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January 18, 2019

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January 18, 2019

Violence in PG-13 Rated Movies Not Linked to Violence in US Society

Jan. 18, 2019 — New research suggests that policy makers should remain focused on issues that have been demonstrated to impact criminal behavior, such as family environment, mental health, poverty and ... read more

Telling Stories Using Rhythmic Gesture Helps Children Improve Their Oral Skills

Jan. 17, 2019 — For the first time it has been shown that a brief training session with rhythmic gestures has immediate benefits for narrative discourse in children of 5 and 6 years of ... read more

Psychological Distress Is a Risk Factor for Dementia

Jan. 17, 2019 — A new study suggests that vital exhaustion -- which can be perceived as an indicator of psychological distress -- is a risk factor for future risk of ... read more

New Findings Reveal Surprising Role of the Cerebellum in Reward and Social Behaviors

Jan. 17, 2019 — A study in rodents found that the brain's cerebellum -- known to play a role in motor coordination -- also helps control the brain's reward circuitry. Researchers found a direct neural ... read more

Can a Critic-Turned-Believer Sway Others? The Case of Genetically Modified Foods

Jan. 17, 2019 — When an advocate for one side of an issue announces that he or she now believes the opposite, can that message affect others' views? Research shows that such a conversion message can influence ... read more

Brain Cells That Make Pain Unpleasant

Jan. 17, 2019 — If you step on a tack, neurons in your brain will register two things: that there's a piercing physical sensation in your foot, and that it's not pleasant. Now, a team of scientists has ... read more

Scientists Search for New Methods to Cure Neurodegenerative Diseases

Jan. 17, 2019 — Most neurons in the human brain are generated from neural stem cells during embryonic development. After birth, a small reservoir of stem cells remains in the brain that keeps on producing new ... read more

Lack of Fair Access to Urban Green Spaces

Jan. 17, 2019 — People with higher incomes and more education tend to have greater access to urban green spaces than their less privileged neighbors, a new study of parks and greenery in 10 major North American ... read more

Jan. 17, 2019 — People's love for their local areas could be harnessed to tackle global environmental problems, researchers ... read more

Epigenetics Contribute to Male and Female Differences in Fear Memory

Jan. 17, 2019 — In a mouse model of traumatic memory, male mice recall fear-related memories better than female mice, according to a new ... read more

The Cytoskeleton of Neurons Has Been Found to Be Involved in Alzheimer's Disease

Jan. 17, 2019 — A researcher has participated in a study describing what it is during the early stages of Alzheimer's that triggers the loss of dynamics and subsequent impairment of the dendritic spines, the ... read more

New Findings on Eye-Signal Blending

Jan. 17, 2019 — Knowing precisely where the signals meet and the brain processes them is vital to treating amblyopia, or reduced vision in one eye because the brain and eye aren't working together ... read more

Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms

Jan. 17, 2019 — Mindfulness may be associated with fewer menopausal symptoms for women, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that being mindful may be especially helpful for menopausal women struggling ... read more

U.S. Youth Suicides More Prevalent in States With Higher Gun Ownership, Study Finds

Jan. 17, 2019 — A new study finds that states with higher levels of household gun ownership also have higher overall youth suicide rates, with every 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership associated ... read more

Managerialism in UK Schools Erodes Teachers' Mental Health and Well-Being

Jan. 17, 2019 — Performance targets, increased workload, curriculum changes and other bureaucratic changes are eroding teachers' professional identity and harming their mental health, a new study ... read more

Surgeons Find Opioids Often Overprescribed for Elbow Fractures in Children

Jan. 16, 2019 — Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study. The patients used less than 25 ... read more

Wearable Sensor Can Detect Hidden Anxiety, Depression in Young Children

Jan. 16, 2019 — Anxiety and depression in young children are hard to detect and often go untreated, potentially leading to anxiety disorders and increased risk of suicide and drug abuse later. In a new study, ... read more

How Bad Will My Postpartum Depression Be in 12 Months?

Jan. 16, 2019 — A new study was able to successfully predict -- with 72.8 percent accuracy -- if a new mother would experience worsening depressive symptoms over the first year after giving birth. The scientists ... read more

Acupressure Relieves Long-Term Symptoms of Breast Cancer Treatment, Study Finds

Jan. 16, 2019 — A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side effects that linger after breast cancer treatment ... read more

When Activated, 'Social' Brain Circuits Inhibit Feeding Behavior in Mice

Jan. 16, 2019 — Feeding behavior and social stimulation activate intermingled but distinct brain circuits, and activating one circuit can inhibit the other, according to a new ... read more

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