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New Brain Stimulation Technique May Provide Rapid Depression Relief

July 24th, 2014
Brain stimulation treatments are often used to treat depression. However, protocols of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), often have a delayed onset -- similar to depressant medications. For example, a patient may receive several weeks of regular ECT treatments ...

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

July 24th, 2014
A new study suggests a new set of compounds initially developed for cancer treatments, show potential as a pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and officials worry that as baby boomers enter ...

Likelihood of False Memories Increase after Poor Sleep

July 24th, 2014
New research may have strong implications for the criminal justice system as researchers discover not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming false memories. Researchers from University of California, Irvine discovered sleep-deprived people who viewed photographs of a crime being committed ...

Depression Ups Smoking Cessation Challenge – Exercise Helpful

July 23rd, 2014
Smoking is often associated with depression with the mood disorder making it much more difficult to kick the habit. Often those that have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of. Those ...

Combat Metaphors in Business Often Backfire

July 23rd, 2014
A new study discovers bosses who try to motivate their employees with violent rhetoric -- think of Steve Jobs declaring "thermonuclear war" on Samsung -- may begin a ‘battle’ they often lose. "Business executives use violent language all the time," said David Wood, ...

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Schizophrenia

July 23rd, 2014
A new study finds that vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin. Vitamin D, produced by the skin after exposure to sunlight, helps the body absorb calcium and is ...

Blend Nature into School Playgrounds to Reduce Stress, Improve Attention

July 23rd, 2014
School playgrounds that feature natural habitats and trees do more than just provide a unique outdoor adventure as researchers discover the environment can reduce children's stress and inattention. University of Colorado Boulder researchers also found that working on class assignments or gardening ...

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

July 22nd, 2014
Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children. Adults easily grasp the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an innate ability ...

Reading Skill Development Can Continue to Middle School

July 22nd, 2014
Traditional educational theory holds that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. A new study suggests to the contrary as Dartmouth researchers analyzed brain waves and found fourth-graders do not experience a change in automatic ...

Overreaction Can Lead to Near Misses

July 22nd, 2014
A new study looks at how, in our hypercompetitive world, it is easy to not see the forest because of the trees when we experience a close loss or fail to achieve a company goal -- even though we may have ...