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Train Brain to be Addicted to Healthy Foods

Train Brain to be Addicted to Healthy Foods

September 2nd, 2014
A new study using brain imaging suggests it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods. As published online in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, researchers from Tufts University and at Massachusetts General ...

Family Dinner with Teen Provides Protection from Cyberbullying

Family Dinner with Teen Provides Protection from Cyberbullying

September 2nd, 2014
As simple as it sounds, making family dinner with your teen a routine provides a double benefit as the support helps adolescents cope with cyberbullying and improves their overall mental health. Researchers from McGill University studied the association between cyberbullying and ...
Plants Grow Workplace Productivity

Plants Grow Workplace Productivity

September 2nd, 2014
New research suggests adding plants to a sterile office could increase productivity by 15 percent. Further, a green office was found to make workers happier. British investigators examined the impact of 'lean' and 'green' offices on staff's perceptions of air ...
Overeating Linked to Viewing Specific Type of Television Program

Overeating Linked to Viewing Specific Type of Television Program

September 2nd, 2014
Emerging research suggests that not all TV is alike when it comes to overeating. Cornell University researchers discovered that some TV programs might lead people to eat twice as much as other programs. "We find that if you're watching an action movie ...
Volunteerism Helps Older Adults Stay Happier, Healthier

Volunteerism Helps Older Adults Stay Happier, Healthier

September 1st, 2014
Volunteering appears to play an important role for improving the health and happiness of older adults with the activity perhaps even more beneficial for seniors with a chronic health condition. A new study, published online in Psychological Bulletin, is the first ...
Robots May Help Autistic Kids Learn Life Skills

Robots May Help Autistic Kids Learn Life Skills

September 1st, 2014
A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) has found that humanoid robots can help children with autism spectrum disorder learn new skills and improve social behaviors. According to researchers, the robots help children learn by imitating behavior and ...
How Meaningful Relationships Can Help Us Thrive

How Meaningful Relationships Can Help Us Thrive

September 1st, 2014
A new paper provides an important perspective on thriving through relationships. Past research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better mental health, higher levels of subjective well-being, and lower rates of morbidity and mortality. The work explores the ...
Childhood Burn Survivors Suffer Higher Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Childhood Burn Survivors Suffer Higher Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

August 31st, 2014
Adults who were hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new Australian study. A 30-year follow-up study of childhood burn victims by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s ...
New Research Shows Sleep Critical to Effective PTSD Treatment

New Research Shows Sleep Critical to Effective PTSD Treatment

August 31st, 2014
Sleep quality is critical to the effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, according to a new study. "I think these findings help us understand why sleep disturbances and nightmares are such important symptoms in PTSD," said Sean P.A. Drummond, Ph.D., professor ...
Mothers of Autistic Kids Benefit from Peer-Led Intervention

Mothers of Autistic Kids Benefit from Peer-Led Intervention

August 31st, 2014
Peer-led support groups that target the well-being of moms with disabled children have been found to significantly reduce maternal stress, depression, and anxiety, according to new research from Vanderbilt University. “The well-being of this population is critically important because, compared to ...
College Students In Study Spend 8 to 10 Hours Daily on Cell Phone

College Students In Study Spend 8 to 10 Hours Daily on Cell Phone

August 31st, 2014
A new study from researchers at Baylor University has found that women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cell phones, while men students spend nearly eight hours. “That’s astounding,” said lead author James Roberts, Ph.D., ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...