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Weight-loss technologies train the brain to resist temptation
Can a computer game train your brain to resist sweets That s the question Drexel University researchers hope to answer with one of two new studies launching this month. They have developed a computer game and smartphone app to help people control unhealthy eating habits and ultimately lose weight. The game is designed to improve a person s inhibitory control, the part of the brain that stops you from giving into unhealthy cravings -- even when the smell of ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 30
Media not the scapegoat when it comes to teen sex
Parents and society in general shouldn t shift the blame for young people s sexual behavior on what teens supposedly see and read in the media about intimate encounters. Proclaiming a link between such so-called sexy media and the sexual behavior of young people is in fact premature. The media neither contributes to the early initiation of sex among young people, nor to their sexual conduct more generally. So says Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 30
The Health Benefits of Socializing
Socializing can provide a number of benefits to your physical and mental health . Did you know that connecting with friends may also boost your brain health and lower your risk of dementia If you need reasons to help justify spending extra time lingering over coffee with a friend, or setting aside time in your busy schedule to connect with family, read on.
Psychology Today - Thu. Jun 30
The Anatomy of Addiction
Science has a lot to say about the true causes, the best preventive measures, and most successful treatments for addiction . What is the single biggest myth about addiction There are many myths of addiction. It s difficult to pick the single biggest one, but it would probably be addiction is a problem of willpower and abstinence, which is why medications don t work. This is clearly not true. Addiction is a disease of the brain and using willpower to treat ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Jun 30
Couples Alert! If You Know How, You Can Talk About Anything
In my extensive work with couples, I ve repeatedly observed that partners can t, or have decided not to, talk about things that are vital to their relationship. And the discussion topics declared off-limits are precisely those that brought them at their wit s end into counseling. As a therapist, in these instances one of my central challenges has been to show them just how they can broach these difficult subjects safely. For over time they d found them to ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Jun 29
From Freud to Frodo
This is the first entry in a series of articles about how our financial stories affect our financial choices. Sigmund Freud believed that the human psyche draws a parallel between money and feces. He was Freud, after all some things are to be expected. While Freud s interpretation may strike some as odd, the idea that we have some cultural or subconscious metaphors for money is not the least bit strange. Nearly every money message we encounter has within i ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Jun 29
The Personality of Brexit Voters
Bastian Jaeger of Tilburg University in the Netherlands has mined a British data set for clues about voters decisions as to whether their country should remain in the EU or leave. His findings are an interesting and perhaps surprising reminder that even broad personality dimensions sometimes predict specific behavioral acts, voting being the archetypal political act. As a cautionary note it needs to be pointed out the the unit of analysis here is the count ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Jun 29
Saved by the sun
A new twist on the use of renewable energy is saving children s lives in Africa. The innovation--a solar powered oxygen delivery system--is providing concentrated oxygen in hospital for children suffering from severe pneumonia. The device created by Dr. Michael Hawkes, an assistant professor in the University of Alberta s Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, is the focus of a recently published study in The International Journal of Tuberculosis and L ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 29
Total face transplant in patient with severe burns -- team outlines surgical a...
June 29, 2016 - Last year, the most extensive clinical face transplant to date was successfully carried out at NYU Langone Medical Center . A complete report on this procedure--including the extensive organizational and training program created to prepare for it--is published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reg , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS . To improve upon the current state of face ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 29
Wearable technology gets good ratings from plastic surgeons
June 29, 2016 - Plastic surgeons see some clear advantages of using Google Glass in the operating room, reports a survey study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reg , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS . Despite some identified weaknesses, Google Glass is a unique technology with a promising plastic surgical application in the operating room, according to the new research by Dr. Jeremy C. Sin ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 29
Childhood binge eating: Families, feeding, and feelings
URBANA, Ill. - Binge eating is the most prevalent type of eating disorder across races, ethnic groups, ages, and genders. Surprisingly, binge eating has even been reported in children as young as 5 years old. In order to put childhood binge eating into context, a new systematic review from the University of Illinois identifies two potential risk factors for binge eating in children under the age of 12. With family being the most proximal and influential se ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 29
Overweight youths at greater risk for heart failure
It comes down to starting healthy habits early. Fortunately, it s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and losing weight is great for reducing your risk of heart attack. But you can still be at a higher risk for other heart problems if you re late in changing your habits. Excessive weight at a young age puts one at a far higher risk of heart failure as compared with maintaining a healthy weight throughout one s life. Even slight overweight increa ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Jun 29
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