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Autism screening just got a lot harder

Jan 29, 15 Autism screening just got a lot harder

Posted by in Mental Health

Autism researchers can no longer rely on rudimentary genetic testing to check for a child’s gene-risks for autism, according to the largest-ever study of human genomes. Instead, the new data show they must rely on individualized testing for each person’s genome in order to develop effective treatment options.

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Can an online Autism spectrum test accurately screen for the disorder?

Jan 28, 15 Can an online Autism spectrum test accurately screen for the disorder?

Posted by in Mental Health, Technology

First, Jerry Seinfeld told NBC he thought he landed somewhere on the autism spectrum scale, and then months later he told Access Hollywood he did not. Along the way, Seinfeld raised some important questions about what it means to be autistic and whether any particular screen may provide an accurate diagnosis.

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Meditation changes the brain’s very structure — In a good way

Jan 27, 15 Meditation changes the brain’s very structure — In a good way

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It appears that scientific evidence of meditation’s powers continues to add up. Meditation, in a way, is like exercise for our brains: it’s been shown to assist in mental health maintenance, improve our memory, empathy, and sense of self — similar to how exercise boosts our resilience, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and blood pressure/cholesterol.

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Eating walnuts will help you ace a memory test

Jan 27, 15 Eating walnuts will help you ace a memory test

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Walnuts are known for their powerful impact on heart-health. Their rich levels of omega-3 fatty acids help decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), triglyceride levels, and lower blood pressure. Now, a new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, suggests adults who consistently eat walnuts can improve their cognitive function, too.

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Sleep now for better memory later on

Jan 26, 15 Sleep now for better memory later on

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

A new study from Baylor University in Waco, Texas found investing in quality sleep now leads to increased cognitive (and overall) health later. "It's the difference between investing up front rather than trying to compensate later," said Michael K. Scullin, lead study author from the BU Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory.

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Why nearly half of us hear voices (and how to fix it)

Jan 23, 15 Why nearly half of us hear voices (and how to fix it)

Posted by in Mental Health

One night, Rachel Waddingham struggled to fall asleep at a friend’s house. She could hear three middle-aged men whose voices she didn’t know talking about her in another room. “They were saying, ‘She’s stupid, she’s ugly, I wish she would kill herself,’ ” she says. “I was angry and went downstairs to challenge them, but no one was there. They kept laughing and saying, ‘She’ll never find us.’ ”

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Art therapy may help kids with behavior problems

Jan 21, 15 Art therapy may help kids with behavior problems

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School-based art therapy in the UK is helping troubled kids get back on track, a new study suggests. Begun in 2002, The Art Room program is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 16 who have been identified by their teachers as needing emotional and behavioral support.

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Parents are the real experts in autism diagnosis

Jan 18, 15 Parents are the real experts in autism diagnosis

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They say to leave things up to the experts. In this case, the experts at detecting autism may be the parents. A new study from Brigham Young University finds more than a third of psychologists failed to recommend a referral on the grounds that they believed the child they were observing was autistic.

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6 cool ways to fight the winter blues

Jan 17, 15 6 cool ways to fight the winter blues

Posted by in Mental Health, Seasonal

Less hours of daylight, cold weather, and cold and flu season in the winter can make even the most optimistic of us feel down in the dumps. It is common to feel downhearted during the winter months — even for those without seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — but you don’t need to fly out to a tropical paradise to fight the winter blues.

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1 in 20 kids has a behavioral disorder

Jan 17, 15 1 in 20 kids has a behavioral disorder

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All preschoolers act out, so what makes one meltdown ‘normal’ and another not? In a new study, researchers provide some concrete answers. While it’s normal for a young child to be disruptive and throw tantrums, the researchers say especially intense or prolonged behavior may be signs of a conduct disorder, which plagues one in every 20 children.

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