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Nomophobia & Smartphone Addiction Among Children The term “addiction” is usually associated with alcoholism and drug abuse. Yet people can get addicted to different stimulants that are far beyond illegal substances. Smartphones changed our primary vision of a cell phone. It is no longer used to establish audio communication. Smartphones allow … ...
New Year’s Resolutions “I’m going to lose five pounds this year!” “This is the year I’m going to quit smoking!” “I’m going to get a better job this year!” “This year, I’m going … ...
Dear High School Students The high school years may be great, and by all means savor them. Enjoy high school and treasure your experiences, but don't let this time be the peak of your lives. Dream big.
Make the Holidays Last to Combat Bored ADHD Kids   My son and has me beat in the hyperactive department, distractions tend to get the best of me. I lose holiday card lists and forget what gifts I have yet … ...
Do You Have Any of These Toxic Thoughts About Your Partner? Healthy love survives by recognizing and managing toxic thoughts.
Brain scans show compulsive gamers have hyperconnected neural networks Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information. Other changes are associated with distractibility and [...]
Study finds material purchases can bring more happiness than ‘experiential’ purchases With holiday shopping season in full swing, everyone’s looking for the perfect gift. For those who like to shop, there’s good news: Material things can bring happiness. In a recent study from the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers have shown that material purchases, from sweaters to skateboards, provide more frequent happiness over time, [...]
Parental touch, play and support in childhood are vital to well-being as an adult Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood. In a forthcoming article in the journal Applied Developmental Science, University of Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez and colleagues Lijuan Wang and Ying Cheng, [...]
Brain tumor revealed by treatment-resistant depression A woman who was thought to have treatment-resistant depression was later found to have a tumour in her brain, according to an article published in BMJ Case Reports. The 54-year-old woman had been depressed for 6 months, but treatment with the antidepressant fluoxetine and the anti-anxiety medication bromazepam was discontinued after 5 months because these [...]
New study examines why people develop ‘Facebook dependency’ What drives you to Facebook? News? Games? Feedback on your posts? The chance to meet new friends? If any of these hit home, you might have a Facebook dependency. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, says Amber Ferris, an assistant professor of communication at The University of Akron’s Wayne College. Ferris, who studies Facebook [...]
Newly discovered windows of brain plasticity may help stress-related disorders Chronic stress can lead to changes in neural circuitry that leave the brain trapped in states of anxiety and depression. But even under repeated stress, brief opportunities for recovery can open up, according to new research at The Rockefeller University. “Even after a long period of chronic stress, the brain retains the ability to change [...]
Keeping the Spark Alive in Marriage A widely believed myth is that marriage gets boring and stays that way. This is only true when things get too familiar and predictable. Granted, we like routines and it’s nice to know that we can count on our spouse being there when we go … ...
Hepatitis C tied to increased risk of Parkinson’s disease The hepatitis C virus may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in the December 23, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Parkinson’s disease is considered the second most common degenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. Hepatitis C is a [...]
Absence of serotonin alters development and function of brain circuits Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have created the first complete model to describe the role that serotonin plays in brain development and structure. Serotonin, also called 5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT], is an important neuromodulator of brain development and the structure and function of neuronal (nerve cell) circuits. The results were published in the [...]
Study links electronic toys to decreased language learning among infants Electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys such as a wooden puzzle, a shape-sorter and a set of rubber blocks, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. The reality for many families of [...]
Marijuana derivative reduces seizures in people with treatment-resistant epilepsy Cannabidiol (CBD), a medical marijuana derivative, was effective in reducing seizure frequency and well-tolerated and safe for most children and young adults enrolled in a year-long study led by epilepsy specialists at NYU Langone Medical Center. These latest findings provide the first estimates of safety, tolerability and efficacy of prescription CBD in children and adults [...]
Two Alzheimer’s risk genes linked to brain atrophy Two genetic variants previously linked to Alzheimer’s disease have been more specifically tied to brain atrophy that is characteristic of the disease. A newly reported study, led by Liana Apostolova, M.D., Barbara and Peer Baekgaard Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, also found that the proteins produced by the [...]
Liver hormone reduces preference for sweets and alcohol via brain’s reward pathway It may be your liver (and not your better judgement) that keeps you away from excess sweets this holiday season. Two independent research groups have found the first evidence of a liver-derived hormone that specifically regulates intake of sugars and alcohol in mice. One of the studies also found that the same hormone suppresses the [...]
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When People Talk About Their Careers I was at a party last night where I couldn’t relate to anyone. They kept talking about careers. I stopped at Rite Aid, got a can of Pringles on the … ...