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Saliva test to detect GHB and alcohol poisonings
Scientists working at Loughborough University, UK, and the University of Cordoba, Spain, have developed a new method for the rapid diagnosis of poisoning in apparently drunk patients. The saliva-based test offers the potential to screen for poisons commonly associated with the cheap or imitation manufacture of alcohol, and 947 -hydroxybutyric acid, the so-called date rape drug GHB. The results are published today, Jan. 8, 2016, in the Journal of Breath Res ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
Small changes in DNA can affect nicotine consumption
Nicotine is an addictive substance and genetic factors are known to play a role in smoking behaviors. Recently, a team of researchers at Penn State and the University of Colorado determined how small differences in a particular region of the mouse genome can alter nicotine consumption. Nicotine binds to and activates specific receptors on nerve cells in the brain that can also bind the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. These receptors are made up of five sub ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
Kids With ADHD May Be More Likely to Have Accident in Traffic: Study
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD may be more likely to have accidents when crossing busy intersections on their bicycles because they re impulsive and have trouble paying attention, a new study suggests. Researchers said it was known that these children were at increased risk, but the reasons were unclear. Crossing roads on a bicycle requires decision and action. What we found is children with ADHD have deficits in both areas, st ...
Healthday - Fri. Jan 8
Taking Criticism Like a Winner
When I am criticized, I feel ____. If you are like most people in the working world, you complete the aforementioned sentence with words like, hurt, angry, defensive, dejected, disappointed, embarrassed, put-down, failure, no good, resentful or other words that communicate the same meaning. Indeed, few of us come home, call up a friend, or tell our partner, Hey, I had a great day today I got criticized. Yet, there is now a significant amount of data that i ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Jan 8
Presence, Pain and Compassion
If you get lucky, you might find someone To help you get over the pain that will come . Tom Petty, Wake Up Time The slightest move and this river mud pulls me further down John s at my side but he s not noticing that I m drowning. Cowboy Junkies, Speed River Pain is inevitable. At some point all of us will have injuries, stresses, and heartbreaking losses. The responses of those around us profoundly affect how much we suffer when these things happen. When ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Jan 8
Extremists Less Influenced by Psychological Anchoring
We Americans live in a polarized world, with Republicans and Democrats seemingly further apart on the issues of the day than they have ever been. For example, in 2011 Republican presidential hopefuls were asked whether they would support a bill raising taxes by 1 for every 10 reduction in federal spending. No one raised their hand. I expect we would see similar hesitancy from the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party, if candidates were asked whether ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Jan 8
Lead Exposure Linked to ADHD in Kids with Genetic Mutation
Exposure to miniscule amounts of lead may contribute to ADHD symptoms in children who have a particular gene mutation, according to new research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . This research is valuable to the scientific community as it bridges genetic and environmental factors and helps to illustrate one possible route to ADHD. Further, it demonstrates the potential to ultimately prevent condit ...
Psychological Science - Fri. Jan 8
Older Adults Are Bigger Risk Takers in High-Poverty Countries
People s propensity to take physical, social, legal, or financial risks typically decreases as they age, but not in countries with high poverty and income inequality, according to new research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . Examining data from 77 countries, researchers from the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin found that, in most countries includi ...
Psychological Science - Fri. Jan 8
Long-term ozone exposure increases ARDS risks in critically ill
Critically ill patients who are exposed to higher daily levels of ozone are more likely to develop acute respiratory disease syndrome ARDS , according to a new study published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine . ARDS is a life-threatening inflammatory lung illness in which patients fail to obtain enough oxygen to the lungs. While previous research has shown a clear associatio ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 7
Your symptoms? Evolution's way of telling you to stay home
When you have a fever, your nose is stuffed and your headache is spreading to your toes, your body is telling you to stay home in bed. Feeling sick is an evolutionary adaptation according to a hypothesis put forward by Prof. Guy Shakhar of the Weizmann Institute s Immunology Department and Dr. Keren Shakhar of the Psychology Department of the College of Management Academic Studies, in a recent paper published in PLoS Biology . We tend to take it for grante ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 7
New report shows fewer Texans have problems paying medical bills
HOUSTON - Jan. 7, 2015 -- Fewer Texans say they have problems paying their medical bills in 2015 compared with 2013, according to a new report released today by Rice University s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation EHF . The report found that since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act ACA health insurance marketplace, the percentage of Texans who reported problems paying health care bills dropped almost 15 percent 2 ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 7
Sugary drinks tax in Mexico linked with 12 percent cut in sales after one year
In Mexico, a 10 tax on sugar sweetened drinks has been associated with an overall 12 reduction in sales and a 4 increase in purchases of untaxed beverages one year after implementation, finds a study published by The BMJ this week. The findings have important implications for policy discussions and decisions, say the researchers. Mexico has some of the highest levels of diabetes, overweight, and obesity in the world, and reducing the consumption of sugar s ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 7
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