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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Hold On! The Ability to Hold a Grip Predicts Who Has the Willpower Finish Their Schoolwork

Feb. 10, 2016 — A connection between a person’s ability to maintain a firm grip and having the self-control to finish their schoolwork has been made by a team of ... read more

Remember Where You're Going? How Scent Helps

Feb. 10, 2016 — In bloodhounds and neutrophils, getting the scent is not enough. Dogs and immune cells have to remember the chemoattractant they are pursuing, even when it momentarily fades out or threatens to ... read more

Two in Five Individuals With Schizophrenia Have Attempted Suicide

Feb. 10, 2016 — Those with schizophrenia who'd been physically abused during childhood were five times more likely to have attempted suicide, a new study shows. The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts among ... read more

Overconfidence, Loss Aversion Are Key Predictors for Investment Mistakes

Feb. 10, 2016 — A personal financial planning expert has identified several risk factors for people who are more likely to make investment mistakes during a down market. Overconfidence tops the ... read more

Exercise and Meditation Together Help Beat Depression

Feb. 10, 2016 — A mind and body combination of exercise and meditation, done twice a week for only two months, reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 ... read more

New Study Reveals Visual Working Memory May Provide Clues to Autism's Social Struggles

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor visual working memory can play an important role in the struggles experienced by autistic children, according to a new study. The aim of this study was to compare the working memory profiles of ... read more

Rise in Marijuana in U.S. Use Not as High as Previously Reported

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers report an estimated 12.5 percent of adults living in the United States use marijuana, but this research also shows that the rate of pot use did not double from 2002 to 2013 — as had ... read more

Attention Problems Persist in Childhood Leukemia Survivors Treated With Chemotherapy Alone

Feb. 10, 2016 — Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients from the contemporary treatment era remain at risk for attention and learning problems later, researchers report. ALL is the most common ... read more

Better Definition Needed for Reasonable Medical Certainty in Child Abuse Cases

Feb. 10, 2016 — Physicians use different definitions of "reasonable medical certainty" when testifying as expert witnesses in child abuse cases. The variability is troubling because it could result in ... read more

Study Offers Treatment Hope for Sleep Disordered Breathing

Feb. 10, 2016 — People with a condition linked to obesity that causes them to stop breathing in their sleep could be helped by new research. The study could lead to new treatments for the condition called central ... read more

Childhood Maltreatment Predicts Range of Negative Outcomes in Bipolar Patients

Feb. 9, 2016 — Child maltreatment could predict a range of negative outcomes in patients with bipolar disorder, according to new research, which adds to growing evidence on the enduring mental health impact of ... read more

Alcohol Offender Program Associated With Drop in Deaths, Study Finds

Feb. 9, 2016 — A widely copied alcohol offender program that has been shown to reduce DUIs and domestic violence has how been linked to a cut in deaths. The 24/7 Sobriety Program in South Dakota was associated with ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — A method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses -- a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities -- has been developed by scientists. ... read more

Common Gene Variant Influences Food Choices ... for Better or Worse

Feb. 9, 2016 — Scientists have recently discovered that for girls who are carriers of a particular gene variant (DRD4 VNTR with 7 repeats), the crucial element that influences a child's fat intake is not the ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named "Thomas Moore" are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the ... read more

Companies Must Adapt Internal Communication as Demographics Change, Study Finds

Feb. 9, 2016 — As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and ... read more

It Doesn't 'Get Better' for Some Bullied LGBT Youths

Feb. 9, 2016 — In the first study to examine the severity of LGBT bullying over time and its impact on mental health, researchers found that while most LGBT teens are experiencing relief in bullying, about a third ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Status epilepticus -- continuous or rapid sequential seizure activity for 30 minutes or more -- is a medical emergency with a high mortality rate in both children and adults. Prompt and effective ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers study the link between malformations of the cerebral cortex and the occurrence of the neurological disease. Why does a structural irregularity in the temporal lobe make humans more ... read more

COPD May Cause Structural Changes Within the Brain

Feb. 9, 2016 — Patients with COPD demonstrated gray matter decreases in areas of the brain that process breathlessness, fear and sensitivity to pain. The study found patients with COPD show regionally decreased ... read more

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