Afghanistan and Iraq veterans' opioid use similar to that of civilians

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Opioid use among Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn veterans is roughly comparable to that of the general US population, suggests new research.
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Genes associated with resilience against brain pathology identified

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Genes associated with resilience against brain pathology identified
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Researchers have discovered two genes, known as UNC5C and ENC1, that are associated with aging individuals having better memory and brain function than would be expected, given the amount of pathologies that accumulated in their brains.
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A pilot study of deep brain stimulation in treatment-resistant schizophrenia

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A pilot study of deep brain stimulation in treatment-resistant schizophrenia
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has proven its effectiveness in different types of psychiatric disorders, neuropathic pain and neurodegenerative diseases. Schizophrenia remains one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, with 30 percent of the patients’ refractory to the treatment. Study authors hypothesized that DBS may be an effective treatment in patients with refractory schizophrenia. This study’s purpose is to describe the protocol and the preliminary results of the first seven cases of schizophrenia treated with DBS.
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Scientists unravel how protein impacts intellectual disability

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Scientists unravel how protein impacts intellectual disability
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A protein helps balance nerve cell communication, scientists have shown in a new study. This new study could have implications for potential treatments of intellectual disability and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
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Religious people more likely to oppose reproductive technologies

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Religious people more likely to oppose reproductive technologies
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As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies develop, people of faith are more likely to disapprove of these tools than nonreligious people, a new study found.
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What's coming next? Scientists identify how the brain predicts speech

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What’s coming next? Scientists identify how the brain predicts speech
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A new study has shed light on how the brain helps us to predict what is coming next in speech. Their research reveals how individual neurons coordinate with neural populations to anticipate events, a process that is impaired in many neurological and psychiatric disorders such as dyslexia, schizophrenia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
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When artificial intelligence evaluates chess champions

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When artificial intelligence evaluates chess champions
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The ELO system, which most chess federations use today, ranks players by the results of their games. Although simple and efficient, it overlooks relevant criteria such as the quality of the moves players actually make. To overcome these limitations, Reseachers have now developed a new system.
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Facebook can function as safety net for the bereaved

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Facebook can function as safety net for the bereaved
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Neuroscientists have long noted that if certain brain cells are destroyed by, say, a stroke, new circuits may be laid in another location to compensate, essentially rewiring the brain. Researchers have found that social networks respond similarly after the death of a close mutual friend, providing support during the grieving process.
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First molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability discovered

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First molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability discovered
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The first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after trauma has been gained by a new study.
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College students, worms help scientists find new genetic clues to sleep

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College students, worms help scientists find new genetic clues to sleep
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Through a combination of experiments with college students and laboratory worms, researchers have identified the first specific genes to show molecular alterations associated with short sleep duration.
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Click-on arm prosthesis controlled by patient's thoughts

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Click-on arm prosthesis controlled by patient’s thoughts
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Last Friday, the first patient in the Netherlands received his click-on robotic arm. By means of a new technique, this robotic arm is clicked directly onto the bone. A unique characteristic of this prosthesis is that it can be controlled by the patient’s own thoughts. Worldwide, there are only a handful of patients with such a prosthesis.
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Movie research results: Multitasking overloads the brain

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Movie research results: Multitasking overloads the brain
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Previous research shows that multitasking, which means performing several tasks at the same time, reduces productivity by as much as 40%. Now a group of researchers specializing in brain imaging has found that changing tasks too frequently interferes with brain activity. This may explain why the end result is worse than when a person focuses on one task at a time.
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Caudate stimulation enhances human associative learning

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Caudate stimulation enhances human associative learning
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Associative learning allows an individual to acquire an association between a sensory cue and an outcome resulting from a specific response. Associative learning plays a vital role in the ability to learn new associations that allow human beings to optimally respond to the world around them. Research in humans and primates supports an important role for the caudate in associative learning. Our objective was to determine whether caudate stimulation could modulate associative learning in humans and to examine the neural circuitry involved in this process.
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Young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy fare as well as their siblings

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Young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy fare as well as their siblings
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A 15-year follow-up study of young adults with epilepsy found that those with uncomplicated epilepsy who were seizure-free for five years or more did as well as their siblings without epilepsy in measures of education, employment, family arrangements and driving status. Youth with complicated epilepsy had worse social outcomes and were less likely to drive, even if living without seizures.
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Solving the hepatitis C epidemic among people with substance abuse disorders

