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Is Herpes Virus Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease?

Is Herpes Virus Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new paper provides compelling evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores may also be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings show that antiviral drugs drastically reduce the...
Kids with Autism or Developmental Delays Far More Likely to Be Overweight

Kids with Autism or Developmental Delays Far More Likely to Be Overweight

Children with developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are up to 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those in the general population, according to...
Aorta Stiffness May Be Key Risk Factor in Dementia

Aorta Stiffness May Be Key Risk Factor in Dementia

Stiffness of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, may be a significant risk factor for developing dementia, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh. The study,...
Selfishness Linked to Smaller Families, Lower Salary

Selfishness Linked to Smaller Families, Lower Salary

A new international study finds that unselfish behavior has rewards beyond being the “right” thing to do. Researchers discovered unselfish people tend both to have more children and to receive...
Residents of For-Profit Nursing Homes May Face Greater Risk of Neglect

Residents of For-Profit Nursing Homes May Face Greater Risk of Neglect

Older adults living in for-profit nursing homes may face nearly double the risk of developing health issues linked to substandard care compared with residents living in not-for-profit facilities or
Psychopathic Traits in Men May Help Them Emerge as Leaders

Psychopathic Traits in Men May Help Them Emerge as Leaders

A new study published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology reveals that psychopathic traits in men may help them emerge as leaders, but such tendencies in women are often...
Laughter Can Impact Romantic Happiness & Sexuality

Laughter Can Impact Romantic Happiness & Sexuality

German researchers have found that laughter, whether it is shared or is directed at the significant other, has an important impact on relationship happiness. If partners handle laughter or being...
Can Facebook Posts Reveal Who Will Develop Depression?

Can Facebook Posts Reveal Who Will Develop Depression?

A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University recently developed a new algorithm which was able to identify which Facebook users would be diagnosed with...
Mom’s Early Pregnancy Weight May Affect Baby’s Self-Regulation

Mom’s Early Pregnancy Weight May Affect Baby’s Self-Regulation

A woman’s weight in early pregnancy may influence how well her baby is able to self-regulate during the first months and years of life, according to a new Finnish study...
People Ordered into Mental Health Care Less Likely to See It as Helpful

People Ordered into Mental Health Care Less Likely to See It as Helpful

A new study finds that people who independently seek mental health care are more likely to rate their treatment as effective, compared to those ordered into care. Researchers from Lehigh...
Asking Kids to ‘Help’ Rather Than ‘Be Helpers’ Can Instill Persistence

Asking Kids to ‘Help’ Rather Than ‘Be Helpers’ Can Instill Persistence

Encouraging young children “to help” rather than asking them to “be helpers” can help instill the character trait of persistence as they struggle to work through challenging daily tasks, according...
Postpartum Depression Linked to Mother’s Pain After Childbirth

Postpartum Depression Linked to Mother’s Pain After Childbirth

While childbirth pain has been linked to postpartum depression, the culprit may be the pain experienced by the mother following childbirth, rather than during the labor and delivery process,
Fluoride Exposure in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Symptoms in Kids

Fluoride Exposure in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Symptoms in Kids

Pregnant women with higher levels of fluoride in their urine may be more likely to have school-age children with certain symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as
Diabetic Patients at Higher Risk of Death from Alcohol, Accidents and Suicide

Diabetic Patients at Higher Risk of Death from Alcohol, Accidents and Suicide

Diabetic patients are more likely to die from alcohol-related factors, accidents, or suicide, according to a new study. The study’s findings suggest that the increased risk of death from these...
Does Heart Valve Surgery Affect Older Adults’ Cognition?

Does Heart Valve Surgery Affect Older Adults’ Cognition?

In a new review, researchers looked over previous studies conducted on open heart surgery patients to determine whether these individuals tend to experience a difference in cognition after the
Signs of Lying May Be Confused With Truth-Telling Signs

Signs of Lying May Be Confused With Truth-Telling Signs

A new study has found that people are skilled at identifying commonly displayed cues, such as hesitations and hand gestures, that tell them someone is lying. Unfortunately, these signs are produced...
Harsh Parenting Can Fuel Kids’ Antisocial Behaviors

Harsh Parenting Can Fuel Kids’ Antisocial Behaviors

A new study of identical twins found that the child who experienced harsher behavior and less parental warmth was more aggressive and exhibited more callous-unemotional traits, such as a lack...
Nice People May Be at Greater Risk of Financial Hardship

Nice People May Be at Greater Risk of Financial Hardship

Nice people may be at greater risk of bankruptcy and other financial hardships compared to those who are less agreeable, according to a new study published in the Journal of...
How to Appear Confident, But Not Arrogant

How to Appear Confident, But Not Arrogant

New research from the University of Notre Dame shows how people can reap the rewards of confidence without risking the social penalties of overconfidence. The study finds that when a...
Wider Gap Between Male, Female Personalities in Most Gender-Equal Countries

Wider Gap Between Male, Female Personalities in Most Gender-Equal Countries

Male and female personalities are more polarized in countries with higher levels of gender equality, according to new findings by Swedish researchers from the University of Gothenburg, University West