Twin study suggests language delay due more to nature than nurture

A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found that compared with single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had language delay compared with 31 percent of nonidentical twins. Overall, twins had twice the rate of late ...

Jul 22

Categories: Learning Difficulties

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Smoking may contribute to suicide risk

Cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who don’t smoke, studies have shown. This reality has been attributed to the fact that people with psychiatric disorders, who have higher suicide rates, also tend to smoke. But new ...

Jul 22

Categories: Addictions, Suicide Prevention

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Fish Oil May Benefit Alcohol Abusers

Omega-3 fish oil might help protect against alcohol-related neurodamage and the risk of eventual dementia, according to a study. Many human studies have shown that long-term alcohol abuse causes brain damage and increases the risk of dementia. The ...

Jul 21

Categories: Addictions

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Medications can help adults with alcohol use disorders reduce drinking

Several medications can help people with alcohol use disorders maintain abstinence or reduce drinking, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jul 21

Categories: Addictions

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Autistic traits seen in parents of kids with autism

Studying children with autism and their parents, researchers have found that when a child has autism, his or her parents are more likely to have autistic traits than parents who don't have a child with an autism spectrum disorder, as measured by a ...

Jul 21

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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How the brain stabilizes its connections in order to learn better

Throughout our lives, our brains adapt to what we learn and memorise. The brain is indeed made up of complex networks of neurons and synapses that are constantly re-configured. However, in order for learning to leave a trace, connections must be ...

Jul 19

Categories: Learning Difficulties

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What are the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder after an ...

Many patients continue to suffer from symptoms (headaches, pain) several months after an accident, which can pose a real handicap to their lives. Researchers have studied the subsequent development of 1,300 people who were admitted to A&R between ...

Jul 19

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Reducing Screen time can Reduce your kids' Weight and Improve Grades

Parents are in a much more powerful position than they realize. A new study of over 1300 3rd to 5th graders found that parental monitoring of children's media has ripple effects that extend across several different areas of children's lives out ...

Jul 18

Categories: Child Development

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Slow Alzheimer's By Exercising The Body And The Mind

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most feared diagnoses among patients. It destroys people's minds, their personalities, the very essence of who they are. And once the disease has been diagnosed, there is nothing modern medicine can do to stop it.

Jul 18

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions

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Months before their first words, babies’ brains rehearse speech ...

Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages until about 8 months of age when their brains start to focus only on the sounds they hear around them. It's been unclear how this transition occurs, but social interactions and ...

Jul 18

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You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep

Subliminal learning in your sleep is usually dismissed as pseudo-science at best and fraud at worst, but a team of Swiss psychologists say you can actually learn a foreign language in your sleep.

Jul 17

Categories: Learning Difficulties

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Marijuana dependence alters the brain's response to drug paraphernalia

New research from The University of Texas at Dallas demonstrates that drug paraphernalia triggers the reward areas of the brain differently in dependent and non-dependent marijuana users.

Jul 17

Categories: Drug Addiction

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New programme offers weekend respite for caregivers

SINGAPORE — Caregivers now have the option of entrusting their elderly loved ones to selected day or senior centres across the island on weekends.

Jul 17

Categories: Caregiver Issues / Stress

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"Noisy" Memory in Schizophrenia

The inability to ignore irrelevant stimuli underlies the impaired working memory and cognition often experienced by individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, reports a new study in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry.

Jul 16

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Large Study of Stem Cells for Autism Draws Criticism

A team at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is set to launch a $40 million clinical trial to explore stem cells from umbilical cord blood as a treatment for autism. But experts caution that the trial is premature.

Jul 16

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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