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September 1, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Studying The Early Brain And Autism

September 1, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatric looked at the association between early neural activity and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We wanted to characterize early brain differences that can be detected before the behavioral signs of autism emerge,” study author Dr. Abigail Dickinson told us. [More]

August 31, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Pandemic Taking Its Toll On Those With Eating Disorders

August 31, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Nine out of ten people with experience of eating disorders are dealing with profoundly negative impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A study from Northumbria University in the UK found that as well as affecting the general population around the world, the pandemic is causing additional and unique challenges for those experiencing eating disorders. [More]

August 28, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Selflessness May Increase With Age

August 28, 2020 07:56 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study found that altruism increased with age, going from less than 25% through age 35 to around 75% among people 55 and older. It’s possible that realizing there are fewer years to live encourages people to consider the greater good more than they did as a youth. Whether people do good deeds because of their selfless nature or out of ulterior motives is unclear but we do see an increase in generosity with age. [More]

August 25, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Aging Affect Memory?

August 25, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study on aging and the brain published in the Journal of Nature Communications looked at the hippocampus region of the brain. “It's commonly accepted that aging negatively impacts most of our cognitive abilities, especially memory,” study author Zachariah M. Reagh told us. “While that is indeed the case, there might be more to the story.” [More]

August 21, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Strong Mental Health Lengthens Life

August 21, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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A study from researchers at the University of Toronto found that those with suboptimal mental health died earlier than their counterparts with excellent mental health. Those who were in excellent mental health when the study started in the mid-1990s lived almost five months longer than their peers who were in poorer mental health. [More]

August 18, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Jealousy In Friendships Be A Good Thing?

August 18, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looked at whether friendship jealously can be a tool for maintaining friendships in the face of third party threats. “Friendships are massively important for health and happiness, and they can be threatened when our friends form new friendships or other relationships,” study author Jaimie Arona Krems told us. [More]

August 11, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Birth Control Alter Mood?

August 11, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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About 55 million women in the United States use oral contraception and 98 per cent of U.S. women have used birth control at some point. Most women use oral contraception as their method of birth control. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers oral contraception as an essential medicine. Some women stop taking birth control because it affects their moods. A new study recently published in Scientific Reports aimed to look at the effects of oral contraception on hormones and how that may affect mood. [More]