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Study finds link between mother’s polycystic ovarian syndrome and child’s autism Children born to mothers with polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS, are at an increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorders, according to a new epidemiological study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet. The findings, which are published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, support the notion that exposure to sex hormones early in life may be important for the [...]
5 Reasons the Future Is Looking Good for People... Ever feel like your life becomes a little easier every day? Yeah, me neither. But as an ADHD millennial, I’m starting to think maybe I should feel this way. We’re … ...
Study shows vagus nerve stimulation reduces impairments in stroke patients A new study involving UT Dallas researchers shows that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) technology could help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who suffer weakness and paralysis caused by strokes. The study, published in the journal Stroke, marks the first time that VNS has been tested in individuals recovering from stroke. VNS [...]
One in 4 new doctors may be depressed — and their patients may suffer because of it More than one in four doctors in the early stages of their careers has signs of depression, a comprehensive new study finds. And the grueling years of training for a medical career may deserve some of the blame. That’s bad news not just for the young doctors themselves, but also for the patients they care [...]
Genes influence choice between small rewards now or bigger ones later Opting for smaller rewards immediately instead of waiting for bigger payoffs later is associated with problems such as impulsivity and addiction to food, drugs and alcohol. Now, new research indicates that such decision-making tendencies have a genetic link to brain pathways that underlie these disorders. The researchers, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. [...]
Study: Text messages that end in a period seen as less sincere If you don’t want to send the wrong message, watch how you punctuate your texts. Text messages that end with a period are perceived to be less sincere than messages that do not, according to newly published research from Binghamton University. A team of researchers led by Celia Klin, associate professor of psychology and associate [...]
Gotten Off Track? 7 Ways to Kickstart Your Healthy... “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” — Rumi Our spiritual, meditative, or other self-care practices … ...
Gene therapy used to extend estrogen's protective effects on memory The hormone estrogen helps protect memory and promote a healthy brain, but this effect wanes as women age, and even estrogen replacement therapy stops working in humans after age 65. Now researchers have used gene therapy in a rat model to show that the expression of a particular receptor can reinstate lost memory function.
Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation Playing three-dimensional video games -- besides being lots of fun -- can boost the formation of memories, according to neurobiologists. Along with adding to the trove of research that shows these games can improve eye-hand coordination and reaction time, this finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer from dementia.
What Causes Perfectionism? The root of perfectionism is believing your self-worth is based on your achievements. Perfectionism is often present when some combination of these factors exist: Rigid, high parental expectations Highly critical, shaming or … ...
Lack of sleep tampers with your brain’s ability to regulate emotions Cranky or grumpy after a long night? Your brain’s ability to regulate emotions is probably compromised by fatigue. This is bad news for 30 percent of American adults who get less than six hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new Tel Aviv University study has identified [...]
Most Americans favor full disclosure of the source of campaign donations A majority of Americans believe that money influences decisions made by elected officials and favor full disclosure of the source of campaign donations, according to a new national survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Despite their concerns, the survey reveals that Americans favor keeping the current system of campaign funding [...]
Human trials suggest ‘rescued’ drug could be safer treatment for bipolar disorder A drug destined for the scrap heap has been rescued by Oxford scientists, who may have found it a new role in treating bipolar disorder. A team from Oxford University, led by Dr Grant Churchill and Dr Sridhar Vasudevan of the Department of Pharmacology, in collaboration with Professor Phil Cowen of the Department of Psychiatry, [...]
Access to the Internet makes us less willing to say we know things People are less willing to rely on their knowledge and say they know something when they have access to the Internet, suggesting that our connection to the web is affecting how we think. Professor Evan F. Risko, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, led a recent study where the team asked [...]
Researchers identify key biological markers for psychotic disorders A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia has identified a number of biological markers that make it possible to classify mental disorders with greater precision. Their findings, published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, may one day lead to improved diagnostics and treatments for those suffering from mental illness. [...]
Gift Guide for Kids and Teens with ADHD The holiday season is upon us! Regardless of which holiday you’re celebrating (and even if you’re not), this guide will give you some great ideas for what to buy kids/teens … ...
Do We Expect Too Much From Stepfamilies? Stepfamilies are difficult. There is no way around that inevitable truth. Whether you are a child being pulled between two homes, a parent losing sight of the other half of your child’s … ...
Should You Be Concerned About ADHD Meds? A few weeks ago, we published an article that described the sleep problems that children and teens may experience while taking a medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most people who are diagnosed with ADHD or attention deficit disorder usually wind up on a … ...
THE DENIAL OF REALITY Few now believe that Planet Earth is flat, or the center of the universe, but many believe that there is no global warming, LBGT people are immoral, vaccines cause autism: Why?
You Were Right… Those Sunglasses Do Make You Look... And 59,189 curious people wanted to discover the strange reason why… Do you ever wonder about stupid little things in life? Sure, you’d like answers but you’ve always known better … ...