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Twitter May Amplify Relationship Conflicts

July 3rd, 2014
A new study finds that active Twitter users are far more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict with their romantic partners. Russell Clayton, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, found that Twitter-related conflict then leads to negative relationship outcomes, ...

Can Mobile Technology Transform Psychiatric Care?

July 2nd, 2014
A new smartphone application could potentially transform how patients with mental illnesses are monitored and treated by clinicians. Uri Nevo, Ph.D., and a team of scientists from Tel Aviv University developed a system that detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns, and then transmits them ...

Teen Sexting Associated with Sexual Behavior

July 1st, 2014
A new study illuminates the relationship between "sexting" and sexual behavior in early adolescence. University of Southern California researchers believe the findings can inform the ongoing national conversation about whether sexually explicit text messaging is a risk behavior or just a technologically-enabled extension ...

New App Helps People Get Up, Stand Up for Fitness

June 30th, 2014
A new smartphone-based intervention may produce short-term reductions in sedentary behavior that can help to improve health. Researchers from Miriam Hospital, affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, developed a smartphone-based intervention, or smartphone app, to reduce the amount of time obese ...

Sleep Problems Linked To Decline in Brain Function With Age

June 29th, 2014
New research shows a link between sleep and memory problems in older people. Researchers at the University of Warwick in England conducted an analysis of sleep and cognitive data from 3,968 men and 4,821 women who took part in the English Longitudinal Study ...

Heavy Alcohol Use Tied to 1 in 10 Deaths of Working-Age Adults

June 28th, 2014
Excessive alcohol use is linked to one in 10 deaths among adults ages 20 to 64 years of age in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death ...

Substantial Weight Loss = Better Mood, Improved Sleep

June 27th, 2014
New research has documented that when obese adults lose at least fives percent of their body weight they sleep better and longer. In addition, the study found that weight loss at six months improved sleep quality, as well as mood, regardless of how ...

More Fruits and Veggies May Not Be Best Way to Lose Weight

June 26th, 2014
A new study suggests simply eating more fruits and vegetables will not aid in losing weight. University of Alabama-Birmingham researchers say that while it is a commonly recommended weight-loss tactic to increase the feeling of being full by consuming more fruits and vegetables, increased ...

Puzzle Video Games Can Improve Aspects of Cognition

June 25th, 2014
The ability of video games to improve mental fitness has been the subject of considerable debate. A new study suggests playing a specific puzzle-oriented game can improve mental flexibility. Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore discovered that adults who played the ...

Working With The Human Bent to Fear Approaching Things

June 24th, 2014
New research cites an evolutionary characteristic to explain the general tendency in humans to fear things that are approaching, even if the element is non-threatening. Researchers believe that as our ancestors struggled for survival, humans learned that something approaching us is far more ...