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Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...

Laughing Gas for Depression?

December 10th, 2014
A new study finds that a drug that makes people laugh may also reduce their depression. A pilot study has found that nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," may be a potential treatment option for treatment resistant severe depression. Researchers at Washington University School of ...

Half of U.S. Kids Face Harmful Events That Can Impact Health, School

December 9th, 2014
Nearly half of all children in the United States experience an adverse event during childhood that could lead to long-term health or educational consequences, according to new research. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say the experiences -- including ...

Work Jerks Beware – Even Good Ideas Can Be Hobbled by Attitude

December 9th, 2014
Being pushy at work can help to advance your cause -- or not, according to a new study in the Journal of Business and Psychology. While investigators found that being disagreeable sometimes helps to sell your idea to others, difficult or irritating people should ...

Animal Studies May Help Explain Postpartum Disorders

December 9th, 2014
A new study suggests an expanded research agenda on animals could help to improve knowledge on human psychiatric conditions that occur after birth. Experts say that in the days shortly after giving birth, mothers often experience a period of increased calmness and decreased ...

Teaching Kids to Tell the Truth

December 9th, 2014
New research discovers that if you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. In the study, Canadian researchers from McGill University in Montreal performed a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ...

Football Brain Injuries Require More Study

December 8th, 2014
The claim that playing football can result in lifelong damage to the brain may be premature. Reports have routinely linked aggression, violence, depression, and suicide with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative brain disease linked to playing football. But just how CTE and behavioral ...

Obesity Can Shorten Life Up to 8 Years

December 8th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that overweight and obese individuals may have their life expectancy shortened by up to eight years. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, examined the relationship between body weight and life expectancy. Their study is published in the journal ...

Bilingual Cognitive Advantage May Be Less than Advertised

December 8th, 2014
A new study challenges the idea that bilingual speakers have a cognitive advantage. The research suggests that a publication bias in favor of positive results may skew the overall literature on bilingualism and cognitive function. The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal ...

Mindfulness Found to Reduce Opioid Use

December 8th, 2014
A new program for people with chronic pain helps individuals reduce the need for opioid medications. Researchers from the University of Utah developed a program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that applies mindfulness techniques to alleviate pain and craving. The MORE intervention concentrates on ...