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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

News May Influence Racial Bias

May 28, 2015 — A recent study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias towards social ... read more

Health Factors Influence Ex-Prisoners' Chances of Returning to Jail

May 28, 2015 — Ex-prisoners with a history of risky drug use, mental illness or poverty are more likely to end up back behind bars. Those who are obese, are chronically ill or have attempted suicide are more likely ... read more

Machine-Learning Breakthrough Paves Way for Medical Screening, Prevention and Treatment

May 27, 2015 — A breakthrough in machine learning has also brought about a 'game changer' for the science of metabolomics -- and will hasten the development of diagnostic and predictive tests for ... read more

Are We Wired to Be Natural Naysayers?

May 27, 2015 — We may cave in to peer pressure, marketing and persuasion, but faced with decisions, the default response programmed into our brains is to say "no," a recent study ... read more

Not Making Enough Money? Check Your Attitude

May 28, 2015 — Holding cynical beliefs about others may have a negative effect on your income according to research using survey data from the United States and Europe. The reviews looked at cynicism (as measured ... read more

May 28, 2015 — Normal aging affects our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks. But exactly how our brain functions change during this process is largely unknown. Now, researchers have demonstrated that aging ... read more

Better Understanding of Links Between Pain, Anxiety Reveals Treatment Opportunities

May 27, 2015 — Anxiety is common in people suffering from chronic pain, and people with anxiety are more likely to suffer from chronic pain. Now researchers have found the biological basis for this link in the ... read more

Molecules Involved in Alzheimer's Have a Role in Weakening of Connections Between Neurons

May 27, 2015 — Molecules that are strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease are important players in a process called long-term depression (LTD), researchers have discovered. LTD is a process through which ... read more

Pathway Identified That May Cause Seizures, Shorten Survival for Patients With Severe Brain Tumors

May 27, 2015 — A chemical pathway that may be associated with seizures and shorter patient survival in some patients with malignant glioma, the most common and deadly form of brain tumor, has been identified by ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Schubert’s music sounds played today much differently than it did 200 years ago. To find out why, the body language of pianists is now being ... read more

Earning a College Degree Before, but Not After, Getting Married Protects Against Obesity

May 28, 2015 — People who earn a college degree before getting married are much less likely to become obese than those who graduate from college after getting married, according to a new ... read more

Brain Activity Can ID Potential Buyers

May 27, 2015 — Participants in a recent study went through MRIs that showed their brain activity when they viewed campaign ads on cage-free eggs. Researchers found that activation of the prefrontal cortex of the ... read more

Genetic Defect Linked to Visual Impairment in Dyslexics

May 26, 2015 — A risk gene for dyslexia is associated with impairments in visual motion detection, according to a study. Mutations in the gene DCDC2 have previously been associated with dyslexia, and this study ... read more

Girls Receive Conflicting Career Messages from Media, New Research Shows

May 27, 2015 — Teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs such as models and actresses, though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models, according to a ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Scientists have found that hearing voices and seeing things (that others cannot) impacts about 5 percent of the general population at some point in their ... read more

New Model for Identifying Total Hip Replacement Candidates

May 27, 2015 — A new model to help doctors and patients decide whether or not to proceed with total hip replacement surgery has been designed. The researchers have also surveyed patient wellbeing after surgery: ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Tell your child or spouse what they can eat and not what they can't, experts advise. Telling your child to eat an apple so they stay healthy will work better than telling them not to eat the ... read more

Challenging Students Benefit from Limit Setting

May 27, 2015 — The teacher’s interaction style can either foster or slow down the development of math skills among children with challenging temperaments, Finnish researchers have ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Is it possible to tap into the signalling in the brain to figure out what you will choose to do next? Researchers can now say yes, and have published a description of how this ... read more

Medical, Magnetic Millirobots Offer Hope for Less-Invasive Surgeries

May 27, 2015 — Seeking to advance minimally invasive medical treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging scanners. The potential ... read more

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