April 04, 2020
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Help for Shrinking Brains
It doesn't take much to keep your brain volume from dwindling. Modest exercise, like dancing or doing chores, is protective. Read more >

Putting Alcoholics Anonymous to the Test
A huge study of AA's track record when it comes to helping alcoholics stay sober comes up with some impressive findings. Read more >

A Different Kind of Contagious
Cynicism is on the rise; so is disrespect. Studies show they form a vicious cycle. Read more >

Sexual Orientation and Teen Doctor Appointments
Doctor appointments can be tricky for teens who see themselves as non-binary. Most prefer for providers to bring up gender identity. Read more >

Vaping And Cancer Risk
Vaping can cause chemical alterations in a person's DNA that damage cells. few see it as a risk-free alternative to tobacco any longer. Read more >

Why You Probably Don't Need a Medical Mask
It's natural, but not necessarily wise to think of using a mask for protection from the COVID-19 virus. Here's who should -- and shouldn't. Read more >

Infant Rivalry
Jealousy can become intense when a new baby arrives and gets lots of attention. Even less needy spouses are at risk. Read more >

Helping Out is Child's Play
Kids as young as 19 months seem to know what altruistic behavior is even if not all of them engage in it. Read more >

Risky Business: Crossing While Texting
Pedestrians who cross the street while on their phones put themselves at risk in at least five ways. Read more >

Pregnant Women Never Drink Alone
Drinking alcohol while you are carrying a child -- any amount at any time -- is a risk. Take a #Drymester. Read more >

Sitting and Depression
Sitting, whether in front of a screen or in a class, lowers kids' moods. Luckily, a little activity and less sitting can prevent this. Read more >

Daylight Savings Time, An Accident Waiting to Happen
Daylight Savings Time begins soon. Accidents occur when clocks are set ahead. Help your body adjust to the change. Read more >

PTSD in Military Men and Women
Vulnerability doesn't come naturally to most soldiers. They may need extra encouragement to open up in therapy. Read more >

Pack a Lunch; Eat In
Eating out is a primary driver of weight gain and diabetes. On average, Americans get one of every five calories from restaurant meals. Read more >

The Power of Praise
It's easy to see why teachers faced with disruptive students forget to praise good behavior enough. But it's their secret weapon. Read more >

Parents Don't Always Know Best
Parents can be a bit delusional when it comes to how much time their teen spends gaming. But there's good news, too. Read more >

The Truth about Testosterone Treatments
Men looking to improve their sex lives are easy prey for the testosterone supplements industry. The ACP has some guidelines. Read more >

Mind Food
There is evidence that what you eat has an effect on your mental health. But the exact connection can be hard to pin down. Read more >

Flame Retardants Breed Reading Problems
PBDEs have been banned for a while, but they persist in the environment, disrupting brain development. Kids pick them up in the womb. Read more >

Nutraceuticals for Fertility? Think Again
Men with low sperm counts often try zinc and folate supplements to give semen a boost. Not only do they not help, they may fracture DNA. Read more >

The Secrets of Financial Infidelity
Couples don't always see eye to eye when it comes fo spending money, and some resort to hidden cash purchases and hidden accounts. Read more >

Life's Lessons for the Self-Absorbed
Narcissism is a compelling, but not an endearing, quality. A little rejection -- think jobs, relationships -- can help. Read more >

She Works Hard for the Money
Being employed is not just good for a woman's wallet. It improves her physical and emotional health -- even when it's stressful. Read more >

Truth Decay
People at both ends of the political spectrum have stopped relying on real data and analysis to form an opinion. Read more >

A Nutrient to Replace Ritalin?
For some children with ADHD, raising their levels of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid, can make a big difference in their symptoms. Read more >

Parents, Make a Media Plan
Toddlers spend an average of two hours a day in front of a screen by age three. That's way more than guidelines recommend. Read more >

Sex After 60
It's not uncommon for older women to experience a loss of libido, but it may have as much to do with their male partners as hormones. Read more >

