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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 the closer ...

Exercise, Relaxation Can Reduce Social Anxiety

July 18th, 2014
Researchers from Queen’s University have found that exercise and relaxation practices can help people with social anxiety disorders view the world more positively. Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. candidate, discovered exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can literally change the way people perceive the ...

Wisdom, Selective Engagement Help Older Adults Cope with Aging

July 17th, 2014
Emerging research suggests older adults have tricks up their sleeve to combat cognitive aging. A set of three articles in a recent edition of the journal Perspectives in Psychological Science discusses a variety of factors -- including motivation and crystallized knowledge -- that ...

Fish Oil May Improve Memory, Slow Cognitive Decline

July 16th, 2014
A new study discovered regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults. Researchers examined the relationship between FOS use and memory function during a study of Alzheimer's incorporating neuroimaging ...

Sexy Photos on Facebook May Harm Perceptions

July 15th, 2014
A new study suggests posting sexy or revealing photos by girls and young women on social media sites gives their female peers a bad impression. Oregon State University researchers discovered peers judged individuals who posted the photos as being less physically and socially ...

Text Messages After ER Visit Can Reduce Binge Drinking

July 14th, 2014
A visit to the emergency room can end up a teachable moment when a tailored follow-up mobile text message is delivered the next day. Researchers discover young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more ...

Stress, Depression, Hostility Raise Stroke Risk

July 13th, 2014
Middle-aged and older adults who suffer from high levels of stress, hostility, or depression are at greater risk for stroke or transient ischemic attack (a stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain), according to new research ...

24 Hours Without Sleep Can Lead to Schizophrenia-Like Symptoms

July 12th, 2014
Going 24 hours without sleep can lead to schizophrenia-like symptoms in healthy people, according to a new international study. The tired patients experienced several symptoms that would otherwise be attributed to psychosis or schizophrenia. "It was clear to us that a sleepless night ...

Winning Not Essential for Having Fun in Sports

July 11th, 2014
Refreshing new research finds that for kids, having fun while playing organized sports means much more than winning. Winning ranked near the bottom of 81 determinants of fun, each of which falls into one of 11 big fun factors, according to a new ...

Perception of Exercise as Fun Helps to Control Diet

July 10th, 2014
For some, the caloric benefit of a good workout is often negated by increased consumption of calories afterward. That bowl of ice cream or chips and dip becomes a reward for the treadmill grind. New research suggests a remedy: the way you perceive the ...
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