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Sleep Deficits = Memory Problems

Sleep Deficits = Memory Problems

July 22nd, 2014
Americans are not receiving adequate amounts of sleep with experts stating that sleep insufficiencies are now a public health epidemic. New research adds to the list of symptoms that a lack of sleep triggers as scientist discover sleep voids can ...

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

July 22nd, 2014
Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children. Adults easily grasp the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an ...
Alzheimer's Delayed by Caffeine?

Alzheimer’s Delayed by Caffeine?

July 22nd, 2014
Caffeine appears to have a positive effect on so-called "tau deposits" in Alzheimer's disease, scientists have found. Tau deposits are proteins that, together with beta-amyloid plaques, are some of the characteristic features of Alzheimer's disease. These deposits interfere with the communication ...
Reading Skill Development Can Continue to Middle School

Reading Skill Development Can Continue to Middle School

July 22nd, 2014
Traditional educational theory holds that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. A new study suggests to the contrary as Dartmouth researchers analyzed brain waves and found fourth-graders do not experience a change ...
Overreaction Can Lead to Near Misses

Overreaction Can Lead to Near Misses

July 22nd, 2014
A new study looks at how, in our hypercompetitive world, it is easy to not see the forest because of the trees when we experience a close loss or fail to achieve a company goal -- even though we ...
Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, ...
Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

July 21st, 2014
Emerging research shows that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. A three-year study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers examined ...
Common Genes Linked to Autism

Common Genes Linked to Autism

July 21st, 2014
New research sheds light on autism as scientists discover most of the genetic risk for the disorder comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous mutations. In the largest study of ...
Physician Training Program Improves Care for Depression

Physician Training Program Improves Care for Depression

July 21st, 2014
A new performance improvement initiative for physicians has been found to significantly increase their use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression. In a new study, Dr. Michael E. Thase of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and ...
Link Found Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Atherosclerosis Later in Life

For Women, Early Sexual Abuse Tied to Atherosclerosis Later in Life

July 20th, 2014
Women who were sexually abused as children often show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research. Published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, this is the first study to suggest a link between sexual ...
CBT in Elementary School Curriculum Lowers Children's Anxiety Levels

CBT in Grade School Can Lower Kids’ Anxiety

July 20th, 2014
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to greatly reduce anxiety levels in schoolchildren ages nine to 10 years old, according to new research from Oxford University. Researchers believe that this therapy would benefit all children, regardless of their anxiety levels. The ...
Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Decrease in Brain Volume

Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Decrease in Brain Volume

July 20th, 2014
A new study has confirmed a link between antipsychotic drugs and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. Researchers noted they were also able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for cognitive function, reporting that ...
Studying the Brain at Rest May Help Scientists Understand Severe Mental Illness

Study of Resting Brain May Help Unravel Severe Mental Illness

July 20th, 2014
The human brain operates much the same whether a person is at rest or performing a variety of tasks, according to new research from Rutgers University-Newark. This finding will make it easier to study severe mental illness, since scientists can ...
Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

July 19th, 2014
Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage, including thinking and memory problems, according to a new study. For the study, 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with a moderate traumatic brain injury were compared ...
Weight Management Program Also Reduces Depression

Weight Management Program Also Reduces Depression

July 19th, 2014
A program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the women, according to a new study from Duke University. The study was conducted with 185 low-income black women between the ages of 25 ...
Stress, High-Fat Meal Slows Metabolism in Women

Stress, High-Fat Meal Slows Metabolism in Women

July 19th, 2014
Experiencing a stressful situation and then eating a high-fat meal the next day can slow down the body’s metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain, according to a new study in women published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. “This means that, over ...
Melancholy Danes? Not So Much, And Genetics May Show Why

Melancholy Danes? Not So Much, And Genetics May Show Why

July 19th, 2014
Genetics could be the reason why Denmark tops the world in happiness, according to research from the University of Warwick. Economists at the university have been investigating why certain countries rank so high in happiness levels. In particular, they discovered that ...
Study Urges Global Push to Reach Pubertal Kids About Sexual Health

Study Urges Global Push to Reach Pubertal Kids About Sexual Health

July 18th, 2014
A new report from researchers at Georgetown University suggests informing very young adolescents about sexual and reproductive health is a strategy that has lifetime benefits. Investigators believe emerging adolescence presents a window of opportunity between age 10 to 14 years, a ...
Persistent Sleep Problems after Divorce Need Attention

Persistent Sleep Problems after Divorce Need Attention

July 18th, 2014
University of Arizona researchers have discovered that prolonged sleep problems after a divorce may be associated with hypertension. Experts cite a growing body of research that links divorce to significant negative health effects and even early death, yet few studies have ...
The Look of Love Differs from Lust

The Look of Love Differs from Lust

July 18th, 2014
New research suggests that where your date looks at you could indicate whether love or lust is the plan. University of Chicago researchers found that eye patterns concentrate on a stranger’s face if the viewer sees that person as a potential ...