Army funding development of anti-suicide nasal spray

23 September 2012
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From FOX News: “An Indiana University School of Medicine scientist has been awarded $3 million to develop a nasal spray intended to combat suicidal thoughts among soldiers. The U.S. Army awarded the research grant to associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and of neurobiology Michael Kubek, He works with thyrotropin-releasing hormone, or TRH, a neurochemical he helped discover in the human brain. IU says TRH is known to have antidepressant and anti-suicidal effects, but isn’t suitable for injection or oral use. So Kubek and other scientists at Purdue and at Hebrew University...

Teenager creates viral campaign to fight bullying

22 September 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Kevin Curwick, an Osseo High School football team captain, is using Twitter to fight cyberbullies and compliment his classmates, but much to his surprise, now people across the world are returning the favor. Read more

Kids’ lack of self-control tied to extra weight

21 September 2012
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Preschoolers who had less patience and worse self-control while waiting for treats in a classic behavior study ended up weighing slightly more as adults, a new analysis shows. Read more

Low Pay Stresses Workers The Most

19 September 2012
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From Forbes Magazine: Nearly three quarters (73%) of American workers are stressed out on the job, and the No. 1 reason is low pay, according to a new study by Harris Interactive for Everest College. The study was conducted by phone among 898 adults, 18 years old and up, between June 21 and July 1. Read more

Childhood trauma hikes the risk of impulsive and addictive behaviour

18 September 2012
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New research from the University of Cambridge suggests a traumatic upbringing during childhood can lead to personality traits such as impulsivity or compulsiveness. Impulsivity or compulsiveness, in turn, are linked to an increased risk of addiction. In the study, Cambridge researchers aimed to identify risk factors that make a person vulnerable to developing drug dependence. They examined 50 adults with cocaine dependence together with their biological brothers and sisters who have never abused drugs. All participants underwent extensive assessments of their personalities, including their ways...

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

17 September 2012
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From the NYT Well-Blog: When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music. But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop. Researchers at Northwestern University recorded the auditory brainstem responses of college students — that is to say, their electrical brain waves — in response to complex sounds. The group...

Can social media make you fat?

15 September 2012
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Time spent on social networking sites comes at the expense of other activities — including physical activity, new research by the University of Ulster has revealed. Around 350 students at the University of Ulster completed an online survey -measuring social networking activity and levels of physical activity. When the results were analysed, researchers found that the amount of time spent on social network websites was negatively correlated with the respondents’ level of physical activity. Read more

Robots teaching how to know if somebody is trustworthy

11 September 2012
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An unusual new study of college students’ interactions with a robot has shed light on why we intuitively trust some people and distrust others. While many people assume that behaviors like avoiding eye contact and fidgeting are signals that a person is being dishonest, scientists have found that no single gesture or expression consistently predicts trustworthiness. Read more