Website to help hesitant dads tackle mental-health woes

When it comes to mental health, men - particularly young fathers - have been largely overlooked, with most of the treatment and services focused on women and new mothers. This lapse has prompted psychiatrists Dr. Andrew Howlett at St. Joseph's ...

Jun 14

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Look Angry If You Want People to Give In

Remember the middle-school taunt: "Is that a threat … or a promise?" If you want to get the most out of a threat in the adult world, don’t let there be any question about it: Look the part, suggests a new study.

Jun 14

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Inside the adult ADHD brain

About 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While many of these children eventually "outgrow" the disorder, some carry their difficulties into adulthood: ...

Jun 13

Categories: Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Study says people who enter adulthood during a downturn are less ...

Children who grow up in a recession are more likely to become well-rounded adults than those who enjoy an easy start to life, a psychological study has found. Analysis of the characteristics of 35,000 people found that those who entered adulthood ...

Jun 13

Categories: Adult psychological development

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Why did we evolve the ability to think about our own thoughts?

Thinking about "the stuff of thought" sounds self-absorbed and irrelevant for our survival, but an opinion piece in the journal Trends in Cognitive Science says otherwise. Far from navel-gazing, this kind of thinking is what helps groups of people ...

Jun 13

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Does mindfulness meditation work?

Given the widespread belief that meditation practice is scientifically certified to be good for just about everything, the results of a recent major analysis of the research might come as some surprise.

Jun 12

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Sleep After Learning Strengthens Connections Between Brain Cells and ...

In study published today in Science, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show for the first time that sleep after learning encourages the growth of dendritic spines, the tiny protrusions from brain cells that connect to other brain cells and ...

Jun 12

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Dads Who Wash the Dishes Raise More Aspirational Daughters

New research finds that daughters of men who help out at home tend to select from a broader range of career options than the daughters of families in which chores are not equitably shared.

Jun 12

Categories: Parenting

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Find a purpose, set goals and you'll live longer, Canadian study finds

It takes about 14 years for a child to go through grade school, hit puberty, and be at the cusp of an inescapable question: "What are you going to do with your life?"

Jun 11

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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A tiny molecule may help battle depression

Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving treatment ...

Jun 11

Categories: Depression

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Losing Weight May Require Some Serious Fun

If you are aiming to lose weight by revving up your exercise routine, it may be wise to think of your workouts not as exercise, but as playtime. An unconventional new study suggests that people's attitudes toward physical activity can influence what ...

Jun 11

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Physical exercise as ADHD treatment: Necessary but not sufficient

Can exer­cise reduce behav­ior prob­lems and enhance cog­ni­tion in chil­dren with ADHD? Results from mul­ti­ple stud­ies indi­cate that exer­cise mit­i­gates aging-related declines in cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing and that it may ...

Jun 10

Categories: Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Brain circuit problem likely sets stage for the "voices" that are ...

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have identified problems in a connection between brain structures that may predispose individuals to hearing the "voices" that are a common symptom of schizophrenia.

Jun 10

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Maternal Depression More Frequent After Postpartum Period

Postpartum depression has many negative consequences for the mother and her child, and society is right to promote awareness of this condition. But now, a study of new mothers indicates that depression is more common four years after childbirth than ...

Jun 10

Categories: Pregnancy & Birthing

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Why Desserts Are Irresistible

It all comes down to willpower, right? Strength of purpose. Muster the resolve to skip dessert, and you have a shot at losing that spare tire hanging off your belly. Succumb to your temptations, however, and you are simply being weak. But is it ...

Jun 9

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