The upside to winter

Winter is coming!" is the fearful catch-cry of TV series Game of Thrones. And historically, there's good reason to be afraid. In ancient communities, the months following the winter solstice were famine months. While starvation may not be something ...

Jul 9

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The link between Personality and Heart Attacks

A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has addressed the relationship between personality and heart attacks. Distressed (type D) personality (TDP), characterized by high negative affectivity (NA) and social ...

Jul 9

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Neurosurgeons finds key that turns consciousness on and off

The 54-year-old epilepsy patient - her name remains concealed to protect her privacy - was lying on the operating table while surgeons explored inside her brain with electrodes. They were looking for the source of her epileptic seizures. Suddenly, ...

Jul 9

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Can certain foods worsen anxiety and others have a calming effect?

Coping with anxiety can be a challenge and often requires making lifestyle changes. There aren't any diet changes that can cure anxiety, but watching what you eat may help.

Jul 8

Categories: Anxiety

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The difference between our remembering self

How many of us when asked if we're happy distinguish between the happiness we're experiencing right now in this present moment versus how happy we feel about life in general? It's an important question because until quite recently, many working in ...

Jul 8

Categories: Happiness

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Stress reduction from just 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation has become an increasingly popular way for people to improve their mental and physical health, yet most research supporting its benefits has focused on lengthy, weeks-long training programs. New research from Carnegie Mellon ...

Jul 8

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Management

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New research could uncover genes at the root of psychiatric illnesses

Understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders has been extremely challenging because there are many genetic variants that may increase risk but are insufficient to cause disease. Now investigators describe a strategy that may help reveal how such ...

Jul 7

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Some people would rather shock themselves with electricity than spend ...

Go people-watching in any Western country and it's rare to come across a person sat alone in quiet contemplation. Most lone individuals are seen playing with their mobile phone, reading, watching a movie on their tablet, or people-watching. Why this ...

Jul 7

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Indonesia finalizes draft of mental health law

A lawmaker from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Wirianingsih, said that the law, which is sponsored by the House, would help the central government and local administrations to prioritize programs and funding related to mental illness.

Jul 7

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Compulsory care for high-risk mental patients should be re-examined

HONG KONG - The growing problem of mental illness in the community remains mainly out of sight, out of mind, except for victims and their families, and under-resourced health and social workers who have to deal with it. Sadly it is being called to ...

Jul 5

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Psychology explains why people are so easily duped

True or false: "The Eiffel Tower is in France." Most of us can quickly and accurately answer this question by relying on our general knowledge. But what if you were asked to consider the claim: "The beehive is a building in New Zealand." Unless you ...

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Sleeping Less Accelerates the Brain's Aging Process

Not getting enough sleep rots the brain. New research on older people suggests that not getting enough sleep could significantly accelerate the brain's aging process. Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) said the ...

Jul 5

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Addiction starts with an overcorrection in the brain

Brigham Young University professor Scott Steffensen and his collaborators have published three new scientific papers that detail the brain mechanisms involved with addictive substances. "Addiction is a brain disease that could be treated like any ...

Jul 4

Categories: Addictions

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Red Objects Strangely Feel Cooler to the Touch than Blue Ones

It’s as basic as water faucet handles: red means hot and blue means cold. That simple fact just got more complicated, according to a surprising study in the July 3 issue of Scientific Reports which shows that blue objects feel warmer to the touch ...

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Potential drug target for PTSD prevention

Scientists at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University have identified a drug that appears to make memories of fearsome events less durable in mice. The finding may accelerate the development of treatments for preventing PTSD ...

Jul 4

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

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