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May 01, 2015

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4:01 AM | Nice Genes: Serotonin, Conflict, and Marital Satisfaction
Ever wonder what can cause one couple to stay together and another to divorce? One study found that high levels of negative emotion such as arguing or criticism and low levels of positive emotion such as indifference during marital interactions were associated with lower levels of martial satisfaction.1 In other words, if a couple fights a lot, and does so in a not-so-nice way, they’re not as happy in their marriage. This conclusion seems like a “no brainer.” Who wants […]

April 30, 2015

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11:46 PM | Toss-Back-Toon:Treating Chronic Depression With The Chronic “Marijuana”
Chato Stewart here again with a Toss-Back-Toon!  When I get inspired, after reading something by one of Psych Central Bloggers or Writer articles…I have a toon that would great with […]
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9:55 PM | Count Your ‘Lessings’
You’re exhausted from listening to the news describing, in ever greater detail, the latest horror in the world. Yes, you know that if it bleeds, it leads. But still, an unending supply of tragedy and disaster leaves you with a wish to be anesthetized. You’re […]
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7:54 PM | To Spur Medical Innovation, Make Corporate Cheaters Pay
By Aaron S. Kesselheim and Ameet Sarpatwari  Cross posted from Health Affairs Blog The past decade has seen a relatively constant rate of newly approved drugs every year. The number has even jumped in the past few years. Yet, despite such encouraging … Continue reading →
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7:33 PM | Positive Mindfulness Programme (for Adults Aged 60+)
Hi there! My name is Reza and I would like to invite you to take part in a ground-breaking Positive Mindfulness Programme for adults age 60 or more. If you are not within this age range, please forward the e-mail to someone of age 60+, whom you know and who may benefit from this programme. This rese...The post Positive Mindfulness Programme (for Adults Aged 60+) appeared first on .
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5:19 PM | Brain Mechanisms of Skill Learning
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5:11 PM | When You’re Super Tired With No Vacation in Sight
Lately, I’ve been tired. Really tired. Long to-do lists. Lots of writing. Lots of worries. There are no catastrophes or terrible concerns. My brain simply feels stalled from too much […]
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4:39 PM | Texting friends or strangers during surgery reduces pain
Imagine a hand-held electronic device – accessible, portable and nearly universal – that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors to use less powerful and potentially risky […]
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4:21 PM | Birds, Brains, and Boats: The Harvey Karten Story
“So, what can I do for you?” To be honest, it wasn’t how I expected to find Dr. Harvey J. Karten, neuroscience Professor Emeritus and recent inductee to the National Academy of the Sciences. But when I open the door his office on a bright San Diego afternoon, he is sitting in front of three monitors, hard at […]
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3:45 PM | Mindfulness in Action
If your mind constantly nags, criticizes and hammers you with its incessant demands, it’s likely that you experience a lot of anxiety. You’ve probably done a lot to help yourself already, including reading about mindfulness and meditating. When you try it as suggested, though, you […]
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3:36 PM | This Surrealist Painter Creates Amazing Optical Illusions
Surrealist painter Octavio Ocampo is one of the most prolific artists widely known for his metamorphic painting technique. His versatile paintings provoke the viewer’s curiosity and can be interpreted in several ways when viewed from different distance or angle. Ocampo was born on February 28th, 1943 in … READ MORE
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3:30 PM | Novel approach blocks amyloid production in Alzheimer’s mouse model
Offering a potential early intervention for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Cenna Biosciences, Inc. have identified compounds that block the production […]
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3:25 PM | Poisons alter bees’ brains, making them unable to live and reproduce adequately
In research report published in the May 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists report that a particular class of pesticides called “neonicotinoids” wreaks havoc on the bee populations, ultimately […]
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3:22 PM | Fat grafting for butt augmentation — combined technique gives good results
Have you ever dreamed of taking fat from one area where you had a little too much, and transferring to somewhere you wanted a little more? A Brazilian plastic surgery […]
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3:21 PM | Compact synchrotron makes tumors visible
Soft tissue disorders like tumors are very difficult to recognize using normal X-ray machines. There is hardly any distinction between healthy tissue and tumors. Researchers at the Technische Universität München […]
