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Nurses adopt plant-based prescription, boost health outcomes
WASHINGTON -- Joanne Evans, M.Ed., R.N., P.M.H.C.N.S.-B.C., provided a presentation to colleagues at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., about the health benefits of adopting a plant-based vegan diet and soon had 19 nurses eager to test it out. After 21 days, 74 percent of the nurses, 14 out of 19, in this self-reported, plant-based dietary review lowered their cholesterol, with a mean average of 18 mg dL, while six lowered their cholesterol by 45 to ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
Suicide risk is higher in first year after deliberate self-harm
NEW YORK, NY March 21, 2017 --New findings suggest that American adults who survive deliberate self-harm are at increased risk of suicide in the first year after such an event, indicating a need to direct clinical interventions in the critical 12 months following such episodes. The suicide risk is greatest in the month immediately following a self-harm attempt using a firearm, according to a study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center CUMC ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
Energy drinks mask alcohol's effects, increase injury risk
PISCATAWAY, NJ - People who mix highly caffeinated energy drinks with their alcoholic beverages may be at increased risk for injury, according to a review in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs . Researchers at the University of Victoria s Centre for Addictions Research of BC CARBC , in Canada, searched for peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic of alcohol and energy drinks published from 1981 to 2016 and found 13 that fit t ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
Gay men and lesbian women less likely to be employed in a leadership position
Gay men and lesbian women face discrimination when seeking leadership positions due to the sound of their voice, a new study in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour has found. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Surrey, also found that people thought gay men should be paid less than their heterosexual counterparts. During this study researchers presented voice samples of gay and heterosexual speakers and pictures, devoid of any backgroun ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 21
Impact of Traumatic Stress on Brain Development
Traumatic stress impacts the developing brains of males and females differently, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program. In youth with symptoms of post-traumatic stress, there is variation in volume and surface area of the insula between males and females who have experienced traumatic stress versus those who have not, the study found. The insula is a region buried de ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Mar 21
The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy
One of the great privileges of working in psychiatry currently is witnessing the amazing progress of so-called biological psychiatry . Advances in neurosciences and brain imaging are providing us with closer and closer glimpses of the basis of psychopathology. But for some this reductionism can lead psychiatry astray. When a person is reduced to different brain regions and neurotransmitters a single head-dwelling subject of memories , emotions, traumas and ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Mar 21
New in the Hastings Center Report
Bioethics and Populism How Should Our Field Respond Mildred Z. Solomon and Bruce Jennings Authoritarian populism is on the rise, posing a real threat to constitutional democracies worldwide. Fueled by ethnic and nationalistic extremism, these emerging movements are highly polarized, antidemocratic and exclusionary. The field of bioethics is uniquely positioned to contribute to the rebuilding of the communal and civic foundations upon which constitutional d ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Mar 20
Abortion restriction may have new momentum after 40 years of pervading policy
In the 40 years since it prohibited Medicaid funding for abortion, the Hyde Amendment has not only persisted but also pervaded an ever-wider policy blueprint for restricting access to pregnancy termination. In an article in JAMA tracing the amendment s history and impact, two Brown University authors note that the Hyde blueprint now has a renewed chance of becoming codified into law. Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 24, the No Taxpayer F ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Mar 20
A new tool to predict the potential public health benefit of e-cigarettes
A new study predicts that when e-cigarettes are available as alternative to cigarettes, by 2050 the 32 of smokers in the UK that otherwise would have continued smoking would have completely switched to e-cigarettes. Our results show an overall beneficial effect of e-cigarettes on a population, reducing smoking prevalence and smoking-related deaths, says Dr James Murphy, Head of Reduced Risk Substantiation at British American Tobacco. The results are publis ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Mar 20
A 48-hour sexual 'afterglow' helps to bond partners over time
Sex plays a central role in reproduction, and it can be pleasurable, but new findings suggest that it may serve an additional purpose bonding partners together. A study of newlywed couples, published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science , indicates that partners experience a sexual afterglow that lasts for up to two days, and this afterglow is linked with relationship quality over the long term. Our research sho ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Mar 20
For the International Day of Happiness
Today is the International Day of Happiness there s a day for just about everything, isn t there . That got me thinking. I ve been researching, thinking, and writing about it for a decade now what s the most important thing I ve learned about happiness How can we help ourselves to become happier And I realize that my crucial insight is that the answer is It depends. It depends on the kind of person we are our interests, our values, our temperament, our cir ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Mar 20
4 Startling Reasons Why Humans Are Superior to High Tech
I have nothing against robots. After all, there are times when all I want is a speedy response to a minor problem and an online chat with a bot will do the trick. And I m only too grateful that my Roomba vacuums the floor, freeing me to do the things I love which doesn t include cleaning house . But when it comes to the future, we need to remember it isn t here yet. And it s plural. That is, there are probable futures, possible futures, and preferable futu ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Mar 20
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