looking at fMRI brain scans of professional ballet dancers to measure the long-term effects of learning. “We wanted to study how the brain gets activated with [...]
Neural networks adapt to the presence of a toxic HIV protein Nearly half of HIV infected patients suffer from impaired neurocognitive function. The HIV protein transactivator of transcription (Tat) is an important contributor to HIV neuropathogenesis because it is a potent neurotoxin that continues to be produced despite treatment with antiretroviral therapy. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that Tat altered the activity of networked [...]
English is Surprisingly Devoid of Emotionally Positive Words While investigating non-English words associated with positive emotions and concepts, a British researcher recently discovered 216 foreign words for which there is no English translation. ...
Facing Fear and Letting Go A mother's decision to finally accept what she cannot change.
Difficult People are Messengers for Our Unhealed Parts We all have difficult people in our lives, it’s part of the human experience. Typically, we tend to see them as a nuisance, someone I have to put up with, … ...
Moderate drinkers less depressed than teetotalers Poll found that moderate drinkers were slightly more likely than both nondrinkers and heavy drinkers to report experiencing positive emotions on any given day, and slightly less likely to report experiencing negative emotions.
Maternal obesity, diabetes tied to increased autism risk in kids Mothers who are obese during pregnancy have almost twice the odds of having a child with autism as women who weigh less, a U.S. study suggests.
5 Signs that You’ve Got Relationship Burnout The term “burnout” means experiencing exhaustion, dwindling motivation, and a loss of interest in something you were once fully engaged in. While we usually apply this term to working environments, burnout can easily happen to people in their love lives, and often for the same … ...
Real Men Cry Society sends mixed messages to men saying they want to be more connected to their emotions yet they are dismissed and shamed for crying.
Creating Meaningful Categories of Self-Care Self-care comes in all shapes and sizes. How we take care of ourselves depends on what we need at the time, and what’s available to us. In The Generalized Anxiety … ...
The Worst State in the Country for LGBT Rights? Oklahoma's legislators are currently considering 25 bills that would threaten LGBT rights. Don't they know what Sigmund Freud learned—the hard way?
Neurogenesis: Discovery of a new regulatory mechanism A previously unknown mechanism has been discovered that is highly conserved between species and which regulates neurogenesis through precise temporal control of the activity of a family of proteins essential for brain development: the proneural proteins. This mechanism, a simple reversible chemical modification, is critical for the production of a sufficient number of neurons, their differentiation and the development of the nervous system.
How to Handle Controlling People Can controlling people be successfully managed? It depends on the type of behavior and the willingness to try several tactics. A controller can be a friend, neighbor, boss, co-worker, spouse, or parent. Here are several ways to effectively deal with them. Identify the type of … ...
The Great Zika Freak Out and the Psychology of Fear Zika virus has several psychological traits that make it particularly frightening, possible more frightening than the disease itself actually merits
The Neuroscience of Why a Child Is a Model... anthony kelly via Compfight It can be baffling. How can the same child who is a model citizen at school or when visiting friends, etc., be so explosive or difficult to handle at home? One client described this as … ...
Glenn Close Opens Up About Her Depression When Jessie and Glenn Close founded their mental illness nonprofit, Bring Change 2 Mind in 2010, all of the focus was on Jessie’s battle with bipolar disorder. Glenn was there to lend her name and support to the effort, but I’m not sure anyone imagined … ...
5 Steps to Setting Boundaries with Your Mother Even in loving adult daughter-mother relationships, there’s often a certain amount of tension. While it’s rarely talked about—it’s adolescence that gets all the press—the relationship has to undergo a transition … ...
Why We Need Risk and How To Get Better At It     “If you are interested in mastery, you have to learn this lesson. To really achieve anything, you have to be able to tolerate and enjoy risk. It has … ...
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