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Solving the hepatitis C epidemic among people with substance abuse disorders
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One of the most dramatic medical success stories in recent years has been the introduction of new drugs that eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV). But it’s a different story among HCV patients with substance use disorders. This population typically does not have easy access to conventional health care so it is difficult to screen, diagnose and treat these individuals.
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How fear of death affects human attitudes toward animal life

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How fear of death affects human attitudes toward animal life
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When reminded of death, humans become more likely to support the killing of animals, no matter how they feel about animal rights, researchers have found. Psychology’s terror management theory may explain why. The researchers’ findings could also help scientists better understand the psychological motivations behind the murder and genocide of humans.
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'Alarmingly high' risk of death for people with opioid use disorder in general medical care

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‘Alarmingly high’ risk of death for people with opioid use disorder in general medical care
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Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a new study.
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Brain stimulation during training boosts performance

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Brain stimulation during training boosts performance
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New research shows that working memory training combined with a kind of noninvasive brain stimulation can lead to cognitive improvement under certain conditions. Improving working memory or cognitive strategies could be very valuable for training people faster and more efficiently.
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After the death of a friend, healing in a human social network

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The first large-scale study of recovery and resilience after a death in a friend group — based on analysis of interactions in 15,000 anonymized networks on Facebook — finds that when a friend dies, we get closer to that person’s friends. The social network repairs itself in ways that keep our total connectedness the same.
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Methadone may reduce need for opioids after surgery

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Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study.
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Growing body of evidence supports use of mind-body therapies in breast cancer treatment

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In newly updated clinical guidelines, researchers analyzed which integrative treatments are most effective and safe for patients with breast cancer. This systematic review adds to the growing literature on integrative therapies for patients with breast cancer and other cancer populations.
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Financial strain tied to low-birth-weight babies

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Financial strain tied to low-birth-weight babies
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A financially strapped pregnant woman’s worries about the arrival and care of her little one could contribute to birth of a smaller, medically vulnerable infant, a new study suggests.
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Alternating skimpy sleep with sleep marathons hurts attention, creativity in young adults

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Alternating skimpy sleep with sleep marathons hurts attention, creativity in young adults
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Skimping on sleep, followed by ‘catch-up’ days with long snoozes, is tied to worse cognition — both in attention and creativity — in young adults, in particular those tackling major projects, researchers have found.
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Women in a tenure committee may even make it more difficult for a woman to get a job

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Women in a tenure committee may even make it more difficult for a woman to get a job
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Having women in scientific committees may decrease women’s opportunities to get a nomination for a professor. According to a study from Finland, male evaluators become less favorable toward female candidates as soon as a female evaluator joins the committee. At the same time, female evaluators are not significantly more favorable toward female candidates.
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New survey: Snapchat and Instagram are most popular social media platforms among American teens

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A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. The study also found that while almost all teens — 91 percent — use the regular text messaging tool on their mobile phones, 40 percent of teens also use messaging applications like Kik, WhatsApp, or Line on a smartphone.
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Weight expectations: Context and distraction skew what we predict and remember

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Weight expectations: Context and distraction skew what we predict and remember
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Context can alter something as basic as our ability to estimate the weights of simple objects. As we learn to manipulate those objects, context can even tease out the interplay of two memory systems and shows how distraction can affect multitasking.
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Oral history in history lessons: more fun, less learned

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Oral history in history lessons: more fun, less learned
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Working with oral histories in schools has become very popular in Germany, the United States and many other countries. Eyewitnesses of the past are able to deliver authentic accounts of events in their lives which affect students more deeply than written texts. Furthermore, teachers hope that working with eyewitnesses encourages students to work like historians and, for example, to critically question their sources. But there is also criticism of this method. On the one hand, memory is a reconstructive process which can be influenced by many factors. On the other hand, the aura and authenticity of the eyewitnesses can result in an uncritical acceptance of their accounts.
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New findings from research into multiple concussions in hockey players

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The relationship between head injuries suffered during contact sport and Alzheimer’s disease is now being called into question thanks to new research that has revealed that hockey players with multiple concussions probably have other injuries in their brains.
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Medical history reveals multiple sclerosis begins to impact patients sooner

