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April 15, 2015

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3:25 PM | New ‘Cool Roof Time Machine’ Will Accelerate Cool Roof Deployment
Cool roofs can help keep buildings cool, thus lowering the building’s energy use, while also mitigating the urban heat island effect by reflecting sunlight away from buildings and cities. But as […]
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3:24 PM | Amniotic stem cells demonstrate healing potential
Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital scientists are using stem cells from amniotic fluid to promote the growth of robust, functional blood vessels in healing hydrogels. In new experiments, the lab […]
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3:23 PM | Bacteria inhibit bat-killing fungus, could combat white-nose syndrome
Bacteria found naturally on some bats may prove useful in controlling the deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has devastated bat populations throughout eastern North America and continues […]
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3:20 PM | Earth Day is on the horizon. But is ‘greener’ always better?
Going green. On Earth Day and every day, being “greener” is linked with good things like lowering your carbon footprint and eating locally-grown foods. But not when it comes to drinking […]
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3:18 PM | Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult […]
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3:17 PM | A New Potential Cause for Alzheimer’s: Arginine Deprivation
Increasingly, evidence supports the idea that the immune system, which protects our bodies from foreign invaders, plays a part in Alzheimer’s disease. But the exact role of immunity in the […]
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2:53 PM | Positive Aging: 8 Ways to Age Better and Healthier
Positive aging refers to maintaining a happy lifestyle, staying healthy, engaging fully in life and feeling good about ourselves throughout our lives as we age. Aging means experiencing significant changes, such as changes in physical functioning, relationships, employment, etc. Having and maintaini...The post Positive Aging: 8 Ways to Age Better and Healthier appeared first on .
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2:51 PM | Celebrating a decade, depression-free
I celebrate three dates every year: August 27, 1998 – my sober birthday; December 18, 19?? – my belly-button birthday and April 26, 2005 the day my depression swallowed me whole. […]
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2:14 PM | This Supplement May Stop Sadness Becoming Depression
How four weeks of supplementation can help stop a sad mood getting worse. » Continue reading: This Supplement May Stop Sadness Becoming Depression » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain New Depression Treatment So Obvious You Won’t Believe It’s NEVER Been Tried Before This Group Depression Treatment is as Effective as Individual Therapy Signs of Depression: 10 Common […]
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2:00 PM | The 'worm' with the potential to determine elections by manipulating your vote
It has become commonplace to see a "worm" based on the reactions of a tiny sample of audience members running across our screens during televised presidential debates. Psychologists tested whether the worm can influence our voting intentions and the results are worrying in the extreme.Read More
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1:57 PM | Do movie super-heroines empower women?
The super-heroines who feature in the X-Men series and other comic-book films challenge traditional gender stereotypes in the sense that they are powerful, strong and smart. You'd think watching them in action might have an empowering influence on female viewers. But there's a catch – heroine characters like Mystique, Storm and PsyLocke (pictured) are also hypersexualised. Their clothing is tight and revealing, they are typically buxom and ultra thin-waisted, and they often use their sex […]
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1:49 PM | Regret is a Verb
Some people say: “I have no regrets.”  But I don’t buy it.  Regrets are not had.  Regrets are done. If you are one of these zero-regrets people, try the following: […]
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1:31 PM | Ending Institutional Corruption Conference, May 1 & 2
On Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, several Petrie-Flom Center affiliates will participate in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University conference “Ending Institutional Corruption,” held in the Milstein Rooms in Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Boerke and the tell-tale pupils
Ok, stop procrastinating for a moment, and spend your time on something useful. Like finding Boerke in this image: Boerke, shown at the bottom left, is hiding among his comic-strip buddies. (Source: Stripmuseum Brussels) While searching for Boerke, you probably scanned the picture in a particular way: You scrutinized small parts of the picture one by one, looking at things that you wouldn't normally look at. Maybe Boerke is behind the ticket counter? (And where's the ticket counter?) No ... […]
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12:57 PM | Research Position in IP and genomics at the Univ. of Cambridge
The Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge is currently advertising an excellent research opportunity for early career scholars interested in intellectual property and genomics (annual salary: £28,695-£37,394). We would be grateful if you could bring it to the … Continue reading →
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12:34 PM | A Powerful Body Image Book for Kids
Today, I’m excited and honored to share my interview with Judith Matz and Elizabeth Patch, creators of the powerful kids book Amanda’s Big Dream. It tells the story of a […]
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12:30 PM | Earliest Memories of Pets
Do our earliest childhood memories of pets influence our attitudes to animals?  Think back to your first memory of a pet, whether it was your own or someone else’s. Is it a happy memory, or a sad one? Were you interacting with the animal, or just watching? And is it possible that early memories like this influence your attitudes as an adult?This question was posed by Philip Marshall(Texas Tech University) et al, who compared earliest memories of a pet, a friend and an […]

