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ADHD May Hamper Social Relationships Early in Life
Young children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD may experience more problems socializing with their peers, which can then contribute to worsening symptoms, a new study from Norway suggests. But the cycle between symptoms and social problems seems to diminish as children grow older, the study authors said. Restless kids tend to be less attractive as play partners, due to their problems with sustaining attention to rules, being alert to oth ...
Healthday - Wed. Dec 16
Autism and Religion: Finding a Spiritual Home
Finding a spiritual home when you have a child with autism who exhibits unique behaviors is not always easy. There are some success stories, and places of worship are becoming more inclusive, but horror stories are still reported in the news as well as in parent support groups. With my son, Jeremy, now 27, it was a struggle finding a place we felt welcome, but there is a happy ending to our story. To the long-lasting regret of my parents , I am a recoverin ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Dec 16
The Preservation of Human Energy Through Aging
E MC2 Einstein s iconic formula defines the theory of relativity. We think of this formula mainly in quantum physics and space exploration, but it also applies to our body. The theory specifies that a body that weighs say 68kg 150 lbs. will have 6,111,535,215,410,359,952 Joules of energy. This is 6,111 Petajoules PJ which translates to 1,697,500 giga watt hour. In comparison, 31.5 PJ is the electrical annual output of a large power plant, while 210 PJ is e ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Dec 16
How Scary Are the Mental Health Risks of Vegetarianism?
A headline in Women s Health Magazine recently caught my attention The Scary Mental Health Risks of Going Meatless. The headline made it sound like replacing the bacon and prime rib in your diet with tofu and seitan will make you mentally ill. I have previously written about the link between vegetarianism and eating disorders see this post . But I ve never argued that giving up animal flesh causes emotional problems, so I decided to check out the major stu ...
Psychology Today - Wed. Dec 16
Certain antidepressants linked to heightened risk of mania and bipolar disorder
Taking certain antidepressants for depression is linked to a heightened risk of subsequent mania and bipolar disorder, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open . The strongest association seemed to be for serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs for short, and the dual action antidepressant venlafaxine, the analysis indicated. The researchers base their findings on the anonymised medical records of more than 21,000 adults in receipt of trea ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 16
Rapid 'dipstick' test tackles fatal sleeping sickness
Scientists have developed a quick and simple diagnosis method, similar to a dipstick pregnancy test, to fight a deadly sleeping sickness. The test to diagnose Human African Trypanosomiasis HAT just requires a pin-prick blood sample and will remove the need to take complex equipment into remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Millions of people are at risk of HAT which is usually fatal if untreated, with patients falling into a coma before death. Around 5 000 ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 16
There's an app for that: An easy, fast and reliable way to record causes of de...
Researchers have developed a revolutionary new app to capture accurate global cause of death data on tablets and mobile phones. Worldwide, two in three deaths - 35 million each year - are unregistered. Around 180 countries that are home to 80 per cent of the world s population do not collect reliable cause of death statistics. The app is the result of a decade-long global collaboration, led by the University of Melbourne and researchers at the Institute fo ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 16
Hunger hormone is boosted by restricted meal times
Rats with restricted feeding schedules learn to eat more, helped by the hunger hormone ghrelin, according to new research from the University of Southern California. The insights, to be published in the journal eLife , could be valuable for helping the researchers develop new effective weight-loss therapies. We are looking deep into the higher order functions of the brain to unpick not just which hormones are important for controlling our impulses but exac ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 16
Active and passive smoking linked to infertility and earlier menopause
Active and passive smoking are linked to infertility problems and a hastening of the natural menopause before the age of 50, finds a large study published online in the journal Tobacco Control . The highest levels of tobacco exposure were associated with the arrival of menopause 1 to 2 years earlier in active and passive smokers than among lifetime non-smokers who had not been exposed to passive smoking, the findings show. The researchers base their findin ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 16
Naughty or nice? Is the way we 'perform' Santa Claus under threat?
London, UK December 16, 2015 . Santa Claus performers struggle with fulfilling the role of old St Nic due to an acute awareness of the sensitivities around interactions with children, finds a study published by SAGE, in partnership with The Tavistock Institute , in the journal Human Relations . As the author of the study, Recognition and the moral taint of sexuality Threat, masculinity and Santa Claus , Philp Hancock of the University of Essex explains Thi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 16
We Infer a Speaker’s Social Identity from Subtle Linguistic Cues
When we speak, we leak information about our social identity through the nuanced language that we use to describe others, according to new research in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . This research shows that people can infer a speaker s social identity e.g., political party affiliation from how the speaker uses abstract or concrete terms to describe someone else s behavior. Our findings show that language is ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Dec 16
Distractibility Trait Predisposes Some to Attentional Lapses
People vary according to different personality traits, such as extraversion or conscientiousness, and new research suggests that they also vary according to a particular cognitive trait distractibility. The findings are published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . We all know from personal experience that some people appear to be more prone to lapses of attention than others. At the same time, we know that i ...
Psychological Science - Wed. Dec 16
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