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October 11, 2014

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6:18 PM | Sepsis Sniffer Generates Faster Care
An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed […]
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6:15 PM | Mobilization of Latino Voters May Determine Control of U.S. Senate
Control of the U.S. Senate could well hinge on how […]
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5:45 PM | Learning to Let Go and Trust the Flow of Life — Even if It’s Destructive
It had been a long, hot day and I was ready for the heat to subside. Now, the sun was setting behind a stretch of jungle palm, ohia and mango trees, and as the ambrosial hour set in, darkness allowed for greater visibility of an unusual light off in the distant northern sky. This light […]
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4:06 PM | Efficacy of foetal stem cell transplantation in autism...
The recent news that researchers might be one step closer to 'curing' type 1 diabetes following the publication of the paper by Pagliuca and colleagues [1] brought back into focus how stem cell therapy might hold some promise for all manner of conditions. The idea that researchers could generate "hundreds of millions of glucose-responsive β cells from hPSC [human pluripotent stem cells] in vitro" still faces a few challenges, including overcoming the immune assault central to the […]

Bradstreet JJ, Sych N, Antonucci N, Klunnik M, Ivankova O, Matyashchuk I, Demchuk M & Siniscalco D (2014). Efficacy of fetal stem cell transplantation in autism spectrum disorders: an open-labeled pilot study., Cell transplantation, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25302490

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2:46 PM | Positive Psychology Quotes: The Wisdom of 5.000 People!
Today I sent out an e-mail with one of my favourite positive psychology quotes to over 5.000 of our loyal subscribers. Whether it counts as a positive psychology quote or not is debatable, but one thing is for sure and that is that it’s a greatly inspiring quote: “For a long time it had seemed... The post Positive Psychology Quotes: The Wisdom of 5.000 People! appeared first on .
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2:35 PM | Anger Detection and the Brain
When Greta gets angry, Dave has noticed that she tends to be quiet, almost stoic. Greta can detect slight changes in Dave’s tone of voice that signal to her he is angry. Couples like us can learn to be extremely sensitive to signs of anger in their partners, because understanding your partner’s emotional state helps […]
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2:01 PM | Discovered: How The Brain Repairs Itself After a Stroke
These cells are the key to recovery from a stroke. 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:Genetic Trigger Discovered For Most Common Form of Mental Disability and Autism Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Brain Region Discovered That Stops You Being a Couch Potato How the Brain Stores Memories How Attention Works: The Brain’s Anti-Distraction […]
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: October 11, 2014
Find tips on creating a loving relationship, information about how your happiness affects your decision-making process, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. 5 Tips to Create a Loving Relationship With Fewer Disappointments: Having trouble in the love department, or just want to improve your current relationship? Check out these five tips for […]
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8:48 AM | Yet more air pollution and autism risk research
Air pollution and autism risk. It's a topic which has cropped up a few times on this blog (see here and see here and see here) with the majority of the research (but not all) suggesting that there may be something to see when it comes to such a correlation.Enter then the paper by Amy Kalkbrenner and colleagues [1] to proceedings, and their conclusion: "Our study adds to previous work in California showing a relation between traffic-related air pollution and autism, and adds similar findings in […]

Kalkbrenner AE, Windham GC, Serre ML, Akita Y, Wang X, Hoffman K, Thayer BP & Daniels JL (2014). Particulate Matter Exposure, Prenatal and Postnatal Windows of Susceptibility, and Autism Spectrum Disorders., Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25286049

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7:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:The Struggles of a Psychologist Studying Self-ControlMaria Konnikova profiles her former mentor Walter Mischel - the creator of the famous Marshmallow Experiments - who has published his first pop psychology book at age 84.  Violent Video Games Research: Consensus or Confusion?A new paper claims that there's a consensus among experts that violent media cause aggression in children. At the Guardian Head Quarters […]
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6:47 AM | Kickstarting Science
Science has a problem.  Government research funding is on the decline and competition for this grant money is on the rise. A researcher must spend a large amount of his or her time trying to wrangle money from government agencies or private foundations to keep his or her lab afloat.  The commitment to writing grants […]
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5:06 AM | The Manual Handling Secret
The Manual Handling Secret One of the great challenges of safety is effective manual handling. One in three of all injuries in the Australian workplace are due to manual handling issues. For years we have been developing programs, codes of practice and regulations to help minimize this problem – but little did I realize we […] The post The Manual Handling Secret appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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4:01 AM | xkcd.com: Marriage Approval vs. Legal Status
From xkcd.com.
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3:58 AM | I’m Blogging for World Mental Health Day: Taming the Wild BiPolar Beast
Chato Stewart: (Using wooden chair and feather duster to tame the beast) Bipolar Beast: FEED ME CHATO! Caption: Taming the wild Bipolar beast Mental Health Humor is taking part in the 4th annual Psych Central Blog Party for World Mental Health Day.  My cartoon from The Family Stew series shows how some of my day-to-day […]

