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January 30, 2015

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10:02 AM | Diverse developmental trajectories in early years autism
"Findings confirm the heterogeneous nature of developmental trajectories in ASD [autism spectrum disorder]." That was the bottom line of the study by Peter Szatmari and colleagues [1] (open-access) tracking the developmental trajectory - autistic symptom severity and adaptive functioning - for a sample of "421 newly diagnosed preschool children with ASD 2 to 4 years old." Some accompanying media for the study can be found here.The Szatmari paper is open-access so it doesn't need any […]

Szatmari, P., Georgiades, S., Duku, E., Bennett, T., Bryson, S., Fombonne, E., Mirenda, P., Roberts, W., Smith, I., Vaillancourt, T. & Volden, J. (2015). Developmental Trajectories of Symptom Severity and Adaptive Functioning in an Inception Cohort of Preschool Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2463

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5:10 AM | Everybody Else is Cheating, Right? Not Necessarily
Most people believe that infidelity is a very bad thing,1 yet a majority of people admit they have cheated on a romantic partner. In fact, studies have shown that about 75 percent of men and 68 percent of women have cheated at some point in a relationship.2,3 There are many reasons why people are unfaithful to their partners, but one possibility is that cheating may seem like a more acceptable behavior for us to engage in if we think it’s commonplace and widely accepted. If we […]
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5:03 AM | Grow Into Your Best Self–Change Your Mindset
Is your mindset holding you back? Is it keeping you locked into a certain view of yourself, your children, your partner, your life? Is it keeping you from who you want to be in the life you want to lead? Mindsets are simple beliefs that shape how we see ourselves and others and how we […]
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5:01 AM | Get Your Facebook Profile Ready for Valentine’s Day
What should you do to get ready for Valentine’s Day? According to YourTango, you should delete your ex-partner from your Facebook friends list. They have even designated a day for doing it; February 13th is Break Up With Your Ex Day, and this means deleting, blocking, untagging, and unfollowing your ex from Facebook and other social media. Click to read more ...
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2:58 AM | Gates Annual Letter: Where’s the policy?
In recognition of how little we talk about global health, I am turning my attention back to my roots for today’s post. On Jan 22nd, Bill and Melinda Gates launched their annual letter. For those readers who live fully under … Continue reading →
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12:35 AM | How to Use Feng Shui to Enhance Love, Clarity, and Energy
Looking to create more love, wealth or clarity in your life? Then watch today’s episode of Conscious Living ®, where Feng Shui practitioner and organizational expert Linda Pisani draws on this 5,000+ year art form to share simple, easy tips for clearing clutter, increasing “chi” or energy flow in your environment, and transforming any space […]
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12:27 AM | time keeps on slippin’
A few nights ago I made the mistake of baking lasagna while extremely hungry. Each tick of the timer reverberated inside my skull for what seemed like hours, and the cheese just refused to melt. Later that same night I accidentally stayed up until 2 in the morning absentmindedly watching hours of YouTube videos that […]

