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Prevalence of marijuana use disorders rises as marijuana use more than doubles...
October 21, 2015 -- Marijuana use in the United States more than doubled over the period from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, while the increase in disorders associated with marijuana use was almost as large for that period. Deborah Hasin, PhD, professor of clinical epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center, and colleagues found that nearly 3 out of 10 marijuana users experienced a marijuana use disorder of abuse or ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Oct 22
Small Acts of Generosity and the Neuroscience of Gratitude
Gratitude is defined as, the quality of being thankful readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Millennia ago, Cicero proclaimed that gratitude was the mother of all virtues. Seneca spoke of gratitude as being a fundamental motivational drive that was critical for building interpersonal relationships. Recent studies have shown that generosity and gratitude go hand in hand both at a psychological and neurobiological level. Generosity and g ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Oct 20
Family risk of breast cancer does not affect psychosocial adjustment among pre...
PHILADELPHIA - Girls from families with a history of breast cancer, or genetic mutations that increase the risk of a breast cancer diagnosis, seem to adjust just as well as other girls when it comes to general anxiety, depression and overall psychosocial adjustment, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children s Hospital of Philadelphia. However, the study also found that girls from at-ri ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 20
Trained medical interpreters can reduce errors in care for patients with limit...
October 20, 2015 - For patients with limited English proficiency LEP , errors in medical interpretation are common--especially when the interpreter is a family member or other untrained person, reports a study in the October issue of Medical Care . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . The error rate is cut in half when trained medical interpreters are used, whether in person or by video conference, according to the research by Dr. Eliseo J. P 233 r ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 20
For children with rare genetic disorder, more extensive epilepsy surgery yield...
October 20, 2015 - Children with the genetic disorder tuberous sclerosis complex TSC often need epilepsy surgery for severe, uncontrollable seizures. A new study finds that seizure control is improved for patients undergoing more extensive surgery, reports the October issue of Neurosurgery , official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons , published by Wolters Kluwer . Seizures occurring in TSC are related to development of brain tumors, known a ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 20
Inherent mindfulness linked to lower obesity risk, belly fat
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A study of nearly 400 people finds that those who exhibited more dispositional mindfulness , or awareness of and attention to their current feelings and thoughts, were less likely to be obese and had less abdominal fat than people who did not exhibit as much of that awareness. Dispositional mindfulness is not the same as mindfulness meditation, in which people make a conscious, focused practice of attending to their current state and se ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Oct 20
Does immune activity affect schizophrenia?
Immune cells are more active in the brains of people at risk of schizophrenia, as well as those already diagnosed with the disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry .
Medical News Today - Mon. Oct 19
Stop Thinking Positively
Last month in New York, the obscure and aging Roberta Vinci faced No. 1 ranked Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. While Vinci had had a lot of success in doubles tennis over the years, she had never before even reached the semi-finals of a major tournament in singles in her entire career . By contrast, Serena had already won three majors that year, and was considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time who was still playing at ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 19
The Age of Artificial Consciousness
Everyone talks about artificial intelligence these days. Are we on the verge of the singularity the moment in which artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence [1] Can we afford to design unethical robots, programmed with clever software like the one that caused the recent dieselgate controversy at Volkswagen Will robots replace doctors and other care practitioners , or can we even make robots that properly care for living organisms like humans If ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 19
Violent Media Creates Couch Potatoes, Not Violent Youth
There seems to be an epidemic of what I refer to as parent-noia going around the US today. Parents everywhere seem to live in absolute terror that they might not be doing right by their kids. The minute kids start having even the most inconsequential emotional problem or start acting out, the parents immediately ask themselves, What did I do wrong Parenting columnist John Rosemond describes what he called, America s Hidden Domestic Abuse Problem. He spoke ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 19
Disaster Plans Must Consider Children, Pediatrics Group Says
Disaster response plans need to place more emphasis on the needs of children, a new American Academy of Pediatrics AAP policy statement says. Events such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, industrial accidents or disease outbreaks can be especially harmful to children for a number of reasons, the experts pointed out. For example, children take more breaths per minute, are closer to the ground, and have a large surface area relative to their body mass ...
Healthday - Mon. Oct 19
New way to fix a broken heart?
By tracking a single cell in a growing heart, scientists from Stanford University have discovered a cell type that could repair damaged arteries. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, but there is currently no effective method to regenerate new coronary arteries in diseased or injured hearts. The findings in the journal eLife identified a progenitor cell type that could make it possible. The study was carried out with mice but, a ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 19
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