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Being Biased Impairs Brain Processing and Disrupts Learning
The unconscious mind is an efficient machine. Evolution has gifted our brains with the remarkable ability of filling in the blanks based on computed probabilities of past decisions and experiences. It s what we psychologists refer to as heuristics . And without them it would be almost impossible for us to exist.
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 13
Non-invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Relieve Migraines
In 1997, the FDA approved implanted vagus nerve stimulation VNS devices as an adjunctive therapy for reducing the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures in pharmaco-resistant epilepsy patients who did not respond to medications. VNS therapy sends mild pulses to the vagus nerve at regular intervals throughout the day at a personalized dosage level of frequency and amplitude depending on the patient s specific needs. By 1999, doctors began noticing a s ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 13
Back to School: Therapists Design for Life
Since I am a Design Psychologist, do I make buildings lie down on the couch and tell me their problems No. I study why people put their couch in an isolated corner, keep their drapes drawn or paint their room the magenta of their unhappy childhood home. I ve helped clients replace such bad memory d cor triggers with design elements that resound with their best of past-place echoes. Thus, I enable clients to Design from Within their inner psychology in ways ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 13
"Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind"
A few months ago I was pleased to be asked to write an endorsement for Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas s new book called Tamed amp Untamed Close Encounters of the Animal Kind . As I read through the numerous stories written by these incredibly gifted writers, I found myself enjoying a most delectable potpourri of tales about a whole host of nonhuman animals animals . And, what was especially pleasing, is that they are consistent with what we ha ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 13
How Jobs, Housing, and Friends Can Aid Remission
In treating addiction we have become adept at the detoxification and initial stabilization of individuals suffering from substance use disorder SUD . Through a combination of effective medications and social, cognitive -behavioral, and milieu therapies, people can accrue many days, weeks, and months of initial improvement, abstinence, and remission. But how do we sustain these initial gains to ensure robust remission amp long-term recovery Stemming from be ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Sep 13
Researchers identify critical molecular link between inflammation and diabetes
A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine UM SOM has uncovered how inflammation contributes to a key feature of diabetes, the body s inability to metabolize glucose, a condition known as insulin resistance. More than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 80,000 people died directly from the disease, while for another quarter million, it was an underlyin ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
Agriculture and health sectors collaborate to address population health
In at least 18 states around the United States, academic health science centers are partnering with cooperative extension systems to better address population health. A new report describes how these agricultural and health entities are using complementary resources to meet the health needs of local communities. The Cooperative Extension System, a program of the US Department of Agriculture in partnership with land-grant universities, is designed to help i ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
Measuring sepsis incidence and trends in US hospitals using clinical data
Sepsis, the syndrome of life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by infection, is a major cause of death, disability, and cost. Many studies suggest that the incidence of sepsis is increasing over time, while mortality rates are decreasing. However, reliably measuring sepsis incidence and trends is challenging because clinical diagnoses of sepsis are often subjective and claims data, the traditional method of surveillance, can be affected by changing diag ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
Sexually aroused male flies unable to sleep after close encounters with females
The urge to mate appears to override the need to sleep in flies, according to new research that hints at the importance of sleep for animals. The result suggests that there are some situations where flies and other animals can eliminate the drive to sleep entirely, rather than put it off until later. This could help scientists determine how much sleep is essential to life. The need to sleep appears to be primarily driven by two systems circadian and homeos ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
Lay interventions for depression and drinking
Brief psychological interventions delivered by lay counsellors in primary care were effective and cost-effective for patients with depression and harmful drinking in India, according to two studies in PLOS Medicine by Vikram Patel of Harvard Medical School, USA, and colleagues from the London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, London, UK and Sangath, India. The authors have previously reported the effectiveness of the two interventions, Healthy Activity ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine
Primary care physicians spend more than one-half of their workday interacting with the electronic health record during and after clinic hours. Based on data from EHR event logs an automated tracking feature and confirmed by direct observation data, researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association found that physicians spent 355 minutes 5.9 hours of an 11.4 hour workday in the EHR, including 269 minutes 4.5 hours during clin ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
Primary care practices use 4 complementary methods to identify high-risk patie...
Risk stratified care management--assigning a patient to a risk category on which care is based--is increasingly viewed as a way to improve care and reduce costs. An analysis of 484 practices in the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative finds that practices used four primary methods to risk stratify their patient populations a practice-developed algorithm 215 practices , an American Academy of Family Physicians clinical algorithm 155 practices , payer claim ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Sep 13
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