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For Music Pros, Performing Revs Up Learning and Memory Genes

For Music Pros, Performing Revs Up Learning and Memory Genes

March 30th, 2015
A new Finnish study finds that music performance by professional musicians stimulates the genes responsible for essential brain functions. Music performance is known to induce structural and functional changes to the human brain and enhance cognition. But the molecular mechanisms underlying music performance have been ...
Education Not Necessarily Tied to Happiness

Education Not Necessarily Tied to Happiness

March 30th, 2015
A new study suggests a good education may not improve your chances of happiness. University of Warwick researchers In the U.K. reviewed socioeconomic factors related to high mental well-being, such as level of education and personal finances. The study is published in the British ...
Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

March 27th, 2015
Researchers have known that a high-fat diet is linked to a variety of medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. Emerging research suggests a high-fat diet may also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. As discussed in a ...
Military Report Finds Strong Link between PTSD and Heart Disease

Military Report Finds Strong Link between PTSD and Heart Disease

March 27th, 2015
A new study finds that veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder had a significantly greater risk of developing heart failure when compared with non-PTSD peers. For the research, Department of Veteran Affairs researchers studied more than 8,000 veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific ...
Roseroot Herb for Depression

Roseroot Herb for Depression

March 27th, 2015
A new preliminary study suggests a herbal remedy may someday serve as a treatment option for depression. This outcome stems from a small study that found the alternative medical approach provided almost the same relief without side effects. Researchers at the Perelman ...
New Standard for Detecting Alzheimer’s

New Standard for Detecting Alzheimer’s

March 27th, 2015
A University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) led research team has validated a standard protocol that can be used to detect one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The approach detects atrophy in the part of the brain known as the hippocampus. The ...
Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

March 26th, 2015
A new study suggests a pregnant woman's exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the toxic air pollution caused in part by vehicle emissions, coal burning and smoking, may be bad for her child's brain. In a small study, researchers found a powerful relationship between ...
DBT Shown to Reduce Suicide Tries in High-Risk Women

DBT Shown to Reduce Suicide Tries in High-Risk Women

March 26th, 2015
New research discovered a variety of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) interventions helped to reduce suicide attempts and nonsuicidal self-injury acts in a group of high-risk women. As published online by JAMA Psychiatry, the randomized clinical trial was performed on women with borderline personality ...
Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

March 26th, 2015
The argument on the role of nature (genetics) verse nurture (environment) for influencing a person’s intelligence has taken a new chapter. Pennsylvania State University researchers believe more schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the ...
Marital Partners Usually Share Religious Beliefs

Marital Partners Usually Share Religious Beliefs

March 26th, 2015
New research suggests we tend to marry people with similar religious or non-religious beliefs because we perceive they will have similar personality traits. Investigators from New Zealand's University of Otago believe this phenomenon, known as "religious homogamy" is partially a result of inferences ...