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Obese Kids’ Brains Respond More to Sugar

December 14th, 2014
A new study has discovered that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. The study, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and ...

Nature, Nurture Both Figure Into Antisocial Behavior

December 13th, 2014
If you happen to carry a particular variant for one of three common genes (whether you carry just one or all three), you may be more likely to engage in antisocial behavior, but only if you were exposed to an abusive or ...

Researchers ID New Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

December 13th, 2014
Researchers have identified a new cluster of preclinical symptoms that may indicate when a young person is at greater risk for developing a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. The researchers also identified several biological processes that typically occur during a person’s transition from minor ...

Memory Lapses Among Well-Educated May Signal Stroke Risk

December 13th, 2014
People with a high level of education who complain about memory lapses have a higher risk for stroke, according to new research. "Studies have shown how stroke causes memory complaints," said Arfan Ikram, M.D., associate professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in ...

Looking at Social Media Reactions After Terrorist Attack

December 13th, 2014
How do people from distant communities react just after a terrorist attack? As they reach out through social media, how do they show their support and express their own fears? These were some of the questions pursued by researchers from the University of ...

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Work-Sleep Tradeoff Leads to Sleep Deficits

December 12th, 2014
New research suggest that later starting times for work or school may help to reduce chronic sleep loss. University of Pennsylvania investigators discovered paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep. As such, chronic sleep loss potentially could be ...

Research Fails to Support Mindfulness as Weight Loss Technique

December 12th, 2014
A new review finds that there is little documented evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers analyzed 19 studies that promoted the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Although 13 of the studies documented weight loss among participants ...

Some Personality Traits Linked to Health

December 12th, 2014
Emerging research suggests some aspects of our personality appear to be associated with our immune system. The link to the immune system may influence our health and well-being. Investigators found that two key traits -- a person’s degree of extraversion and conscientiousness -- ...

Brain Inflammation Appears to Be Common in Autism

December 11th, 2014
In the brains of people with autism, microglial cells (a type of support cell) appear to be constantly activated, with genes for inflammation responses perpetually turned on, according to a new collaborative study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and ...
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