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Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids’ Aggressive Behavior

April 24th, 2014
Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids' Aggressive Behavior A new study finds evidence that prenatal smoking coupled with a genetic risk for behavioral problems could increase aggressive behavior in children -- especially in girls. Researchers ...

Speed-Reading Apps May Slow You Down

April 24th, 2014
Speed-Reading Apps May Slow You Down The adage that there is an app for everything remains relevant even when the app itself may be counterproductive. The latest example is an app designed for those on the ...

Spitefulness Analyzed and Measured

April 24th, 2014
Spitefulness Analyzed and Measured Spitefulness pertains to the dark art of hurting an opponent even when it comes at a price to you. In some cases, this pertains to being intentionally mean, while in other ...

Exercise To Keep Alzheimer’s Disease Away

April 24th, 2014
Exercise To Keep Alzheimer’s Disease AwayA study of older adults finds evidence that moderate physical activity can stave off shrinkage of the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation -- the area that ...

Specific Sleep Disorder Associated with Brain Diseases

April 23rd, 2014
Specific Sleep Disorder Associated with Brain DiseasesA new study suggests a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Researchers at the ...

Improve Dementia Management – Without More Drugs

April 22nd, 2014
Improve Dementia Management – Without More Drugs A panel of specialists in senior mental health has developed a new approach for handing agitation, aggression, and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia. Researchers believe the ...

Brain Appears Hardwired for Some Aspects of Language

April 21st, 2014
Brain Appears Hardwired for Some Aspects of Language  A new study discovers that human brains share common linguistic restrictions on the sound pattern of language. The understanding that language is hard-wired helps to explain ...

Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson’s Drugs

April 21st, 2014
Depression May Lessen Effectiveness of Parkinson's DrugsIn an unexpected finding, new research suggests depression can hamper cognitive function among Parkinson’s’ patients receiving traditional dopamine replacement therapy. Scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine ...

Inhibited Babies More Likely to Become Anxious Adults

April 20th, 2014
Inhibited Babies More Likely to Become Anxious AdultsAre nervous and inhibited babies more likely to become anxious adults? New research says yes. By following babies into their teens and beyond, researchers have been able to ...

Apathy Could Be Indicator of Brain Disease in Older People

April 19th, 2014
Apathy Could Be Indicator of Brain Disease in Older PeopleOlder people who are apathetic, but not depressed, may have smaller brain volumes than those without apathy, according to a new study. "Just as signs of ...