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Low Levels of Oxytocin Linked to Poor Social Skills

August 18th, 2014
A new study has found that higher levels of the “cuddle” hormone oxytocin are linked to stronger social skills in both healthy children and in children with autism. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It ...

Gut Bacteria May Influence Cravings, Moods

August 18th, 2014
The bacteria found in our digestive tracts may be affecting both our cravings and moods, and may even push us toward obesity, according to a new analysis published in the journal BioEssays. Based on a review of recent scientific literature, researchers from University ...

Risky Situations Fuel Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Work Performance

August 17th, 2014
Risky situations increase anxiety for women, but not for men, according to a new study. This anxiety leads to women performing worse under risky circumstances, according to the study, which was presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. "On the ...

Certain Jobs Create Additional Stress for Parents

August 17th, 2014
New research has discovered that a person’s job -- and how society views it -- can create additional psychological baggage for some parents. The study, from researchers at the University of Iowa, found that parents who hold jobs viewed by society as aggressive, ...

For Many Kids, Parent in Jail Can Be Worse Than Divorce, Parental Death

August 16th, 2014
For Many Kids, Parent in Jail Can Be Worse Than Divorce, Parental DeathA new study has found significant mental health problems, including behavioral issues, in children whose parents are incarcerated. In fact, according to researchers ...

Autistic Kids 4 Times More Likely to Suffer GI Problems

August 16th, 2014
A new study analysis confirms what many parents of autistic children have been already known: children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are four times more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and three times more likely to experience constipation and diarrhea ...

Mass Job Loss Tied to More Teen Suicide Attempts

August 16th, 2014
When one percent of a state’s working population loses a job, suicide-related behaviors increase by two to three percentage points among girls and black teens in the following year, according to a new study by Duke University. Among girls, thoughts of suicide and ...

Memories of Mistakes Help Speed Up Learning

August 16th, 2014
New research has discovered why people learn a task faster the second or third time around -- not only are they helped by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the mistakes they made the first time ...

Rat Study Finds PTSD Can Develop Without Trauma Memory

August 15th, 2014
A new rat study finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop even without explicit memory of an earlier trauma. Researchers at the University of Albany and the University of California, Los Angeles note there are case reports of people who have experienced ...

Autistic Adults at Higher Risk of Sexual Victimization

August 15th, 2014
A new study has found that adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization, due to a lack of sex education. “Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain more of their sexual knowledge from external sources such as the Internet ...
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