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October 01, 2014

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11:35 PM | 3 Ways to Tell If Your Significant Other is Screwing Up Your Relationship
Myths and misunderstandings that block lasting love. “Cheers to the perfect couple!” Heart-felt words like these can actually doom a relationship. Did you know that your well-meaning congratulations to a new couple could solidify dangerous myths about love? Beliefs about relationships were the focus of a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of […]
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6:24 PM | A Grief Hygiene
“The cup is already broken,” they say in Zen lore. Yes, we know: we get dogs knowing that we will most likely outlive them. We’ve learned to look at our fragile tech gizmos with that acquired acceptance of “it’s built-in obsolescence.” Impermanence is all around us: Heraclitus knew it, Buddha knew it. We all know […]
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6:23 PM | 7 Ways to Deal with Family and Friends Who Don’t Get it
If “I believe you” are the three most powerful words you can say to someone with an invisible illness. Four of the hardest or most painful words to absorb — whether they are said directly or communicated indirectly through insensitive behavior — are “I don’t believe you.” And yet, people who live with depression, anxiety, […]
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6:17 PM | What Encourages People to Walk Their Dog?
And is dog-walking a good way to persuade people to take more exercise?Photo: Monkey Business Images / ShutterstockWe know that most people do not get the 150 minutes of exercise per week that is recommended. Could encouraging people to walk their dogs more often help, and if so, how best to go about it? A new paper by Carri Westgarth et al (2014) of the University of Liverpool reviews the state of current research.Although to some dog owners a daily walk is an essential part of the routine, […]

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B. & Knuiman, M. (2008). Encouraging physical activity through dog walking: Why don't some owners walk with their dog?, Preventive Medicine, 46 (2) 120-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.08.015

Westgarth, C., Christley, R. & Christian, H. (2014). How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlates, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11 (1) 83. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-83

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3:30 PM | The 5-Step Forgiveness Formula To Help You Heal Your Relationships
Can seeking forgiveness lead to healing? Can it repair damaged relationships?
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2:37 PM | Newly Discovered Ant Species Hides in Plain Sight
Researchers plan and plot every considerable aspect of their work, […]
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2:35 PM | Join us for the 4th Annual Blog Party: World Mental Health Day, Oct. 10
Next week on October 10th, we’re celebrating World Mental Health Day. And, if you’re a blogger, we’d like you to join us for our 4th annual blog party. World Mental Health Day is promoted by the World Health Organization to help raise awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, […]
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2:34 PM | Lift weights, improve your memory
Here’s another reason why it’s a good idea to hit […]
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2:31 PM | Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels
Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close […]
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2:29 PM | Memory Loss From Alzheimer’s Reversed For First Time With New Approach
Nine out of ten patients with memory problems showed improvements with this novel multi-systems approach. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss The Surprising Impact of Weight Loss on the Emotions Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Breakthrough How Long-Term Stress Affects […]
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2:00 PM | Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent some forms of depression
Patients with increased inflammation, including those receiving cytokines for medical […]
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1:51 PM | ‘Smart’ bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below
Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, […]
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11:59 AM | Happy ADHD Awareness Month
So how did you feel when you read the word happy? You might have smirked and thought, “Who is she kidding?” Or maybe you thought, “What the heck are we celebrating? My ADHD never did anything good for me.” Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who saw the words Happy ADHD Awareness Month and […]
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11:55 AM | Researchers identify brain areas activated by itch-relieving drug
Areas of the brain that respond to reward and pleasure […]
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11:51 AM | High-speed drug screen via zebrafish
Engineers devise technology for rapidly testing drug-delivery vehicles MIT engineers […]
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11:50 AM | Studying time makes this philosopher tick
Newly tenured Brad Skow studies the philosophy of science and […]
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11:47 AM | New drug-delivery capsule may replace injections
Pill coated with tiny needles can deliver drugs directly into […]
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10:45 AM | How to Be Happy
Happiness is a tough one. We spend a lot of our time and billions of dollars trying to obtain happiness. Inevitably, though, we find ourselves back in the grind: dreading going to work, dreading doing the myriad errands and responsibilities it takes to live as a human being in this multifaceted world. The thing about […]
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10:35 AM | White House BRAIN Conference
September 30 is the last day of the fiscal year for the US government. So it's no coincidence that President Obama's BRAIN Initiative1 ended the year with a bang. The NIH BRAIN Awards were announced on the last possible day of FY2014, coinciding with the White House BRAIN Conference. A total of $46 million was dispersed among 58 awards involving over 100 scientists.Census of Cell Types (RFA MH-14-215)  Tools for Cells and Circuits (RFA MH-14-216)  Next Generation Human Imaging (RFA […]
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9:11 AM | Maternal complement C1q and offspring psychosis
"In conclusion, exposure to maternal C1q activity during pregnancy may be a risk factor for the development of schizophrenia and psychosis in offspring". That was the primary observation made by Emily Severance and colleagues [1] at Johns Hopkins, extending their scientific interest in immune system involvement being potentially linked to psychiatry [2]."Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law"I've already talked about Dr Severance's previous research forays into complement […]