Marshall, P.D., Ireland, M.E. & Dalton, A.A. (2015). Earliest memories of pets predict adult attitudes: phenomenological, structural and textual analyses, Human Animal Interaction Bulletin, 3 (1) 28-51. Other:

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12:25 PM | 7 Must-Watch Dystopian Films That Will Make You Think about the Future of Our Society
The world “dystopia” is a combination of greek words, and translates to a “bad place”. It is the opposite of “utopia”, meaning a perfect place. A dystopia is generally thought to be a version of the world in the future, in which something has gone terribly wrong, … READ MORE
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11:30 AM | Highlights from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference: Part III
By Guest Blogger Dan Traficonte  In this third blog post covering my visit to the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference, I highlight some research from the conference focused on the importance of considering local social practices and belief … Continue reading →
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10:45 AM | 3 More Habits that Spike Stress and How to Cope
We do many things we aren’t even aware of that spike our stress. That includes everything from saying yes too often to worrying what others think to ruminating about the past. (See more in this previous piece.) But once we name these habits, we can […]
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8:49 AM | Using likelihood ratios -- not pee values -- to weigh the evidence on judges & motivated reasoning
Hey-- have I mentioned the new CCP study on judges & motivated reasoning yet?! I guess not! But here's another excerpt. This one shows how we supplemented our use of conventional "statistical significance"/NHT testing of the study results with use of Bayesian likelihood ratios. We did use former, but I think the latter are more useful generally for conveying practical strength of evidence & also for assessing the relative plausibility of competing hypotheses, an objective central […]
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8:46 AM | Trends in Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience 2015
What are the Hot Topics in cognitive neuroscience? We could ask these people, or we could take a more populist approach by looking at conference abstracts. I consulted the program for the recent Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting (CNS 2015) and made a word cloud using Wordle.1 For comparison, we'll examine the program for the most recent Computational and Systems Neuroscience meeting (Cosyne 2015).CNS is all about memory, people, and cognitive processing.Cosyne is about neurons, models, and […]
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7:31 AM | Maternal diabetes and offspring autism risk... again
"In this large, multiethnic clinical cohort of singleton children born at 28 to 44 weeks’ gestation, exposure to maternal GDM [gestational diabetes mellitus] diagnosed by 26 weeks’ gestation was associated with risk of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] in offspring."That was the conclusion reached by Anny Xiang and colleagues [1] (open-access) following their analysis of some 3300 children diagnosed with ASD as part of a wider cohort of over 300,000 children […]

Xiang, A., Wang, X., Martinez, M., Walthall, J., Curry, E., Page, K., Buchanan, T., Coleman, K. & Getahun, D. (2015). Association of Maternal Diabetes With Autism in Offspring, JAMA, 313 (14) 1425. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2015.2707

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4:01 AM | Face It, Recover the Self to Recover from Break-Up
Break-ups are tough. Your world changes and you may be left feeling sad, confused, and lonely; When you lose a relationship, you not only lose your partner, you also lose part of your self.1 In fact, after breaking-up, people have fewer responses to provide to the question “Who am I?”, and they generally feel more unsure about who they are as a person. Given the potential damage to one’s self-concept, recovery from break-up should go more smoothly when individuals focus on […]
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12:52 AM | Recruiting the entire immune system to attack cancer
Stimulating both major branches of the immune system halts tumor growth more effectively. The human immune system is poised to spring into action at the first sign of a foreign […]
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12:43 AM | Caffeinated drinks associated with decreased risk of liver scarring
Modest daily consumption of caffeinated drinks is associated with less advanced liver scarring in people with hepatitis C, according to a recent study by Baylor College of Medicine researchers that […]
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12:34 AM | Why we have chins
University of Iowa researchers contend chin comes from evolution, not mechanical forces Look at a primate or a Neanderthal skull and compare it with a modern human’s. Notice anything missing? […]
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12:32 AM | Violent methane storms on Titan may solve dune direction mystery
With its thick, hazy atmosphere and surface rivers, mountains, lakes and dunes, Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is one of the most Earthlike places in the solar system. As the Cassini-Huygens […]
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12:32 AM | Inter-decadal Pacific Oscillation Explains Global Warming “Hiatus” Since 2000
Atmospheric greenhouse gases have continued to rise during recent years, yet global mean surface temperature has shown no clear warming since about 2000. This slowdown in surface warming, often referred […]

April 14, 2015

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11:10 PM | ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast
By Nicolas Terry This week we are joined by Thad Pope, one of the country’s leading scholars on end-of-life issues. Thad is professor of law and director of the Health Law Institute at Hamline Law. He curates a particularly useful web site, Medical … Continue reading →
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