October 10, 2014

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11:24 PM | Room for Misery & Room for Joy: My Story
Most people who have been sober longer than a year are asked to give a “lead” — to tell their story. Mine was structurally simple, covering what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. Having only drank for three years, my addiction story is pretty straightforward: I stopped guzzling down mood-altering beverages. […]
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10:06 PM | Face-to-Face with Mark Henick on Mental Health Awareness Day
A brief profile of mental health advocate and person with lived experience Mark Henick.
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9:05 PM | Curiosity Changes Brain Functions and Enhances Learning
Have you ever wondered what happens when we get curious about something? Well, we obviously try to learn things concerning the thing that interests us, and we search for information. But have you noticed that when you find that information, absorbing and retaining it actually becomes easier than normal? One … READ MORE
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8:40 PM | Reasons for Living: World Mental Health Day
Reasons for living never come cheap Even your best ones can put me to sleep What I am saying, or trying to say Is that there must be a better way … ~ Duncan Sheik I have bipolar II disorder, which means the depressive side is far more prominent than the manic one. Recently, when […]
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7:16 PM | 10 Things I Will Do To Improve My Own Mental Health
I have had a tumultuous year, and because of this I have let my own mental health slide quite a bit while I adjust to new surroundings. Since its World Mental Health Day, I have decided to sit up and take notice of what I have and haven’t been doing, and make some changes. Some […]
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4:39 PM | Three “Happiness Hacks” That Can Help You Overcome Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less
At some point, almost everyone gets asked: what would make you happy? For me, it’s a world where people who leave online comments on news stories have to pass a basic IQ test before posting. Pipe dream, I know. For most people, our answer to that question is usually some lofty “life goal” that we […] The post Three “Happiness Hacks” That Can Help You Overcome Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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4:39 PM | Three “Happiness Hacks” That Can Help You Overcome Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less
At some point, almost everyone gets asked: what would make you happy? For me, it’s a world where people who leave online comments on news stories have to pass a basic IQ test before posting. Pipe dream, I know. For most people, our answer to that question is usually some lofty “life goal” that we […] The post Three “Happiness Hacks” That Can Help You Overcome Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less appeared first on Home Office Hero.
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4:34 PM | What It’s Like to Live with Schizophrenia
Thirty-one years ago Elyn R. Saks was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her prognosis was grave: she wouldn’t be able to live independently, hold a job or find love. After her hospitalization at 28 years old, a doctor suggested she work as a cashier. If she could do that, they’d reassess her abilities and possibly consider a […]
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4:20 PM | ISIS PHARMACEUTICALS REPORTS DATA FROM ISIS-SMNRX PHASE 2 STUDIES IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN WITH SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY
NIF applauds ISIS pharmaceuticals, the press release is below. This is an event, unfortunately too rare, where neuroscience research is successfully pushed from the bench to a clinical application giving an option for treatment of babies diagnosed with this neuro-skeletal disorder. We salute the SMA foundation, which has been pushing scientists, clinicians and the public […]
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3:31 PM | Big pharma has withdrawn from antibiotics. Should research universities step in?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that […]
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3:29 PM | Scientists discover a ‘good’ fat that fights diabetes
Scientists at the Salk Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical […]
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3:17 PM | This is Why Childhood Psychological Abuse Should Be As Taboo as Sexual or Physical Abuse
Large new study reveals just how harmful psychological abuse in childhood can be. 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:The Healthiest Way to Deal With Memories of a Traumatic Childhood Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Effects of Childhood Bullying Last at Least 40 Years Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function Childhood Amnesia: […]
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3:10 PM | Modified vitamin D shows promise against pancreatic cancer
A synthetic derivative of vitamin D was found by Salk […]
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3:06 PM | Leaky, Star-Forming Galaxies Help Us Better Understand the Universe
By focusing on large, star-forming galaxies in the universe, researchers […]
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2:55 PM | Examining the language of terrorist propaganda
New research out of Queen’s University could give insight into […]
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2:52 PM | Mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered
A previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new […]
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