Apple-Shaped Body? Pear-Shaped? Your Genes May Tell

Apple-Shaped Body? Pear-Shaped? Your Genes May Tell

If researchers can learn about the important gene variants, Loos explained, they can better understand why some people develop diabetes or heart disease when they gain weight, while others do not. "The gene variations we identified in this study don't act in the brain," Loos said.

Is Charisma a Gift—Or Can It Be Trained?

Is Charisma a Gift—Or Can It Be Trained?

Whereas some people may have an innate ability to be more charismatic, Antonakis views charisma as “an emotional, symbolic and value-based leader signaling.” When we first meet others, we rely on these signals to communicate our competence and confidence and to close the gap in our understanding of each other.

Gut Microbes May Help Drive Lupus, Study Finds

Gut Microbes May Help Drive Lupus, Study Finds

By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An imbalance in the gut "microbiome" of people with lupus may be driving the chronic autoimmune disease as well as its flare-ups, new research suggests.

Is Tech Really Hurting Teens?

Is Tech Really Hurting Teens?

Rather than looking at one associative pathway between wellbeing and tech use, as past research has done, the authors of the new paper used a method called Specification Curve Analysis (SCA) to examine every possible analytic pathway and get an overall snapshot of how technology and teen mental health interact with one another.

Depression in pregnant women and new moms is preventable, experts say. Here's how

Depression in pregnant women and new moms is preventable, experts say. Here's how

Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about LinkedIn Pinterest Depression in pregnant women and new moms is preventable, experts say. Perinatal depression affects as many as 1 in 7 women, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force .

When Men Attack: Why (and Which) Men Sexually Assault Women

When Men Attack: Why (and Which) Men Sexually Assault Women

Thus for example, nations that allow the legacy of men’s biological strength advantage to guide their social order have high levels of both gender inequality and sexual violence against women.

Toxins in Home Furnishings Can Be Passed to Kids

Toxins in Home Furnishings Can Be Passed to Kids

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children who live in homes with vinyl flooring and flame-retardant furniture have higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals in their blood or urine, researchers have found.

Are There Age-Related Changes in a Dog's Personality?

Are There Age-Related Changes in a Dog's Personality?

What this colleague wanted to know is whether there were any similar studies which looked at age-related changes in a dog's personality. There was no age-related change in the fearfulness of dogs over their lifespan; however, one interesting side observation about this personality trait was that dogs exposed to an obedience class tended to be less fearful overall.

Why Are We Not Outraged That Prisons Are Filled with Men?

Why Are We Not Outraged That Prisons Are Filled with Men?

Testosterone cocks Source: Julia Shaw The doctor speculated that this must mean that something in the testes was absorbed by the blood and transferred to other parts of the body, causing aggression. Toxic masculinity Unfortunately, men are explicitly and implicitly taught by society that they don’t need to inhibit themselves when it comes to aggression.

Here's one way you definitely won't change an anti-vaxxer's opinion

Here's one way you definitely won't change an anti-vaxxer's opinion

Aggressive or dismissive language can make people less likely to vaccinate , while open, respectful discussion with a trusted individual can encourage hesitant parents towards vaccination.

Neuroscientists Discover a New Brain Reward System

Neuroscientists Discover a New Brain Reward System

In mice that were not trained in the whisker-task, the water reward did not fire the somatosensory dendrites. Dr. Bruno reasons that a yet-to-be-discovered neuromodulator in the somatosensory cortex functions in a similar manner to dopamine in other areas of the brain’s reward learning system.

Oxytocin: More Than Just a "Love Hormone"

Oxytocin: More Than Just a "Love Hormone"

There was no equivalent effect of oxytocin on the female volunteers, but oxytocin did increase women’s interest in long-term relationships with faithful men. In short, oxytocin didn’t simply turn men and women lovey-dovey; instead, it promoted the pre-existing sex differences in men's and women’s preferences for faithful and unfaithful partners.

Sacred Values and the Radicalized Brain

Sacred Values and the Radicalized Brain

A key finding of this research for policymakers, whether in defense and war planning or in social programs aimed at preventing violence, is that when matters that are believed to be sacred are involved, people cannot be swayed from defensive, or even offensive, pursuit of their beliefs with carrots or sticks, as with ISIS.

Anti-vax dad at centre of measles outbreak makes stunning admission

Anti-vax dad at centre of measles outbreak makes stunning admission

Emmanuel Bilodeau, whose family is at the centre of a measles outbreak in Canada, has revealed he didn’t vaccinate his children because of fears about autism. Eight people, including two children, have died of measles in Ukraine this year.

