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Revealed: The awful anchor that lets UTIs take hold
To establish an infection in the urinary tract, bacteria must be able to withstand the tremendous forces of urine flow so they re not simply washed away. New research is giving scientists a remarkable view of a strange, spring-like shock absorber used by the most common cause of urinary tract infections UTIs to survive and thrive where other bacteria cannot. By better understanding how these bugs anchor themselves to the urinary tract lining, doctors will ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Jan 12
Basic Ratio Capacity May Serve as Building Block for Math Knowledge
Understanding fractions is a critical mathematical ability, and yet it s one that continues to confound a lot of people well into adulthood. New research finds evidence for an innate ratio processing ability that may play a role in determining our aptitude for understanding fractions and other formal mathematical concepts. The research is published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . Our findings suggest that ...
Psychological Science - Tue. Jan 12
Kids With Vision-Damaging Cancers May Face Ills Later
Some survivors of childhood cancers that affect vision may face increased risk for long-term health and economic problems, two new studies suggest. The studies, published online Jan. 11 in the journal Cancer , provide new insight that could help improve patient care and follow-up, the researchers say. One study included 470 adult survivors of retinoblastoma who were followed for an average of 42 years. Retinoblastoma, the most common eye tumor of young chi ...
Healthday - Tue. Jan 12
Exercise May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Depressed People: Study
Exercise may reduce the chances of developing heart disease for people with depression, a new study suggests. Depressed people who weren t physically active had stiffer and more inflamed aortas -- the large artery carrying blood from the heart -- two signs of heart disease. But, in depressed people who exercised, aortic stiffening and inflammation were less common, the study authors found. Depression and physical inactivity have been shown to be associated ...
Healthday - Tue. Jan 12
Gender Wage Gap Linked to Depression and Anxiety: Study
The wage gap between American women and men might be one reason why women have higher rates of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. Women with lower incomes than men with similar levels of education and experience were about 2.5 times more likely to have major depression than men. But, women who had incomes similar to their male counterparts didn t have a greater risk of depression than men, the research revealed. Our results show that some of the ...
Healthday - Sun. Jan 10
Exaggerating With Statistics (About Rape)
As a professional psychology researcher, it s my job to lie to the participants in my experiments so I can lie to others with statistics using their data . -On understanding the role of deception in psychology research In my last post , I discussed the topic of fear specifically, how social and political agendas can distort the way people reason about statistics. The probable function of such distortions is to convince other people to accept a conclusion w ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Jan 10
Grit Revisited
In 2007 Dr. Angela Duckworth[i] introduced the construct of grit , the passionate pursuit of long term goals, to account for the ability of some people to strive unrelentingly to accomplish difficult goals that may take years to realize. Traditionally, psychologists have focused on measures of talent IQ, aptitude, and so forth to predict who succeeds and who fails across a wide spectrum of tasks. While one hundred years of research has demonstrated talent ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Jan 10
Ebola medical team develops guidelines for treating infected children
When the Ebola virus outbreak erupted in West Africa in 2014, children infected with the virus -- particularly those under age 5 -- faced overwhelming challenges. Not only was there a high death rate among young children infected with the disease, they often were isolated from their families, leaving them feeling distressed and without the intensive care they needed. In the height of the epidemic, exhausted health-care workers found themselves with few opt ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
Racial disparity lies at intersection of HIV, Hodgkin lymphoma
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- A new study finds a significant racial disparity within a doubly troubled population of patients those with HIV and Hodgkin lymphoma. In such cases, blacks are at significantly higher risk than whites of not receiving treatment for the cancer that in many cases would be effective. Black patients have higher rates of not receiving treatment, said lead author Dr. Adam Olszewski, associate professor of medicine in the Al ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
Postnatal depression linked to challenges in parenting -- could Oxytocin be he...
Jan. 8, 2016 - Caring for an infant is challenging for any mother -- but especially so for women with postnatal depression, which may lead to adverse effects on child outcomes. Current evidence on postnatal depression and parenting -- including preliminary data on the role of the hormone oxytocin -- is reviewed in the January February issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Interventions for mothers with postnat ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
Low-income communities more likely to face childhood obesity
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - For a long time researchers have tracked high rates of obesity among black and Hispanic kids, but a closer look at communities shows family income matters more than race in predicting which kids are overweight. Using a model created from data on 111,799 Massachusetts students, the University of Michigan Health System showed that as poverty rises, so does the rate of obesity among children in 68 of its public school districts. Although ob ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
Snappy Sleep Stager system identifies gene related to shorter sleep
You may have wondered why some people seem to need less sleep. Is it in their genes It turns out that it likely is. A number of so called short-sleeper genes, which are associated with little need for sleep, have recently been identified through years of arduous research and serendipity. Now, researchers at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center QBiC have advanced sleep genetics research by developing a new method for monitoring mouse sleep cycles. The Snap ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jan 8
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