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Improved Tests for Memory Disorders Will Lead to Early/Better Interventions

Improved Tests for Memory Disorders Will Lead to Early/Better Interventions

July 31st, 2014
New research from the UK posits that more accurate tests could be created to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer's or memory problems stemming from head injuries. Identification of memory disorders in the early stages can lead to earlier and more effective ...

TeleSupport Helps Reduce Caregiver Stress

TeleSupport Helps Reduce Caregiver Stress

July 31st, 2014
Taking care of a loved one who has a chronic illness can take a toll on the caregiver. A new study has found that a support program administered entirely by telephone can significantly reduce depression and other symptoms in informal caregivers, ...
Preschool Depression May Continue for a Decade

Preschool Depression May Continue for a Decade

July 31st, 2014
New research discovers early childhood depression increases the risk that a child will be depressed throughout their formative school years. Washington University researchers discovered children who had depression as preschoolers were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from the condition in ...
Teen Sleepless Nights Linked with Depression and Anxiety

Teen Sleepless Nights Linked with Depression and Anxiety

July 31st, 2014
A new study of more than 300 high school students has led to a better understanding of the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions. Psychology researchers from the University of Adelaide surveyed Australian high school students aged 12-18 to better understand ...
Timing Important for Enjoying Accomplishments

Timing Important for Enjoying Accomplishments

July 30th, 2014
New research suggests that when we accomplish a goal too early in the process, we may not be as happy as we would be if the goal was achieved during an expected interval. The typical progression is: set goal, ...
Emotional + Social = General Intelligence

Emotional + Social = General Intelligence

July 30th, 2014
New research discovers the brain regions that help to optimize social functioning are also important for general intelligence and emotional intelligence. This finding suggests general intelligence emerges from the emotional and social context of one's life. "We are trying to understand the ...
Mice Study Finds Brain Marker that Identifies Risk for Stress-Related Problems

Mice Study Finds Brain Marker that Identifies Risk for Stress-Related Problems

July 30th, 2014
New research confirms that some people can handle stressful situations better than others. The difference, according to scientists, is not a result of genes as even identical twins show differences in how they respond to stress. In a new study, researchers ...
Even Short Runs Can Help You Live Longer

Even Short Runs Can Help You Live Longer

July 30th, 2014
A new study finds that running for only a few minutes a day or at slow speeds may significantly reduce a person's risk of death from cardiovascular disease when compared to someone who does not run. While it is well known ...
Healthy Lifestyle Retards Cells Aging

Healthy Lifestyle Retards Cells Aging

July 30th, 2014
New research presents evidence that while the impact of life's stressors accumulate overtime and accelerate cellular aging, a healthy lifestyle may counteract many of these effects. In the new study, University of California, San Francisco researchers discovered maintaining a healthy ...
Childhood Obesity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Health Problems

Childhood Obesity Linked to Earlier Puberty, Health Problems

July 29th, 2014
New research from the UK identifies a link between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. In a new investigation, endocrinologists studied a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds to the sex hormones androgen ...
Facial Features Provide First Impression

Facial Features Provide First Impression

July 29th, 2014
Accurate or not, first impressions appear to stem from how a person looks. Researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of York determined a first impression is accurately predicted from measurements of physical features in everyday images of faces, ...
Aerobic Exercise May Boost Memory

Aerobic Exercise May Boost Memory

July 29th, 2014
Older women with mild cognitive impairment may benefit significantly from regular aerobic exercise, new findings show. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an established risk factor for dementia and "represents a vital opportunity for intervening," say Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the ...
Special Needs Children Benefit from Mainstreaming

Special Needs Children Benefit from Mainstreaming

July 29th, 2014
Researchers have found the practice of educating children with special needs in regular classes helps to improve the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child’s classmates in the fall significantly predicted the ...
Motivated Older Adults Able to Stay on Task

Motivated Older Adults Able to Stay on Task

July 29th, 2014
An emerging theory may help to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Dr. Tom Hess, a psychology researcher at North Carolina State University believes older adults ...
Supportive Women Turn Men On

Supportive Women Turn Men On

July 28th, 2014
New research suggests that the emotional connections and desires established on a first date, determine the fate of a potential relationship. Responsiveness, or the support for another’s needs and goals, may be one of those initial "sparks" necessary to fuel ...
Mechanism by Which Child Abuse Influences Adult Health Identified

Mechanism by Which Child Abuse Influences Adult Health Identified

July 28th, 2014
A new study demonstrates that childhood abuse affects the way genes are activated, thereby influencing a child's long-term development. Previous studies focused on how a particular child's individual characteristics and genetics interacted with that child's experiences in an effort to ...
Best Practice for Weight Control Targets Preschoolers and Parents

Best Practice for Weight Control Targets Preschoolers and Parents

July 28th, 2014
New research finds a key element in the treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers is parental involvement. Investigators discovered traditional approaches to overweight prevention and treatment focusing only on the child are outdated, with interventions targeting both parent and child more ...
Inspiring Purchases Can Fuel Happiness

Inspiring Purchases Can Fuel Happiness

July 28th, 2014
New research suggests material items designed to create or enhance an experience can make shoppers just as happy as performance of life activities. San Francisco State University researchers discovered the products satisfy a different, but equally powerful, psychological need than experiential ...
Babies Recognize Familiar Rhyme in the Womb

Babies Recognize Familiar Rhyme in the Womb

July 27th, 2014
Babies in the womb begin to respond to the rhythm of a familiar nursery rhyme by 34 weeks gestational age and are able to remember a set rhyme just before birth, according to new research by the University of Florida. ...
Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Early Predictors of Dementia

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Early Predictors of Dementia

July 27th, 2014
A simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have any cognitive complaints can predict the likelihood of developing dementia, according to a new study. The study, involving about 27,000 older adults on five continents, found that nearly ...

 
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