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Canada needs national plan to combat opioid epidemic
Canada, the second highest consumer of opioids worldwide, must take a comprehensive approach to curb rampant prescribing of opioids and reduce deaths, argue addiction and mental health experts in an analysis in CMAJ Canadian Medical Association Journal . It is late -- but not too late -- to move toward reducing the toll of opioid overuse and abuse in Canada, writes Dr. Benedikt Fischer, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Faculty of Medicine, Un ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 7
VT behavior expert edits special journal issue on solving chronic health chall...
As health care systems in the United States and other industrialized countries are adapting to accommodate the increasing negative impact of cigarette smoking, other substance abuse and obesity, science is turning to personal behavior change for solutions. To share the latest research in effectively managing these problems, Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health VCBH at The Robert Larner ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 7
University of Toronto study reveals secret to a happy sex life
Nov. 7, 2016 TORONTO, ON - The secret to a happy sex life in long-term relationships is the belief that it takes hard work and effort, instead of expecting sexual satisfaction to simply happen if you are true soulmates, says a study led by a University of Toronto U of T social psychology researcher. These sexpectations -- the need to work on sexual growth or rely on sexual destiny -- are so powerful they can either sustain otherwise healthy relationships o ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 7
Some Cognitive Skills Are Easier to Train Later
Older adolescents and adults can learn certain thinking skills, including non-verbal reasoning, more effectively than younger people, according to new research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . The study highlights the fact that non-verbal reasoning skills can be readily trained and do not represent an innate, fixed ability. Although adults and older adolescents benefited most from training in non ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Nov 7
Stroke and the Power of Brain Plasticity
Although we think that the adult brain remains formed and static, we are finding that the brain changes and heals itself. Even early psychologists like William James 1890 argued that our brain is flexible and changing when he wrote The Principles of Psychology. He called this plasticity . But it took another 70 years to provide evidence for this concept. One of the first pioneers was Joseph Altman who first discovered brain cell regeneration or neurogenesi ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Nov 6
Poor nutrition during pregnancy can cause early aging of baby's heart
New research has shown that the child of a slightly undernourished mother is more likely to suffer early aging of the heart. That s according to a new study looking at the relationship between food intake of pregnant baboons and the health of their offspring s heart. The study, published in The Journal of Physiology was carried out by a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Geoffrey Clarke at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and Dr. Pe ...
EurekAlert - Sun. Nov 6
"No Thanks" to This Line of Autism Research
My family s DNA is a coveted commodity. Our older daughter is autistic, and researchers want our blood and saliva. Once upon a time I would have willingly, enthusiastically donated, even given my limbs or organs, if a doctor assured me that doing so could cure her, but our daughter is old enough now to make such decisions for us. She says no to the cheek swab and blood draw. No to anyone trying to fix her. When she was diagnosed in 2002 the developmental p ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Nov 6
A Great American Gender Bender? US Election 2016
As Americans enter the 21st century, we have been leaning on diverse set of candidates for the highest office -- a businessman, a social democrat, and a woman civil servant. Electing the first black American president took more than two centuries, yet political polarization is at a post-Reconstruction high in the House and Senate. [1] Now, as Americans seem ready to entrust the first woman candidate, we have the widest gender gap in modern political histor ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Nov 6
Your Brain on Daylight Savings
It s that time of year again. On November 6th, most of the United States will participate in that semi-annual ritual of changing the clocks by an hour. In the fall we gain an hour of sleep time, or an hour of loafing around on a Sunday morning how bad could it be Our circadian clock is an elaborate system of chemical signals and hormones reacting to all sorts of environmental inputs such as light, feeding, and even temperature. The system is quite elegant, ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Nov 6
Healthy recipes and effective social marketing campaign improve eating habits
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Food Hero social marketing campaign is an effective way to help low-income families eat more nutritious meals through fast, tasty, affordable and healthy recipes, two new research studies from Oregon State University have found. Food Hero was launched by the OSU Extension Service in 2009 in an effort to encourage healthy eating among low-income Oregonians. The initiative includes several components, such as a website, http www. foodhe ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Nov 4
Genetic cause for shift work fatigue discovered
Some people adapt easily to shift work, but not everyone can handle constant disruptions to their daily rhythm. Finnish researchers have now found that a melatonin receptor gene influences tolerance to shift work. Published in the journal Sleep , the new study is the first time the genetic factors underlying poor tolerance to shift work were systematically examined. Covering the entire genome, the study discovered that a common variation in the melatonin r ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Nov 4
Soda tax falls flat
ITHACA, N.Y. - Four cities will be voting Nov. 8 on whether to tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Some proponents say the taxes would raise prices by exactly the amount of the tax, encouraging consumers to cut down on soda and improve their health. But research shows that prices might rise by only half that amount - or even less, says a Cornell University economist who studied a similar tax imposed in Berkeley, California. Our research suggests ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Nov 4
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