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Great Recession Tied to More Older Adult Suicides

February 28th, 2015
Suicide rates for adults in the United States between the ages of 40 and 64 have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007, according to a new study. A possible explanation for the jump could be the detrimental ...

Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

February 28th, 2015
New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder. According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's ...

Rejection Seems to Hurt Depressed People Longer

February 28th, 2015
The pain of social rejection lasts longer for people with untreated depression, according to a new study. That’s because the brain cells of depressed people release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the journal Molecular ...

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...

Reminders of God May Boost Some Risk-Taking Behaviors

February 27th, 2015
People tend to seek out and take greater risks when they receive reminders that God exists, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. The researchers say this link is due to people's belief that a sovereign God will ...

Link between Chronic Insomnia and Mortality

February 27th, 2015
Researchers have identified an association between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality. Scientists from the University of Arizona found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk of death than those who experience intermittent insomnia. Their study has been ...

Traveling in Social Circles is Important to Improving Cities

February 27th, 2015
Where we go and who we visit is an important issue to urban planners as they work to improve our cities and our environment. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study discovers that twenty percent of our movement around town is ...

Perception of Team Environment Boosts Desire to Complete Difficult Tasks

February 27th, 2015
Researchers have discovered that believing we are working together with others greatly improves our motivation to complete difficult tasks. Amazingly, the perception of a team environment enhances our drive, even we are actually working along. Stanford psychological scientists Priyanka B. Carr and ...

Negative Workers More Likely to Become Mentally Fatigued

February 26th, 2015
A new first first-of-its-kind study finds that although employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, they could be hurting themselves in the process. Michigan State University researchers found that such negative-minded workers are more likely to become mentally ...

Sleeping Long Hours Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

February 26th, 2015
Emerging research suggests people who sleep more than eight hours a night may have an increased risk of stroke. The study has been published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers discovered people who slept more than eight ...