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Study reveals COPD linked to increased bacterial invasion
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a common smoking-related lung illness and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Scientists have long believed that inhaling toxic gases and particles from tobacco smoke causes inflammation of the small airways in the lungs, leading to the development of COPD. However, the theory doesn t explain why airway inflammation and disease progression continue even after the patient stops smoking. Now a ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Apr 27
Young gay and bisexual men 6 times more likely to attempt suicide than older c...
Young gay and bisexual men are at significantly greater risk of poor mental health than older men in that group, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Health . Conducted by the London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine and funded by Stonewall, the study found gay and bisexual men under the age of 26 were six times more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm compared to men in that group aged over 45. They were also twice as likely t ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Apr 27
Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects
Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication. Omega-3 fish oil -- in combination with antidepressants -- had a statistically significant effect over a placebo, said study leader Jerome Sarris. He is head of ...
Healthday - Wed. Apr 27
Young Gay, Bisexual Men May Be at Higher Risk for Suicide, Study Finds
Young gay and bisexual men may be much more likely to attempt suicide or harm themselves than their older counterparts, and blacks are at greater risk than whites, British researchers report. We know minority groups are at higher risk of poor mental health than the heterosexual majority, however the mental health differences within sexual minorities is unclear, said study author Ford Hickson, from the London School of Hygiene amp Tropical Medicine. Our stu ...
Healthday - Wed. Apr 27
Spanking: More Harm Than Good?
Spare the rod and spoil the child. Not so fast, suggests a new review that found spanking doesn t produce better behavior and may set up a child for psychological and learning problems later. Spanking is not achieving parents goals, said lead researcher Elizabeth Gershoff, a developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin. Children have more mental health problems the more they are spanked. They have lower cognitive ability, scoring lower o ...
Healthday - Wed. Apr 27
Psychedelic Drugs and the Nature of Personality Change
Psychedelic drugs have been popularly referred to as mind-expanding. Some recent research suggests that psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin and LSD , could actually affect personality traits related to one s mental life, such as openness to experience , meaning that these substances may well be mind-expanding in this sense. One celebrated study found that drug-na ve volunteers who were given psilocybin experienced lasting increases in openness to experie ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Apr 27
Go Luck Yourself!
Do you believe that some people are just lucky or that you can create your own luck I have to admit that for a long time I felt it was the former, in that some people were just luckier than others, but the more that I ve read around the subject of luck, the more there is pointing to the suggestion that we can create our own luck. How you can increase your luck Psychologist, Dr Matthew Smith, is a leading researcher in the field of luck and is currently car ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Apr 27
The Curse of Apathy: Sources and Solutions
What, exactly, is apathy anyway In a sense, it s something like falling in love . You can describe it all you want, but until you ve experienced it, you can only guess at what it feels like. Paradoxically, what makes the feeling of apathy unique is that it s essentially the feeling of not feeling. And doubtless, it s something that at some point in your existence you ve encountered. We all have. For whenever you feel that something vital is missing from yo ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Apr 27
Why Forcing a Smile at Work is Bad for Your Health
By Arielle Rogers and Larissa Barber We ve all been greeted by smiling employees at coffee shops and other places providing customer service. The employees may be smiling because they enjoy their work and meeting new people. Alternatively, they may be smiling because it s just part of their job description. Many workers feel the need to put on an act on the job. This may be to please a customer or a boss or to cover up negative emotions when working with d ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Apr 26
What makes for a "happy school?"
I m one of the millions of people who have learned from and been inspired by watching one or both of Sugata Mitra s TED talks Build a School in the Cloud , 2013 The Child-Driven Education , 2010 . A trained physicist, Mitra is an innovative educational researcher currently located at Newcastle University in the UK. His Hole in the Wall project, for which he received the 2013 TED prize of one million dollars, began in 1999 when as he tells the story he put ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Apr 26
TSRI scientists reveal secrets of a deadly virus family
LA JOLLA, CA - April 26, 2016 - For the first time, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute TSRI have solved the structure of the biological machinery used by a common virus to recognize and attack human host cells. The new structure gives scientists the first view of the glycoprotein of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus LCMV , a virus present on every continent except Antarctica. Not only does the research reveal important traits in LCMV, it also po ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Apr 26
Patients with low literacy levels get health information from commercial websi...
MAYWOOD, IL - When searching the internet for health information, people with less education and lower literacy levels are more likely to visit poorer quality commercial websites, according to a study by researchers at Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. These findings should encourage physicians to guide patients towards appropriate high quality websites, particularly patients with low literacy and or education levels ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Apr 26
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