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Medical history reveals multiple sclerosis begins to impact patients sooner
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People with multiple sclerosis can show signs of something wrong five years before the onset of disease, much earlier than previously thought, according to a new analysis of health records from people with the condition.
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Fecal microbiota transplants improve cognitive impairment caused by severe liver disease

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Fecal microbiota transplants improve cognitive impairment caused by severe liver disease
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Fecal transplantation of bacteria from one healthy donor into patients that suffer from hepatic encephalopathy, is safe and improves cognitive function compared with standard of care treatment for the condition, new research concludes. The study results also demonstrated that the number of hospitalizations following fecal transplantation plus antibiotics was two, compared to the standard of care arm, which was 11.
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Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)

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Excess sugar — especially the fructose in sugary drinks — might damage your brain, new research suggests. Researchers found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus. A follow-up study found that people who drank diet soda daily were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia when compared to those who did not.
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Preliminary study suggests possible new treatment for MS

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Preliminary study suggests possible new treatment for MS
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A small, preliminary study may show promise of a new type of treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Study overturns seminal research about the developing nervous system

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Study overturns seminal research about the developing nervous system
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New research overturns a long-standing paradigm about how axons grow during embryonic development. The findings of the study could help scientists replicate or control the way axons grow, which may be applicable for diseases that affect the nervous system, such as diabetes, as well as injuries that sever nerves.
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Brains of one-handed people suggest new organization theory

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Brains of one-handed people suggest new organization theory
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In people born with one hand, the brain region that would normally light up with that missing hand’s activity lights up instead with the activity of other body parts — including the arm, foot, and mouth — that fill in for the hand’s lost function. Now, researchers say that the discovery could shake up scientists’ fundamental understanding of how the brain is organized.
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Discovering the basics of 'active touch'

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Discovering the basics of ‘active touch’
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Working with genetically engineered mice — and especially their whiskers — researchers report they have identified a group of nerve cells in the skin responsible for what they call ‘active touch,’ a combination of motion and sensory feeling needed to navigate the external world. The discovery of this basic sensory mechanism advances the search for better ‘smart’ prosthetics for people, ones that provide more natural sensory feedback to the brain during use.
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Recognizing foreign accents helps brains process accented speech

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Recognizing foreign accents helps brains process accented speech
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Our brains process foreign-accented speech with better real-time accuracy if we can identify the accent we hear, according to a team of neurolinguists.
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Phonics works: Sounding out words is best way to teach reading, study suggests

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Phonics works: Sounding out words is best way to teach reading, study suggests
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New research has shown that learning to read by sounding out words (a teaching method known as phonics) has a dramatic impact on the accuracy of reading aloud and comprehension. There has been intense debate concerning how children should be taught to read. Researchers tested whether learning to read by sounding out words is more effective than focusing on whole-word meanings.
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Rapid growth in neuroscience research

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Rapid growth in neuroscience research
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A study of the impact and research topics of neuroscience papers from 2006-2015 has shown that the number of neuroscience papers and highly-productive core neuroscience journals has grown, while psychology and behavioral sciences have become more popular research areas. China has emerged as a major neuroscience contributor, with a jump in the list of the most productive countries for neuroscience research from 11th place in 2006 to 2nd place in 2015.
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Best way to diagnose head injuries in children and minimize CT scans

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Best way to diagnose head injuries in children and minimize CT scans
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In a trial involving more than 20,000 children, researchers compared the sensitivities of three clinical decision rules for head injuries. The researchers found that only one, the PECARN from the US, did not miss a single child requiring neurosurgery. The study will help inform the use of the clinical rules by clinicians and hospitals and could help minimize the use of CT scans to detect brain injuries.
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Milk study improves understanding of age-related diseases

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Milk study improves understanding of age-related diseases
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A new study on UHT milk is helping scientists to better understand Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes, opening the door to improved treatments for these age-related diseases.
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Level of unconsciousness in brain damaged patients related to body temperature

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Level of unconsciousness in brain damaged patients related to body temperature
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Circadian rhythms may play a crucial role in the recovery of consciousness of patients with severe brain injuries.
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Closer look at brain circuits reveals important role of genetics

