Research News

‘Neural Workaround’ May Help Stave Off Dementia

September 14th, 2014
Researchers have discovered a “neural workaround” in the human brain that can compensate for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. According to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, the findings could help explain why some people with beta-amyloid ...

Elderly at Risk for PTSD Symptoms After Serious Fall

September 14th, 2014
Elderly people who have fallen down and suffered an injury may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the next few days, according to a new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The researchers found PTSD symptoms in 27 out ...

‘Fat Shaming’ Linked to Weight Gain, Not Weight Loss

September 14th, 2014
"Fat shaming" does not encourage weight loss in overweight adults; in fact, those who experience this type of discrimination tend to gain more weight, according to new research by University College London (UCL). In a four-year study of 2,944 UK adults, those who ...

Study Finds New Insights Into Chemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

September 13th, 2014
Neurons in schizophrenia patients secrete greater amounts of dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine -- three neurotransmitters commonly linked to a range of psychiatric disorders. The findings, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, confirms and enhances the theory of a chemical basis for ...

Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

September 13th, 2014
New research from Brigham Young University shows that perceived preferential treatment of one child by parents can lead to alcohol, cigarette, and drug use by the less-favored children. That’s in families that aren’t very close to each other -- what researcher Alex Jensen, ...

Magic Mushrooms Can Help Longtime Smokers Quit

September 13th, 2014
Smokers who had previously experienced many failed attempts to quit the habit were finally able to do so after two or three doses of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in magic mushrooms -- during a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program. The study ...

Happy Wife, Happy Life

September 13th, 2014
A new study finds that for older adults, the more content the wife is with her marriage, the happier the husband is with his life -- no matter how he feels about their relationship. “I think it comes down to the fact that ...

Facebook Changes May Mask Personality of Strangers

September 12th, 2014
New research finds that many people can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity. However, researchers also believe changes made by Facebook over the past three years makes this a much more difficult task. University of Kansas researchers sampled 100 Facebook ...

Youth Find it Hard to Resist Immediate Rewards

September 12th, 2014
University of Iowa investigators found teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. Thus, when a teen performs an action then pleads that they could not keep themselves from doing the deed, they may be correct. ...

Collective Pain Can Have a Benefit

September 12th, 2014
The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us that even the most horrific circumstances can have a positive effect, in some cases by bringing together a community, a city, or an entire nation. New research suggests that, despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social ...