A New Advance in Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

A New Advance in Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

The results of this study indicate that genes regulating body size/shape and metabolism may partially underlie AN, and that genes related to metabolic processes could be a central reason why individuals with AN feel the need to lose weight.

Is Social Media Toxic to Your Teen's Mental Health?

Is Social Media Toxic to Your Teen's Mental Health?

The new study in JAMA Psychiatry has concluded that time spent on social media is bad for teenagers ' mental health, echoing a growing body of research.

Study: September kids have advantage over August-born babies

Study: September kids have advantage over August-born babies

A study suggests that the month in which you're born may help you out in school .Research into the age of children as they start kindergarten found that students who are older than most of their classmates had an academic edge over their younger peers.

How to Turn Children of Any Age into Readers

How to Turn Children of Any Age into Readers

The researchers, Aviva Segal and Sandra Martin‐Chang, found that parents who read and have what the study authors refer to as “higher reading related knowledge (including the ability to spot difficulties a child is having),” are likely to have children with higher reading scores.

What Smartphones Are Doing to Your Teenager's Mental Health

What Smartphones Are Doing to Your Teenager's Mental Health

In a statement about the paper, study author Michaeline Jensen, assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, said “Contrary to the common belief that smartphones and social media are damaging adolescents’ mental health, we don’t see much support for the idea that time spent on phones and online is associated with increased risk for mental health problems.”.

Why Your Work and Career Can Continue to Debilitate You

Why Your Work and Career Can Continue to Debilitate You

The new studies add to a picture that’s been accumulating for some time: You’re likely to experience increasing dissatisfaction, stress and damage — both psychologically and physically — in today’s workplace culture and management.

Peer-Pressure Can Encourage Patience and Healthy Eating

Peer-Pressure Can Encourage Patience and Healthy Eating

As a review, the classic marshmallow study has shown that children who wait for a larger reward, as opposed to those who settle for immediate gratification, have very positive outcomes later in life.

A Kid-Friendly Emergency Room Saves Lives

A Kid-Friendly Emergency Room Saves Lives

FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Critically ill kids are far more likely to survive if they're treated at hospital emergency rooms that are well-equipped to care for children, a new study finds.

5 Major Issues That Helicopter Parenting Can Cause

5 Major Issues That Helicopter Parenting Can Cause

A 2011 study conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga found that college students whose parents hovered were more likely to take medication for anxiety and depression .

What Your Facial Features Say About You

What Your Facial Features Say About You

In addition to the expected favorable change in perceived attractiveness, raters also viewed the post-surgery patients as more likable, trustworthy, and socially skilled.In a separate study published in 2015, we similarly found that women also experience an improvement in scores of attractiveness, likability, and social skills when looking at all procedures together.

Children Make You Happier -- Once They've Left Home

Children Make You Happier -- Once They've Left Home

The study also found that having children who still live at home can harm older parent's mental well-being, CNN reported.

If your kid is struggling in school, music lessons may be the key

If your kid is struggling in school, music lessons may be the key

And the final possible reason why music helps kids academically is their connection with other like-minded students and a sense of accomplishment in general.

What Makes Some People So Insensitive?

What Makes Some People So Insensitive?

Those high in agentic extraversion, by contrast, described themselves on the self-report items as “blunt, assertive, and exhibitionistic individuals who enjoy thrilling experiences and seek out positions of power.” To assess psychopathology, the authors included extensive self-report and interview measures of personality disorders, depression , mania , substance abuse, dissociation, social anxiety , and narcissism.

Hugs and Cuddles Instead of Spanking

Hugs and Cuddles Instead of Spanking

Mediation analyses connected childhood positive touch and lack of corporal punishment to secure attachment, better mental health (less anxiety and depression ), more perspective taking (cognitive empathy ) and a more socially engaged morality (versus self-protectionist moralities).

The Emotional Roller-Coaster of a Digital Detox Vacation

The Emotional Roller-Coaster of a Digital Detox Vacation

These stages could be summed up as (1) initial digital-disconnection withdrawal symptoms; (2) a period of acceptance accompanied by a sense of freedom; and (3) feeling overwhelmed by the quantity of missed incoming messages/emails when devices are turned on again after the digital detox vacation.