Trash-Talking Robots
See what happens to performance if a digital assistant starts throwing some shade. Read more >

Preventing Dementia
People over 60 worry a lot about losing their minds. There is more they can do than solve puzzles and play video games. Read more >

Sugar Goes Undercover
Babies and toddlers get way more sugar than most parents realize. Here's where it's all hiding and how to avoid most of it. Read more >

An Acetaminophen-ADHD/Autism Link
When a pregnant woman takes acetaminophen or gives it for a baby's fever, she triples the child's risk of autism and attention deficits. Read more >

The Foods You Can't Stop Eating
Certain ingredients -- think things like chips and bacon -- spark our appetites. Here's how to break the cycle. Read more >

Diagnosis by Social Media
Social media sites like Reddit are being used to “crowd-diagnose” STDs. What does this say about the healthcare system? Read more >

Neighborhoods that Make You Fat
Where you live has a big effect on your -- and your kids' -- weight. Here are some things you can do to fight back. Read more >

A Different Deep State
Sleep re-boots your brain. People who don't get enough quality sleep are nearly a third more prone to anxiety. Read more >

The Write Way to Help Preschoolers
Kids write to communicate even when they don't know any or many letters. Preschool teachers need to emphasize writing beyond penmanship. Read more >

Job Hunting Exposes the Advantages of Class
People hiring others come to some pretty quick judgments about candidates, and they aren't based on resumés. Read more >

Mistakes Were Made (And that's Good)
You can't learn to be persistent if you don't face failure. So why are we so focused on success? Read more >

E-Scooter Injuries Rise
E-scooters are becoming popular, especially in cities. Head and facial injuries -- and surgeries -- are also up. Protect yourself. Read more >

The Nudge You Probably Need
Who doesn't need a nudge when it comes to exercise? There's an app for that. Read more >

Jumping Jack Class, It's a Gas
The quickest way to help kids learn may be to get them to exercise right at their desks. Their gains could put them ahead a semester. Read more >

A Nutty Diet Plan
People who ate nuts regularly were far less likely to become obese over the years. What the nuts help keep them from eating is part of it. Read more >

A United Front Against E-Cigs
E-cigarettes are dangerous, especially for teens. Schools, parents and taxes can play a role in reducing their availability and allure. Read more >

The Perils of Party Food
Eating with others puts you at risk for overeating. With the holidays coming, it pays to have a plan for social eating. Read more >

The Chemicals You Avoid by Cooking at Home
Eating out is fun; it's convenient. It also exposes you to cancer-causing chemicals. Read more >

Get Sleep, Get Good Grades
Researchers have figured out why women do better than men on tests in certain science classes. Sleep is a big part of it. Read more >

When First Sexual Encounters Are Coerced
For too many young women their first sexual experience is not consensual, and that can have lasting repercussions. Read more >

Sweet Chipotle-Glazed Carrots: Selling Healthy Foods
Some menus make your mouth water. When the foods being marketed are healthy, so much the better, as long as the taste is there, too. Read more >

The Way to Go More Vegetarian
To encourage college kids to eat more vegetables: add another vegetable-based meal to the cafeteria offerings. Read more >

Empty Stomach, Bad Decisions
It doesn't matter if it involves choices about food, money or music -- being hungry makes you impulsive. Read more >

Mom's Anemia Can Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids
Anemia early in a woman's pregnancy can spell trouble for fetal brain development, raising the risk of attention deficits and autism. Read more >

A Marital Battle Plan
Couples can waste a lot time and energy on conflict. Happy couples know that it's smarter to choose your battles. Read more >

The Power of Positive Moments
Positive experiences have an impact on kids that can last into adulthood, protecting them from adversity. And it doesn't take much. Read more >

Would You Throw Your Grandmother in the Garbage?
When older, bruised and not-so-pretty vegetables are viewed in a more human light, it's easier to avoid wasting them. Read more >

Even Your Fat Gets Old
Most of us gain weight as we age, and now we know why this is: fat cells don't turnover the way they used to. One thing works. Read more >

