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December 18, 2014

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2:44 PM | Study Hints that Ancient Earth Made Its Own Water—Geologically
Evidence that rock circulating in the mantle feeds world’s oceans even today A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of […]
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2:42 PM | Healthy brain development balanced on edge of a cellular ‘sword’
A new Yale-led study of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities of the brain identifies a “cutting” enzyme crucial to the shaping and division of brain cells as well as the replenishment […]
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2:36 PM | Probing bacterial resistance to a class of natural antibiotics
Antimicrobial peptides are a distinctive class of potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics produced by the body’s innate immune system – the first line of defense against disease-causing microbes. In a new study, […]
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2:32 PM | Stem cells faulty in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
In a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, muscle stem cells express connective-tissue genes associated with fibrosis and muscle weakness, according to a new study. Like human patients, mice with […]
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2:28 PM | Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk
Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy—particularly during the third trimester—may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers […]
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2:03 PM | You Might Be Surprised How Much a Hug Helps Fight Illness, Stress and Depression
Psychologists go to surprising lengths in new study to show how much a hug can help. 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:Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function This is How Exercise Protects You From Stress-Induced Depression How Easily Stress is Transferred Between People A Fast-Acting Treatment […]
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1:00 PM | Volunteering and the Elderly
There is an urgent need to identify lifestyle activities that reduce functional decline and dementia associated with population aging. A article recently published in Psychological Bulletin reviewed the evidence on the benefits associated with formal volunteering among older adults, propose...            Related StoriesAs Former POWs Grow OlderCynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your HealthThe Geography of Suicide 
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12:03 PM | Predisposed to Kill: The emerging field of neurocriminology
In the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report special police unit uses humans with precognition powers, or precogs, to prevent crimes before they happen.  The neuroscience of precognition would be an incredible topic to breach. This isn’t that. Instead, medical and technological advances have brought forth a much more exciting topic: neurocriminology - which has far reaching ethical implication for punishment, prevention and prediction of criminal […]
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11:45 AM | How to Lower Your Holiday Stress
It’s holiday time. In addition to everything else you have to do, you now have shopping, decorating, wrapping, entertaining, organizing, cleaning and cooking to tend to. Why does life have to be so hectic? Why can’t the celestial stars align in a more efficient way? With perfect timing, you know you’d get everything done with […]
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10:25 AM | A child's popularity is related to where the teacher seats them in the classroom
Teacher training doesn't usually include a module on how to arrange the seating of pupils. Perhaps it should - a new study by psychologists finds that where children are placed in the classroom is associated with how well-liked they are by their classmates.Yvonne van den Berg and Antonius Cillessen studied 34 classrooms at 27 elementary schools in The Netherlands. The 336 participating pupils had an average age of 11, and 47 per cent of them were boys. In all classrooms, it was the school […]
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10:08 AM | Autistic traits in adults with epilepsy
"Increased autistic characteristics found in adults with epilepsy without an ASD [autism spectrum disorder] diagnosis suggest that epilepsy syndromes may incorporate behavioral aspects of autism in the absence of some of its core cognitive features."Contrariwise, if you think we're alive you ought to speak to us.That was the intriguing finding reported by Sally Ann Wakeford and colleagues [1] who examined test performance on the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) and "systemizing […]

Wakeford S, Hinvest N, Ring H & Brosnan M (2014). Autistic characteristics in adults with epilepsy., Epilepsy & behavior : E&B, 41C 203-207. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25461216

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9:42 AM | Dividing up the pie in relation to REF2014
OK, I've only had an hour to look at REF results, so this will be brief, but I'm far less interested in league tables than in the question of how the REF results will translate into funding for different departments in my subject area, psychology. I should start by thanking HEFCE, who are a model of efficiency and transparency: I was able to download a complete table of REF outcomes from their website here. What I did was to create a table with just the Overall results for Unit of Assessment 4, […]
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5:05 AM | Suicide: Treatment for Suicidal Thoughts
Chato Stewart: “I MEANT Business Plan!” Mental Health Tech: T-shirt [psych ward] (door Psychiatrist Office) Caption: NOTE to self: Listen to the whole question before I answer (my therapist). When you tell your doctor you have a plan, make sure he knows it not a suicide plan!   Suicide Holiday|Suicide Ideation|Suicidal thoughts |Suicide Genes If you need to talk […]

