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Depression, Cognitive Ills After 65 Tied to Faster Brain Aging

August 10th, 2014
People who develop depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) after age 65 are more vulnerable to accelerated brain aging, according to a new study. Older adults with major depression have double the risk of developing dementia compared with those who have never had ...

Frequent Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

August 10th, 2014
Smoking marijuana just once a week can have a “significant” negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing the health implications of legalizing marijuana at the ...

Music Training Can Strengthen Kids’ Learning Ability

August 10th, 2014
New research shows that musical training can help offset some academic achievement gaps for disadvantaged kids. The study, which involved hundreds of disadvantaged kids in musical training programs in public schools in Los Angeles and Chicago, spotlights how learning to play a musical ...

Accurate Self-Perception Vital for Healthy Weight in Teens

August 9th, 2014
Kids who recognize they are overweight are more likely to attempt weight loss, according to a new study by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. But many are likely to underestimate their weight problem, say the researchers. The findings, published in the journal ...

Spatial Skill May Be Undiminished with Age

August 8th, 2014
Australian researchers have found a specific brain function remains the same in later years as they were in prime time. One skill that appears to remain intact is spatial attention, or the ability to focus on specific stimuli in a visual environment. Investigators at the ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

Good Ol’ Boy Bias Persists in Job Interviews

August 8th, 2014
Although the workforce playing field is shifting, researchers find that when women apply for a job in a male-dominated field, they should accent their assertive qualities. The new research by Michigan State University (MSU) scholars is part of a series that looks at ...

Fitness Helps Middle-School Girls Avoid Depression

August 8th, 2014
A new study suggests that physically fit sixth-graders -- especially girls -- are less likely to report feeling depressed when they reach seventh grade. The research was presented at the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention. Investigators discovered that sixth-grade girls who performed better on ...

Weight Loss Does Not Mean Happiness

August 8th, 2014
New research from the UK finds that while weight loss was associated with improved health, the mental benefits, if any, were fleeting. Researchers followed 1,979 overweight and obese adults in the UK and found that people who lost five percent or more of ...

Helping Women Cope with Sexual Objectification

August 7th, 2014
A new study of how female college students handle unwanted catcalls, demeaning stares, and sexual advances finds that some women may benefit from counseling to relieve internal distress and enhance coping skills. Researchers discovered some young women simply have more resilience and better ...
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