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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Zika May Cause Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue in Babies Carried to Term

Feb. 21, 2017 — In early pregnancy in mice with complete immune systems, Zika virus can cross the placenta -- intended to protect the developing fetus -- and appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and ... read more

Teens With PTSD, Conduct Disorder Have Difficulty Recognizing Facial Expressions

Feb. 21, 2017 — Adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are more likely to misidentify sad and angry faces as fearful, while teens with symptoms of conduct disorder tend to interpret sad faces ... read more

Growing Number of Teens Think Getting Heroin Is 'Probably Impossible'

Feb. 21, 2017 — How easy do adolescents think it is to get heroin? A researcher examines how their perceptions have changed from 2002 to ... read more

Online Daters Ignore Wish List When Choosing a Match

Feb. 21, 2017 — Despite having a 'wish list' stating their preference for potential ideal matches, most online daters contact people bearing no resemblance to the characteristics they say they want in a ... read more

Family Focused Interventions for at Risk Children and Youth

Feb. 21, 2017 — Experts discuss how interventions can be developed to maximize resilience among children experiencing adversity and improve outcomes for their families as ... read more

Treatment Strategy for Anorexia

Feb. 20, 2017 — New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment ... read more

Workshop Identifies Complex Health Problems Among Zika-Affected Infants

Feb. 20, 2017 — Children exposed to Zika virus in the womb may face complex health and developmental problems as they grow older, according to discussions at a National Institutes of Health ... read more

Body and Brain Timing Can Be Trained

Feb. 20, 2017 — Good timing is vital in many situations of daily life, but is rarely something we consider. In a new dissertation, a researcher shows that our ability for timing is something that can be trained and ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sharp, lancinating pain in the teeth or facial area. The standard treatment for this chronic nerve pain can cause burdening side effects. A novel substance ... read more

Majority of Opioid Medications Not Safely Stored in Homes With Children, Survey Finds

Feb. 20, 2017 — Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study ... read more

Repetitive Head Injuries May Not Cause Movement Problems for Former NFL Players

Feb. 19, 2017 — Former NFL players who had repeated head injuries may not have significant problems with motor functions later in life, according to a preliminary ... read more

Premature Death in Delinquent Youth

Feb. 20, 2017 — Researchers have found alarming premature mortality rates for delinquent ... read more

Scientists Uncover How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Feb. 17, 2017 — A multidisciplinary team has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — In a new study, researchers found for the first time that the neurotransmitter dopamine is involved in human bonding, bringing the brain's reward system into our understanding of how we form ... read more

Empathy and Moral Choices: Study Limits the Role of Emotions in Moral Decisions

Feb. 17, 2017 — Empathy and emotional awareness do not affect our moral decisions, suggests a new study. Our choices do not depend on our empathy, say the authors, adding that the difference, instead, lies in our ... read more

Discovery of Genetic 'Switch' Could Help to Prevent Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Feb. 17, 2017 — A genetic 'switch' has been discovered, which could help to prevent or delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, report ... read more

New Research Examines Gun Use, Injury and Fear in Domestic Violence

Feb. 17, 2017 — About 2 percent of domestic-violence incidents involve guns, according to new research. Victims of these crimes typically have fewer injuries but more fear. These findings come as part of her latest ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Fathers given boosts of the hormone oxytocin show increased activity in brain regions associated with reward and empathy when viewing photos of their toddlers, a new study ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — It is not the brain that determines if people are right or left-handed, but the spinal cord, new research indicates. The biopsychologists have demonstrated that gene activity in the spinal cord is ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — In 1932 T.S. Eliot famously argued, 'Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.' But can we really appreciate the musical sound of poetry independent of its literary meaning? ... read more

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