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Is Processed Food Linked to Autism?

Is Processed Food Linked to Autism?

As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise at alarming rates, researchers have been working hard to figure out what environmental and/or genetic factors might be contributing...
Health Professionals Need to Be Cautious on Social Media

Health Professionals Need to Be Cautious on Social Media

For health professionals on social media, posting just one negative comment in frustration may harm their credibility with current or potential clients, according to a new Canadian study published
Younger Guys ‘Bulking Up’ May Face Dangers of Disordered Eating

Younger Guys ‘Bulking Up’ May Face Dangers of Disordered Eating

Young adults who see themselves as scrawny and who exercise to gain weight may be at risk of muscularity-oriented disordered eating behaviors, according to a new study led by researchers...
Upbeat Music Can Make Hard Workouts Easier

Upbeat Music Can Make Hard Workouts Easier

New research shows that upbeat music can make a rigorous workout seem less tough, even for people who are insufficiently active. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) — brief, repeated bouts of...
Kindergarten Behavior May Be Tied to Adult Earnings

Kindergarten Behavior May Be Tied to Adult Earnings

A new study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, suggests that childhood behaviors in kindergarten may be related to annual earnings at ages 33 to 35 years. The international team...
For Veterans, Witnessing Suffering Can Mean Worse PTSD

For Veterans, Witnessing Suffering Can Mean Worse PTSD

A study of Norwegian veterans who served in Afghanistan finds that being exposed to the death and suffering of others tends to result in worse symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder...
3D Imaging Can Help Young Women Boost Body Image

3D Imaging Can Help Young Women Boost Body Image

A new study shows how 3D imaging, a type of technology which enhances the illusion of depth perception, might be able to help young women better appreciate their bodies, and...
‘Foodie Call:’ Going Out With A Guy Just For A Free Meal

‘Foodie Call:’ Going Out With A Guy Just For A Free Meal

A new form of dating is emerging, termed the “foodie call,” where a person sets up a date with someone they are not romantically interested in just to get a...
Early, Regular Cannabis Use Seen to Alter Brain Region Tied to Cognitive Control

Early, Regular Cannabis Use Seen to Alter Brain Region Tied to Cognitive Control

New research shows a clear link between early and regular cannabis use by youth and alterations in brain circuits that support aspects of executive functioning. The study finds that the...
One-Day Work Week Satisfies Mental Health Needs Related to Employment

One-Day Work Week Satisfies Mental Health Needs Related to Employment

Having a job and being employed is known to improve mental health and life satisfaction. A new study shows, however, that this benefit is achieved in much less than 40...
Friends are Better Predictors of Health than Personal Fitness Trackers

Friends are Better Predictors of Health than Personal Fitness Trackers

New research suggests the growth in utilization of wearable fitness trackers has led to incorrect assumptions about our health. Nowadays, we often look at our heart rate to determine if...
A Quarter of Older Adults in Northern England May Be Vitamin D Deficient

A Quarter of Older Adults in Northern England May Be Vitamin D Deficient

A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, suggests that more than one in four midlife and older adults (ages 50 and up) living in Northern England are deficient in...
Social Media Data Used to ID Mental Health Conditions and Diabetes

Social Media Data Used to ID Mental Health Conditions and Diabetes

A new study suggests mining data from social media sites may help professionals identify and manage a variety of health conditions, including diabetes, anxiety, depression and psychosis. Researchers
Sense of Personal Space Tends To Expand in Late Stage Pregnancy

Sense of Personal Space Tends To Expand in Late Stage Pregnancy

A pregnant woman’s sense of “peripersonal space” tends to expand in the third trimester, according to a new study by researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and Addenbooke’s Hospital in
Strong Smells Can Enhance Memory

Strong Smells Can Enhance Memory

New research suggests memories are stronger when the original experiences are accompanied by unpleasant odors. Investigators believe this discovery expands knowledge of what can drive Pavlovian
Finnish Study: Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety Affect Many Asylum Seekers

Finnish Study: Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety Affect Many Asylum Seekers

A new study finds that up to 40% of adults who sought asylum in Finland in 2018 reported that they were suffering from major depression and anxiety symptoms. In addition,...
Antidepressants May Hinder Empathy for Others’ Pain

Antidepressants May Hinder Empathy for Others’ Pain

Until recently, research has suggested that severe episodes of depression can reduce a person’s ability to feel empathy, an essential skill for successful social interactions and understanding others.
Gut Microbes Linked to Temperament Traits in Infants

Gut Microbes Linked to Temperament Traits in Infants

A new Finnish study of 303 infants finds that the gut microbiome of a two-month-old appears to be associated with the child’s temperament traits at six months of age. The...
Lab Findings Hint that BP Med Could Impact Alzheimer’s

Lab Findings Hint that BP Med Could Impact Alzheimer’s

New research finds that the blood pressure drug nilvadipine increased blood flow to the brain’s memory and learning centers among people with Alzheimer’s disease, without affecting other parts of
Orthodontic Braces May Not Boost Your Confidence

Orthodontic Braces May Not Boost Your Confidence

A new Australian study counters the belief that getting braces to fix your crooked teeth will automatically boost your self-confidence. In fact, the findings, published in the journal Orthodontics