Credit: CC0 Public Domain Bad decision-making is a trait oftentimes associated with drug addicts and pathological gamblers, but what about people who excessively use social media? New research from Michigan State University shows a connection between social media use and impaired risky decision-making, which is commonly deficient in substance addiction. “Around one-third of humans on […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Bilingual children do not have more advantages than monolingual children when it comes to executive function, which includes remembering instructions, controlling responses, and shifting swiftly between tasks, according to a new study published in PLOS One. The study, “No evidence for effects of Turkish immigrant children’s bilingualism on executive functions,” was […]Continue Reading ...
A study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in […]Continue Reading ...
Nurse gives injection to woman, New Orleans, 1941. Credit: Wikipedia. Scientists increasingly believe that one of the driving forces in chronic pain—the number one health problem in both prevalence and burden—appears to be the memory of earlier pain. Research published today/this week in Current Biology suggests that there may be variations, based on sex, in […]Continue Reading ...
Professor Amit Shrira, of Bar-Ilan University’s Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, who co-authored the study with Dr. Ben Mollov, a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University who specializes in conflict resolution, and Ms. Chantal Mudahogora, a therapist who survived the Tutsi genocide and currently resides in Canada. Credit: Bar-Ilan University Nearly 25 years after the genocide […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A diet of fast food, cakes and processed meat increases your risk of depression, according to researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University. A paper from Manchester Metropolitan’s Bioscience Research Centre found that eating a diet containing foods which are known to promote inflammation – such as those high in cholesterol, saturated fats […]Continue Reading ...
Angelina Sutin, associate professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Behavioral Sciences. Credit: Florida State University A new Florida State University College of Medicine study involving data from 12,000 participants collected over 10 years confirms the heavy toll that loneliness can take on your health: It increases your risk of dementia by 40 percent. […]Continue Reading ...
Helping people with addictions has become a research passion for Purdue University’s Richard van Rijn, who is leading a team to make drug discoveries to support millions around the world dealing with alcohol use disorders, chronic pain and mood disorders. “These disorders are currently not adequately managed,” said van Rijn, an assistant professor of medicinal […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: Miguel Porlan It was the kind of case no traditional medical textbook could explain. The subject—let’s call him Peter Green—was a white male in his late 80s, enrolled in longitudinal studies of the elderly at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Green’s brain scans “were not pretty,” recalls Joel Kramer, Psy.D., who directs the […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Parents who force unremorseful kids to apologize to others before they’re truly sorry may do more harm than good. That’s because the point main point of an apology—to express remorse and repair relationships—is lost because children may dislike the apologizer even more after the insincere apology than before. Children know when […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Stressful or traumatic experiences occurring in a child’s earliest years—birth to age 5—have been linked to reduced hippocampal volume in adolescence, according to a new Vanderbilt University report published in Developmental Science. “These findings tell us that there may be a ‘sensitive period’ in which stress is more likely to affect […]Continue Reading ...
Meditators and non-meditators had similar parameters before start of the study. After 3 weeks of meditation, there was significant lowering of intraocular pressure (IOP), cortisol and levels of oxidative stress, while there was an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factors and beta endorphins with improvement in quality of life measures (QOL) in the meditators, while there […]Continue Reading ...
Clinicians may be prescribing psychotropic drugs ‘off-label’ to manage behaviour issues like aggression. Credit: Shutterstock Adults on the autism spectrum are being prescribed mental health drugs in instances where there is limited supporting evidence to do so. This was one of the findings of a UNSW-led study that looked at the use of psychotropic medication […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Children and young adults without psychosis who are prescribed high-dose antipsychotic medications are at increased risk of unexpected death, despite the availability of other medications to treat their conditions, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published today in JAMA Psychiatry. Unexpected death includes deaths due to unintentional drug overdose […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Negative mood—such as sadness and anger—is associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health, according to researchers at Penn State. The investigators found that negative mood measured multiple times a day over time is associated with higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers. This extends prior research […]Continue Reading ...
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