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October 6, 2015

Oct. 6, 2015 — Kids who are taught to reason about the mental states of others are more likely to use deception to win a reward, according to new ... read more

American Placebo: New Analysis of Chronic Pain Drug Trials Shows Increasing Placebo Responses Over Time, in the US Only

Oct. 6, 2015 — Rising placebo responses may play a part in the increasingly high failure rate for clinical trials of drugs designed to control chronic pain caused by nerve damage, suggests a new report. ... read more

Virus-Drug Combination Shows Improved Effectiveness Against Brain Tumor Cells

Oct. 6, 2015 — A rabbit virus currently being developed for cancer therapy can be paired with one of several existing drugs to deliver a more potent punch to a deadly type of brain tumor cell, researchers have ... read more

How Dominant Parents Affect Kids' Self-Worth

Oct. 6, 2015 — Children's self-esteem is linked to the behavior of who is considered the most powerful parent within the household, new research ... read more

Male Suicide on Rise as Result of Austerity, Report Suggests

Oct. 6, 2015 — Young males between the ages of 10 and 24 have committed suicide in growing numbers as a direct result of austerity measures brought in across Europe following the 2009 recession, a new report ... read more

Bankers Suppress Their Identities to Survive, Thrive at Work, Finds Study

Oct. 6, 2015 — Senior investment bankers don’t care what others think of them and don’t see their work as part of their identities, according to a ... read more

Transplantation of Unique, Newly Discovered Stems Cells May Lead to Promising Stroke Therapy

Oct. 5, 2015 — When rats modeled with stroke were transplanted with newly discovered and unique Muse cells, neuronal regeneration resulted in significant improvements in neurological and motor functions and did not ... read more

Packaged Food Purchases at Non-Grocery Stores Are Up but Nutritional Quality Is Down

Oct. 5, 2015 — Consumers are increasingly buying food from mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, and convenience stores, but are selecting foods with poor nutritional profiles, according to new ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists have found that individuals with multiple sclerosis who had a history of neuro-ophthalmic syndromes performed poorly on visual neuropsychological tasks based on processing speed. Future ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — It's the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia, but until now scientists weren't sure how a specific gene caused these devastating diseases. ... read more

Immigrants Play Increasing Role in U.S. Science, Engineering Workforce

Oct. 5, 2015 — From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the US rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. An important factor in that increase: over the same time period, the number of ... read more

Happy Head, Happy Heart: Positive Emotions May Promote Heart-Healthy Behaviors

Oct. 5, 2015 — People with heart disease may benefit from maintaining positive emotions, according to health researchers. The researchers assessed psychological well-being of participants at baseline and again at a ... read more

Battling Obesity in the Classroom With Exercise

Oct. 5, 2015 — There's another burst of seat-bouncing, giggling and shouting in a simulated classroom. Through a new study, researchers hope to find ways to redesign classrooms and develop a curriculum to add ... read more

Horse Sickness Shares Signs of Human Brain Disorders, Study Finds

Oct. 5, 2015 — Horses with a rare nerve condition have similar signs of disease as people with conditions such as Alzheimer's, a new study has found. The findings shed new light on the causes of the rare but ... read more

Study Examines Antibullying Policies, Bullying in 25 States

Oct. 5, 2015 — Students who lived in states with an antibullying law that includes at least one US Department of Education-recommended legislative component had lower odds of reporting bullying and cyberbullying ... read more

Compulsive Texting Associated With Poorer School Performance Among Adolescent Girls, Study Finds

Oct. 5, 2015 — Teenage girls who compulsively text are more likely than their male counterparts to do worse academically, according to ... read more

Depression Can Lead to Work Disability

Oct. 5, 2015 — In Norway, men suffering from depression are three times more likely to become work disabled than non-sufferers. This risk is only twice as great for women. Now researchers have carried out a study ... read more

Face-to-Face Socializing More Powerful Than Phone Calls, Emails in Guarding Against Depression

Oct. 5, 2015 — In a slight knock on digital and telephone communications, a new study points to the unsurpassed mental health benefits of regular face-to-face social interactions among older adults. Study ... read more

Stimulant Medication Safe, Effective for Children With ADHD and Congenital Heart Disease

Oct. 5, 2015 — Children with congenital heart disease and ADHD can take stimulant medications without fear of significant cardiovascular side effects, a new study ... read more

Does Knowing High-Status People Help or Hurt?

Oct. 2, 2015 — How happy you are may have something to do with who you know -- and where you come from. A sociology professor, set out to discover whether knowing high-status people helped or harmed mental health, ... read more

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