Long Live Optimists
Try to buck up. Not only do people who are more optimistic feel happier, they live longer. Read more >

A Furry Shoulder to Cry On
Losing a loved one is terrible. The unconditional love a pet -- any pet -- can offer helps ease the pain. Read more >

Stop Fridge Food Waste
Those expiration dates on your food? Ignore them. They don't mean what you think they do. Read more >

New Relationship, Same Old Problems
Being in a new relationship doesn’t mean old problems won’t follow you. Better to deal with them. Read more >

Malnourished Young Men
Too many young men don't eat enough fruits and veggies. Cooking is one issue; shortsightedness about health is another. Read more >

Twitter as Research Tool
Looking at the tweets of park-goers, researchers learned something about what nature does for your mood. It's almost like Christmas. Read more >

The Lonelyhearts Club, Online Edition
Some singles who use dating apps can't stop looking and swiping. Feeling lonely doesn't help. Read more >

What's Keeping You Up at Night
Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine can all interfere with sleep, but one seems far worse than the others. Read more >

Go on a Cell Phone Diet
How much time do you spend on your phone? It can add up to as much as a sedentary day a week, with predictable effects on your weight. Read more >

Getting Serious About Gun Violence
Gun violence kills nearly as many youth as automobile accidents do. A special issue on gun violence offers proven ways to reduce the danger. Read more >

Zombie Eating
Mindless munching as you watch TV or scroll your phone is a recipe for weight gain. Focus on your food. Read more >

Parents, Teach Your Kids about Sex
It turns out that parents do a pretty good job of educating their kids about sex -- if they are willing to make the effort. Read more >

Prevent Diabetes...with Plants
Eating a plant-based diet can give your body a leg up against type 2 diabetes. But not all diets are the same. Read more >

Infidelity: From Bedroom to Boardroom
From policemen to CEOs, men who pursue extramarital relationships are also more likely to have broken the rules in their professional lives. Read more >

Asking the Right Questions
For preschoolers, story time is not just about books and reading; when parents and teachers ask the right questions, it's a teachable moment Read more >

The Risks of E-Cig Regulation
Limiting the appeal of e-cigarettes could increase traditional cigarette use among young adults. Read more >

Behind the Failure to Launch
Can't shake your grownup kids? Parents may be partly to blame when adult children don’t move out of the house. Read more >

Smartphones, Dependent Humans
Are you tense or impatient when you aren't able to check your smartphone? You are not alone. Read more >

Nudges Can Make a Difference
We often know what we should do to be healthier, but we don't always do it. That's when a well-crafted nudge can help. Read more >

Food Phobic
Food neophobia is an extreme form of picky eating and can lead to chronic health problems. Read more >

It's Hard Being a Night Owl
Night owls are out of step with the 9 to 5 world, and may pay a price professionally. Changes to your routine could make the difference. Read more >

Park It
The amount of time you need to spend in nature to get real health dividends. Read more >

Good Job, Dad
Dads get criticized a lot -- mostly by their spouses. Such comments don't tend to lead to improved parenting, however. Read more >

Old at Heart
Most of us think of heart disease as an adult problem, but the arteries of kids tell a different story. Read more >

I Can't Quit You, E-Cigarerettes
Many turn to e-cigs to quit smoking regular cigarettes, but end up hooked on vaping instead. Read more >

Money Management as a Screening Tool for Dementia
As memory becomes impaired with age, seniors may have trouble with basic financial tasks like making change or balancing their checkbooks. Read more >

Stop Vacation Weight Gain
You don't want to come home from your summer vacation with extra pounds. Here's a proven way to prevent that from happening. Read more >

A Hedge Against A-Fib
This medication for atrial fibrillation has the added bonus of reducing anger- and stress-triggered attacks. Read more >

How to Win Over Picky Eaters
Make these two changes to help expand your child's food repertoire and improve his or her nutrition. Read more >

