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July 31, 2016

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July 31, 2016

Transit and Training Crucial to Connecting Unemployed With Jobs

July 29, 2016 — The mismatch between unemployed workers and job vacancies is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region and it appears to have worsened since the turn of the millennium, new research indicates. The ... read more

Adolescent Exposure to Drugs, Alcohol Fuels Use in Adulthood

July 29, 2016 — Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That's according to the one of the first studies to look at how ... read more

July 29, 2016 — A virtual brain has been created that can reconstitute the brain of a person affected by epilepsy for the first time. From this work we understand better how the disease works and can also better ... read more

Should Crime Victims Call the Police?

July 28, 2016 — New research finds that individuals who report being victims of crime to police are less likely to become future victims of crime than those who do not report their initial ... read more

Maintaining Healthy Relationships: Studies Identify a Promising Way

July 28, 2016 — Thinking about the future helps overcome relationship conflicts, according to a study. The research also, say the researchers, has potential implications for understanding how prospection, or ... read more

Why Brain Neurons in Parkinson's Disease Stop Benefiting from Levodopa

July 28, 2016 — Though the drug levodopa can dramatically improve Parkinson's disease symptoms, within five years one-half of the patients using L-DOPA develop an irreversible condition -- involuntary ... read more

The Feel of Food

July 28, 2016 — Some people love avocados. Others hate them. For many of the latter, the fruit's texture is the source of their intense dislike. What gives? A team of biologists has now discovered the cellular ... read more

In France, Hiring Biases Slightly Favor Women in Male-Dominated STEM Fields

July 28, 2016 — Women enjoy a slight advantage over men when applying to become science teachers in France, a new study ... read more

Study Shows Distress Intolerance Associated With Opioid Misuse

July 28, 2016 — Inability to manage negative emotional and somatic stress is associated with opioid misuse in adults with chronic pain, according to new ... read more

July 28, 2016 — Music can influence how much you like the taste of beer, according to a new ... read more

Brain Changes After Menopause May Lead to Lack of Physical Activity

July 28, 2016 — Researchers have found a connection between lack of ovarian hormones and changes in the brain's pleasure center, a hotspot in the brain that processes and reinforces messages related to reward, ... read more

Why Do Antidepressants Take So Long to Work?

July 28, 2016 — An episode of major depression can be crippling, impairing the ability to sleep, work, or eat. But the drugs available to treat depression can take weeks or even months to start working. Researchers ... read more

Websites With History Can Be Just as Conversational as Chatting With a Person

July 28, 2016 — A website with search and interaction history can be just as engaging as chatting with an online human agent, or robot helper, according to ... read more

New Research Adds Evidence on Potential Treatments Targeting Amyloid Beta in Alzheimer's

July 28, 2016 — New research could provide additional clues for future treatment targets to delay Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, according to the group's latest ... read more

Photopharmacology and Optogenetics: Lighting the Way for Second Messengers

July 28, 2016 — Scientist have created photosensitive mimics of a class of signaling molecules, thus enabling their actions to be regulated by light, and affording new insights into the communications networks that ... read more

'Pain Paradox' Discovery Provides Route to New Pain Control Drugs

July 28, 2016 — A natural substance known to activate pain in the central nervous system has been found to have the opposite effect in other parts of the body, potentially paving the way to new methods of pain ... read more

Creativity, Intermedial Languages as Bridge to Communicate With Autistic Children

July 28, 2016 — This pioneering research using drama with autistic children started with an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project 'Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as ... read more

Recovery of Dopamine Function Emerges With Recovery from Smoking

July 28, 2016 — A new study reports that smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine, a chemical implicated in reward and addiction, return to normal three months after quitting. The normalization of dopamine systems ... read more

Smartphone Exercises for a Better Mood

July 28, 2016 — Brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve our ... read more

July 28, 2016 — By scanning the brains of subjects while they were hypnotized, researchers were able to see the neural changes associated with ... read more

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