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September 24, 2016

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September 24, 2016

Violence Against Police Officers Can Trigger Increased Discrimination in Police Stops

Sep. 23, 2016 — Incidents of extreme violence against police officers can lead to periods of substantially increased racial disparities in the use of force by police, new research ... read more

Fish Oil May Help Improve Mood in Veterans

Sep. 22, 2016 — Low concentration of fish oil in the blood and lack of physical activity may contribute to the high levels of depressed mood among soldiers returning from combat, according to ... read more

Floods Severely Affect Children, Young People

Sep. 22, 2016 — Research with flood-affected children reveals serious impacts on well-being but also a desire to take on a role in flood risk management. Factors impacting on children's well-being include: loss ... read more

When We're Unsure How to Respond, How Does Our Brain Decide Whether a Situation Is Pleasant or Not?

Sep. 22, 2016 — Emotionally confusing video clips were used in a new study that revealed different neutral networks that operate when we perceive a situation as positive or ... read more

Fear of Stigma or Sanction Keeps Many Doctors from Revealing Mental Health Issues, Study Finds

Sep. 22, 2016 — Even as doctors across America encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety and other concerns, a new study suggests the doctors may be less likely to seek help for those same ... read more

Testing Ecopipam's Effectiveness in Treating Stuttering

Sep. 22, 2016 — Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. Currently, no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug treatments are available. In an attempt to ... read more

Sep. 22, 2016 — The R2-D2 robot from Star Wars doesn’t communicate in human language but is, nevertheless, capable of showing its intentions. For human-robot interaction, the robot does not have to be a true ... read more

Drug May Prevent, Reduce Progression of MS in Mice

Sep. 21, 2016 — The experimental drug laquinimod may prevent the development or reduce the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according to new ... read more

Working Mothers Most in Need of Social Support Are Less Likely to Receive It

Sep. 21, 2016 — A new study links nonstandard work schedules to weaker private safety nets, particularly for African-Americans, the less educated and those who don't work 9-to-5. However, there also is evidence ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — Scientists have quantified and mapped the functional units of the olfactory center in the brains of vinegar flies responsible for the perception of odors. The basic units of the olfactory system in ... read more

Delaying Motor Neuron Loss

Sep. 21, 2016 — A potential treatment to delay motor neuron loss and symptoms has been discovered in the inevitably fatal motor neuron disease (MND). Researchers have reported that triheptanoin, a synthetic ... read more

'Likes' Less Likely to Affect Self-Esteem of People With Purpose

Sep. 21, 2016 — How many likes did I get? The rush of self-esteem that comes with the ubiquitous thumbs-up has more people asking that question, as Facebook and other social media sites offer more ways for friends ... read more

Trial Helps Doctors Tell Lewy Body Dementia from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Sep. 21, 2016 — Knowing that many clinicians find it difficult to correctly diagnose patients with Lewy body dementia, researchers set out to develop a clinical profile for these ... read more

Brain to Robot: 'Move, Please'

Sep. 21, 2016 — Using the power of thought to control a robot that helps to move a paralysed hand: new research could fundamentally change the therapy and daily lives of stroke ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — Scientists have de-mystified the molecular workings of the multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera®. The drug is the most widely prescribed pill-based therapy for MS, but its biological mechanism remains ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — Until recently, scientists thought they understood one of the underlying causes of fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability in the United States. The syndrome, ... read more

Common Genetic Variant Regulates the Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Sep. 21, 2016 — A new study revealed that a common genetic variant in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene reduces the neurobiological benefits induced by physical exercise in ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — A new study shows that when you finish your spouse's sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you're engaging the brain's relay station for memories, an area that until now ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — Researchers have developed "EQ-Radio," a device that can detect a person's emotions using wireless signals. By measuring subtle changes in breathing and heart rhythms, EQ-Radio is 87 ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — As you relax and let your mind drift aimlessly, you might remember a pleasant vacation, an angry confrontation in traffic or maybe the loss of a loved one. And now a team of researchers says they can ... read more

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