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March 05, 2015

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2:12 PM | Introducing New Blogger Zack Buck
Isaac D. (“Zack”) Buck is joining Bill of Health as a regular contributor. Zack is an assistant professor at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia, where he teaches torts and various health law courses.  His scholarship focuses on … Continue reading →
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2:05 PM | Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help
Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help Posted: 03/04/2015 2:23 pm EST Updated: 03/04/2015 2:59 pm EST Share 0 Tweet 0 0 Comment 0 Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands...            Related StoriesCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia?Forgiveness and your HealthBearing the Wounds of Christ 
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1:00 PM | Who Gets Bullied?
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified bullying as a serious health risk for adolescents. In today's age of social media and smartphones, this health risk has taken on new forms and extended its reach. Strategies to reduce the prevalence...            Related StoriesCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia?Forgiveness and your HealthHow to Survive a Slasher Film 
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11:39 AM | Autism, heritability and 'proof of principle' genomic biomarkers
JAMA Psychiatry published a number of interesting articles recently, some of which have grabbed media headlines. "Autism is largely down to genes, twin study suggests" went the BBC headline covering the paper by Emma Colvert and colleagues [1] who, based on an analysis of twin pairs as part of TEDS (Twins Early Development Study), concluded that: "The liability to ASD [autism spectrum disorder] and a more broadly defined high-level autism trait phenotype in this large population-based […]
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11:30 AM | What to Do When You Hate Your Job and Can’t Quit
You might hate your job for all sorts of reasons. Maybe you’ve lost interest in what you’re doing or maybe you weren’t even interested in the first place. Maybe you’re trapped in a toxic environment. Your coworkers are catty. Your boss rarely appreciates your efforts and just piles on more (and more) projects on your […]
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10:02 AM | The psychology of female serial killers
There is a mistaken cultural assumption, say Marissa Harrison and her colleagues, that women are, by their nature, incapable of being serial killers – defined here as murderers of three or more victims, spaced out with at least a week between killings.This misconception, the psychologists warn, is a "deadly mistake". They point out that one in six serial killers are female. Their crimes tend to go undetected for longer than their male counterparts, likely in part because "our culture is […]
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9:49 AM | Persistent hyperlactacidemia in cases of autism
The paper from José Guevara-Campos and colleagues [1] (open-access can be downloaded here) is fodder for today's short post, and a topic that has not been seen on this blog for quite a while: hyperlactacidemia (elevated plasma lactate levels) and autism.Previous mentions of lactate and autism on this blog (see here and see here) were potentially pretty important; specifically, how elevated plasma lactate levels might (a) not be an unfamiliar finding for quite a few people on […]

Guevara-Campos J, González-Guevara L & Cauli O (2015). Autism and Intellectual Disability Associated with Mitochondrial Disease and Hyperlactacidemia., International journal of molecular sciences, 16 (2) 3870-3884. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25679448

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5:06 AM | Trying to Change Your Partner? Pitfalls and Possibilities
If you ask people what they think would improve their relationship, their immediate answer is often a clear formulation of what changes their partner could or should make. Most people really don’t want a new relationship—They want the relationship with their partner–WITH CHANGES! For most of us the view from across the table seems in […]
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5:01 AM | It’s Not Just About You and Me: How Social Networks Impact Relationships
In this symposium at the 2015 SPSP meeting, four researchers (including Tim Loving and Fred Clavel, who are SofR regulars) presented their work on how romantic relationships are affected by the social networks around them. Lisa Diamond led things off with a discussion of how same-sex couples feel more stress compared to heterosexual couples, because homosexuality is more stigmatized. In her study, 120 couples (some male-female, some male-male, some female-male) came into the lab and […]