Emily G. Severance, Kristin L. Gressitt, Stephen L. Buka, Tyrone D. Cannon & Robert H. Yolken (2014). Maternal complement C1q and increased odds for psychosis in adult offspring, Schizophrenia Research, Other:

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8:24 AM | “Just try to ignore it”: How neurotic people respond to extreme rudeness at work
We’ve all experienced rudeness at work; at the time it’s offensive and can harm our creativity, but it bears even darker fruits in the long-term, as repeated exposure is associated with depression, anxiety and psychological distress.How do people deal with rudeness? When is it buried away, and when addressed? A new study suggests that we actually tend to ignore it most of the time. However more offensive acts may set us off – unless we are particularly emotionally sensitive, […]
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8:24 AM | Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings
Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings By Phil La Duke – see the whole article here Extracts: I don’t have all the answers; not about safety and not about anything else. Furthermore, as much as it may seem to the contrary, I don’t even THINK that I have all the answers, but there are people in the […] The post Reverse Engineering Safety Offerings appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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4:01 AM | Parental Alienation and the Fight for Children’s Hearts and Minds
Parental alienation involves one parent spoiling the relationship between a child and the other parent in the absence of actual abuse or neglect. In both my personal and professional lives, I have seen many parents actively turn their children against the other parent in an effort to “keep them (the child) close,” and to undermine their child’s loving bond with the other parent. Although research has demonstrated that parental alienation has very negative effects on children […]
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2:15 AM | Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: Suicidal Ideation
Death is Depressed: I want to Live!!! Death Dancing: (Spinning Death Reaper | Jazz Hands | Tip Tap -Tap Tap Tapp shoes (dancing on graves) Caption: Resurrect ideation: Unusual preoccupation with Life. As we bring Suicide Prevention Month to a close, it is fitting we remember those lost and have hope for those we can help […]

September 30, 2014

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11:47 PM | Motivational Barriers – Using Mental Health Humor to Teach
Proud, and overjoyed over where the Mental Health Humor cartoons have been seen and used. In magazines, educational books, many non-profits, Mental Health organizations for example, right now, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) DBSA Positive 6 campaign (+6 campaign). The cartoons also have been published in many newspapers and newsletters…including Websites and Blogs like […]
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10:52 PM | The Horse is Technology, But the Rider is on Auto-Pilot
You wake up the morning and before saying hi to anyone in the house you say hi to your phone. Walking on the way to the bathroom you make sure to grab your phone to check any messages on the way. Slowing down at the stoplight in the car is an invitation to see if […]
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10:35 PM | Want to Break that Good Habit Just Once? 5 Tips to Avoid Backsliding
I’m working on Better Than Before, a book about how we can change our habits. The most fascinating subject ever. In it, one thorny question that I tackle is: How can we make an exception to a good habit, without disrupting that good habit altogether? After all, sometimes we do want to break a habit — to take advantage […]
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8:42 PM | Absolute and Relative Freedoms Are "Horses of a Different Color"
I read and enjoyed B. F. Skinner's (1971) bestselling book Beyond Freedom and Dignity. I believe there is no such thing as absolute freedom, which is the meaning of freedom often associated with the use of the term: "free will." By claiming the existence of a "free will," Catholic writers escaped the argument that God cannot possibly be all good and all powerful when evil events occur. Independent of God's will, man, as they said, had the will to determine his own actions and then then the […]
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8:24 PM | NIF now pleased to serve more electrophysiology data
For years, physiology has been lagging far behind anatomy as data sharing is still in infancy in that community as opposed to being fairly standard now in neuro-anatomy. We are pleased to announce that the Physiobank registry resource from MIT, containing data from a set of physiology experiments has been added to the NIF Data […]
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3:45 PM | How to Sit with Painful Emotions
Feeling painful emotions, not surprisingly, can be painful. This is why so many of us don’t do it. Instead, we ignore our emotions, or dismiss them. We try to numb the pain with a glass of wine or three. We isolate ourselves. We cut or burn ourselves, or engage in other kinds of self-harm. Basically, […]
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