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May 23, 2015

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May 22, 2015 — A novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ... read more

Raising a Glass to the Holidays: Research Finds Extra Alcohol Sold, Consumed on Holidays

May 21, 2015 — Asking people about what they drink on holidays and other special occasions shows we drink around the equivalent of 12 million more bottles of wine a week than we previously thought in England. ... read more

Study Identifies Barriers to Intimate Partner Violence Services

May 19, 2015 — Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence, and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis ... read more

Enhancing Knowledge Crucial to Improving Energy-Saving Behaviors, Study Shows

May 22, 2015 — Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study ... read more

Anticipating Temptation May Reduce Unethical Behavior, Research Finds

May 22, 2015 — Ethical dilemmas can present a self-control conflict between pursuing immediate benefits through behaving dishonestly and pursuing long-term benefits through honesty. New research has found that ... read more

Subconscious Learning Shapes Pain Responses

May 22, 2015 — People can be conditioned to associate images with particular pain responses – such as improved tolerance to pain – even when they are not consciously aware of the images, research ... read more

New Mechanism for Alzheimer's Disease Confirmed

May 22, 2015 — Decreased removal of toxic peptides in the brain causes the onset and first clinical signs of Alzheimer's disease, research suggests, rather than overproduction as has previously been assumed. ... read more

May 22, 2015 — School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state's public education ... read more

Depressed People May Have Difficulty Following Emotional Speech

May 22, 2015 — Psychoacoustics identifies five basic types of emotional speech: angry, fearful, happy, sad and neutral. In order to fully understand what's happening with speech perception, a research team ... read more

Mood Instability Common to Mental Health Disorders, Associated With Poor Outcomes

May 21, 2015 — Mood instability occurs in a wide range of mental disorders, and is not exclusive to affective conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder, new research confirms. The ... read more

May 21, 2015 — In a new study in mice, researchers have shown that mental 'map' and 'compass' systems work independently. A cue that unambiguously provided both types of information allowed the ... read more

Smoking, Drug Abuse Could More Than Triple Annual ER Visits

May 21, 2015 — Smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to become frequent visitors of emergency rooms, according to findings uncovered by a preliminary study by an emergency room utilization researcher. ... read more

May 21, 2015 — TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of overweight teenagers, including the regions that control pleasure, taste and -- most surprisingly -- the mouth, suggesting they mentally ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking new study. The researchers found evidence that an elevated presence of a protein ... read more

Experts Map Surgical Approaches for Auditory Brainstem Implantation

May 21, 2015 — A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches ... read more

How We Judge Decisions After the Event

May 20, 2015 — People’s evaluation of the International Olympic Commission’s decision to award London the 2012 Olympic Games depended on two potentially problematic reasons - how big a success people felt the ... read more

Growing Up With Smokers Doubles Risk for Adult Smoking Among Hispanics

May 20, 2015 — For Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States, growing up in a home with a regular smoker nearly doubled their chances of becoming an adult smoker. The findings are based on data from the ... read more

Preparing Foster Kids for School Lessens Impact of Moves

May 19, 2015 — A new study clarifies the impact of school moves experienced by children in foster care but also points to how to limit the damage, say researchers. Foster children in the study were 3.28 times more ... read more

Cholesterol Drugs Associated With 30 Percent Lower Stroke Risk in Healthy Older Adults

May 19, 2015 — Use of cholesterol lowering drugs is associated with a one third lower risk of stroke in older adults without previous disease, finds a study. If replicated, the study results suggest that lipid ... read more

Dignity in Care: Improving Nutrition in People With Dementia

May 19, 2015 — Ensuring dignity in the care and wellbeing of those with dementia is a critical issue. New research has been investigating how to improve nutrition in people with dementia. New training and ... read more

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