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Closer look at brain circuits reveals important role of genetics
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New clues to the wiring of the brain have now been uncovered by a team of researchers. They found that neurons in brain regions that store memory can form networks in the absence of synaptic activity.
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Strong link between fast-food ads and consumption among pre-schoolers

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Strong link between fast-food ads and consumption among pre-schoolers
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Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent study.
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Why animals have evolved to favor one side of the brain

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Why animals have evolved to favor one side of the brain
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Most left-handers can rattle off a list of their eminent comrades-in-arms: Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, and Barack Obama, just to name three, but they may want to add on cockatoos, ‘southpaw’ squirrels, and some house cats. But why do people and animals naturally favor one side over the other, and what does it teach us about the brain’s inner workings? Researchers explore these questions in a new article.
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Protein in human umbilical cord blood rejuvenates old mice's impaired learning, memory

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Protein in human umbilical cord blood rejuvenates old mice’s impaired learning, memory
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Human umbilical cord blood can rejuvenate learning and memory in older mice, according to a new study. The findings could lead to new treatments for age-associated declines in mental ability.
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Brain sets a unique learning rate for everything we do, by self-adjusting to the environment

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Brain sets a unique learning rate for everything we do, by self-adjusting to the environment
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Each time we get feedback, the brain is hard at work updating its knowledge and behavior in response to changes in the environment; yet, if there’s uncertainty or volatility in the environment, the entire process must be adjusted, a new study concludes.
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The difficult choices: Managing chronic pain while avoiding opioid abuse

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The difficult choices: Managing chronic pain while avoiding opioid abuse
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Rather than being considered a miracle pill that magically takes away pain, prescription opioids are increasingly being seen as a precursor to heroin addiction and the cause of potentially deadly overdoses themselves.
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Graphene and gold make a better brain probe

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Graphene and gold make a better brain probe
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Scientists have created more flexible neural electrodes that minimize tissue damage and still transmit clear brain signals.
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Evolution of cooperation through longer memory

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Evolution of cooperation through longer memory
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When we make a decision about whether or not to cooperate with someone, we usually base our decision on past experiences. However, when analyzing strategies for repeated dilemmas, modeling long-term memory in cooperative strategies quickly becomes computationally intractable. To overcome this challenge, scientists have distilled a set of axioms that every robust cooperative strategy should have. In this way, they reduce the computation necessary for an open-ended search of all possible strategies.
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Gaming helps personalized therapy level up

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Gaming helps personalized therapy level up
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Using game features in non-game contexts, computers can learn to build personalized mental- and physical-therapy programs that enhance individual motivation, according to engineers.
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Reduction of post-traumatic stress symptoms associated with noninvasive technology

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A closed-loop acoustic stimulation brainwave technology significantly reduced symptoms in people suffering from post-traumatic stress in a small pilot study, report scientists.
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Evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness?

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Evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness?
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Scientific evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness has been found in a new study. Using brain imaging technology, researchers measured the tiny magnetic fields produced in the brain and found that, across three psychedelic drugs, one measure of conscious level — the neural signal diversity — was reliably higher.
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With beetroot juice before exercise, aging brains look 'younger'

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With beetroot juice before exercise, aging brains look ‘younger’
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Drinking a beetroot juice supplement before working out makes the brain of older adults perform more efficiently, mirroring the operations of a younger brain, according to a new study.
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Cannabis-based medicine may cut seizures in half for those with tough-to-treat epilepsy

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Cannabis-based medicine may cut seizures in half for those with tough-to-treat epilepsy
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Taking cannabidiol may cut seizures in half for some children and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a severe form of epilepsy, according to new information from a large scale controlled clinical study. Cannabidiol is a molecule from the cannabis plant that does not have the psychoactive properties that create a ‘high.’
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Poor sleep in anxiety, depression may make it harder to see positive

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The dorsal anterior cingulate cortex may have to work harder to modify negative emotional responses in people with poor sleep who have depression or anxiety, new research suggests.
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Signs point to reduced drinking by pregnant women

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Signs point to reduced drinking by pregnant women
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The signage varies but the message is working. Drinking by pregnant women is down 11 percent in states requiring point-of-sale warning signs, says a health economist.
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Neural basis for parasitic cowbird's secret password identified by researchers

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Neural basis for parasitic cowbird’s secret password identified by researchers
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If you are raised by other species, then how do you know who you are? Although heterospecific foster parents rear brood parasitic brown-headed cowbird chicks, juvenile cowbirds readily recognize and affiliate with other cowbirds. That’s because they have a secret handshake or password. Specifically, the “password” hypothesis helps explain this paradox of species recognition: Social recognition processes in brood parasites are initiated by exposure to a password: in the case of cowbirds, a specific chatter call.
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Technology is great, but are we prepared for the consequences?

