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NYU study finds cortisol profile differences among sexual minority men

NYU study finds cortisol profile differences among sexual minority men

Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to maintaining the natural balance of the body. [More]
‘Nudges’ could be effective way for encouraging patients to complete health care programs

‘Nudges’ could be effective way for encouraging patients to complete health care programs

Keeping messages brief and simple can produce gains when trying to encourage patients to complete a health care program, says research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in social psychology. [More]
Transcranial magnetic stimulation could bring back abandoned memories

Transcranial magnetic stimulation could bring back abandoned memories

It's clear that your working memory -- which holds attention on small things of short-term importance -- works, or you wouldn't be able to remember a new phone number long enough to dial it. [More]
Bone density could be one of early indicators of brain degeneration in Alzheimer's disease

Bone density could be one of early indicators of brain degeneration in Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at NEOMED have just identified a major connection between areas of the brainstem - the ancient area that controls mood, sleep and metabolism - and detrimental changes to bone in a preclinical model of Alzheimer's disease (AD). [More]
Enzyme research provides new insights into pathophysiology of depression

Enzyme research provides new insights into pathophysiology of depression

Despite the fact that more than four percent of the world's population suffer from depression, and even though approximately 1,500 individuals commit suicide each year in Sweden, the understanding of the pathophysiology of depression remains unclear and only a few new discoveries of mechanisms behind it have been made in recent years. [More]
Young toddlers possess false-belief understanding, study finds

Young toddlers possess false-belief understanding, study finds

A new study finds that, under the right conditions, 2 1/2-year-old children can answer questions about people acting on false beliefs, an ability that most researchers believe does not develop until age 4. [More]
Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

It's somewhat of a little-known adverse effect of having breast cancer, but studies suggest that approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes. Nocturnal hot flashes are among the most problematic because they can contribute to poor sleep. [More]
Study offers important insights into link between mental disorders and physical diseases

Study offers important insights into link between mental disorders and physical diseases

Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases. [More]
Study explores link between feeding behavior and alcohol consumption

Study explores link between feeding behavior and alcohol consumption

Laboratory rats will drink alcohol if it's available, and may even get a little tipsy, researchers report in a new study. [More]
Study reveals link between genes for academic achievement and partner choices

Study reveals link between genes for academic achievement and partner choices

A study co-led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) has found that people with genes for high educational achievement tend to marry, and have children with, people with similar DNA. [More]
Study finds plant compounds may bolster brain activity in older adults

Study finds plant compounds may bolster brain activity in older adults

The same compounds that give plants and vegetables their vibrant colors might be able to bolster brain functioning in older adults, according to a recent study from the University of Georgia. [More]
Vitamin D supplementation improves autism symptoms, study shows

Vitamin D supplementation improves autism symptoms, study shows

Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial. [More]
New study unravels why children with autism look less at other people's eyes

New study unravels why children with autism look less at other people's eyes

A new study conducted by researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine helps put to rest a longstanding controversy and question about children with autism spectrum disorder. [More]
Increased sensitivity to uncertain threat common to several anxiety disorders

Increased sensitivity to uncertain threat common to several anxiety disorders

Several anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias, share a common underlying trait: increased sensitivity to uncertain threat, or fear of the unknown, report researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago. [More]
Face preferences change depending on environment, study finds

Face preferences change depending on environment, study finds

When their environments are tough, men prefer heavier women, according to new research by the University of St Andrews. [More]
Researchers use SIG-Blocks for cognitive testing and training of adults and children

Researchers use SIG-Blocks for cognitive testing and training of adults and children

Psychologists have long used building blocks to assess cognitive skills. But researchers at Case Western Reserve University are imbedding the blocks with technology that may provide a clearer view of problems a child or adult may suffer due to developmental disabilities, brain trauma or dementia. [More]
Psychologists discover type of face that men can identify better than women

Psychologists discover type of face that men can identify better than women

Finally, psychologists have discovered a type of face that men are better at identifying than women: the faces on Transformer toys. [More]
Exposure to allergens during pregnancy alters the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats

Exposure to allergens during pregnancy alters the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats

A new study in rats could begin to explain why allergies during pregnancy are linked to higher risks for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children. [More]
Painless tDCS technique could improve life for people with major depression

Painless tDCS technique could improve life for people with major depression

Small amounts of electricity similar to the output of a common 9-volt battery could improve life for people living with major depression, the most common mood disorder. [More]
Young adults with ADHD may display unique physiological signs that could lead to accurate diagnosis

Young adults with ADHD may display unique physiological signs that could lead to accurate diagnosis

Young adults diagnosed with ADHD may display subtle physiological signs that could lead to a more precise diagnosis, according to Penn State researchers. [More]
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