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Perception of Team Environment Boosts Desire to Complete Difficult Tasks

Perception of Team Environment Boosts Desire to Complete Difficult Tasks

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
Researchers have discovered that believing we are working together with others greatly improves our motivation to complete difficult tasks. Amazingly, the perception of a team environment enhances our drive, even we are actually working along. Stanford psychological scientists Priyanka B. ...

Things Not to Try for Autism

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than ...
Reminders of God May Boost Some Risk-Taking Behaviors

Reminders of God May Boost Some Risk-Taking Behaviors

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
People tend to seek out and take greater risks when they receive reminders that God exists, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. The researchers say this link is due to people's belief that a sovereign ...
Link between Chronic Insomnia and Mortality

Link between Chronic Insomnia and Mortality

February 27th, 2015 • 1 min read
Researchers have identified an association between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality. Scientists from the University of Arizona found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk of death than those who experience intermittent insomnia. Their study ...
Traveling in Social Circles

Traveling in Social Circles is Important to Improving Cities

February 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
Where we go and who we visit is an important issue to urban planners as they work to improve our cities and our environment. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study discovers that twenty percent of our movement around ...
Negative Workers More Likely to Become Mentally Fatigued

Negative Workers More Likely to Become Mentally Fatigued

February 26th, 2015 • 1 min read
A new first first-of-its-kind study finds that although employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, they could be hurting themselves in the process. Michigan State University researchers found that such negative-minded workers are more likely to ...
Experts Criticize 'Misleading' Research That B Vitamins Play No Role in Alzheimer's Prevention

Study On B Vitamins and Dementia Slammed

February 26th, 2015 • 1 min read
A study published last year claiming that B vitamins play no role in preventing dementia is coming under sharp criticism. Medical experts are concerned that patients who are in the earliest stages of dementia could miss out on a potentially effective ...
Sleeping Long Hours Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

Sleeping Long Hours Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

February 26th, 2015 • 1 min read
Emerging research suggests people who sleep more than eight hours a night may have an increased risk of stroke. The study has been published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers discovered people who slept more ...
Emotional Conflicts Fuel Concern About Not Having Enough Time

Emotional Conflicts Fuel Concern About Not Having Enough Time

February 26th, 2015 • 1 min read
A new study suggests that while many of us constantly feel pressed for time, the stress really has very little to do with time itself. "Beyond the number of activities actually competing for their time, emotional conflict between activities makes consumers ...
Adults Prefer Partners with Playful Personalities

Adults Prefer Partners with Playful Personalities

February 26th, 2015 • 1 min read
Although we cherish playful personalities among children, new research suggest we value the same lightheartedness among the individual we chose to be our partner. Playful adults are fond of wordplay, like improvising, approach a challenge cheerfully, take pleasure in unusual things, ...
Mouse Study Finds Brain Area That Triggers Deep Sleep

Mouse Study Finds Brain Area That Triggers Deep Sleep

February 25th, 2015 • 1 min read
When a particular area of the brain called the preoptic hypothalamus is switched on chemically, it triggers a deep sleep, according to scientists at Imperial College London in a new mouse study. The action is very similar to the way that ...
Wellness Advice Often Lacking for Mentally Ill

Wellness Advice Often Lacking for Mentally Ill

February 25th, 2015 • 2 min read
A new study finds health care providers often fail to provide dietary and exercise advice to patients with diabetes, or to those who display symptoms of mental illness. People with mental illness are often at high risk for diabetes as well as ...
Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

February 25th, 2015 • 3 min read
New research suggests people tend to avoid direct confrontation with a cyberbully, even when they have an opportunity to make a difference. In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow ...
Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

February 25th, 2015 • 3 min read
A new study discovers working long hours while raising a family can take a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families. Dr. Amit Kramer, a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor also found that an ...
Intense Anger Can Spark a Heart Attack

Intense Anger Can Spark a Heart Attack

February 25th, 2015 • 3 min read
So angry you could explode? If so, be aware of chest pains that may develop in the next few hours. New research discovers the risk of heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following an acute episode of ...
Statins for Erectile Dysfunction?

Researchers Call On FDA to End Statin Warnings

February 24th, 2015 • 3 min read
A wide-ranging and systematic review of more than two dozen trials of statin drugs has found no link to cognitive problems, prompting researchers to call on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to no longer require such warnings on statin ...
Teen Pregnancy More Likely for Girls with Mental Illness

Nearly 3 in 5 Pregnant Teens Have Used Drugs or Alcohol

February 24th, 2015 • 1 min read
Many teenagers, especially younger teens, may not be getting the message about the risks of using alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, nearly three in five pregnant ...
Mice Study Suggests 'Love Hormone' Mitigates Effects of Alcohol

Mice Study Suggests ‘Love Hormone’ Mitigates Effects of Alcohol

February 24th, 2015 • 1 min read
New research finds that the hormone oxytocin appears to prevent some of the physical effects of alcohol, at least in rats. Oxytocin is often referred to as the “love hormone” as the chemical plays a vital role in social and sexual ...
Daydreams May Improve Cognition

Daydreams May Improve Cognition

February 24th, 2015 • 2 min read
Repetitious, monotonous tasks often result in a wandering mind. This daydreaming behavior is frequently criticized as a lack of discipline and an action that hinders future performance. New research now suggests daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom as the ...
Telephone Support Can Help Ease Postnatal Depression

Telephone Support Can Help Ease Postnatal Depression

February 24th, 2015 • 1 min read
Emerging research discovers telephone-based peer support helps to reduce postnatal or postpartum depression in new mothers. The new study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, also found that social support from peers may be effective for maternal depression up to ...