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October 22, 2014

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6:27 PM | Does the thought control obesity?
One of the most important health problems in recent years in some developed countries is rising cases of obesity.
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3:45 PM | How a Schedule Can Help You Sleep Better
The fancy digital, pedometer-bracelet thingy around my wrist tells me I slept six hours and 25 minutes with four interruptions. As I struggle to awake, my body can tell you, that isn’t nearly enough. An estimated 70 million Americans are sleep-deprived, according to the National Sleep Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]
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3:21 PM | Are All Labrador Retrievers the Same?
Or do show dogs and field dogs vary in temperament?Photo: c.byatt-norman / ShutterstockIt’s often said there are personality differences between Labrador Retrievers bred to show (conformation dogs) and those bred to work (field dogs). And chocolate labs have a reputation for being different than black and yellow labs. Is it true? New research by Sarah Lofgren et al (Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, University of Edinburgh) investigates.Although many Labrador Retrievers are family pets, […]

Lofgren, S., Wiener, P., Blott, S., Sanchez-Molano, E., Woolliams, J., Clements, D. & Haskell, M. (2014). Management and personality in Labrador Retriever dogs, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 156 44-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.04.006

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2:26 PM | A ‘Star Wars’ laser bullet — this is what it really looks like
Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what […]
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2:05 PM | The Familiar Food Which May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer's study finds that one ounce (30g) of this per day was enough to decrease anxiety and boost memory and learning. 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:10 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Longevity Gene May Enhance Cognition Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s […]
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11:33 AM | Whole exome sequencing closer to becoming ‘new family history’
Approximately one-fourth of the 3,386 patients whose DNA was submitted […]
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11:19 AM | Kung fu stegosaur killed with its spiky tail
Stegosaurs might be portrayed as lumbering plant eaters, but they […]
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11:17 AM | Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions
Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, […]
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11:16 AM | Troubled marriage, depression history promote obesity
Hostile interactions, chronic mood problems alter how body processes high-fat […]
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11:15 AM | Webb’s heart survives deep freeze test
After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures […]
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11:11 AM | Chemists show that ALS is a protein aggregation disease
Using a technique that illuminates subtle changes in individual proteins, […]
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11:08 AM | New 3D printing algorithms speed production, reduce waste
New software algorithms have been shown to significantly reduce the […]
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11:06 AM | Animal Therapy Reduces Anxiety, Loneliness Symptoms in College Students
Animal-assisted therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among […]
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11:04 AM | Email For inmates, pricey hepatitis C drug could make financial sense
New, significantly improved hepatitis C drugs have revolutionized how the […]
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11:03 AM | Competition keeps health-care costs low
Physician practices in areas with low competition charge more for […]
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10:45 AM | 5 More Ways to Cultivate Your Child’s Creativity
Last month I interviewed Tom Sturges, a music executive and mentor, about his tips for cultivating creativity in kids. This month I wanted to share some great tips from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children. If you’re unfamiliar with Cameron, she penned a bestselling book on the creative process called […]
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9:47 AM | Do people really not know what running looks like?
Faster, higher, stronger - wobbly!When we run, our arms and legs swing in an alternating rhythm. Your left arm swings back as your left leg swings forward, same with the right. This contralateral rhythm is important for balance; the arms and legs counterbalance each other and help reduce rotation of the torso created by swinging the limbs. It turns out, however, that people don't really know this and they draw running incorrectly surprisingly often. Specifically, they often depict people […]
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8:38 AM | Can a brain scan tell us anything about the art of creative writing?
When an accomplished creative writer gets on with their craft, their brain operates in a somewhat different way to a novice's. A new imaging study suggests that the expert approach may be more streamlined, emotionally literate, and initially unfiltered.Katharina Erhard with her colleagues from the German universities of Greifswald and Hildesheim asked participants to read a fragment of a story, to brainstorm what could continue the narrative, and then, for two minutes, to write a continuation […]
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8:26 AM | Autism, parental concerns and socioeconomic status
I'd like to think that there are some rather important messages to be taken from the paper by Xiang Sun and colleagues [1] on level of parental concern, socioeconomic status (SES) and risk of autism. Not only did the authors conclude that: "a higher SES was not associated with the risk of having ASC [autism spectrum conditions]" they also found that: "No child met ASC criteria where parents expressed no concerns".Do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensembly challenged"?SES - including […]

