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Alcohol Use Can Impair Sleep, Cause Insomnia

December 11th, 2014
Emerging research suggests drinking alcohol to fall asleep may ultimately be counterproductive as the drug interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body’s sleep-regulating mechanism. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine believe that over time, the impairment in normal sleep function can ...

Laughing Gas for Depression?

December 10th, 2014
A new study finds that a drug that makes people laugh may also reduce their depression. A pilot study has found that nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," may be a potential treatment option for treatment resistant severe depression. Researchers at Washington University School of ...

Personality (As Defined by Friends) May Predict Longevity

December 9th, 2014
A new study shows that your friends' assessments of your personality may offer insight into how long you'll live. The findings are published in the journal Psychological Science. Scientists have long known that personality is a strong indicator of future health and longevity. ...

Mindfulness Found to Reduce Opioid Use

December 8th, 2014
A new program for people with chronic pain helps individuals reduce the need for opioid medications. Researchers from the University of Utah developed a program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that applies mindfulness techniques to alleviate pain and craving. The MORE intervention concentrates on ...

Brain Activity Just After Quitting Smoking May Predict Relapse

December 7th, 2014
Smokers who attempt to quit but end up relapsing within seven days exhibit specific disruptions in the brain’s working memory system during their time of smoking abstinence, according to a new study by Penn Medicine. This distinct neural activity -- mainly a decrease ...

More Smartphone Use Leads to ‘Leisure Distress’

December 6th, 2014
A new study has found that young adults who are high-frequency smartphone users experience “leisure distress,” defined as feeling uptight, stressed, and anxious during free time. “The high-frequency cell phone user may not have the leisure skills necessary to creatively fill their free ...

Is Narcissism the New Norm?

December 5th, 2014
A new study questions if we are more narcissistic than we were in the past, and if narcissism is becoming common behavior? In the review, researchers discovered that at least on the surface, things have changed. Milleniaals, or those who came of age ...

Coping With Email Stress

December 4th, 2014
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of email you receive? Are you stressed by the thought of missing or not responding promptly to an important message? If you are, take heart -- new research provides some suggestions that can ease your state of mind. University ...

Turning Negatives into Positives

December 3rd, 2014
Most of us probably know someone who can routinely turn a negative trait into a personal advantage. While this behavior may be annoying, the ability to self-empower may also be inspiring. New research explains how this occurs as New York University (NYU) scientists posit ...

Most People Pay Double to Spare Stranger from Pain

December 2nd, 2014
A new study shows that people are typically willing to sacrifice twice as much money to spare a stranger from pain, compared to the amount they would pay to spare themselves, even when their decision is anonymous. The study, conducted by researchers from ...