Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'

Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.

Jun 5

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Hypnosis extends restorative slow-wave sleep

Deep sleep promotes our well-being, improves our memory and strengthens the body’s defences. Zurich and Fribourg researchers demonstrate how restorative SWS can also be increased without medication - using hypnosis.

Jun 4

Categories: Hypnosis, Sleep Disorders

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Making Aging Positive

Many of my older-adult patients wanted to make a difference in the world but, finding no role for themselves, were treated as socially useless. Having created a new stage of life, the next step is to make it meaningful.

Jun 4

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Dog People vs. Cat People: Who's More Outgoing? More Intelligent?

"Dog people" and "cat people" really do have different personalities, according to a new study.

Jun 4

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New research suggests people with narcissistic tendencies can be ...

Can narcissists really change? The just-completed half-season of Mad Men, in which the self-centered Don Draper has gradually settled into a new role as a supportive friend and team player, appears to be answering that question in the affirmative. ...

Jun 3

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Stress degrades sperm quality

Psychological stress is harmful to sperm and semen quality, affecting its concentration, appearance, and ability to fertilize an egg, according to a study led by researchers Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Rutgers School of ...

Jun 3

Categories: Stress Management

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New online test measures the level of addiction to tobacco

Being the leading 
preventable cause of premature death and disabling diseases, a team of researchers from the Mexican Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) developed a virtual platform that measures the level of addiction of smokers, while ...

Jun 3

Categories: Addictions

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Migrant storytelling project inspires with positive tales sharing ...

Born in Malaysia, Ms Chua lived in Hong Kong with her then husband before moving to Melbourne 30 years ago. She worked 70 hours a week in two jobs - night shift at a factory and the family restaurant during the day - and brought up three ...

Jun 2

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Understanding Schizophrenia in Singapore

Dr Ang Yong Guan is a well-known mental health advocate and psychiatrist in Singapore, and was the longest-serving psychiatrist with the Singapore Armed Forces for almost 17 years. He knows the statistics in Singapore signal a crisis: one in six ...

Jun 2

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Pleasant Smells Increase Facial Attractiveness

New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center reveals that women’s faces are rated as more attractive in the presence of pleasant odors. In contrast, odor pleasantness had less effect on the evaluation of age. The findings suggest that the ...

Jun 2

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Depressed Mice Have Excitable Neurons

Most people handle stress well, but some find it difficult to cope and as a result develop depression and other mood disorders. Researchers have previously been able to identify the part of the brain that controls this response, but not exactly how ...

May 31

Categories: Depression

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The best way to win an argument

How do you change someone's mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.

May 31

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What the Internet is Doing to Young Minds

There's no evidence that typical levels of internet use harms adolescent brains, according to a new review of 134 studies. On the contrary, the report, to be published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Science, finds some positives associated with ...

May 31

Categories: Child Development

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Many Children Affected by Posttraumatic Stress Disorder after Traffic ...

Nearly every third child in Sweden who is injured in traffic is subsequently affected by posttraumatic stress disorder. Every fifth child is still suffering from mental and psychosocial problems one year after the accident. These are the conclusions ...

May 30

Categories: Child Development

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Therapist creates beautiful music with the heartbeats of dying ...

A musical therapist who works with terminally ill children and their families at Cincinnati Children's Hospital has begun creating musical memories using the heartbeats of dying patients. Brian Schreck records the thump of a patient's heartbeat ...

May 30

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