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Background TV Detrimental to Kids’ Development

July 26th, 2014
Allowing the television to remain on when no one is watching negatively impacts children’s learning and development, according to a new study that investigated the effects of television on children's social and emotional development. Specifically, the University of Iowa (UI) researchers found ...

Huge Genome Study Identifies Over 100 Genes Linked to Schizophrenia

July 26th, 2014
In the largest genome study ever conducted on any psychiatric disorder, an international team of researchers identified more than 100 genes linked to the development of schizophrenia. The findings, published online in the journal Nature, could lead to new approaches to treating the ...

Low-Income Students in High-Performing Schools Engage in Fewer Risky Behaviors

July 26th, 2014
A new study has found that when minority teens from low-income families began attending high-performing public charter high schools, they were much less likely to engage in risky health behaviors, compared to peers who were not admitted into those schools. They also ...

Being Unemployed Could Kill You, But Recession Is Good For Your Health

July 26th, 2014
It’s a conundrum: Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. While some past studies have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, others have shown that mortality actually declines in the population as unemployment ...

Babies’ Inability to Make Eye-Contact/Smile Used to Trigger Autistic Interventions

July 25th, 2014
Emerging research from the University of Miami suggests babies at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be identified before year one. Early detection of a high risk child could allow interventions to mitigate autistic behaviors. In the study, researchers studied babies at ...

Soulmates Have Worst Relationships

July 25th, 2014
Provocative new research looks into the way that people think and talk about love. Social psychologists observed that people talk and think about love in an incessant variety of ways but underlying such diversity are some common themes that frame how we think ...

Highly Educated Wives, No Longer at Increased Risk of Divorce

July 25th, 2014
For decades, sociologists have known that when a wife possessed a higher degree of educational obtainment than that her husband, her risk of divorce was higher than average. Now, a new study finds this is no longer the case. "We also found that ...

How Does Sharing Your Story Over Social Media Influence Your Emotions

July 25th, 2014
Humans enjoy sharing life stories with others. And the ability to share personal news -- both good and bad -- has exploded over the last decade, particularly via social media and texting. However, existing research on "social sharing" -- or the act ...

Childbirth Pain May Influence Depression

July 24th, 2014
A provocative new editorial suggests controlling pain during childbirth and after delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Katherine Wisner, M.D., a perinatal psychiatrist, bases her hypothesis on a new Chinese study that found women who had pain control with epidural anesthesia ...

New Brain Stimulation Technique May Provide Rapid Depression Relief

July 24th, 2014
Brain stimulation treatments are often used to treat depression. However, protocols of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), often have a delayed onset -- similar to depressant medications. For example, a patient may receive several weeks of regular ECT treatments ...
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