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Topiramate curbs marijuana use in teens — but with tough side effects Combining the drug topiramate with psychological counseling curbed marijuana use among young smokers significantly more than did counseling alone, according to newly published results of a small randomized controlled trial at Brown University. The results come with a caveat, however: Many study volunteers couldn’t tolerate the medicine’s side effects. There is no FDA-approved medication for [...]
New study indicates students’ cognitive functioning improves when using standing desks Do students think best when on their feet? A new study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health indicates they do. Findings published recently in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health provide the first evidence of neurocognitive benefits of stand-height desks in classrooms, where students are given the choice [...]
Teenagers’ role in language change is overstated, linguistics research finds If you’re too “basic” to “YOLO” or think that slang is never “on fleek,” fear not: How teenagers speak IRL is not ruining the English language, according to Kansas State University linguistics research. In fact, teenagers may not be causing language change the way that we typically think, said Mary Kohn, assistant professor of English. [...]
Speed reading promises are too good to be true, scientists find Learning to speed read seems like an obvious strategy for making quick work of all the emails, reports, and other pieces of text we encounter every day, but a new report shows that the claims put forth by many speed reading programs and tools are probably too good to be true. Examining decades’ worth of [...]
Why Don’t You Want Me? Why don’t you want me? I went car shopping recently. I needed an automobile that fit certain requirements: Space to carry ___ number of people, good gas mileage, particular price, small enough to … ...
Study of altruism during the Ebola outbreak suggests good intentions are in the details A study of risk communication as it relates to altruistic behavior has found that portraying an event as a distant risk, despite highlighting its importance and potential progression, fails to prompt altruistic behavior intention among the U.S. public. Results of the study by Janet Yang, a University at Buffalo expert on the communication of risk [...]
Study suggests that what you eat can influence how you sleep A new study found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep. Results show that greater fiber intake predicted more time spent in the stage of deep, slow wave sleep. In contrast, a higher percentage of energy from saturated fat predicted less slow [...]
The Strange (But Effective) Way I Stick to Hard Goals New research reveals an effective way to get ourselves to do tough tasks.
ECT – Electroconvulsive Therapy (This article originally appeared on MedShadow.org on January 7th, 2016). If you’ve seen the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, you may recall the fearsome side effects of electroconvulsive … ...
Cultivating a Mentoring Culture A person who has a mentor to guide them through various aspects of life is fortunate indeed. I know this from first-hand experience as I have engaged in a mentoring … ...
How to Put a Stop to Generations of Negative Thinking The problem with putting a stop to negative thinking is that we often don’t know we’re doing it. We’re not actively throwing out every positive thought and are immediately embracing every bad one. We’re on autopilot. And for many of us it’s an age-old habit … ...
Five Steps to Prepare For a Job interview With a New Year, we often feel the need to ‘shake up’ our lives a little bit. Are you unhappy with your current job? Have you resolutely decided that in 2016 you’ll find employment? I know that the job hunt can be difficult and tiring –in fact I’ve just come out of it. Often the […]
How birds learn through imitation Changes in brain circuitry occur as young zebra finches go from listening to their fathers' songs to knowing the songs themselves, according to a new study.
Drug 'cocktail' could restore vision in optic nerve injury Research suggests the possibility of restoring at least some visual function in people blinded by optic nerve damage from glaucoma, estimated to affect more than 4 million Americans, or from trauma.
Are Your Children Safe from Depression? You Need to... You hear a lot of conflicting parenting advice these days. Some small differences aren’t a big deal –  others are more disturbing. You think one thing is good for your … ...
Remembering to the future: Researchers shed new light on how our memories guide attention A team of researchers has discovered that differences in the types of memories we have influence the nature of our future encounters. Their findings show how distinct parts of the brain, underlying different kinds of memories, also influence our attention in new situations.
Trio of autism-linked molecules orchestrate neuron connections Researchers have revealed how three proteins work in concert to wire up a specific area of the developing brain that is responsible for processing visual information. The findings may also lend insight into brain disorders including autism, depression and addiction.
3 Things You Should Know If You’re Struggling With... When it comes to dealing with anxiety, don’t just take the prescription and run. Here are three things you need to know when you’re ready to reach out for help....
Why We Become Such Assholes When We’re Behind the Wheel I hate being tailgated. Once, I surprised the hell out of myself when I initiated an exceptionally dangerous game of tit-for-tat with an offending tailgater that involved high speeds and some rather dangerous cutting-off maneuvers. After a few minutes, I snapped out of it and let the driver go. But the incident rattled me. That behavior was so far removed from who I really am. ...
Should I Stay Up Late Being Productive or Just Go to Bed? I have a big test tomorrow. Should I stay up late and study, or just let myself sleep?