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April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016

Mental Health Evaluations Improved

Apr. 28, 2016 — A new assessment tool has been developed to gauge the risk that someone with a mental illness will commit a crime. It could also speed up long-delayed competency evaluations for people awaiting ... read more

Consumers' Trust in Online User Ratings Misplaced, Says Study

Apr. 28, 2016 — The belief that online user ratings are good indicators of product quality is largely an illusion, according to a new study. The analyses show a very low correspondence between average user ratings ... read more

Harsh out of Necessity

Apr. 28, 2016 — Multiple sclerosis patients must not only address their unpleasant symptoms, they are also subject to unpredictable relapses, a condition that causes stress, say researchers. This condition has ... read more

Gestational Exposure to Type of Antidepressants Associated With Adolescent Offspring Depression

Apr. 28, 2016 — The use of certain antidepressants during pregnancy can result in offspring depression by early adolescence. Using national register data from Finland, researchers found that children exposed to ... read more

Modifying an Obesity Drug Could Reduce Side Effects Like Anxiety and Depression

Apr. 28, 2016 — A new version of an obesity drug that caused serious psychiatric side effects could help people lose pounds without experiencing the anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts previously associated ... read more

Brain Cells Divide the Work to Recognize Bodies

Apr. 28, 2016 — Specific regions of the brain are specialized in recognizing bodies of animals and human beings. By measuring the electrical activity per cell, scientists have shown that the individual brain cells ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, researchers have found, in a study looking at social networks and endorphin ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Researchers are studying changes in Parkinson's-affected cells at various stages of the disease, long before any symptoms are evident. Parkinson’s is marked by the degeneration and death of ... read more

Paranormal Beliefs Can Increase Number of Dé Jà Vu Experiences

Apr. 27, 2016 — A belief in the paranormal can mean an individual experiences more déjà vu moments in their ... read more

Beauty Companies Should Focus on Older Women's Desire to Look Good, Not Young

Apr. 27, 2016 — Companies promoting beauty products should reconsider current methods when targeting older women as few claim to use cosmetic products to look younger. The majority say they use them to look good and ... read more

Parents and Social Media: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Apr. 27, 2016 — Two-thirds of parents fear social media is bad for their child, yet they use it extensively ... read more

Increased Curiosity Is the 'Silver Lining' of a Quarter Life and Midlife Crisis

Apr. 27, 2016 — An increased curiosity about others and the wider world could be the ‘silver lining’ of undergoing a quarter life crisis or midlife ... read more

Silent Epidemic? Head Injury May Be Linked to Lasting Sleep Problems

Apr. 27, 2016 — People who have had a traumatic brain injury may still have sleep problems a year and a half after being injured, according to a study. In addition, people with TBI may also be unaware of just how ... read more

Electronic Cigarettes Are Beneficial to UK Public Health, New Report Shows

Apr. 27, 2016 — Electronic cigarettes have the potential to contribute to reducing death and disability caused by Britain's biggest killer, say experts. The evidence summarized in the report shows that ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Despite considerable evidence for the California sea lion's intelligence, very little is known about how their brain is organized. Now, a team of neuroscientists has taken an important step ... read more

Faith-Based Health Promotion Program Successful With Older Latinas

Apr. 27, 2016 — Abuelas en Accion, a faith-based program that connects healthy behaviors with lives of Catholic saints, successful at helping older Latinas eat healthier and exercise, say ... read more

Short-Term Language Learning Aids Mental Agility, Study Suggests

Apr. 27, 2016 — Mental agility can be boosted by even a short period of learning a language, a study suggests. Tests carried out on students of all ages suggest that acquiring a new language improves a person's ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A researcher who studies the most common genetic intellectual disability has used an experimental drug to reverse -- in mice -- damage from the mutation that causes the syndrome. The condition, ... read more

Exercise Genes? Study Suggests Certain People With Depression May Benefit from Exercise

Apr. 27, 2016 — Call it personalized medicine for depression -- but the prescription in this case is exercise, which researchers have found helps people with certain genetic ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Biologists have homed in on the genes that tell brain cells to grow the tendrils critical for passing messages throughout the body. In a new study, they report certain genes in nearby neurons need to ... read more

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