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Could campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good?
Could alcohol abstinence campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good Two experts debate the issue in The BMJ today. Lack of evidence that such campaigns work and don t have unintended consequences, concerns Ian Hamilton, a lecturer at York University. The Dry January campaign estimates that Last year over 2 million people cut down their drinking for January, he writes. But popular doesn t necessarily mean effective, and he argues that this type of ca ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as safe as aspirin
FINDINGS PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is the first medicine that the Food and Drug Administration has approved to be shown effective to prevent infection with HIV. Nearly 50,000 new cases of HIV occur in the United States every year. Many doctors might be worried about prescribing PrEP for safety reasons. The researchers reviewed major studies of both PrEP for HIV prevention and aspirin for heart attack prevention. They found that both had similar lo ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Couples’ Quality of Life Linked Even When One Partner Dies
When one spouse passes away, his or her characteristics continue to be linked with the surviving spouse s well-being, according to new research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . The findings also indicate that this link between the deceased spouse and surviving spouse is as strong as that between partners who are both living. The people we care about continue to influence our quality of life even ...
Psychological Science - Thu. Jan 14
Transcendental Meditation May Help Relieve PTSD
Transcendental meditation may help ease post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD symptoms in some soldiers and seems to reduce their need for medication, a new study finds. Regular practice of transcendental meditation provides a habit of calming down and healing the brain, study lead author Vernon Barnes, a physiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, said in a college news release. The study included 74 active-duty U.S. ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 14
Could Reducing Your Stress Levels Help You Lose Weight?
Preliminary research may help explain how stress reduces your ability to lose weight. In tests with cells and mice, University of Florida researchers found that chronic stress triggers production of a protein called betatrophin, which inhibits an enzyme involved in burning fat. Betatrophin reduces the body s ability to break down fat, underscoring a link between chronic stress and weight gain, study co-first author Dr. Li-Jun Yang, a professor and lead inv ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 14
Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School
Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others. The experiences included neglect or physical, sexual or psychological abuse. They ...
Healthday - Thu. Jan 14
How can you improve your mental health and well-being in 2016?
The new year is here, and most of us are likely to have made at least one resolution for 2016. But while the majority of our goals for the coming year will incorporate improvements in physical health - such as hitting the gym and losing weight - have you thought about how you could improve your mental health
Medical News Today - Tue. Jan 12
7 Tips for Helping Someone Else to Change a Habit
In my book Better Than Before , I write about the many strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. There s a big menu of choices, which is great, because it means that we all have a variety from which to pull. Some strategies work for some people, but not others. Some strategies are available to us at certain times, but not other times. In Better Than Before , I focus mostly on what we can do, ourselves, to change our habits. But it s very obvi ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Jan 12
Black-and-White Thinking in our Social Worlds
Good guy or bad guy with me or against me friend or foe right or wrong love versus hate yin and yang. Our minds seem to like simple categorical ways to divide up information in the world This is kind of interesting given how terribly complex and nuanced most things are - especially in our social lives. So why do we so strongly tend toward categorical simplicity in understanding the world And what are costs and benefits of such reasoning in our day-to-day l ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Jan 12
Fables and Facts in Educational Neuroscience
In recent years, the growing public concern over deficiencies of schools has led a growing number of educations to embrace neuroscience . Neuroscience is a discipline that integrates anatomy, physiology, psychology, psychiatry , pathology as they relate to function of the nervous system, particularly the brain. In 1969, I was one of 500 charter members of the society that formalized the discipline, the Society for Neuroscience. But only in the last decade ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Jan 12
The Institut Pasteur in French Guiana publishes the first complete genome sequ...
Having confirmed the first cases of infection in Suriname then in French Guiana, the Institut Pasteur in French Guiana has sequenced the complete genome of the Zika virus, which is responsible for an unprecedented epidemic currently sweeping through the tropical regions of the Americas. Published in The Lancet medical journal, the analysis of this sequence shows almost complete homology with the strains responsible for the epidemic that occurred in the Pac ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 12
Racial disparity in premature births contributes significantly to infant morta...
Black women are nearly four times more likely than white women to have a baby born between 16 and 22 weeks gestation, a time period in which the life of a baby outside the womb is not viable. The racial disparity in what are known as previable preterm births may explain much of the racial disparity in infant mortality, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology . This is promising information since there ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 12
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