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March 24, 2015

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2:39 PM | Fat turns from diabetes foe to potential treatment
A new weapon in the war against type 2 diabetes is coming in an unexpected form: fat. Researchers have discovered a new class of potentially therapeutic lipids, called fatty-acid esters […]
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2:35 PM | 5 Tips for Being More Patient in All Areas of Your Life
Many of us have a problem with patience. That is, we lack it. We might be impatient in all areas of our lives. Or we might get impatient in certain situations. We might get impatient while waiting in line at the store, or sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Or waiting for an email to arrive in […]
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2:26 PM | New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50%
Even following the MIND diet 'moderately' reduced Alzheimer's disease risk by 35%. » Continue reading: New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50% » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:Dementia Treated Successfully With Anti-Aging Diet Diet Tip: The Unexpected Effect of Comfort Food on Bad Moods The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and […]
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2:00 PM | Monica Lewinsky, Mentor
My mom recently sent me an article about Monica Lewinsky. The article, titled “Monica Lewinsky is Back, but this Time it’s on Her Terms,” sounded intriguing. So I read it. And then it broke my heart. I didn’t realize we are only four years apart (she is 40, I am 44). Thinking back to when […]
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12:55 PM | Why Diets Shouldn’t Tell You What NOT To Eat
I recently started blogging for the Eat+Run section of US News and World Report. My first post covered my team’s research comparing two diets: the traditional diet that focuses on all the foods you should eat less of versus a ...
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12:40 PM | Science of Science Communication 2.0, Session 9.1: Emerging technologies part II -- synthetic biology!
Were back from spring break (learning things is hard & we need lots of rest & time to recover as we go along). Time for  "Science of Science Communication 2.0" session 9. Reading list here, & study/discussion questions below.   Have at it!  
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12:00 PM | Overnight Program Helps "Sundowning" Dementia Patients
It's known as "Sundowner's syndrome," and countless families caring for someone with dementia live in constant fear of it. For reasons that aren't entirely clear, about twenty percent of all dementia patients, most of whom are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease,...            Related StoriesGrief, Loneliness, and Losing a SpouseCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia?Aging, Cognition, and Eye Movement 
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: March 24, 2015
“If you’ve been a victim of any kind of abuse, that it’s almost as if someone is putting their poison, their hate, their fear into your body. And when you write, your pen is a little utensil, a little tool, to pour that hate out of your own body and put it onto the page.” – Author Cynthia Bond, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Everyone […]
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10:14 AM | 24 March 2015: Alex Jones on make up and 'facial contrast'
Why do women wear make up? I interview Alex Jones of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania about his new research into cosmetics and 'facial contrast' (follow @AlexJonesPHD on Twitter). Also, how did Kim Kardashian break the Internet? Was it her massive bum, or the pronounced curvature of her lower back?Download the MP3Participate in my research!The psychology of fail videos (women only)How do you help others? Rate me!Click here to open iTunes and rate or review the show.Read the transcript!How […]
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10:05 AM | Working at a treadmill desk boosts your memory and concentration, researchers claim
Image from Labonté-LeMoyne et al.We're told sitting is the new smoking and that we should consider working at standing desks, or perhaps better still, treadmill desks. Indeed, the health benefits of treadmill desks are indisputable, say neuroscientists in Canada, led by Élise Labonté-LeMoyne. More contentious, these researchers explain, is the evidence for the psychological effect of such set-ups on our work performance.For instance, one study found impaired maths […]
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9:37 AM | More extremes of a limiting diet and autism
In a previous post a while back, I discussed some examples in the peer-reviewed literature of where a self-limiting diet in the extreme can lead to with autism in mind. Today, I'm adding a further example of what food faddism might mean, to further forward the point that "a low threshold for vitamin level testing should be undertaken in autistic spectrum disorder cases, highlighting the importance of enquiring about dietary habits."That last quote comes from the paper in question by Emma […]

Duignan, E., Kenna, P., Watson, R., Fitzsimon, S. & Brosnahan, D. (2015). Ophthalmic Manifestations of Vitamin A and D Deficiency in Two Autistic Teenagers: Case Reports and a Review of the Literature, Case Reports in Ophthalmology, 6 (1) 24-29. DOI: 10.1159/000373921

