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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 … ...
Lack of sleep tampers with your emotions The neurological changes sleep deprivation can impose on our ability to regulate emotions have been revealed by new research. The work also shows that we have the ability to allocate brain resources for cognitive processing.
How To Boost Gratitude. And Why You Should Want To. Why should we care so much about gratitude? Here are three reasons: Easy to apply: There are a wide range of practices — you can count your blessings, write a letter … ...
Anorexic For The Holidays Eating disorders and holidays go together like oil and water.  If you are suffering from anorexia or bulimia, I completely understand how you feel around this time of the year.  … ...
When You Can’t Relate To People All my life I’ve felt like I was alone. Like I’m in one dimension and everybody else is in another. I’m in the world, but not part of it. Maybe … ...
Biomarkers outperform symptoms in parsing psychosis subgroups Three biomarker-based categories, called biotypes, outperformed traditional diagnoses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychosis, in sorting psychosis cases into distinct subgroups on the basis of brain biology. The biotypes were more biologically homogeneous than categories based on observable symptoms. Just as fever or infection can have many different causes, multiple psychosis-causing disease processes -- operating via different biological pathways -- can lead to similar symptoms and confound the search for improved treatments.
Should Bullying be Made Illegal? Police Chief Ault authored an ordinance that fines the parents of repeat offenders of bullying. The ordinance, which imposes a $124 fine, turns school disciplinary codes into law.
Heart-Broken-Open “For anyone who has ever felt broken: Wholeness is the goal, but wholeness does not mean perfection, it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of your life. So, every … ...