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Technology is great, but are we prepared for the consequences?
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Dependence on technology is slowly eroding some of our core principles, according to an expert. It’s impacting everything from fake news to texting while driving.
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Antidepressant use in early pregnancy does not increase autism, ADHD risk in kids

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Antidepressant use in early pregnancy does not increase autism, ADHD risk in kids
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A new study suggests that mothers’ use of antidepressants during early pregnancy does not increase the risk of their children developing autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conditions previously associated with these medications.
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For young adults, cigarettes more pleasurable with alcohol than with pot

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Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new American study.
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Motor neurons adjust to control tasks, new brain research reveals

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Motor neurons adjust to control tasks, new brain research reveals
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Motor cortical neurons optimally adjust how they encode movements in a task-specific manner, new research reveals. The findings enhance our understanding of how the brain controls movement and have the potential to improve the performance and reliability of brain-machine interfaces, or neural prosthetics, that assist paralyzed patients and amputees.
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Narcissism and social networking

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Narcissism and social networking
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Social networks are an ideal stage for narcissists to showcase themselves. Accordingly, a lot of people with narcissistic traits are drawn to these platforms as a new study conducted by psychologists.
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Oral contraceptives reduce general well-being in healthy women

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Oral contraceptives reduce general well-being in healthy women
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One of the most common combined oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women’s quality of life but does not increase depressive symptoms. This is shown by a major randomized, placebo-controlled study.
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Charisma-challenged? You can still be a good boss

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Charisma-challenged? You can still be a good boss
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You don’t need the charisma of Steve Jobs to be an effective boss, indicates new research. The new study is one of the first to examine how a leader’s regulatory focus, or mindset, affects his or her own behavior and, in turn, employees’ motivation.
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Imbalances in neural pathways may contribute to repetitive behaviors in autism

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Researchers have hypothesized that a mutation in the autism risk gene SHANK3 differentially affects synaptic development in two neural pathways that contribute to motor control. Their work suggests that repetitive behaviors in SHANK3-deficient mice are driven by imbalances between the pathways, revealing a potential mechanism and possible targets to treat some behavioral aspects of autism spectrum disorder.
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Getting a handle on brain organization

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Getting a handle on brain organization
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Even among people born without hands, there is an overlap in brain activity when viewing hands and viewing tools, suggesting the connection between the two hands and tools is deeply ingrained in brain organization. But the study also found tantalizing clues that, because those born without hands perform many daily functions using their feet, a similar overlap had developed in some of them between the foot- and tool-recognition areas of their brains.
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Aha! Watching people as they are struck by sudden insight

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Everybody loves those rare “aha moments” where you suddenly and unexpectedly solve a difficult problem or understand something that had previously perplexed you. But until now, researchers had not had a good way to study how people actually experienced what is called “epiphany learning.”
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Teaching happiness to men with HIV boosts their health

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Teaching happiness to men with HIV boosts their health
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When individuals recently diagnosed with HIV were coached to practice skills to help them experience positive emotions, the result was less HIV in their blood and lower antidepressant use, reports a new study. Men using positive emotion skills learned to cope with their stress, while men in the control group increased their use of anti-depressants. The findings extend to dementia caregivers and women with metastatic breast cancer.
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Your brain, not your white blood cells, keeps you warm, new study suggests

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Your brain, not your white blood cells, keeps you warm, new study suggests
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The sympathetic nervous system, not white blood cells, are critically important in the regulation of energy expenditure and thermogenesis, researchers reveal in a new report.
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Article examines studies on antidepressants, autism spectrum disorders

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A new article reviews and analyzes a small collection of studies on fetal exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum disorders.
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Repeating non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the syntactic priming effect

