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October 1, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Higher Stress During Mid-Life Is Associated With Greater Memory Decline In Women

October 1, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Stress is on the rise for women and it can lead to a host of health problems over the lifespan including depression, anxiety, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable brain disorder that destroys memory and the ability to perform simple tasks. Women, in fact, are more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease. At first, researchers thought this was because women lived longer than men, however, more and more research is pointing to other factors, including stress. [More]

September 24, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Older Parents Don't Have To Worry About Their Age Negatively Affecting Their Children's Behavior

September 24, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at whether the age of parents at the time of their children’s birth could result in behavior problems. Couples who have children at later ages are often counselled about risks of increased maternal age (e.g. Down syndrome) but increasingly a risk has been documented for increased paternal age and autism and schizophrenia. [More]

August 27, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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These People Are More Likely To Experience Negative Outcomes From Compulsively Using Dating Apps

August 27, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Dating apps are growing in popularity. In the U.S., online dating is a $3 billion industry and growing each year with predictions of 25 per cent continued growth into the year 2020. It seems everyone you talk to has tried or knows someone who has tried a dating app. But are they for everyone? A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships aimed to answer that question by looking at how social anxiety and loneliness might impact someone’s dating app use. [More]

August 20, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Parents And Teachers Can Stop Bullying This Coming School Year

August 20, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Bullying is something parents worry about throughout the school year. You don't want your cyild to be bullied or have your child do any kind of bullying. Now, a new study, titled, Understanding the relationship between youths’ belonging and bullying behavior: An SEM Model, recently published in the journal of Educational and Child Psychology, showed that school belonging and family belonging have a significant direct and indirect relationship with student bullying behavior. [More]

August 13, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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How A Bunk Bed Might Give Your Kids Depression And Anxiety In Adulthood

August 13, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Over 70 per cent of cases of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in children of all ages involved products regulated by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Ten per cent of TBIs in children aged 0-4 were caused by bunk beds as well as another 10 per cent by stairs, and 10 per cent by floors. In children aged 5-9, the leading causes of TBI are floors and bike accidents. Football, basketball, soccer and bike accidents were the leading causes of TBI in children and adolescents aged 10-14. [More]

August 6, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Do Infants Have Empathy?

August 6, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Why would it matter if infants displayed empathy? “Empathy is defined as the ability to understand the emotion of others, and share in those emotions, while maintaining a self-other distinction,” Florina Uzefovsky, of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, told us. “As can be understood from the definition, empathy is basic and central in all social communication. This ability allows us to interact with others, to better understand their motives and actions, and to engage in meaningful social relationships.” [More]

July 30, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Women With Dissociative PTSD Have Higher Levels Of Stress Hormones

July 30, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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“The neuroendocrine system, which produces cortisol, plays a significant role in stress responses,” study author Dr. Yang Li told us. “When stress occurs, cortisol is released and fights off stress. Oxytocin can help the cortisol levels return to the normal level. If these two hormones work well and interact well, women will be more likely to be resilient when traumatic events happen. Otherwise, if these two hormones do not function well and interact well, women will be more likely to develop PTSD after exposure to traumatic stress events. Childhood trauma is the root of problem, as it causes damage to the two stress-related systems.” [More]