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New role for insulin: Studies tie the hormone to brain's 'pleasure' center
Insulin, the hormone essential to all mammals for controlling blood sugar levels and a feeling of being full after eating, plays a much stronger role than previously known in regulating release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain s reward and pleasure centers, new studies by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show. We found that when there s more insulin in the brain, there will be more dopamine released, not less, says stud ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 29
Could your job be making you obese?
Amsterdam, October 28, 2015 - Your job could be having an effect on your waistline, suggests new research published in Social Science Medicine - and it could be bad or good news depending on the sort of control you have over your work. The new study, by researchers at the University of Adelaide, Central Queensland University and the University of South Australia, shows that having skills and the freedom to use them at work is linked to lower BMI and smalle ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 29
New finding helps explain why many alcohol drinkers also are smokers
COLUMBIA, Mo. Oct. 27, 2015 - Alcohol and nicotine use have long been known to go hand in hand. Previous research shows that more than 85 percent of U.S. adults who are alcohol-dependent also are nicotine-dependent. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that nicotine cancels out the sleep-inducing effects of alcohol. It s a finding that sheds light on the reason alcohol and nicotine usage are so closely linked. We k ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 29
Brain imaging can predict the success of large public health campaigns
It s a frustrating fact that most people would live longer if only they could make small changes stop smoking, eat better, exercise more, practice safe sex. Health messaging is one important way to change behavior on a large scale, but while a successful campaign can improve millions of lives, a failed one can be an enormous waste of resources. The problem is that people are notoriously bad at guessing which ads will be effective and ineffective at changin ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 29
E-cigarettes connected to problematic drinking, study finds
Amsterdam, October 28, 2015 - Using e-cigarettes is related to problematic drinking, according to new research published in Addictive Behaviors . In a study involving around 1400 people, researchers also found that more women than men use e-cigarettes socially, opposite to patterns seen in regular cigarette smoking. The authors of the new study, from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the United States, say it s crucial to consider the kn ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 29
Older Beats Younger When It Comes to Correcting Mistakes
Findings from a new study challenge the notion that older adults always lag behind their younger counterparts when it comes to learning new things. The study , published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science , shows that older adults were actually better than young adults at correcting their mistakes on a general information quiz. The take home message is that there are some things that older adults can learn ext ...
Psychological Science - Thu. Oct 29
Implementing Amy Schumer’s Orgasm Advice
Amy Schumer has been called an orgasm activist. She s telling men everywhere to care about women s orgasms and she s telling women everywhere that they deserve orgasms. Quoting from an article in Huff Post Women Schumer said that when it comes to sex , a woman s orgasm should never be optional. Do what you feel you want to do while also considering how you ll feel the next day. Don t not have an orgasm, she told Glamour. Make sure he knows that you re enti ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 26
Physical Activity Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Young
Every day, my inbox seems to be flooded with new findings that physical exercise improves brain health and cognitive function. Yesterday, my mother, along with about a dozen other people, forwarded me a New York Times article from the Sunday Review, Can You Get Smarter by op-ed writer, Richard A. Friedman. My mom summed up the article in her email saying, Did you see this Exercise - I ve been writing about the link between physical fitness and mental fitne ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 26
Play as Antidote to Depression and Anxiety? Yes, Really!
I recently was an honored guest at my granddaughter s 6th birthday party. It was really just for kids but, because I am lucky, I got invited. I figured that I would sit at the sidelines and look like the Grammy that my behavior would only sometime suggest. So off I went to Bounce U to get educated in the most surprisingly wonderful way. Bunce U is a real place with many locations, and a good thing for kids that is A maze of overstuffed air filled cushiony ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 26
Pediatricians' Group Urges Action on Climate Change
Dirtier air, heat stress, greater exposure to Lyme disease -- these and other threats to children will increase because of climate change, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns. Doctors and policy makers must take steps to protect youngsters from the hazardous effects of climate change, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a new policy statement. Every child needs a safe and healthy environment and climate change is a rising public health threa ...
Healthday - Mon. Oct 26
Insulin cells determine weight-loss surgery success rate
Danish researchers have found that the ability to produce insulin is pivotal to the success of weight loss surgery in patients with type 2-diabetes. The study provides a better point of departure for advise and determining which patients will benefit from surgery. Type 2-diabetes is a serious complication for people with obesity. Obesity affects the economy as well as the individual s quality of life and it is a central challenge to healthy aging. In Denma ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 26
Standard phenotypes will aid in genetic research on neuropathic pain
October 26, 2015 - Research on the genetic factors contributing to neuropathic pain has been hindered by the lack of a standard approach to assessing its clinical characteristics or phenotype. Now, a report from an expert panel published in the journal PAIN reg presents a consensus approach to assessing the phenotype of neuropathic pain. The journal is the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain IASP and is published by ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 26
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