The scientific quest to prove bisexuality exists

22 March 2014
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Justices may decide if vendors can snub gay weddings

22 March 2014
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Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography in Albuquerque, N.M.(Photo: Alliand Defending Freedom) WASHINGTON — When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only worked “traditional weddings.” “Are you saying that your company does not offer your photography services to same-sex couples?” Willock asked by e-mail. “Yes, you are correct in saying we do not photograph same-sex weddings,” Huguenin responded....

Mindfulness meditation may reduce drug user relapse

22 March 2014
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Many people who undergo treatment for addiction will relapse and begin using drugs again soon after their therapy ends, but a new study suggests that meditation techniques may help prevent such relapses. In the study, 286 people who had been treated for substance abuse were assigned to receive one of three therapies after their initial treatment: a program that involved only group discussions, a “relapse- prevention” therapy that involved learning to avoid situations where they might be tempted to use drugs, and a mindfulness-based program that involved meditation sessions to improve...

Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cells

22 March 2014
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19 March 2014 Last updated at 02:50 ET By Helen Briggs BBC News Sleep loss is bad for mood and mental processing Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, research suggests. In mice, prolonged lack of sleep led to 25% of certain brain cells dying, according to a study in The Journal of Neuroscience. If the same is true in humans, it may be futile to try to catch up on missed sleep, say US scientists. They think it may one...

Medical marijuana research for PTSD clears major hurdle

19 March 2014
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Harborside Health Center employee Gerard Barber stands behind medical marijuana plants at Harborside Health Center in Oakland, Calif., in 2011.(Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP) A researcher at the University of Arizona is a step closer to studying how medical marijuana affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Although there is a “mountain of anecdotal evidence” that marijuana helps with PTSD, there has been no controlled trial to test how marijuana suppresses the symptoms, including flashbacks, insomnia and anxiety, said Suzanne Sisley, the study’s lead researcher. GRAPHIC:...

Efforts to close the achievement gap in kids start at home

19 March 2014
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i i hide captionStephanie Taveras (left) visits Julia Alfaro and her 3-year-old daughter, Ayleen, to read and discuss her vocabulary progress. Jennifer Ludden/NPR Stephanie Taveras (left) visits Julia Alfaro and her 3-year-old daughter, Ayleen, to read and discuss her vocabulary progress. Jennifer Ludden/NPR When Andrea Riquetti taught kindergarten in Providence, R.I., the disparity between more affluent students and those from poor families was painfully clear. “We would read The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” she says, “and I would ask them, ‘What is this fruit?’ And...

A plunge in preschool obesity?

19 March 2014
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If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that’s because it probably was, researchers say. When the study was published in late February in the Journal of the American Medical Association, no one had a ready explanation for that astounding finding by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indeed, it seemed to catch the experts by surprise. Anti-obesity campaigners credited everything from changes to the federal nutrition program for low-income women and children...

Fight to let transgender soldiers serve

13 March 2014
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A report released Thursday has concluded that a decades-old policy banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces should be ended, arguing there is “no compelling medical reason for the ban.” The report recommended that President Obama issue an executive order lifting the ban. An independent panel led by former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and Rear Admiral Alan Steinman, a former coast guard health and safety director, found that the ban was based on outdated and discredited scientific theories about transgender individuals. It also found that the ban prevents transgender...

What role do sibling struggles play in adult relationships?

13 March 2014
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Were you the winner or the loser in your sibling dynamic? Many parents believe that sibling rivalry is healthy, natural and unavoidable. There are many causes of sibling rivalry (age, developmental stage, personality), but a main cause is the need for power, attention or protection from parents. Children, as young as infants, find comfort in routine and predictability. The family dynamic is a source of familiarity and certainty, including the ways in which parents react to each child during sibling struggles. When one sibling picks a fight, he usually knows what type of reaction it will trigger...

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