March 04, 2015

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11:55 PM | 5 Warning Signs of Manipulation in Relationships
The scary thing is: You probably don’t even know it’s happening. The worst part of being manipulated in a relationship is that quite often you don’t even know it’s happening. Manipulative people twist your thoughts, actions, wants and desires into something that better suits how they see the world and they mold you into someone […]
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11:31 PM | Robin Williams’ Daughter: “Have a Conversation About Mental Health”
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than six months since the tragic suicide of Robin Williams. The world was left absolutely stunned when the comedian succumbed to his battle with depression, leaving behind devastated family, friends and fans. An unexpected silver lining of this extremely sad situation is that it has made […]
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10:38 PM | Jonathan Knight Says “Amazing Race” Helped His Anxiety
In their heyday, the New Kids on the Block were one of the biggest acts in the music industry. Recently, they have enjoyed a successful comeback complete with new albums, sold out tours and even themed cruises. Over the years, Jonathan Knight, a member of the super group, has revealed how difficult it was to […]
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9:50 PM | Smell Ya Later!
Imagine your golden retriever is taking you for a walk on a beautiful spring day. He sees another dog approaching on the sidewalk and runs up to greet him. Unlike you and the other dog’s human, who shake hands, the dogs immediately begin to sniff each other’s backsides. You may blush at this vulgar greeting. […]
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9:45 PM | Suicide in Northern Ireland is not linked to religious affiliation
Conventionally, religious affiliation is supposed to reduce the risk of suicide. In fact, the worldwide data show a rather patchy picture, probably because the effects of religion on suicide risk depend on the social context. One of the godfathers of the sociology of religion was a guy named Émile Durkheim. At the tail end of [Read More...]
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8:45 PM | The Case for Worrying ‘Alone’
Can sharing your worries with a friend help you problem-solve and be more productive? Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell recently wrote a book in which he explains that working out your worries with a friend could help eliminate distractions in life. “Worrying alone does not have to be toxic, but it tends to become toxic because in […]
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8:41 PM | NIH Plan for Increasing Access to Scientific Publications and Digital Scientific Data
The NIH put out a plan to increase access to scientific data. What do they really mean and what does this mean to researchers? Researchers have been asked to provide PubMed Central PMC identifiers in grant applications and this single requirement has pushed authors to submit their papers to PMC and many journals do this […]
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7:51 PM | Neurogenesis Allows Adult Brains to Change According to the Environment
How pliable is the human brain? Previous beliefs revolved around a static brain – a brain which did not regenerate neurons when old ones were gone. This is the way we used to believe, but now, a new belief contradicts that idea entirely. A paper called Trends in Cognitive Sciences, … READ MORE
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7:35 PM | ¿Está relacionada la depresión post-parto con el autismo?
Un reciente estudio dirigido por la Universidad de Hamamatsu (Japón) analiza la existencia de esta relación en 962 embarazadas. El artículo original está en ¿Está relacionada la depresión post-parto con el autismo?
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6:40 PM | Negative Emotions, Anyone?
In a recent post Todd claimed that intentionally creating or prolonging negative emotions/states may be healthy; I present a counterpoint.
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5:52 PM | The “Right to Try” – Compassionate Use of Experimental Medicine, 5th Annual Cathy Shine Lecture
The “Right to Try” –  Compassionate Use of Experimental Medicine 5th Annual Cathy Shine Lecture Thursday, March 19, Noon – 1 p.m. Boston University Medical Campus Instructional Building Bakst Auditorium 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA Free and open to … Continue reading →
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5:46 PM | UPDATE: Death Spirals…Really to the Rescue?
UPDATE: I posted what follows in January, reflecting on the JALSA amicus brief led by Prof. Abigail Moncrieff from BU that argues that petitioners’ interpretation in King v. Burwell would make the ACA unconstitutional by forcing states to choose between … Continue reading →
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5:11 PM | Obesity associated with brain’s neurotransmitters
Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered […]
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4:49 PM | Experiment and theory unite at last in debate over microbial nanowires
Scientific debate has been hot lately about whether microbial nanowires, the specialized electrical pili of the mud-dwelling anaerobic bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens, truly possess metallic-like conductivity as its discoverers claim. But now […]
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4:49 PM | We are all degenerates- and it is good
Every single human has a degree of degeneration. The more we have, the better. Degeneracy is an unfortunate term, but one of the most important in systems biology. It specifically […]
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4:48 PM | Study: Men tend to be more narcissistic than women
With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more […]
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4:47 PM | Scientists question rush to build Nicaragua canal
A consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua. The path of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal to connect […]
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4:10 PM | How to Mindfully Navigate Technology in Today’s Wired World
In 2012, writer Christina Crook gave up the Internet for 31 days. She disabled data on her smartphone and turned off email. She documented her “Internet fast” by writing a letter a day (by hand or using a typewriter) and mailing it to a friend. Her friend would then scan it and post it to […]
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3:16 PM | A radical suggestion
How much and what type of our thinking is consciously done? The naïve feeling is that all our thinking is conscious. But we know better and tend to believe that a good deal of our thoughts are created unconsciously. I want to put forward the notion that none of our thoughts are the product of […]
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2:56 PM | Alzheimer’s Protein Appears At This Incredibly Young Age
» Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new blog from PsyBlog's author The young age at which amyloid protein, a hallmark of Alzheimer's, begins to appear in the brain. » Continue reading: Alzheimer’s Protein Appears At This Incredibly Young Age Related articles:Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease This Brain Disease Will Affect Nearly Every Family. Now Nanotechnology Can Detect It Early Long-Held Belief About How Memory Works Challenged by […]
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2:15 PM | Open Payments: Early Impact And The Next Wave Of Reform
A new post by Tony Caldwell and Christopher Robertson on the Health Affairs Blog, as part of a series stemming from the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event held at Harvard Law School on Friday, January 30, 2015. The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, … Continue reading →
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