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Taking Time To Make Healthy Food Choices

December 17th, 2014
New research suggests it takes a while for the brain to consider the healthiness of a food. Therefore, taking time to consider our food choices – be it eating a slice of pecan pie or instead opting for fruit -- may be our best ...

Work Burnout Linked to Atypical Depression

December 16th, 2014
New research suggests a strong link between being disenchanted by work and depression. City College of New York psychology professor Dr. Irvin Schonfeld studied more than 5,500 school teachers to estimate the prevalence of depressive disorders in workers with burnout. He discovered 90 percent ...

Virtual Body-Swapping May Reduce Racism

December 16th, 2014
A new study uses technology to create illusions that may be used to reduce prejudice and racism. An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort reality, they are generally shared ...

‘Technoference’ Tied to Lower Relationship Quality

December 16th, 2014
In a new study, couples who allowed technology to frequently interrupt their time together (even when it's unintentional) also reported lower relationship satisfaction, more depressive symptoms, and lower life satisfaction overall. There is a word for this new phenomenon: "technoference." The term, coined ...

Boosting Dementia Caregivers’ Mental Health

December 16th, 2014
People caring for relatives with dementia may benefit from a brief coping strategies therapy, new research suggests. There are more than 15 million family carers of people with dementia in the U.S. Clinical depression, anxiety, or other substantial psychological symptoms are common ...

Skipping Meals Linked to Child Obesity

December 16th, 2014
It may seem paradoxical, but new research discovers children who skip main meals are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased cardiometabolic risk. Remarkably, Finnish investigators discovered the link may be apparent by the age of six to eight years. Researchers ...

War Metaphors for Cancer Are Not Helpful

December 16th, 2014
The use of war metaphors such as “fight” and “battle” are commonly used to encourage and motivate patients with cancer. A new study, however, suggests that using those words can have an unintended negative effect. David Hauser, a University of Michigan doctoral student, and ...

Hepatitis C Ruled Out as Cause of Mental Impairment for Those With HIV

December 15th, 2014
Treatment advances for immunodeficiency virus (HIV) now allow people with the condition to live long and productive lives. As they age, however, many experience impaired thinking, memory loss, mood swings and other evidence of impaired mental function. Scientists are puzzled over why these changes ...

Soldiers with Mental Illness at High Suicide Risk in Year After Hospital Stay

December 15th, 2014
U.S. Army soldiers who have been admitted to the hospital with a psychiatric disorder are at far greater risk for attempting suicide during the first 12 months after the hospital discharge, according to new research by the Army Study to Assess Risk ...

Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals May Reduce Kids’ IQ

December 15th, 2014
A new study finds that children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common household chemicals had a significantly lower IQ score than children exposed at lower levels. The chemicals, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) are found in a wide ...
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