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Your Brain Judges Trustworthiness Before You Know It

Your Brain Judges Trustworthiness Before You Know It

August 30th, 2014
Your brain makes a spontaneous judgment of whether or not another person’s face is trustworthy before you are even conscious of it, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “Our findings suggest that the brain automatically responds to ...

Weight Loss Surgery for Obesity May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's

Weight Loss Surgery for Obesity May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

August 30th, 2014
Weight loss surgery can actually benefit the brain, according to a new study. In fact, researchers theorize that bariatric surgery could help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in obese people. Past research how shown that obese people face a 35 percent ...
Pediatricians: Teens Need to Sleep In

Pediatricians: Teens Need to Sleep In

August 30th, 2014
In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that middle and high school classes begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. This later start time would allow teenagers to work with their body’s natural sleep rhythms. Beginning at ...
3 Factors Tied To Sky-High Suicide Rate Among MDs

3 Factors Tied To Sky-High Suicide Rate Among MDs

August 30th, 2014
A new analysis finds an astonishingly high rate of suicide among physicians in the following categories: those who were found unfit to practice; those in solo practice; or those who were taking benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety) drugs. The analysis, published in the journal ...
Magnetic Electrical Current Boosts Memory

Magnetic Electrical Current Boosts Memory

August 29th, 2014
External stimulation of the brain with electrical current using magnetic pulses has been found to improve memory. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine believe the discovery may signal a new method to treat memory impairments associated with diseases such as stroke, early Alzheimer’s ...
Angry Face May Convey Physical Strength

Angry Face May Convey Physical Strength

August 29th, 2014
Although we may not realize this, true anger is more than an emotional state; it can literally be seen in lowered brows, thinned lips, and flared nostrils. In fact, social scientists call this the “anger face.” Researchers at University of California, Santa ...
Understanding the Brain of Teenage Boys

Understanding the Brain of Teenage Boys

August 29th, 2014
Pushing boundaries and taking risks during adolescence is common, but for some the behavior becomes maladaptive. Emerging research is now illuminating the source of this behavior providing insights that will be helpful in reducing unsafe teen conduct. In a new issue, Florida ...
Imaging Studies Distinguish Imagination from Memory

Imaging Studies Distinguish Imagination from Memory

August 29th, 2014
In a new study, Brigham Young University researchers explore where and how imagination happens in the brain. Graduate student researcher Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor developed a methodology that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in a series of experiments ...
Sincere Appreciation Leads to New Friendships

Sincere Appreciation Leads to New Friendships

August 29th, 2014
A new Australian study suggests that the act of expressing gratitude to a new acquaintance for their help makes it more likely that they will seek an ongoing social relationship with you. Thus, the courtesy of saying “thank you” has value ...
No Easy Online Answers for Divorcing Co-Parents

No Easy Online Answers for Divorcing Co-Parents

August 28th, 2014
Online educational and support classes are often required for divorcing couples with children. But new research finds that standard content is often inappropriate as each parent has his or her own specific emotional needs. The concept of online education to teach parents ...
Mice Study Suggests Lack of Serotonin Not Behind Depression

Mice Study Suggests Lack of Serotonin Not Behind Depression

August 28th, 2014
New evidence challenges the conventional wisdom that the brain chemical serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression. In a study, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains ...
Soda Tax May Be Best Bet for Reducing Obesity in Kids

Soda Tax May Be Best Bet for Reducing Obesity in Kids

August 28th, 2014
Despite public health warnings and medical concerns, childhood obesity in the U.S. remains high. A new study suggests a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than ...
Depression in Young Adults Tied to Hyper-Connected Brain Networks

Depression in Young Adults Tied to Hyper-Connected Brain Networks

August 28th, 2014
Imaging studies of the brain show that young adults who have suffered from depression in the past seem to have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks, which may lead to reduced cognitive control, and negative rumination. University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers believe ...
Overconfident People Likely to be Overrated

Overconfident People Likely to be Overrated

August 28th, 2014
A new study from the UK finds that overconfident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are. Researchers discovered these self-deceived individuals are more likely to get promotions and reach influential positions in banks and ...
Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality ...
Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens

Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a collaborative delivery approach provides the best outcome for adolescents with depression. In the model, a depression care manager is teamed with a primary care (pediatrician or family practice) physician. The care manager, usually a nurse with ...
Eating Disorders May Hike Risk of Autoimmune Disease

Eating Disorders May Hike Risk of Autoimmune Disease

August 27th, 2014
Finnish researchers have found that individuals with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are at risk of developing specific medical problems. They discovered autoimmune illnesses including type I diabetes and inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ...
Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal ...
Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a disorder called "sleep drunkenness" may affect one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness occurs when, during or following arousals from sleep, peoples are confused or perform inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off ...
Owning a Dog Can Help You Lose Weight

Owning a Dog Can Help You Lose Weight

August 27th, 2014
Researchers from the University of Liverpool recommend investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets. In a new study, investigators reviewed scientific papers published ...

 
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