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3:20 PM | Big Data reveals classical music creation secrets
A team of scientists has shed light on the dynamics of the creation, collaboration and dissemination processes involved in classical music works and styles. Their study focuses on analysing networks […]
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3:19 PM | Viruses responsible for half of gastroenteritis cases can spread by air
Noroviruses, a group of viruses responsible for over 50% of global gastroenteritis cases, can spread by air up to several meters from an infected person according to a new study […]
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3:17 PM | No Hogwarts invitation required: Invisibility cloaks move into the real-life classroom
Who among us hasn’t wanted to don a shimmering piece of fabric and instantly disappear from sight? Unfortunately, we non-magical folk are bound by the laws of physics, which have […]
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2:39 PM | NASA’s New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto
For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons […]
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2:39 PM | Frontotemporal Aggressive Dementia In Action (Part 2)
My Mother Cleaned For Lady with Dementia My mother worked 3 jobs and went to night school to support us 5 kids. Dad was only getting a small monthly workman’s comp […]
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2:34 PM | Brain circuitry of positive vs negative memories discovered in mice
Neuroscientists have discovered brain circuitry for encoding positive and negative learned associations in mice. After finding that two circuits showed opposite activity following fear and reward learning, the researchers proved […]
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2:30 PM | Introverts Prefer Mountains: How Your Personality Affects Where You Should Live
Whether it's better to live in the mountains, on the plains, by the ocean -- and the city that's best for you. » Continue reading: Introverts Prefer Mountains: How Your Personality Affects Where You Should Live » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:The Unhappiest and Happiest U.S. Cities Revealed By Nationwide Survey Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer Season of Your Birth Affects […]
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2:15 PM | Revisiting "cultural cognition as a conception of the cultural theory of risk"
I'm going to be giving a presentation at the 6th Annual Mary Douglas Seminar series at University College London next month.  I'm pretty psyched, b/c I've know about the series and always been really envious of the participants for their chance to exchange ideas with one another on the significance of Douglas's work for making sense of public conflict over risk and relate topics. I'll be presenting a paper-- which I'll post it in 2-3 weeks-- that extends/updates/qualifies an earlier one I […]
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2:06 PM | Frontotemporal Aggressive Dementia In Action (Part 1)
Folks, let’s first remind you that Mental Health Humor Cartoons and Blog are drawn/written by me, Chato Stewart.  I am a father of 4 and I am living with Bipolar Disorder; […]
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2:00 PM | You are Wonderful
“You are wonderful.” Those have to be three of the most, well, wonderful words in the world. I say them about 2,500 times a day to my parrot, Pearl, and […]
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1:01 PM | New Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Act Released
Yesterday, a new discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures Act was released, just in time for today’s hearing on the draft before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  At just 200 pages (although with some sections still “to be … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | An Ode to a Grandma
The decision to operate on a 93-year-old, against her wishes, has a happy ending: she recovers, and has 9 more years that turn out to be the best years of her life. It's debatable, though, whether it would have been wrong to let her die when she wanted to.
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12:53 PM | Medical malpractice in treating dual-diagnosis
In September 2013 I had the unpleasant assignment of covering the memorial service of 10-year-old Alexandra Brooks. The service was held in the gymnasium of her school, where my daughter […]
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12:00 PM | Race, Mental Illness, and School Shootings
The Virginia Tech and Columbine High shootings are 2 of the deadliest school massacres in the United States. A study in the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology investigates in a nationally representative sample how White Americans’ causal attributions...           Related StoriesUnfalsifiability and BeliefThe Traumatised JournalistThe Freud-Frink Fiasco 
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12:00 PM | Unfalsifiability and Belief
In a research study recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the authors proposed that people may gain certain “offensive” and “defensive” advantages for their cherished belief systems (e.g., religious and political views) by including aspects of...           Related StoriesBeing a Book LoverThe Possession of Nicole AubreyBearing the Wounds of Christ 
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