Fine Young Moralists
Kids as young at three know what's right, and they aren't afraid to stand up for it. Read more >

It Pays to Be Tenacious
Cognitive behavior therapy teaches mental skills like remaining persistent and optimistic in the face of difficulties. They really do help. Read more >

Teen Suicide
Teen suicide rates are rising, particularly for girls. A team of researchers offers a picture of the problem and advice for parents. Read more >

Runners' High: Cannabis and Exercise
Many people who are now able to use pot legally find it's a helpful part of their exercise programs. It seems to increase motivation. Read more >

What We Gossip About
Gossip is incredibly common, but it may surprise you to learn who does more of it and why. Read more >

Operating at a Loss
Gastric bypass surgery can work wonders. But it's not magic. A study looked at what helped people keep the weight off and what didn't. Read more >

The Hard Work of Empathy
There's a way to make feeling empathy less emotionally and mentally taxing. It's pretty simple. Read more >

Fat-Shaming, Celebrity Edition
Comments about celebrites' weight gain harm the body image of the rest of us. Read more >

The Sleep Myths Keeping You Up at Night
Sleep is one of the best ways to safeguard your health, but our mistaken ideas about it can stand in the way of those benefits. Read more >

A Closer Look at Kids' Appetites
Some believe kids should be allowed to eat freely, to make sure they are adequately nourished. It's more complicated than that. Read more >

Take a Nature Pill
Spending 20 or 30 minutes just sitting in nature lowers stress levels so effectively that doctors should probably be prescribing it. Read more >

Choose Foods, Not Supplements
Nutritional supplements have some concerning associations with heart disease, cancer and health in general. Buy good food instead. Read more >

Sensing Seizures Before They Happen
Dogs can detect whether someone with epilepsy is going to have a seizure. It's all in the nose. Read more >

The Difference Between Solitude and Loneliness
Being alone is not the same as being lonely. Taking a little me-time is a sign of mental health. Read more >

A Picture Book is Worth a Million Words
Reading to kids exposes them to thousands, even millions, more words than kids whose parents don't do story time. Read more >

For Mothers-to-Be: An Anti-ADHD Diet
A child's chances of developing attention deficits goes up when their mothers had the wrong balance of these nutrients prenatally. Read more >

Little Explorers
Kids get more out of experiences if parents are there to encourage them to explore -- but just a little. Read more >

Mass Shootings and Gun Laws
The more permissive a state's guns laws are, the higher the likelihood a mass shooting will occur. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
It's amazing how little you have to do -- gardening, needlepoint, walking -- to lower your risk of dementia. Read more >

Don't Try This at Home
Parents who wouldn't think of smoking at home or in the car seem to have a different standard when it comes to vaping. Read more >

Proof of the Munchies
Legalizing marijuana may have an unintended health consequence: a rise in munchie-driven obesity rates. Read more >

An Antidepressant Diet
A healthy diet can help lift depression in many people, a large study shows. No special diets needed. Anxiety may improve, too. Read more >

Parks, Your Happy Place
Parks are healthcare providers. As little as a 20-minute visit left people feeling happier, even those who couldn't easily move around. Read more >

Parents on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Having children definitely cuts into your sleep, and it goes on for years, a study finds. Read more >

Insurers' Obstacles to Opioid Treatment
Buprenorphine relieves the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, yet insurance coverage for the drug is falling. Read more >

Marijuana and Fertility, A Second Look
It was a surprising finding: Moderate pot smokers had higher sperm counts and testosterone levels. Read more >

The Evolutionary Roots of Our Cell Phone Obsession
Many people can’t resist picking up their smartphones -- even when they're with kids and friends . Evolution may explain why. Read more >

For Dogs, Size Really Might Matter
Big dogs have big brains, and this seems to make a difference when it comes to certain mental abilities. Read more >

Parents Are the Key to Kids' School Performance
What kids really need to succeed in school is a parent who they know is involved and there for them. Nothing else matters as much. Read more >

