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July 10, 2014

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10:58 AM | Can a Failed Schizophrenia Drug Prevent PTSD?
In the 2000s, enthusiasm was high that a novel class of drugs would reach the market as blockbuster treatments for psychiatric disorders. These drugs act on receptors for a group of neuropeptides known as tachykinins (or neurokinins). These peptides — substance P (SP), neurokinin A (NkA), and neurokinin B (NkB) — function as neurotransmitters or neuromodulators in the central nervous system, but are quite different from the usual monoamines targeted by current psychotropic […]

Andero, R., Dias, B. & Ressler, K. (2014). A Role for Tac2, NkB, and Nk3 Receptor in Normal and Dysregulated Fear Memory Consolidation, Neuron, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.028

Spooren, W., Riemer, C. & Meltzer, H. (2005). NK3 receptor antagonists: the next generation of antipsychotics?, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, 4 (12) 967-975. DOI: 10.1038/nrd1905

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10:45 AM | The Power of Positive Feedback
I recently wrote about the importance of receiving – and how letting in good stuff is often more difficult than giving. But this is not to minimize the value and power of extending ourselves in generous ways to others. How often have we felt devalued, unappreciated, and criticized? A basic human need is to be valued, […]
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8:59 AM | By treating depression, do we also treat suicidality? The answer is far from straightforward
By guest blogger James Coyne.Edgar Allan Poe’s fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin warns against tackling questions that are too complicated to test, but too fascinating to give up. Whether psychotherapy or medication can reduce suicidality is probably such a question. Particularly if we are really interested in whether treatments can reduce attempted suicides, not whether they change patients’ answers in an interview or on a questionnaire.There is no doubt about the clinical […]
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7:34 AM | Viral exposure and autism
A whole slew of articles published by Ivan Gentile and colleagues based at the University of Naples (Italy) brought me to writing this post looking at some of the literature on viral exposures and autism. Viruses, in case you didn't know, are some of nature's survivors, infecting host cells and reproducing, onwards hopeful of finding more (un)willing cells/organisms to infect. Humankind have developed various biological defence mechanisms against the viral (and bacterial) onslaught that we all […]

Gentile I, Zappulo E, Bonavolta R, Maresca R, Messana T, Buonomo AR, Portella G, Sorrentino R, Settimi A, Pascotto A & Borgia G (2014). Prevalence and Titre of Antibodies to Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr Virus in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder., In vivo (Athens, Greece), 28 (4) 621-626. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24982232

Gentile I, Zappulo E, Bonavolta R, Maresca R, Riccio MP, Buonomo AR, Portella G, Settimi A, Pascotto A, Borgia G & Bravaccio C (2014). Exposure to Varicella Zoster Virus Is Higher in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder than in Healthy Controls. Results from a Case-control Study., In vivo (Athens, Greece), 28 (4) 627-631. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24982233

Gentile I, Zappulo E, Bonavolta R, Maresca R, Riccio MP, Buonomo AR, Portella G, Vallefuoco L, Settimi A, Pascotto A & Borgia G (2014). Prevalence of Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 Antibodies in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders., In vivo (Athens, Greece), 28 (4) 667-671. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24982239

