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No Simple Answer to Impact of Smartphones on Teens

No Simple Answer to Impact of Smartphones on Teens

New research suggests the impact of cell phones is dependent upon many variables, including the vulnerability of the teen. Researchers attempted to answer the question of whether the next generation
Amino Acid May Be Implicated in Depression

Amino Acid May Be Implicated in Depression

A new Finnish study finds that people with major depressive disorder (MDD) may have reduced bioavailability of the amino acid arginine. In the body, arginine turns into nitric oxide (NO), […]
New Communication Strategies Help Alzheimer’s Couples

New Communication Strategies Help Alzheimer’s Couples

A new first-of-its-kind study has found that caregiver-partner communication can improve among couples as they attempt to manage dementia, but it takes practice. For these couples, the communication
Perceptions of God Impact Conservative and Liberal Attitudes

Perceptions of God Impact Conservative and Liberal Attitudes

New research suggests Republicans who believe that God is highly engaged with humanity are like Democrats — more liberal — when it comes to social and economic justice issues. The […]
Bolstering Self-Concept in Young Mental Health Patients May Aid in Treatment

Bolstering Self-Concept in Young Mental Health Patients May Aid in Treatment

New research suggests an important part of treatment for young mental health patients — especially those in a hospital setting — is improving how they perceive themselves, according to a […]
Both Older and Younger Siblings Impact Each Other’s Empathy Levels

Both Older and Younger Siblings Impact Each Other’s Empathy Levels

A new multi-university study finds that both older and younger siblings, even toddlers, can have a significant influence on the other’s capacity for empathy. The study, published in the journal […]
Social Media May Not Harm Teens’ Academic Performance

Social Media May Not Harm Teens’ Academic Performance

Despite widespread concern among parents and educators, using social media may not adversely impact teens’ academic performance, according to a new study in Educational Psychology Review. “Concerns
Social Media Does Not Significantly Harm Adolescent Academic Performance

Social Media Does Not Significantly Harm Adolescent Academic Performance

Despite widespread concern among parents and educators, using social media may not adversely impact teens’ academic performance, according to a new study in Educational Psychology Review. “Concerns
The Good News and Bad News: You’re Out of A Job

The Good News and Bad News: You’re Out of A Job

“When you hit rock bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up.” This can prove especially true in business, where bottoming out as a result of job loss can be necessary […]
Excess Calcium May Influence Development of Parkinson’s

Excess Calcium May Influence Development of Parkinson’s

Emerging research suggests excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic protein clusters that characterize Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is one of a number […]
Sleep May Be Essential for Learning and Forgetting

Sleep May Be Essential for Learning and Forgetting

Why do people and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep? What is it about sleep that makes it so essential? A new study, published in […]
College Roommates May Underestimate Each Other’s Distress

College Roommates May Underestimate Each Other’s Distress

Although college can be an exciting time, many students feel extreme pressure to succeed both academically and socially, and this can lead to serious distress. A new study at New […]
Teens With Stroke at Birth Use Opposite Side of Brain for Language

Teens With Stroke at Birth Use Opposite Side of Brain for Language

In a new study, researchers observed young people who had left-brain stroke damage at birth and found they are now using the right side of the brain for language — in […]
Brain Imaging Can Predict CBT Effectiveness for OCD

Brain Imaging Can Predict CBT Effectiveness for OCD

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have developed a new method to predict whether a person with obsessive compulsive disorder would benefit from cognitive behavioral
Alzheimer’s Signs Reversed in Mouse Study

Alzheimer’s Signs Reversed in Mouse Study

Researchers have successfully reversed the formation of amyloid plaques in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease, thereby improving the animals’ cognitive function. Investigators from the
Social Media Can Help Start Healing Process

Social Media Can Help Start Healing Process

In a new study, investigators at Drexel University examined how and why women decide to disclose pregnancy loss on Facebook. Their findings shed light on a shift in our social […]

Blood and Urine Tests Developed to Diagnose Autism

New blood and urine tests that can indicate autism in children have been developed by researchers in England. The researchers, who discovered a link between autism and damage to proteins […]
Many Struggling Readers Have Binocular Vision Problems

Many Struggling Readers Have Binocular Vision Problems

A new Canadian study finds that many elementary school children who read below grade level have challenges with their eyesight — even if standard tests say their vision is 20/20. […]
High Dopamine May Cause Psychosis Patients to Focus More on Expectations

High Dopamine May Cause Psychosis Patients to Focus More on Expectations

A new study finds that schizophrenia patients with auditory hallucinations often hear what they expect to hear. In fact, the hallucinations may be an extreme version of a perceptual distortion […]
Screening All Adults for Hepatitis C is Most Cost-Effective Way to ID Those Infected

Screening All Adults for Hepatitis C is Most Cost-Effective Way to ID Those Infected

Screening all adults for hepatitis C (HCV) is the most cost-effective way to identify more people with the disease as well as improve patients’ health and quality of life, compared […]