December 17, 2014

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11:35 PM | Gone but not Gone: Robin Williams’s Legacy of Love, Not Sadness
Robin Williams died long before the winter chill settled in, but there is a new movie coming out this Christmas that will feature him once again. When I saw the trailer for “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” with Robin Williams playing Theodore Roosevelt and being his usual funny, exuberant self, I had […]
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11:08 PM | Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff
Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff I used to call myself “The Robin Hood of Safety” when I first started this blog. I collected all the safety slogans, safety pictures, risk assessment forms and safety checklists I could find and stuck ‘em all in one place. It was a big hit with all the […] The post Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff appeared first on Safety Risk.
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11:05 PM | A top OHS blog for 2014
A top OHS blog for 2014 Congratulations to Kevin Jones and his blog SafetyAtWorkBlog for the recent award from LexisNexis Kevin writes in response: I am very proud to receive recognition from LexisNexis again in 2014 for my work on the SafetyAtWorkBlog.  On 16 December 2014 LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Workers’ Compensation named the SafetyAtWorkBlog as […] The post A top OHS blog for 2014 appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:52 PM | BRAIN FOR BUSINESS: HOW NEUROSCIENCE CAN FUEL A START-UP
BRAIN FOR BUSINESS: HOW NEUROSCIENCE CAN FUEL A START-UP Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 18:00 to 19:15 €5 – PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL Paccar Theatre The human brain is the most complex structure in the known universe. Brain For Business is a … Continue reading →
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10:34 PM | A Dark Forgotten Past, and Why it Needs to be Remembered
A dark period from the past of psychiatry risks being forgotten, we can't allow that to happen.Read More
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9:19 PM | Practicing Kindness Can Change Your Brain, New Study Suggests
Being compassionate is thought to be a personality trait that only some of us have. The ability to ignore suffering and turn a blind eye toward the needy is just as commonplace as compassion and causes more suffering. If only everyone would provide an even level of compassion, the world … READ MORE
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8:06 PM | Creating A Supportive Daily Ritual
When life gets busy and overwhelming and hard, it’s the simple and small rituals that can ground us. That can serve as an anchor. That can remind us of what is important. Of what is us. Rituals become familiar actions, gestures we can lean on. They can calm us. They can help us to reflect. […]
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7:46 PM | The most intelligent groups aren’t just a bunch of smart people
Originally posted on Quartz:It’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to think about themselves not just in terms of their productivity and efficiency, but also their intelligence. But how do you measure an organization’s intelligence? And with so many groups…
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6:45 PM | How To Divorce A Narcissist (Dr. Karyl McBride)
In Will I Ever Be Free Of You, Dr. Karyl McBride, author of the national bestseller Will I Ever Be Good Enough, has created the definitive guide to successfully handling and surviving a divorce—if you're married to a narcissist.
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4:58 PM | Hypertension medication that targets stress may help smokers quit
Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension […]
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4:55 PM | Stay complex, my friends
The KISS concept ­– keep it simple, stupid – may work for many situations. However, when it comes to evolution, complexity appears to be key for prosperity and propagating future […]
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4:54 PM | Domestic abuse may affect children in womb
Domestic violence can affect children even before they’re born, indicates new research by Michigan State University scientists. The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional […]
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4:45 PM | 7 Ways to Manage Mixed Emotions During the Holidays
As the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions — mine and that of those all around me. On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magical holiday lights and decorations. Regardless of a “bah hum bug” mindset, it is hard to deny the spectacular […]
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4:28 PM | Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth slowing
2013 saw global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reach a new all-time high. This was mainly due to the continuing steady increase in energy use in […]
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4:24 PM | Researchers Recipe: Cook Farm Waste into Energy
It takes some cooking, but turning farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. Guelph researchers are studying […]
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4:22 PM | Orphan receptor proteins deliver 2 knock-out punches to glioblastoma cells
Two related proteins exert a lethal double whammy effect against glioblastoma cells when activated with a small molecule, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The scientists say when […]
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4:17 PM | Study finds that employees who are open about religion are happier
It may be beneficial for employers to not only encourage office Christmas parties but also celebrate holidays and festivals from a variety of religions, according to a Kansas State University […]
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