The Vatican Global Conference on Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Vatican Global Conference on Clergy Sexual Abuse

4. Clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is down significantly since the mid 1980’s and new known cases after 2002 in the United States are typically less than a dozen per year nationally.

What Is the Purpose and Future of Higher Education?

What Is the Purpose and Future of Higher Education?

Brint notes based on his new book Two Cheers for Higher Education , “There’s always been a small number of colleges that close every year – usually fewer than a dozen – and more are opened for the first time than closed.” This illustrates, among other things, why it is important to consider a historical perspective on higher education to place recent individual news stories in context.

3 Ways to Eat to Beat the Blues

3 Ways to Eat to Beat the Blues

They found that all types of dietary improvements seem to improve mental health and that depressive symptoms improved equally, regardless of whether a dietary intervention was designed to reduce weight, cut out junk food, or introduce more nutrient-rich and otherwise healthy foods into the diet, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

Sibling Suicide Survivors: The "Forgotten Mourners"

Sibling Suicide Survivors: The "Forgotten Mourners"

The sense of isolation siblings experience is exacerbated to varying degrees by the social stigma around suicide, which makes discussing the death with people outside the family very challenging. During research interviews, many sibling suicide survivors spoke of experiencing a profound shift in perspective over time.

New Medication for Depression Approaching Approval

New Medication for Depression Approaching Approval

This week an advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the approval of a new type of medication for treatment-resistant depression. The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for this new medication, specifically for treatment-resistant depression and major depressive disorder with imminent risk for suicide.

Does Molting Make Animals Anxious?

Does Molting Make Animals Anxious?

In a new study , Fossat and his colleagues sought to determine whether the stressful events of molts induce anxiety-like behaviors in crayfish.

What Essential Personality Trait Is Holding You Down?

What Essential Personality Trait Is Holding You Down?

In closing More research is needed to look at how NFC relates to different types of tasks, and especially those which are more reflective of real-world work environments, involving complex decisions and working with people with a range of personality traits, to look at team fit.

Is Aggression Actually Linked to Violent Video Games?

Is Aggression Actually Linked to Violent Video Games?

This paper, “ Violent Video Game Engagement Is Not Associated with Adolescents' Aggressive Behaviour: Evidence from a Registered Report ,” was published February 13 in the journal Royal Society Open Science .

Call for Australians to take an old-fashioned approach to parenting

Call for Australians to take an old-fashioned approach to parenting

Nearly half of children don’t spend any time walking to school, but research shows parking an extra 10 minutes away from the gates can add an extra 1.5 hours to a child’s weekly physical activity levels.

Micronutrients in Psychiatry: Sound Science or Just Hype?

Micronutrients in Psychiatry: Sound Science or Just Hype?

I anticipate a skeptical response like, "I'm battling Major Depression and you're suggesting I eat better and take a multi?" I recently spoke with a leading researcher on nutrition and mental health, psychologist Julia Rucklidge.

Exploring the Link Between Health and Happiness

Exploring the Link Between Health and Happiness

And also some evidence that these types of interventions lead to improvements in mental health and life satisfaction for older adults. But there is enough evidence now to demonstrate that health is associated with those larger feelings of happiness and satisfaction with life.

No, Don't Be a Helicopter Parent. But Be Involved.

No, Don't Be a Helicopter Parent. But Be Involved.

There are countless parenting books and research articles in which positive child outcomes are associated with an authoritative parenting style. In a very real way, to get into the same colleges, parents need to be more involved in their kids' academics than parents of 20-30 years ago.

Is What We Thought We Knew About Brain Plasticity Wrong?

Is What We Thought We Knew About Brain Plasticity Wrong?

With the help of high-resolution brain scanning (fMRI), my lab has recently found that asking amputees to move their phantom inside the scanner reveals incredibly detailed maps representing all five missing fingers in the brain.

Turn a Fight With Your Partner Into a Positive Experience

Turn a Fight With Your Partner Into a Positive Experience

But I read that fighting is fine as long as you "make up" afterward and the kids see that." Source: iStock/Used with Permission It sounds like you're referring to the research by Mark Cummings, reported in Po Bronson's book Nurture Shock . So yes, even non-yelling disagreements where parents are in conflict are hard on kids.

Do Women Age Slower Than Men?

A recent study investigated sex differences in how our brains age. In a recent study 1 , the researchers used PET imaging to look at metabolism in the brains of more than 200 healthy men and women between 20 and 82 years old.

Why Do We Celebrate Darwin Day?

Why Do We Celebrate Darwin Day?

Behe (2019) Source: Harper Collins Even today, evolutionary science is under attack. This year on Darwin Day, celebrate the memory of the founder of modern biology by promoting proper science education and evolutionary research in whatever way you can.

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