Why You Need a Primary Care Doctor
Health screenings and cancer prevention are just two reasons to have a doctor watching over your healthcare and advocating for you. Read more >

About that Cheeseburger You're Eating
It's a chance to do right twice: eating less meat and fat not only is good for your health, it also reduces carbon emissions. Read more >

The Post-Workout Munchies
Working out will make you hungry. What you pick to eat as you leave the gym could erase much of your hard work. Read more >

Spare the Rod? Yes, Please
Physical punishment often leads to bad behavior in adulthood. Better to find some more effective strategies. Read more >

An Exercise Snack
You don't need the gym. Nibbling at exercise works, too. A few flights of stairs will give you a cardiovascular fitness boost. Read more >

Getting Fat on Advertising
Here's an easy step you can take to reduce your child's risk of becoming overweight: Opt for ad-free TV. Read more >

An App to Prevent Overdose Deaths
Opioid overdose deaths are preventable if Naloxone can be administered quickly. That's where cell phones come in. Read more >

Lower Your Cholesterol: Eat Less at Night
Cutting your consumption of fats at night can have a big effect on your "bad" cholesterol. It's an easy way to help your heart. Read more >

The Power of Happy Memories
Remembering the good times -- not just the bad -- can help teens build resilience and avoid depression. Read more >

A Welcome Drop in Cancer Rates
Rates for many types of cancer are down, but screening is a big issue. Read more >

The Attention Span of a 5-Year-Old
In kindergarteners, attention training boosts not only attention, but intelligence and brain function. Read more >

Negotiating the Minefield at the Cash Register
Snacks and candy tempt us as we wait in supermarket checkout lines. What if they weren't there? Read more >

Don't Make Screen Time Rewarding
Parents who make time on digital devices a special treat end up creating even bigger problems for themselves and their kids. Read more >

Drunk on Snapchat
Some binge drinkers like to post their partying on social media. But the platforms can be used to help problem drinkers, too. Read more >

Do App-Based Therapies Work?
Online apps can help people address the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to depression. But don't quit your current treatment. Read more >

High Tech Appetite Suppression
A tiny implantable -- and removable -- device curbs hunger automatically. Read more >

Exercise Takes Years Off the Mind
Seniors who exercised and ate well had significant cognitive improvements – in as little as six months. Read more >

Sex and The Senior Citizen
Sex is good medicine as you age. It doesn't need to be world-class; closeness is what's required. Read more >

Middle Schoolers at Risk
Social issues, anxiety and conduct problems can put middle schoolers at risk of substance use. Knowing the risks, parents can take action. Read more >

The Heart of a Meat Eater
Eating meat raises your levels of a by-product of digestion that may be the missing link when it comes to red meat and heart disease. Read more >

Personal Care Products and Early Puberty
Many shampoos and soaps contain endocrine-disrupting compounds that mimic the action of hormones. This is not good for girls' development. Read more >

Leaving a Bad Boss Behind
Workers who have been bullied or abused by a superior often become very different managers. Read more >

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
The holidays mean high calorie foods are everywhere -- at work, at parties and at home. You need a game plan to keep your weight in line. Read more >

Getting Closer
Even young adults enjoying casual sex say they like to experience intimacy. Read more >

Grandpa's Gun
What do you do when a senior gun owner shows signs of dementia? Some guidelines for families and doctors. Read more >

Couples Mellow Over Time
When couples reach their 70s, humor and acceptance tend to overtake bickering. Read more >

Dinnertime, Debate Time
When teens are at the table, mealtime arguments are not uncommon. But eating together still delivers lasting lessons. Read more >

Get A Move On
Americans are sitting more. They're also less physically active. Here's how bad the picture is. Read more >

Obesity and Childhood Asthma
About a quarter of all childhood asthma diagnoses may be completely avoidable. Parents just need to take action. Read more >

Untreated Hearing Loss Leads to Health Problems
Hearing loss makes it harder for seniors to think and socialize, and easier for them to fall. Addressing it saves healthcare dollars. Read more >

