Study finds link between autism and obesity during pregnancy

Pregnant women might now have one more good reason to watch their diet and exercise: A new study links autism and developmental delays in young children to metabolic conditions, like obesity and diabetes, in their mothers. The findings, published ...

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A Periodic Stress Meter

Ask yourself this set of simple questions every few weeks to help gauge how much damaging stress you are experiencing. Overwhelming stress cripples. Neuroscientists have begun to learn that even acute, everyday stress can turn off the brain’s ...

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Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on -- or off

Money doesn't buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is ...

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Mental Illness Prevention - People Don't Like Paying

According to a study published in the April issue of Psychiatric Services, people are less prepared to pay for prevent mental illnesses than for treatments of medical conditions. The study also revealed that regardless of the fact that mental ...

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Dealing with Difficult People Online

If you maintain any type of presence online, you’ve likely encountered at least one difficult person whose behavior you find irritating. Unfortunately, as much as you might want to lash out and demonstrate just how “wrong” this person is, ...

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Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

Author, Bronnie Ware, took her experiences working with dying patients and wrote a beautiful book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. The wisdom she imparts from helping people die with dignity is inspiring, poignant and apt to make you think ...

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Infants Possess a Sense of Justice

Well before “not fair!” becomes a staple phrase of your child’s spoken repertoire, he or she might already have a fundamental grasp of right and wrong. A study published last October in PLoS One found that 15-month-old infants could identify ...

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Scientists Link Gene Mutation to Autism Risk

But a team led by Evan E. Eichler, a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, independently found the same thing in a study of 209 families: one child with autism — and a glitch in the very same gene.

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Employee With Bipolar Disorder Wins Discrimination Case

After being a model employee for the parent company of The Cash Store, Cottonwood Financial, Sean Riley asked for some time off in order to deal with his bipolar disorder after having worked for the company for about 6 months. They denied his ...

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Five Reasons Why Relationships Fail

Online dating is one of the fastest growing industries, and many websites now include some sort of profiling tool for predicting romantic compatibility. However, few of these websites (and that is also true for most researchers working in this area) ...

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Autism Mutations, Scattered Across Many Genes, Merge Into Common ...

UW researchers have announced their findings from a major study looking into the genetic basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with an approach piloted at the UW. The researchers have been studying ASD in children who have no family history of ...

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A Psychologist Goes To The Zoo: An Interview with Terry L. Maple

I first became aware of Dr. Terry L. Maple when I read his article in the latest issue of The Observer, the magazine of the Association for Psychological Science. Maple is former president and CEO of the Zoo Atlanta as well as the Palm Beach Zoo, ...

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Men Start Businesses for the Money: Women for the Social Value

A study of the sexes reveals that when it comes to starting a business, women are more likely than men to consider individual responsibility and use business as a vehicle for social and environmental change. "We found that women are 1.17 times ...

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