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Walking Workstations Can Improve Mental & Physical Health

Walking Workstations Can Improve Mental & Physical Health

October 30th, 2014
Going to work is often associated with high stress and low physical activity. For many, work is characterized by long hours of sitting, which is linked to poor health. Emerging research has shown that sitting is very bad for our mental ...

Brain Study Suggests Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Brain Study Suggests Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

October 30th, 2014
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a perplexing condition characterized by extreme fatigue that can worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest. While the cause remains unknown, a new imaging study has found distinct differences between the brains of ...
Group Classes for Parents Teach Home Therapy for Autistic Kids

Group Classes for Parents Teach Home Therapy for Autistic Kids

October 30th, 2014
Use of a group setting to train parents on autistic therapy appears to be a beneficial method to improve language skills in their autistic children. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford found that ...
Pets Help Military Kids Build Resiliency

Pets Help Military Kids Build Resiliency

October 30th, 2014
Researchers believe strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits. Defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change, resiliency is acquired with practice, over time. But military children must ...
Uneven Financial Deals Tend to Stress All Parties

Uneven Financial Deals Tend to Stress All Parties

October 29th, 2014
While it might be expected that those on the short end of financial negotiations suffer stress, new research suggests that when people make very low offers they also experience emotional distress. In the new study, Australian researchers examined the physiological reactions ...
Victims & Juries May Have Different Ideas on Punishment

Victims & Juries May Have Different Ideas on Punishment

October 29th, 2014
A person’s perspective appears to play a critical factor in the way we believe punishment should be used to restore justice. New psychological research discovers third parties -- such as a jury -- are more likely to use punishment as a ...
'Social Host' Laws Shown to Work in California

‘Social Host’ Laws Shown to Work in California

October 29th, 2014
In a new study, researchers found "social host" laws that hold adults responsible for underage drinking on their property have reduced the number of teenage weekend drinking parties. Over the years, a variety of such laws have been enacted in many U.S. ...
Male Sleep Difficulties May Warn of Alzheimer’s

Male Sleep Difficulties May Warn of Alzheimer’s

October 29th, 2014
New research suggests men with self-reported sleep disorders may be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without them. Swedish researchers followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 year old, between the years 1970 and 2010. They found ...
Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group

October 28th, 2014
Finding a setting that allows autistic kids to socialize with more normally developing peers is often a Catch-22 for parents. For while autistic youth need significant practice to develop social skills, deficits in this skill set often make play, and associating with ...
Religiosity May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts in African-Americans

Religiosity May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts in African-Americans

October 28th, 2014
Research suggests religiosity among African-Americans helps to keep suicidal rates low despite the psychological stress of racism. "African-Americans experience an inordinate amount of psychological strain through racial discrimination, leading to depression, hopelessness, and other high risk factors for suicide, but demonstrate ...
Mistakes Can Aid Memory, But Only if Misses Are Close

Mistakes Can Aid Memory, But Only if Misses Are Close

October 28th, 2014
New research discovers that it is OK to make mistakes when learning as the errors can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer. However, the premise is true only when the incorrect response is close or meaningful to the accurate ...
1 in 5 Americans Face Chronic Pain

1 in 5 Americans Face Chronic Pain

October 28th, 2014
A new analysis suggests nearly one in five U.S. adults are in pain most every day for spells of three months or longer. Researchers estimate the 39 million adults in persistent pain outnumber the residents of our most populous state, California. According ...
Risks of Consciousness under General Anesthetic

Waking While Under General Anesthetic Can Trigger Problems Later

October 27th, 2014
A recent study of people who have been accidentally conscious while under a general anesthetic shows it can have a long-term impact. The patient remains conscious in about one in every 19,000 general anesthetics, said researchers led by Dr. Jaideep Pandit ...
Adult Kids Like It When Parents Can Check In On Multiple Platforms

Adult Kids Like It When Parents Can Check In On Multiple Platforms

October 27th, 2014
New research suggests young adults report enhanced satisfaction when their parents can connect with them over multiple communication channels. Communication methods include landlines and cell phones, email, social networking sites, etc. Jennifer Schon, a doctoral student in communication studies at the University ...
Family-Focused Program Can Deter Dropping Out, Substance Use

Family-Focused Program Can Deter Dropping Out, Substance Use

October 27th, 2014
New research establishes that a family-focused intervention program leads to fewer drop-outs and lower rates of alcohol and illegal drug use. Prevention scientists at Arizona State University discovered that a family-oriented intervention for middle school Mexican American children was beneficial. "This is ...
Army Enlistees Similar to Civilians But Some Disorders More Prevalent

Army Enlistees Similar to Civilians But Some Disorders More Prevalent

October 27th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that while military enrollees do not share the exact psychological profile as socio-demographically comparable civilians, they are more similar than previously thought. One study found that new soldiers and matched civilians are equally likely to have experienced at ...
Study Probes Biochemical Basis for Seasonal Depression

Study Probes Biochemical Basis for Seasonal Depression

October 27th, 2014
As the days get shorter, for many the risk of depression increases. New research from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. The ...
New Study Shows Dietary Flavanols Can Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline

New Study Shows Dietary Flavanols Can Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that dietary cocoa flavanols -- naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa -- reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults. The study shows that a component of age-related memory decline is caused by changes in a ...
Sleep Disorders Often Unrecognized in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders

Sleep Disorders Often Missed in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that sleep difficulties, especially problems with falling asleep, are very common among toddlers and preschoolers treated for psychiatric disorders. These sleep difficulties are often underdiagnosed in children with behavioral and emotional issues, yet can greatly affect ...
Babies' Lack of Interest in Faces Linked to Callous Behavior in Toddlerhood

Babies’ Lack of Interest in Faces Linked to Callous Behavior in Toddlerhood

October 26th, 2014
A baby’s preference for a human face, rather than an object, is connected to lower levels of insensitive and unemotional behaviors when the baby becomes a toddler, according to scientists at King's College London, the University of Manchester, and the ...