January 29, 2015

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10:52 PM | Self-control on The Right Hook – Newstalk Radio Player
The Right Hook – Newstalk Radio Player I did a piece on self-control on George Hook today – part 3 (13.55 to 22.00). Hooky, as usual, is great fun with questions coming from every angle.Filed under: Uncategorized
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8:24 PM | Measles Can Kill, And It’s Spreading. Sue Parents Who Didn’t Vaccinate? Absolutely.
A new piece in Forbes on suing parents who don’t vaccinate, by Dan Diamond: I heard it over dinner at a friend’s house. I talked about it on a call with a scientist. I discussed it while waiting for public … Continue reading →
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7:45 PM | Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips that May Help
Many of us tend to think these kinds of thoughts daily: “I’m sooo busy. Life has been really overwhelming. I feel like I’m being torn apart. I wish I could clone myself, so I could keep up. I’ll relax after I’m done with all the tasks on my list — though I have no idea […]
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7:00 PM | On Valentine Street, Chivalry Isn’t Dead
Researchers examined whether subtle reminders of love increase men’s willingness to help. Men who had been approached by a woman asking for directions to Valentine Street were willing to help a different woman retrieve her cell phone from “thieves”, helping her almost 37% of the time. Men asked for directions to Martin Street only helped 20% of the time. The simple mention of “Valentine” unconsciously motivated men to behave in a more […]
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5:37 PM | Research Resource Identification has made it into PLoS
Thanks to some great folks at PLoS, we will be adding the PLoS Genetics and Biology journals to our list of journals requiring the RRID standard. For those of you who don’t know about the initiative, NIF with the help of Force11, Monarch, MGI, RGD, and many other groups involved in some way with informatics […]
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3:59 PM | Heart (Bhakti) Path by Way of Mind (Gnani) Detours
We start out (in life) by resonating with all that cosmically is. Why? Because at the outset of life we are barely distinguishable from not-us, i.e. from all that cosmically is. And then we individuate, differentiate. As Ego evolves away from Eco, this baseline resonance is lost. Narcissistic correction is to surround yourself with human […]
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3:12 PM | Be Like Nature: Bend & Be Resilient
Nature teaches us a lot about what it takes to survive in the world. If only we’d listen. As I watch the snow fall outside my window, I can’t help but be impressed. This perfect snow clumps on the tree branches, building a forest of white. But branches can only take so much weight. What […]
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3:00 PM | You Have Friendly Mentors All Around You
So we are well into the first month of January 2015! How is it going so far? For me, it is quite exciting! But then again, that is because these days, I find the unknown, the unexpected, the un-plannable, energizing and fun. When I was sick with an eating disorder, this was NOT the case. […]
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2:51 PM | How to Triple What You Can Remember, Psychology Study Demonstrates
People can forget things they were paying attention to just one second later, unless... Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles:A Foolproof Way To Use Forgetting To Help You Remember, Study Reveals Here’s The Curious Secret To Perfect Learning While You Are Distracted How to Take Notes You Will […]
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2:37 PM | Feelings of loneliness and depression linked to binge-watching television
It seems harmless: getting settled in for a night of marathon session for a favorite TV show, like House of Cards. But why do we binge-watch TV, and can it […]
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2:34 PM | Facelift surgery after massive weight loss poses challenges
Patients undergoing bariatric surgery for severe obesity are often left with excess, sagging skin affecting all areas of the body–including the face. The unique challenges of facelift surgery in this […]
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2:32 PM | Eye-tracking technology detects concussions, head injury severity
New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU […]
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2:31 PM | Gender roles: Men and women are not so different after all
Gender is a large part of our identity that is often defined by our psychological differences as men and women. Not surprisingly, those differences are reflected in many gender stereotypes […]
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2:30 PM | Diet and nutrition essential for mental health
Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaboration led by the University of Melbourne and Deakin […]
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2:23 PM | Sex Differences Found in Brain Mechanisms Important for Learning
Women tend to become addicted to drugs and relapse faster than men, though the biological reasons are not completely clear. Now, investigators at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research […]
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2:22 PM | Precision Medicine Transforms Cancer Treatment
In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced a new precision medicine initiative to work on finding a cure for cancer and other diseases. Howard L. Kaufman, a […]
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2:21 PM | Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD
A commonly used pesticide may alter the development of the brain’s dopamine system — responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function – and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity […]
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2:20 PM | Anxiety associated with greater cognitive decline in those at risk for Alzheimer’s
Older persons at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease because of accumulated amyloid-beta plaques experience more rapid cognitive decline if they also have elevated anxiety symptoms, according to new research published […]
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2:18 PM | Immune cells are an ally, not enemy, in battle against Alzheimer’s
Beta-amyloid is a sticky protein that aggregates and forms small plaques in the brains of the elderly and is thought to be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Because specialized immune […]
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2:12 PM | Science of Science Communication 2.0, Session 3.1: Science comprehension: who knows what about what—and how?
Okay, this is "session 3" post for virtual "Science of Science Communication 2.0."  The real space version got snowed out!   But the discussion I was hoping for (based on these readings) was mainly one on how group affinities contribute to transmission of scientific knowledge.   "Cultural cognition" is normally associated with idea that such affinities distort such transmission.   But my hunch is that cultural cognition is in fact integral to citizens' reliable […]
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2:00 PM | Tomorrow: 3rd Annual Health Law Year in P/Review
January 30, 2015 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA Please join us for the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review symposium, with leading experts discussing major developments during 2014 and … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | 5 Self-Improvement Books That Will Transform Your Life
There are a million books available out there that we can use as guide to help you build on and improve your personality. These books may be self-help books, autobiographies, business books, or even fiction or illustrated novels. We read our way through several of them to bring you five … READ MORE
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1:28 PM | Symposium: Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness
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