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Adolescent alcohol and marijuana use leads to poor academic performance & heal...
Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol during middle school and high school are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school, according to a new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation that followed a group of students over a seven-year period. However, the study found marijuana use was predictive of poorer functioning across more areas, including lower academic functioning, being less prepared for school, more ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 14
Low-tech system overcomes barriers preventing doctor-patient chat about drinki...
Primary care doctors are reluctant to talk to patients about their drinking habits, for fear of being perceived as judgmental. But a simple, intervention that encourages discussion could resolve this issue, according to a recent study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine . About 25 to 30 percent of the general U.S. population drinks alcohol at a level that, while not diagnosed as alcoholism, is high enough to qualify as unhealthy, says Gail Rose, Ph ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 14
Alcohol dependent individuals show greater risk of suicide in evening hours
DARIEN, IL - A new study found that there is a circadian pattern of peak and nadir in the incidence of suicides committed in alcohol dependent individuals. Subjects who consumed heavy amounts of alcohol had a peak incidence of suicide at 9PM, and a low around 5PM. In contrast, the peak incidence was around 12 PM for those individuals who did not drink or drank moderately and a low at 4 AM. The presence of temporal pattern in the incidence of suicides will ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jun 14
Hard Truths and Half-Truths about Race on Campus, Part III
This is the third and final entry in a three part series addressing the recent controversies on campus. It is a response to a critique of my Wall Street Journal article with Jon Haidt titled Hard Truths about Race on Campus , by Evelyn Carter a postdoctoral psychologist at Purdue and Lisel Murdock-Perriera, a graduate student in Stanford s Psychology program hence, C amp M-P . Links to the first two entries can be found at the end of this post the first al ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jun 13
The Lure of Beauty
Already Plato saw that beauty may blind viewers and seduce them to believe in the goodness of people and things that are beautiful.
Psychology Today - Mon. Jun 13
Lessons about Gendered Behaviors from Mountain Gorillas
[This post was co-authored with Stacy Rosenbaum of the University of Chicago and a longer version can be found here .] The forests of Virunga National Park have been the subject of continuous intense scientific scrutiny since George Schaller and Dian Fossey began their pioneering work there in the 1950s. Fossey s work was the subject of the Oscar-nominated biopic Gorillas in the Mist starring Sigourney Weaver.
Psychology Today - Mon. Jun 13
Lack of transportation hampers hungry children from getting free summer meals,...
Lack of transportation is a hurdle for many families in Texas whose children could benefit from free summer meals from a federally funded program administered by Texas Department of Agriculture, according to a study by Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University. This is important work, said Kathy Krey, research director of Texas Hunger Initiative THI . For years, we ve heard from those who work with the summer meals program that transportation is a barri ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 13
Experimental antibiotic treats deadly MRSA infection
A new experimental antibiotic developed by a team of scientists at Rutgers University successfully treats the deadly MRSA infection and restores the efficacy of a commonly prescribed antibiotic that has become ineffective against MRSA. In research published in the July issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy , Rutgers scientists say that the combination of their newly developed antibiotic, TXA709, with cefdinir, an antibiotic that has been on the ma ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 13
Researcher pushes for tool to combat drug shortages
Queen s University researcher Jacalyn Duffin and colleagues are recommending that Canada create a list of essential medicines to help protect against drug shortages. Hundreds of countries have created an essential medicines list that typically includes between 200 and 500 medicines that the government commits to keep in stock. The list may include prescription drugs as well as over the counter drugs and natural products. Establishing an essential medicines ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 13
Proper maternal folate level may reduce child obesity risk
Proper maternal folate levels during pregnancy may protect children from a future risk of obesity, especially those born to obese mothers, according to a study led by researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. Maternal nutrition during pregnancy can have long-lasting effects on child health, as well as the health of a mother after pregnancy, said the study s principal investigator, Xiaobin Wang, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D., from Johns Hopkins Univers ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 13
Caffeine has little to no benefit after 3 nights of sleep restriction
DARIEN, IL - A new study found that after restricting sleep to 5 hours per night, caffeine use no longer improved alertness or performance after three nights. Results show that relative to placebo, caffeine significantly improved Psychomotor Vigilance Task PVT performance during the first 2 days, but not the last 3 days of sleep restriction. We were particularly surprised that the performance advantage conferred by two daily 200 mg doses of caffeine was lo ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 13
Video game playing negatively influences adequate sleep and bedtimes
DARIEN, IL - A new study found that gamers will push off obtaining adequate sleep in order to continue video gaming. Results show that on average, gamers delayed going to bed 36 percent of the nights they played video games. Average game playing was 4.6 nights per week. The average delay in bedtime on the nights spent gaming was 101 minutes. These finding provide further insight into factors that influence individuals decision making when determining if th ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 13
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