Good News, Multitaskers
Sometimes multitasking can actually make you more efficient, at least up to a point. Read more >

Cut Carbs Before Calories
Go easy on the stuffing: Eating fewer carbohydrates helps the body burn calories, keeps weight off. Read more >

Workplace Health, or Workplace Fat-Shaming?
Programs designed to promote employee health can backfire. But not if they're designed properly. Read more >

Good Sports
Focusing on a sport too soon is bad for kids physically, mentally, and socially. Read more >

Imaginary Friends, Imaginary Worlds
Many kids have a rich fantasy life, one they may share with other kids. Parents shouldn't worry; it's a sign of something good. Read more >

Feeding Your Wild Cat
House cats still have a bit of the jungle in them. It's important to feed them with that in mind. Read more >

Early Intervention Lasts for Years
Addressing childhood behavioral problems early can bring brain changes that persist into adulthood. Read more >

The Shape You're In
People jump to conclusions about others based on their body types. Yes, it's unfair; it's also predictable. Read more >

Marijuana Users' Memory Issues
Marijuana can interfere with learning and memory, particularly in teens and young adults. One thing brings it back. Read more >

Let Patients Choose
When people with PTSD were able to choose which of two proven treatments they received, they did a lot better. Read more >

The Pleasure in Others' Misfortune
We all experience schadenfreude, but we don't like to think about it too much. Now researchers untangle its roots. Read more >

Anxious? Try Lavender
There's new evidence for the relaxing, anti-anxiety effects of lavender. But it only works this way. Read more >

A Test Strip to Prevent Drug Overdoses
Street drugs laced with fentanyl are even more deadly. Letting users test for it themselves can save lives. Read more >

Going to Church to Lower BP
Programs offered in churches help African American parishioners lower their blood pressure. Read more >

An Empathy Booster
Virtual reality experiences can help us become more compassionate toward people whose lives are difficult. Read more >

Nail Polish Continues to Put Fertility at Risk
Twenty years ago the risks of certain chemicals in nail polish were exposed. Little has changed. Read more >

Sleepy People Are Dangerous
Too little sleep is a problem -- especially when others' lives depend on your performance. Read more >

Tanning Outside the Law
There are laws governing who can use tanning salons and how often. But enforcement is lacking, and teens are at risk. Read more >

Multitaskers' Uninformed Opinions
Multitasking doesn't just distract you; it can disrupt your ability to make informed judgments. Read more >

Nice Guys Finish Last?
Agreeable people are more likely to have money problems. The reason for this may surprise you. Read more >

Put Two Babies in Front of a Screen...
When it comes to learning language, social interaction makes a difference. infants learn better in twos. Read more >

Give Trees a Chance
Trees improve students' school performance, even in low-achieving schools. Could it hurt to plant a few? Read more >

No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption?
More evidence that even moderate drinking may be harmful to our long-term health. Read more >

An Optimistic Failure
Entrepreneurs who are highly optimistic are more likely to fail than their realistic or pessimistic counterparts. Read more >

Talk About Sex...Often
An ongoing series of smaller conversations with kids about sex and staying safe works better than one awkward talk. Read more >

Self-Transcendence and the Path to Health
When we think of healthy behaviors in terms of those people and ideals we care about, it's easier to follow through with them. Read more >

Saving Energy: What Will the Neighbors Think?
Good things happen when people know about energy usage around their neighborhoods. Read more >

Mental Imagery Helps Diets Succeed
Dieters lost five times the weight when they imagined how it would feel and what they could do if they were thinner. Read more >

Brain Development, 24 Hours a Day
School is not the only place where kids' mental abilities grow. Three other areas make a big difference, too. Read more >

Help for Parents of Picky Eaters
Fussy eaters can drive parents crazy. Try these tips and maintain your sanity. Read more >

The Demotion Lurking In Your Inbox
Managers who get bogged down answering emails often miss the chance to connect with and inspire their workers. Read more >

A Promising Treatment for Psychosis
Cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating component of marijuana, seems to help brain areas associated with a loss of touch with reality. Read more >

