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Vulnerable Brain Spot Tied to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s

November 28th, 2014
Oxford researchers have discovered a specific network in the brain that is the first to degenerate with age and also the most vulnerable spot for the development of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Positive Emotions Affect Baby Memories

November 27th, 2014
While developmental experts strongly recommend for parents to play and talk to their five-month old baby, many wonder if the child remembers any of it a day later. Now, a new Brigham Young University study suggests the infant remembers the good times, if ...

Placebo Treatment Activates Brain in Parkinson’s

November 27th, 2014
Researchers have learned that simply the expectation of learning stimulates brain activity among individuals with Parkinson’s. For individuals with Parkinson's disease, the placebo effect activates the brain, providing a response similar to that experienced after the administration of actual medications. Researchers say the study ...

Testosterone Spike Does Not Convey Competitive Advantage

November 27th, 2014
A new study dispels the notion that a higher surge of testosterone in competition, the so-called “winner effect,” influences performance success. Dr. David Edwards, a professor of psychology at Emory University, and his graduate student Kathleen Casto studied intercollegiate cross-country runners. They found ...

People with Autism See Faces Differently

November 27th, 2014
New research suggests the way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information could explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples' faces. Investigators from the University of Montreal, however, say this difference in gathering of information is different from the judgment process ...

Sleep Apnea Tied to Poor Oxygen Intake During Exercise

November 27th, 2014
Individuals with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may have limited oxygen capacity while participating in strenuous aerobic exercise, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which a person’s breathing ...

Arterial Plaque Can Lead to Cognitive Impairment

November 27th, 2014
While it is well known that plaque buildup in the arteries can increase the risk of heart disease, new research discovers the condition can also compromise mental acuity. In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in ...

Gambling Issues Often Linked to Personality Disorders

November 26th, 2014
A new review suggest that individuals receiving treatment for gambling problems should also be screened for personality disorders. The recommendation comes after researchers from Monash University in Australia discovered treatment for gambling problems is often complicated because an individual may also suffer from ...

Progesterone Helps Cocaine-Addicted Women Stay Abstinent After Pregnancy

November 26th, 2014
Women with cocaine addiction who quit during pregnancy may have an easier time achieving long-term abstinence with the help of progesterone supplementation, according to a new study at Yale University. The study involved 50 pregnant women with cocaine use problems. Of all the ...

Breast Asymmetry Can Impact Teen Mental Health

November 26th, 2014
A new study by plastic surgeons finds that differences in breast size have a significant mental health impact in adolescent girls. Researchers discovered breast asymmetry affects self-esteem, emotional well-being, and social functioning. The study has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official ...