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July 09, 2014

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11:28 PM | Happy 1st Birthday Socially Mindful!
A year ago today, Socially Mindful was officially launched! Happy birthday, Socially Mindful! To reflect on the first year of this blog, I created a word cloud that depicts the most frequently used words during all posts from the past … Continue reading →
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10:35 PM | Can Romantic Comedies Improve Your Marriage? Recent Research Says Yes
New research gives you an excuse to lure your partner into seeing that rom-com with you. Fall 2014 brings the release of yet another Nicholas Sparks novel-turned movie The Best Of Me. While chick flick lovers are rejoicing, rom-com haters are simultaneously sighing. I’ve heard complaints many times from my girl and guy friends alike. ”These […]
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9:58 PM | Value from Suicide Attempts: The Way Forward
People who've been suicidal share recommendations from the report The Way Forward.
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8:49 PM | Vasectomy may increase risk of aggressive prostate cancer
Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate […]
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8:48 PM | The Mindfulness Backlash? True or False.
It seems like every day interest in mindfulness is reaching new heights. All the major news networks have covered it and recently Sharon Salzberg was on the Katie Couric Show explaining how to achieve mindfulness. But the question on many people’s minds is; has mindfulness become another form of snake oil, claiming to cure everything […]
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7:51 PM | Can and Should We Prevent Crime with Neurotechnology?
A cool short animated video on the ethics of using neurotechnology to prevent violent crime.
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7:13 PM | Babies are kinder after you dance with them
Growth CurvePsychology by Laura Sanders 8:30am, July 10, 2014 Music can cement social bonds, making babies more likely to help someone after they’ve grooved to a song, a new study finds. Laura Cirelli/YouTubeWhen Baby V was just weeks old and upset, her dad and I would sometimes swaddle her into a burrito and bounce her to the beat of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors. Our belief […]
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6:35 PM | When Someone You Love is Unhappy
Love is what connects us to others. It provides us with fond memories of those around us. The truth about love, though, is that it often links our own happiness with the happiness of others. We feel compelled to make those we love who are unhappy, happy. It is because of our own discomfort in […]
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6:28 PM | Advice to Kanye West: Lean In
You haven’t asked my advice, Kanye, but I’ll give it anyway. I like to help people. You got yourself into another media maelstrom yesterday by allegedly suggesting that dealing with the paparazzi is like rape. Needless to say, you offended just about everyone in the process. Your comment was inexcusable; you know it. I know […]
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3:56 PM | Frogs have developed rapid defences against the red swamp crayfish
The common frog is one of the amphibians with the […]
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3:55 PM | Rotten egg gas hydrogen sulfide holds key to healthcare therapies
It may smell of flatulence and have a reputation for […]
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3:54 PM | How To Navigate The Self-Help Jungle
The self-help jungle is filled with dangers. Sure, the rare orchid may be found, but caution is necessary.
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3:53 PM | Shark teeth analysis provides detailed new look at Arctic climate change
A new study shows that some shark species may be […]
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3:51 PM | Tiny DNA pyramids enter bacteria easily — and deliver a deadly payload
Bacterial infections usually announce themselves with pain and fever but […]
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2:22 PM | What Does Your Therapist Think About You?
Psychotherapy can sometimes be a little frustrating. You sit in an office, share your life with your therapist, but get only a small window into what your therapist thinks about you. They share their insights in little dribbles that come out from time to time. When what we really want is the whole kit and […]
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2:10 PM | Meditation: The Minimum Amount That Works
Study finds least mindful people benefit most from a surprisingly small amount of meditation.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:Meditation Changes How Genes Are Expressed Meditation Can Reduce Loneliness in the Elderly How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation How Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory Meditation is an Effective Treatment for […]
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2:03 PM | The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims
In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersLiving with BetrayalIs the $3B Paid by U.S. Government for Treating PTSD in Soldiers Well-Spent? 
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2:00 PM | Flori-duh: Don’t bet on managed physical and mental health care for the poor
This month Florida became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorders. This is remarkable because Florida is not known for its progressive and humane treatment of people with serious mental illnesses. In fact, Florida is the state that […]
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1:32 PM | Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution
Re-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found […]
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1:30 PM | Obesity risk stronger among siblings
While it is well known that a child’s risk of […]
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1:26 PM | 2-to-1: Solar energy gets a boost
A perspective article published last month by University of California, […]
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1:25 PM | Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star’s outburst
In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary […]
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1:23 PM | Cinnamon may be used to halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease
Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that […]
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1:21 PM | Is This Fun or Exercise? You’ll Eat Less if You Answer Right
Think of your next exercise workout as a “fun run” […]
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12:36 PM | Mindful Eating Moment # 804
Mindful eating moment # 804: “Standing on a city park bench, eating mulberries. A summer treat.” Share yours. Mindful Eating Tracker
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12:30 PM | Sub-Optimal Choice in Dogs: Cheese or Cheese and Carrot?
Evidence suggests dogs do not always make the best choice. A new study finds that far as food choice is concerned, they use the same heuristic previously demonstrated in humans and monkeys.Photo: Igor Sokolov (breeze) / ShutterstockEarlier research has found that if people are asked to estimate the value of a set of 24 good condition dishes vs a set of 40 dishes (of which 31 are in good condition), they tend to think the former is more valuable. The broken dishes seem to detract […]
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