Sun, X., Allison, C., Auyeung, B., Baron-Cohen, S. & Brayne, C. (2014). Parental concerns, socioeconomic status, and the risk of autism spectrum conditions in a population-based study, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35 (12) 3678-3688. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.07.037

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7:08 AM | Learned Optimism: The Cup Half Full
If you’ve ever taken an intro psychology class, one thing that you’re bound to encounter is ‘the cup’. Now, this cup is unique in the fact that scholars and non scholars alike seem to wage a fierce debate over the contents of said cup. One side says that this proverbial cup is half empty... The post Learned Optimism: The Cup Half Full appeared first on .
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6:00 AM | Top 5 Myths about Mindfulness Meditation
Do you know the myths about mindfulness and what is true or false about this swelling revolution? Take a look at what I think are the top five myths about mindfulness. Note: There are plenty more, but I thought these top the charts. Myth #1: Mindfulness if for taking a time-out from life, quieting the […]
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5:14 AM | Ebola: Coping with Fear and Uncertainty
Something very different happens to us when we face an epidemic as opposed to a natural disaster. When a natural disaster hits, there is anxiety, and traumatic loss but such events have a clear beginning and end. Natural disasters are devastating but there are few unknowns. With the collective loss, there is often collective care […]
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4:01 AM | Breaking-Up Bad: Break-Ups, Crime, Drug Use, and Drinking
Break-ups are difficult and can lead a person to engage in a variety of negative behaviors designed to help get over an ex. While coping by avoiding others, eating too much (or too little), or writing a song (we’re looking at you Taylor Swift) might be common, others may turn to more extreme, and even criminal, behaviors following the end of their relationships. 
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12:35 AM | When Conflict Gets Dangerous
All couples fight. It’s perfectly healthy and normal. Disagreements are a natural part of relationships, and even if you’re deeply in love, some level of conflict is inevitable. In fact, avoiding conflict does more harm than good. Letting anger and resentment build up is a surefire recipe for trouble. However, constant arguing can be a […]

October 21, 2014

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9:39 PM | Which came first, the sleepiness or the culture? Is there more narcolepsy in Japan?
I’ve been reacquainting myself with sleep-related issues of late, as half of my current placement is in a sleep disorders team. When looking into narcolepsy, I was intrigued to note that rates of narcolepsy are about four times higher in Japan according to self report than they tend to be elsewhere. This got me thinking […]
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8:37 PM | There’s no need to panic about enterovirus
Wash hands, keep sick kids home and go about your lives Growth CurveHealth,Microbes by Laura Sanders 9:00am, October 22, 2014 Despite the aura of mystery around the latest enterovirus outbreak, the virus can be thwarted by washing hands and keeping sick kids home.rafalkrakow/iStockPhotoThe news these days is awash in viruses. The tragedy of the Ebola outbreak has seized […]
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8:30 PM | Introducing Women’s Wellness Corner
Sometimes women’s issues get a short shrift — both in psychology and society. How women cope with stress, treatment strategies, and life can be very different than how men cope. Yet all too often researchers and clinicians clump the two genders together. Women lose out. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce Women’s Wellness Corner with […]
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7:03 PM | TCIN 2014 Symposium Schedule: Tuesday November 4, 2014
TCIN 2014 Symposium Schedule Date: Tuesday November 4, 2014 Venue: Lecture Theatre LB 11, Lloyd Building, Trinity College Coffee: 0930-1000. Symposium start: 1000 Our Plenary speakers in 2014: Prof. Kate Jeffrey, UCL: lab Prof. Bruno Poucet: lab Prof Lissette Mendez de la … Continue reading →
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6:56 PM | Stephen Hawking: The Discovery of Higgs Boson Made Physics Less Interesting
Ok! When Stephen Hawking makes a statement, people usually listen carefully. At times he has made some very curious statements, but who can deny the fact that he is arguably the biggest theoretical physics mind of the time. When the discoverer of the Hawking Radiation, the creator of the gravitational … READ MORE
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4:24 PM | RISE program at NMSU, highlighting success
We at NIF were very fortunate to have hosted the director of the RISE program from NMSU, Elba Serrano this summer attempting to develop coursework and improve outreach to students and faculty at New Mexico State. We believe that the scientific workforce in the coming decade will need to be aware of computational problems, statistics […]
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