Brain structures differ among media multitaskers

30 September 2014
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Multitaskers who report using a variety of media devices at one time have significantly different brain structures than those who report using only one device at a time, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Sussex in England performed fMRI brain scans on 75 adults to look at their gray matter. The participants also answered a questionnaire on their media use including cellphones, computers, and television. Continue reading below Those who said they multitask with more than one media had less dense gray matter in the region of the brain that controls executive function compared to...

Ways to be a happier person

30 September 2014
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Getty Images Billboard-worthy news: It’s possible to amp up your bliss every single day with these simple, unexpected strategies Sometime this morning, during your shower or at breakfast, you probably did a mental run-through of your day. You decided when you’d tackle various tasks and errands. Perhaps you vowed to hit the gym at lunchtime. Maybe you even plotted to get out of something. The one thing you forgot to plan for: happiness. With all the books on bliss and the mood-boosting technology that does everything for us but laugh, we expect happiness to show up on our doorstep, like...

Why some men develop signs of pregnancy

30 September 2014
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Harry Ashby, the 29-year-old security guard who was signed off work with morning sickness, cravings, a growing stomach and breasts during his girlfriend’s pregnancy, was told he had Couvade syndrome. (Bigstockphoto) Couvade is an involuntary manifestation of pregnancy in men with a partner who is expecting a baby – sometimes called “sympathetic pregnancy”. It isn’t a medically recognized physical or mental disorder, and it isn’t explained by injury or illness. A range of “pregnancy-related” physical and psychological symptoms include abdominal pain and bloating, back pain, pseudocyesis...

Curry spice ‘helps brain self-heal’

30 September 2014
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25 September 2014 Last updated at 19:07 ET By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter, BBC News Previous studies have suggested turmeric may have cancer-fighting properties A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain’s ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain’s repair kit. Scientists say...

$10.1 million allocated to counter gender bias in studies

24 September 2014
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Tourism to Switzerland for assisted suicide is growing, often for nonfatal diseases

24 September 2014
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It’s a tourism boom, but not one to crow about: The number of people traveling to Switzerland to end their lives is growing. And it seems that more and more people with a nonfatal disease are making the trip. An ongoing study of assisted suicide in the Zurich area has found that the number of foreign people coming to the country for the purpose is rising. For example, 123 people came in 2008 and 172 in 2012. In total, 611 people came over that period from 31 countries, mostly from Germany and Britain: 44 percent and 21 percent of the total, respectively. Twenty-one people came from the United...

Ways to boost happiness

19 September 2014
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Watch “In Pursuit of Happiness: Sanjay Gupta, M.D. reports” on CNN at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday. In this special, Gupta explores scientifically proven ways to up your life satisfaction and heads to Denmark to uncover secrets from the happiest nation in the world. (CNN) — Americans will spend about $550 million on self-help books this year and more than $1 billion on motivational speakers. Obviously, many of us are on a quest for happiness. I get it. We all want, and deserve, that sense of well-being. But save your money. Achieving happiness is easier than you...

One in five workers has left their job because of bullying

19 September 2014
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Bullying isn’t just an issue in the classroom. It can spring to life in the boardroom as well. Nearly one third of workers report having felt bullied at work, according to a study released today by CareerBuilder. Even worse? Roughly 20% ended up leaving their job because of it. The study is based on data from a nationwide survey conducted by Harris Poll of nearly 3,400 full-time, private sector employees throughout various industries and company sizes. “Bullying impacts workers of all backgrounds regardless of race, education, income, and level of authority within an organization,” said vice...

Former addicts may be at lower risk of new addictions

19 September 2014
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 (Sergio Bruno) People who manage to get clean after being addicted to drugs are at lower risk of becoming addicted to something else in the future than people who never overcame the first substance use disorder, according to a new study. “The results are surprising, they cut against conventional clinical lore which holds that people who stop one addiction are at increased risk of picking up a new one,” said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. “The results challenge the old stereotype that people switch or substitute...

PTSD is linked to food addiction in women

19 September 2014
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Getty Images “Weight status is not just a symptom of willpower and education,” a researcher says. “There may be psychological factors in play too” A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that women who suffer from the worst symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are twice as likely to be addicted to food than those who do not, Reuters reports. Researchers link symptoms of PTSD in women to a psychological dependence on food, or food addiction. But the study doesn’t mean that there is a direct connection between PTSD and overeating. “We don’t know...

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