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Repeating non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the syntactic priming effect
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Repetition of non-verbs as well as verbs can boost the effect of syntactic priming, i.e. the likelihood of people reproducing the structure of the utterance they have just heard.
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Think brain games make you smarter? Think again, researchers say

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Think brain games make you smarter? Think again, researchers say
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Brain games marketed by the billion-dollar brain-training industry don’t improve cognition or help prevent age-related brain decline, new research finds.
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Helping students learn by sketching

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Helping students learn by sketching
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New software Sketch Worksheets analyzes and provides feedback on student sketches, helping them learn multiple subjects.
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Understanding money reduces worry about old age

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Understanding money reduces worry about old age
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People who possess a greater understanding of finance are less likely to fret about life in their twilight years. They are also able to face off later-life’s dilemmas with ease. As the first study to investigate financial literacy as a contributing factor to anxiety about old age, it should prove useful to policy makers in developed countries where population aging is a growing concern.
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Brains of gambling addicts: High stakes, high risk, and a bad bet

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Brains of gambling addicts: High stakes, high risk, and a bad bet
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Gambling addiction is a mental disorder characterized by excessive risk-taking despite negative results. Scientific studies using functional MRI have previously shown that addicts have altered activity in brain regions related to risk and reward, making them prone to prefer risky choices. New fMRI research has now found another explanation for the unhealthy bent: addicts have a poor ability to assess and adapt to high risk situations.
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Low-income children missing out on language learning both at home and at school

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Low-income children missing out on language learning both at home and at school
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Children from poor neighborhoods are less likely to have complex language building opportunities both in home and at school, putting them at a disadvantage in their kindergarten year, finds a new study.
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Mindfulness just as effective as CBT for a broad range of psychiatric symptoms

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Mindfulness group therapy has an equally positive effect as individual CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) for the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric symptoms in patients with depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders.
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Crooked bite may indicate early life stress

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Crooked bite may indicate early life stress
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The first 1,000 days after conception strongly influence a person’s life expectancy and disease susceptibility, research shows. The primary marker used to identify early life stress is low birth weight. But low birth weight is a marker only until birth — far short of a measurement useful for the first thousand days. New research suggests that an asymmetric lower face is a novel marker that captures early life stresses that occur after birth.
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25 is 'golden age' for the ability to make random choices

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25 is ‘golden age’ for the ability to make random choices
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People’s ability to make random choices or mimic a random process, such as coming up with hypothetical results for a series of coin flips, peaks around age 25, according to a study.
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Biased bots: Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems

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Biased bots: Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
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In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways.
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Brain tissue from a petri dish

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Brain tissue from a petri dish
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The most complex organ in humans is the brain. Due to its complexity, it is extremely difficult to do scientific experiments on it — ones that could help us to understand neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, for example. Scientists have now succeeded in turning human stem cells derived from skin samples into tiny, 3-D, brain-like cultures.
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Brain structure, anxiety and negative bias linked in healthy adults

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Brain structure, anxiety and negative bias linked in healthy adults
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Healthy college students who have a relatively small inferior frontal cortex – a brain region behind the temples that helps regulate thoughts and emotions – are more likely than others to suffer from anxiety, a new study finds. They also tend to view neutral or even positive events in a negative light, researchers report.
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Visualizing future doesn't increase delayed gratification

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Visualizing future doesn’t increase delayed gratification
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Scientists found that visualizing the future doesn’t cause people to delay gratification but rather increases impulsivity.
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Think you can handle your alcohol? Study may urge some drinkers to think again

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Think you can handle your alcohol? Study may urge some drinkers to think again
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Heavy drinkers develop behavioral tolerance to alcohol over time on some fine motor tasks, but not on more complex tasks, suggests a study.
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Nanoparticle research tested in locusts focuses on new drug-delivery method

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Nanoparticle research tested in locusts focuses on new drug-delivery method
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A team of engineers has combined nanoparticles, aerosol science and locusts in new proof-of-concept research that could someday vastly improve drug delivery to the brain, making it as simple as a sniff.
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Common factor links neurodegenerative disease in young and old

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Common factor links neurodegenerative disease in young and old
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A common mechanism in two forms of neurodegeneration that affect young adults or the elderly has now been identified by researchers. The discovery advances efforts to find better treatments and cures for these diseases. Currently, there are no cures for these conditions, which are projected to cost the nation an estimated $259 billion in 2017.
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Pokemon Go players are happier, friendlier, study finds