People Who Use More Emojis Have More Sex and Get More Dates

People Who Use More Emojis Have More Sex and Get More Dates

In fact, the frequent use of emojis with potential dates is linked to not only having sex more often but also to a more active and successful dating life.Like the first study, frequent emoji use was linked to having more frequent sex.

Researchers Weigh Benefits, Risks of PPIs

Researchers Weigh Benefits, Risks of PPIs

“There is a very significant body of evidence that suggests that these drugs (PPIs), when used for a long period of time, especially when they are not medically indicated, are associated with serious side effects and also associated with increased dying from specific causes -- namely dying from heart disease, kidney disease, and stomach cancer.”.

Understanding Fake Orgasms

Understanding Fake Orgasms

In our new study, we aimed to understand how (in)authentic orgasms related to relational quality indicators (e.g., trust, closeness, and commitment), and how trait affectionate communication might explain findings.

Blood Test May Help Guide Breast Cancer Treatment

Blood Test May Help Guide Breast Cancer Treatment

Senior study author Dr. Muhammed Murtaza, from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, said about one-third of women who have surgery after chemotherapy show no signs of residual cancer.

The New Neuroscience of Left-Handedness

The New Neuroscience of Left-Handedness

Another Dutch study from 2019 showed that different early life factors also influence whether we become a left-hander or a right-hander (de Kovel et al., 2019).If you want to know more about why these factors influence left-handedness, read my blog post on this study here.

Parents Who Listen Help Kids Thrive Despite Trauma

Parents Who Listen Help Kids Thrive Despite Trauma

A sympathetic parent has a stronger impact on a troubled child's educational performance than whether they eat regular family meals or live in a safe and well-kept neighborhood, said lead researcher Dr. Angelica Robles.

Neuroscientists Discover the Brain Circuity for Persistence

Neuroscientists Discover the Brain Circuity for Persistence

A new scientific study published on July 25, 2019, in Cell identifies the molecular underpinnings and brain circuity that constrain motivation when the effort increases to obtain a reward—a new discovery that is the first step towards developing novel treatments for those suffering from addiction , depression , eating disorders , psychiatric disorders, and other mental health conditions.

Sexting May Be Less Common Among Teens Than You Think

Sexting May Be Less Common Among Teens Than You Think

"Sexting is perceived as an epidemic because the news highlights extreme cases that involve tragic outcomes, and because it goes against standards of morality and decency that are historically entrenched," said study author Sameer Hinduja, a professor of criminology at Florida Atlantic University.

More and More Seniors Are Binge Drinking

More and More Seniors Are Binge Drinking

"Many organizations, such as the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA], recommend lower drinking levels as people get older or have more chronic diseases," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Han, an assistant professor of geriatric medicine at NYU Langone Health in New York City.

Older Parents May Have Better Behaved Kids

Older Parents May Have Better Behaved Kids

"Older parents-to-be may be reassured that their age is not necessarily a negative factor with respect to behavioral problems in their child," said study author Marielle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg. Zondervan-Zwijnenburg said that about 3% of the difference in children's "externalizing" behaviors were related to parental age.

Invulnerables: The Origins of Resilience

Invulnerables: The Origins of Resilience

To explore how competency develops, Garmezy studied other children who showed competence despite living in stressful situations and poverty.

'My husband was a victim of second-hand drinking'

'My husband was a victim of second-hand drinking'

She said both men and women seem to be affected by the second-hand effect of alcohol, even though men are more likely than women to drink excessively. "So it highlights a gender inequality of the second-hand effect of alcohol," Park said.

Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

"Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," said senior study author Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal.

Overweight Pet Owners Are Likely to Have Overweight Dogs

Overweight Pet Owners Are Likely to Have Overweight Dogs

The reason for this association between obesity in the dog and the owner's weight is not clear, although the authors obliquely suggest that this may have to do with the number of treats that a dog is given during times when the canine and human are both simply relaxing.

Real Reasons Athletes Need Regular Neurocognitive Checkups

Real Reasons Athletes Need Regular Neurocognitive Checkups

To address this concern, a recent study (2019) led by Steven Corman of Arizona State University examined various factors that drive NCAA male and female athletes who participate in basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, or field hockey to hide (or fail to report) severe head impacts (SHIs) and concussion symptoms.