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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Lack of Sleep Affects Performance and Damages Brain Cells

Everyone knows that bad night sleep can easily affect the whole day ahead. Even a relatively small (2-3 hours) loss of sleep leads to the fall in mood and mental performance. Regular or frequent sleep disturbances can even have much more ...

May 29

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Social media users urged to consider rising suicide rates

AUSTRALIA - LIFELINE and one of the country's top mental health experts have urged social media to take greater responsibility as suicide rates in Australia hit a 10-year high.

May 29

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Brain imaging reveals clues about chronic fatigue syndrome

A brain imaging study shows that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome may have reduced responses, compared with healthy controls, in a region of the brain connected with fatigue. The findings suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome is associated ...

May 29

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Remembering, as an Extreme Sport

If not quite Ali-Frazier or Williams-Sharapova, the duel was all the audience of about 100 could ask for. ...

May 28

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Mental illness can reduce life expectancy 'more than smoking'

Serious mental illness can reduce life expectancy more than heavy smoking, Oxford University scientists have said. They say the illnesses can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years - a loss equivalent or worse to smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

May 28

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Screening for Autism: There's an App for That

Most schools across the United States provide simple vision tests to their students - not to prescribe glasses, but to identify ...

May 28

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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