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Pokemon Go players are happier, friendlier, study finds
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Pokemon Go people are happy people. That’s the finding of media researchers who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016. Their work shows that Pokemon Go users were more likely to be positive, friendly and physically active.
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Surprising brain change appears to drive alcohol dependence

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Surprising brain change appears to drive alcohol dependence
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We may be one step closer to personalized treatments for alcoholism and alcohol use disorder following results of a recent study, say researchers.
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Algal residue: Alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters

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Algal residue, the leftover material after extracting oil from algae for biofuel, can be used to produce key industrial chemicals, researchers have determined.
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Potential therapy to prevent 'chemobrain' in cancer patients

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Potential therapy to prevent ‘chemobrain’ in cancer patients
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A compound called ‘KU-32’ prevents cognitive decline in rats caused by chemotherapy treatment, research shows. KU-32 works by inducing the heat shock response, which protects cells and may counteract the damaging effects of hydrogen peroxide.
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Musical beds: Co-sleeping is more common than some parents admit

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Musical beds: Co-sleeping is more common than some parents admit
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Parents know that co-sleeping is considered a no-no, but many still allow their children to crawl into bed with them at night. Doctors generally discourage co-sleeping, but a professor says it is a phenomenon that extends well beyond the infant and toddler years.
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Struggling with different work identities? Your work may suffer

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Few people are just one person at work. You may be both a manager and an employee. Or you may be a salesperson who represents two very different brands. Now a new study suggests that how you juggle those different work identities may affect your job performance.
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Can dealing with emotional exhaustion enhance happiness?

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Can dealing with emotional exhaustion enhance happiness?
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The process of dealing with emotional exhaustion can sometimes increase happiness. A new study examined when and how dealing with emotional exhaustion can enhance happiness in a work environment. The research was focused on the role of perceived supervisor support — the workers’ view of their manager’s level of supportiveness, caring and appreciation for their efforts — in stimulating ways to cope with exhaustion.
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Catch me if you can: Scientists discover neurons that control willingness to mate in female fruit flies

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Catch me if you can: Scientists discover neurons that control willingness to mate in female fruit flies
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Scientists used advanced genetic and behavioral tools to establish that walking speed is in fact a key indicator of female’s receptivity and discover neurons that control mating in the brain of fruit flies.
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New research shows role-playing disability promotes distress, discomfort and disinterest

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New research shows role-playing disability promotes distress, discomfort and disinterest
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Disability simulations often result in feelings of fear, apprehension and pity toward those with disabilities, new research concludes.
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Eyewitness confidence can predict accuracy of identifications, researchers find

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Many individuals have been falsely accused of a crime based, at least in part, on confident eyewitness identifications, a fact that has bred distrust of eyewitness confidence in the US legal system. But a new report challenges the perception that eyewitness memory is inherently fallible, finding that eyewitness confidence can reliably indicate the accuracy of an identification made under certain, ‘pristine’ conditions.
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26 novel genes linked to intellectual disability

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26 novel genes linked to intellectual disability
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26 new genes have now been linked to intellectual disability. Currently most patients with intellectual disability receive no molecular diagnosis, which significantly affects their health and shortens their lifespan.
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Mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation identified

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Mechanism that regulates acoustic habituation identified
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Most people will startle when they hear an unexpected loud sound. The second time they hear the noise, they’ll startle significantly less; by the third time, they’ll barely startle at all. This ability is called acoustic habituation, and new research has identified the underlying molecular mechanism that controls this capability. The research opens the door to potential new treatments, especially for people who have autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia and who experience disruptions in this ability.
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Wiring of the 'little brain' linked to multiple forms of mental illness

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Wiring of the ‘little brain’ linked to multiple forms of mental illness
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Nearly half of people with one mental illness also experience another mental illness at the same time. This is leading researchers to shift their focus away from individual disorders and search instead for common mechanisms or risk factors that might cause all types of mental disorders. Researchers have now linked specific differences in the cerebellum and pons to many types of mental illness.
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When children see war as better than peace

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When children see war as better than peace
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For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not be the case for children born of wartime rape, however, who often endure continued brutality in the post-war period.
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