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Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the ...

Social Network Games Can Enhance Family Ties

November 19th, 2014
Playing games on a social media site may actually improve communication among family members of all ages. In a new study, researchers discovered online games like CityVille are being played multi-generationally within families. "These interactions prove social networks are tools that break down ...

Musical Expertise Linked to Robust Long-Term Memory

November 19th, 2014
A study of professional musicians suggests musical expertise improves long-term memory and cognitive performance. In the research, scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington measured electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. Dr. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor ...

Family Rules Help Kids Learn to Eat Healthy, Stay Active

November 18th, 2014
New research provides timely suggestions to help parents guide their children to a healthy lifestyle. Indiana University investigators found that setting specific family rules about healthy eating and sedentary behavior actually leads to healthier practices in children. Alyssa M. Lederer, doctoral candidate and associate ...

Financial Incentives Help Socially Disadvantaged Smokers Quit

November 18th, 2014
Small financial incentives appear to provide a great dividend in helping socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers just say “no.” Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) found that providing an incentive in the form of weekly cash gift cards improved ...

Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes

November 18th, 2014
New research using a rat model suggests even brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavior in a person even after use of the medication ends. Investigators believe use of oxycodone may result in a “cognitive hangover” that can lead to enduring ...

Mental Exhaustion Increases Risk of Heart Disease

November 18th, 2014
New research suggests psychological factors can elevate the risk of heart disease among healthy men and women by 36 percent. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers discovered fatigue, increased irritability, and feeling demoralized were associated with the increase in risk for first-time cardiovascular ...

Cookie Monster Helps Kids Learn Self-Control

November 17th, 2014
An innovative study has determined that watching the Sesame Street video featuring the Cookie Monster can help children improve their executive skills. Deborah Linebarger, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, discovered that when a group of preschoolers watched videos of ...

Adults With Autism Find It Hard to Recognize Facial Clues

November 17th, 2014
A new study finds that adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often struggle when they need to use facial clues to help perform a task. Investigators from Brunel University London, found that while adults with ASD are able to recognize static faces, they ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...