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March 23, 2015

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11:55 PM | Why Do Habits Seem to Make Us Numb?
“Hence every thing, that is new, is most affecting, and gives us either more pleasure or pain, than what, strictly speaking, naturally belongs to it. When it often returns upon us, the novelty wears off; the passions subside; the hurry of the spirits is over; and we survey the objects with greater tranquility.” – David […]
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10:25 PM | Depression or Chronic Shame?
When a person has been resistant to every form of depression treatment, is it possible that their illness stems from a different place? In a recent New York Times article Hillary Jacobs Hendel, a psychotherapist, writes about a patient who experienced what she calls “chronic shame.” Hendel’s patient, Brian, had tried every type of treatment but electroconvulsive therapy, which […]
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10:23 PM | The Physics Behind Distant Energy Healing
Most people today don’t believe in the positive benefits of energy healing, let alone distant energy healing. How can someone help another person from miles away or being on the opposite side of the world? If we look at the physics behind energy healing, we will be able to discover … READ MORE
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10:12 PM | There is no way I would do that! – Part Two
There is no way I would do that! – Part Two People are just idiots (that makes things easier for me to deal with……) In my last piece I wrote about the impact that our social arrangements can have on how we make decisions and judgments, even in ways that we may not be consciously […] The post There is no way I would do that! – Part Two appeared first on Safety Risk.
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9:40 PM | Our solar system may have once harbored super-earths
Long before Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars formed, it seems that the inner solar system may have harbored a number of super-Earths–planets larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. If […]
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8:33 PM | The Backfire Effect: When Correcting False Beliefs Has the Opposite of the Intended Effect
How providing people with evidence about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines can backfire.Read More
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6:49 PM | New Study Finds a Connection Between Exercise and a Healthier Brain
Exercise has always been beneficial to health. It changes the structure of the body while improving chemical processes within. One lesser known idea, however, is that exercise may even be affecting the brain – both its mood regulators and its structure. The wonders of exercise Fitness changes the human being in … READ MORE
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6:38 PM | Images that fool computer vision raise security concerns
Computers are learning to recognize objects with near-human ability. But Cornell researchers have found that computers, like humans, can be fooled by optical illusions, which raises security concerns and opens […]
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6:37 PM | Landmark study proves that magnets can control heat and sound
Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field. In the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials, they describe how a magnetic […]
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5:50 PM | 10 Simple Ways to Feel Calmer Right Now
Maybe you’re having a rough day at work. You’re clashing with a colleague. You just got out of a pointless meeting. Or maybe you squabbled with your spouse or best friend. Maybe you’re exhausted or nervous about an upcoming presentation or exam. Whatever the situation or stressor today, you could benefit from some relief. You […]
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5:37 PM | Protected: Entrevista con Dª. Vilma Aho, sobre la importancia del sueño
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. El artículo original está en Protected: Entrevista con Dª. Vilma Aho, sobre la importancia del sueño
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5:37 PM | Protected: Interview with Ms. Vilma Aho, about Son the importance of sleep
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The original article is in Protected: Interview with Ms. Vilma Aho, about Son the importance of sleep
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5:00 PM | Violence unSilenced
Violence UnSilenced published approximately two survivors’ stories of abuse each week. Site visitors were invited to take an annual pledge to listen and offer support, and offer comments in a safe and supportive for survivors and advocates alike. Survivors were empowered and validated both by telling their stories in a safe space and by reading the stories of others, ensuring they were not alone, but part of a larger, sympathetic community. Readers were given insight into the […]
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4:00 PM | The Big Bang Theory Tests “The Intimacy Acceleration” Procedure
In a recent episode of Big Bang Theory called “The Intimacy Acceleration”, the gang came across a technique that “makes people fall in love”. Sheldon, the perpetual skeptic, agreed to test the technique out with his best friend’s fiancé, Penny. Though this doesn’t sound like something a friend would typically do, given Sheldon’s “unique” people skills, no one-- including Penny and Sheldon’s respective romantic partners-- were […]
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3:42 PM | Real ‘skinny water’? Special microbes make anti-obesity molecule in the gut
Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid. Mice that drank water laced with […]
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3:41 PM | New low-calorie rice could help cut rising obesity rates
Scientists have developed a new, simple way to cook rice that could cut the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half, potentially reducing obesity rates, which […]
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3:36 PM | More than 70 minutes math, science homework is too much
When it comes to adolescents with math and science homework, more isn’t necessarily better — an hour a day is optimal — but doing it alone and regularly produces the […]
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3:35 PM | Stress granules ease the way for cancer metastasis
Tumors that produce more stress granules are more likely to metastasize, according to a study published in The Journal of Cell Biology. The results suggest that drugs to inhibit the […]
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3:23 PM | World’s largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia
A 400 kilometre-wide impact zone from a huge meteorite that broke in two moments before it slammed into the Earth has been found in Central Australia. The crater from the […]
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