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Supportive texts benefit women with postpartum depression

Apr 20, 15 Supportive texts benefit women with postpartum depression

Posted by in Mental Health, Technology

Postpartum depression affects an estimated nine to 16 percent of new mothers, but the American Psychological Association (APA) says the condition can be prevented and treated. One solution may be the Happy Mothers, Happy Families program at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis.

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Understanding brains that kill

Apr 14, 15 Understanding brains that kill

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

To our brain, not all murders are alike. A recent study explored how we respond to murder and revealed that different areas of the brain are stimulated depending on whether or not the killing is perceived as “justified.” This finding will hopefully shed light on how individuals such as soldiers and police are able to (or unable to) disconnect themselves from killing.

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How video games may help kids with autism

Apr 14, 15 How video games may help kids with autism

Posted by in Gaming, Mental Health

Video games have been blamed for fostering antisocial behavior and an early sedentary lifestyle in children, but a new perspective on the games may shine a light on some key benefits. A combined research effort investigated why people enjoy playing video games and what benefits they may be providing the autism community.

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How to age-proof your brain, according to science

Apr 11, 15 How to age-proof your brain, according to science

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, you know first-hand how terrible that disease can be, and so it is more than understandable you would prefer to avoid that fate for yourself. While no one knows what’s ahead, there are ways you can age-proof your brain.

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Too many Americans are angry, impulsive… And have access to a gun

Apr 09, 15 Too many Americans are angry, impulsive… And have access to a gun

Posted by in Mental Health

Although criminal and mental health-related gun ownership restrictions do exist, withholding access to guns from people with anger issues would be a dubious proposition, at best.

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What Ronald Reagan’s speech patterns can reveal about Alzheimer’s

Apr 06, 15 What Ronald Reagan’s speech patterns can reveal about Alzheimer’s

Posted by in Mental Health

Toward the end of his presidency, Ronald Reagan, once famed as “The Great Communicator,” began losing the luster on his oratory prowess. In November of 1994, five years out of office, doctors diagnosed him with Alzheimer’s disease. A new analysis suggests the signs may have been evident even before he left the White House.

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How our brains ensure we won’t be lovelorn forever

Apr 02, 15 How our brains ensure we won’t be lovelorn forever

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

Falling in love is the easy part, while getting over the breakup is the hard part. According to a recent review published in the journal Review of General Psychology, just like the brain is hardwired to fall in love, it also has a mechanism that helps us fall out of love and move along.

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Many doctors find it hard to diagnose patients’ Alzheimer’s, so they don’t

Apr 01, 15 Many doctors find it hard to diagnose patients’ Alzheimer’s, so they don’t

Posted by in Mental Health

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and it’s still not entirely clear how it develops. According to a new study, it’s for these reasons, as well as others, that many doctors aren’t telling their patients when they’ve been diagnosed with the disease.

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The dark science behind your nightmares

Mar 31, 15 The dark science behind your nightmares

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

The jolt of fear and terror felt as we run for our lives to escape danger quickly eases us back into consciousness in bed to help us flee the dreamscape. Nightmares tend to creep in and out at night in our lifetime, primarily during childhood, but why do they happen in the first place? Do we ever outgrow bad dreams?

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Schizophrenia may get a name change

Mar 30, 15 Schizophrenia may get a name change

Posted by in Mental Health

Lately, more people are speaking out against the term schizophrenia — translated from the Greek phrase skhizein phren, or "to split mind" — which saying the word itself is stigmatized and harmful to use. So a new study suggests the illness be categorized as something else entirely.

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