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Drama therapy: unlocking the door to change
What if one key could unlock expression in a child with autism, turn a young woman away from substance abuse, or stop a hardened criminal from reoffending There is perhaps not one key, but there may be one set of keys drama therapy.
Medical News Today - Fri. Apr 1
Who Does What on Facebook?
Since Facebook exploded onto the virtual scene in 2004, it has become the pre-eminent social networking site on the internet. As of August, 2015, Facebook had more than 1.5 billion monthly users, which constitutes over 25 of the adults now living on the planet. Not surprisingly, many social psychologists including myself have flocked to this exciting new arena of social behavior in an attempt to discover how human social interaction plays out in this ecolo ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Apr 1
A Dog's Size and Head Shape Predicts Its Behavior
The old saying goes that you can t judge a book by its cover, suggesting that first impressions based upon the look of something don t give you much information. However a recent study suggests that for dogs, their appearance in terms of their size and their head shape , may well give you a lot of information about the personality and behavioral characteristics of the dog. Although the initial domestication of dogs may have occurred 14,000 years or more in ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Apr 1
How Families Changed – What Everyone Knows and No One Knows
We all have an image of that sentimentalized 1950s family mom, dad, and the kids. Mom and dad married, of course, and living together and having the kids only after the wedding. Dad goes off to work, mom stays home with the kids. Never mind that it was more of an aberration than a tradition. It still seems like the One True Family. Changes in Families What Everyone Knows Go ahead and try to generate some of the ways that families have changed, and you can ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Apr 1
Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression
There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed with a mental health condition over five years. Most often, that meant ADHD -- which accounted for close to two-thirds of all of those cases. ...
Healthday - Fri. Apr 1
Mindfulness Training May Ease PTSD
Mindfulness training can trigger brain changes that help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD manage disturbing memories and thoughts, according to a new study of war veterans. The goal of mindfulness training is to help people develop in-the-moment attention and awareness. This study included 23 U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who all received some form of group therapy. After four months of weekly sessions, many had reductions ...
Healthday - Fri. Apr 1
Is Seniors' Dental Health Tied to Mental Health?
There seems to be a link between poor oral health and age-related mental decline, researchers say. However, the researchers emphasized there is not enough evidence to prove a direct link between oral health and thinking cognitive abilities. In a new report, investigators reviewed studies on oral health and cognition published between 1993 and 2013. Some of the studies found that oral health indicators -- such as the number of teeth, the number of cavities ...
Healthday - Fri. Apr 1
Call them spare tires or love handles -- belly fat is bad
Researchers believe that the obesity wave, combined with an ageing population, will lead to a significant increase in heart failure in the future. A review of all available research in this area shows a clear correlation between higher BMI, waist circumference and the risk of heart failure. A BMI over 30 is considered obese, and the connection between obesity and the risk of heart failure has been established in several studies. Now, researchers from the N ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 1
New toolkit can improve primary healthcare for people with developmental disab...
TORONTO, April 1, 2016 Embargoed until 5am EST - Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities IDD have more health issues than other adults, but they are less likely to receive preventative care. A new evidence-based toolkit, developed by Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities Program H-CARDD , will help family health teams provide better, more proactive care for this vulnerable and underserved population. Right now too many ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 1
Noted experts speak out about the issues surrounding child poverty in the US
Philadelphia, PA, April 1, 2016 - One in five children in the U.S. lives below the federal poverty level FPL and nearly half of children in America are classified as poor or near poor. Childhood poverty creates long-lasting, often permanent, physiologic changes through constant exposure to threats such as malnutrition, acute and chronic disease, toxic stress, social deprivation, and lack of opportunity. Because poor children and families are generally forc ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 1
In mildly obese patients, sleeve-it surgery may increase weight loss and glyce...
Boston, MA-- In mildly obese class I patients, sleeve with ileal transposition sleeve-IT surgery results in better glycemic control than either gastric bypass or clinical treatment, a new study from Brazil suggests. The results will be presented Friday, April 1, at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston. This recent technique that combines sleeve gastrectomy with ileal transposition was an effective and safe choice for treating p ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 1
Infants with strong sucking skills are more likely to gain additional weight
Boston, MA-- A new study of African-American infants finds that those who feed more vigorously at 1 month of age have higher weight at 4 months, which may be associated with a later risk for obesity. Researchers will present their study findings Friday at the Endocrine Society s 98th annual meeting in Boston. Infants should double their birth weight by 4 months of age on average, but some babies gain weight more rapidly than others, said the study s presen ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Apr 1
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