Gratitude's Double Dividends
We tend to underestimate how much people appreciate being thanked. We may also overlook how good it is for us. Read more >

Time for Breakfast
There are programs that pay for and provide breakfasts for school children. So why do so few kids take advantage of them? Read more >

It's OK Not to Be OK
Yes, most of us recover from trauma in the long run. But that doesn't change how tough the immediate aftermath is. Read more >

When Doctors and Patients Collaborate
Patients are more likely to take the necessary steps to improve their health if their doctors ask them what is and isn't working for them. Read more >

Naps' Important Brain Work
Kids who miss their naps can be a pain to be around, but there's an even bigger reason to be sure they get enough sleep. Read more >

Why You Have a Short Attention Span
It's not your fault your mind wanders. It's supposed to. That's how we knit our perception of reality together. Read more >

Older is Not Wiser
Seniors are less likely than younger generations to realize -- and admit -- an error. Read more >

When Kids Smoke Second-Hand
Second-hand smoke has lots of risks for kids. Rheumatoid arthritis may be another. Read more >

The Key to Collaboration
Working in teams may be overrated. Collaborating works best when it happens intermittently. People need alone time. Read more >

Body Image and Snapchat
The filters on photo apps may create unrealistic physical standards and set the stage for serious body image issues. Read more >

Male Fertility in Brief
Briefs or boxers? Men who mainly wear briefs have sperm counts that are 25 percent lower than boxer-wearers. Read more >

Aspirational Dating
Have you ever been interested in someone who is far more desirable than you are? It happens all the time on online dating sites. Read more >

Distractions Cost Grades
Using phones, tablets and laptops in the classroom can have a nasty effect on grades. Read more >

Parenthood Can Be Depressing
The demands of an infant are hard on dads, too. In fact, depression is almost as common in new fathers as it is in mothers. Read more >

No Gains from Brain Games
Brain training does not translate into gains on similar brain tasks. There are better ways to stay sharp. Read more >

A Promising New Target for Treating Depression
People with depression are deficient in acetyl-L-carnitine, a key part of the body's energy metabolism. Read more >

Peacocks Who Drive Cars
Men are more likely to buy luxury goods when testosterone is high. It's a display thing. Read more >

Social Media as a Trigger for Attention Deficit Disorder
Kids who use social media a lot are more likely to develop ADHD. Or is it that those at risk for attention problems like social media? Read more >

Look for the Forest, Not the Trees
Having trouble making a big decision? Research shows that taking a few steps back can help. Read more >

Folic Acid's Brainy Effects
Pregnant women take the B vitamin folic acid to prevent spinal bifida. But it does more. Read more >

Soccer Players' Balance Issues
Soccer headers can cause brain damage in some players. They also appear to affect players' sense of balance. Read more >

Cultivate Five Habits to Protect Your Kids
Mothers who follow these five healthy habits cut their children's risk of becoming obese by as much as 80 percent. Read more >

Police Violence and the Black Community
When an unarmed black man dies at the hands of police, the damage to the community goes on long after the civil unrest has subsided. Read more >

Three-Year-Olds' Self Control
Most adults believe that 3-year-olds today are less able to wait for a reward than kids were 50 years ago, but they're wrong. Read more >

Is Small Talk Underappreciated?
High quality conversations that are meaningful to us make us happy. Small talk can pave the way. Read more >

Help for a Terrible, Very Bad Day
Parents who encourage their kids to interpret slights and hurtful moments in a non-hostile way help reduce aggressive behavior. Read more >

It's a Dad's World, Too
Most programs for new parents don't focus on fathers at all. And that is a lost opportunity. Read more >

Coffee Builds Teamwork
Caffeinated coworkers work better together and feel more satisfied. They also do a better job. Read more >

The Tipping Point for Social Change
How many people does it take to set a change in motion? Fewer than you might think. Read more >

Social Media Can Bring You Down
From hurtful comments to parties you weren't invited to, social media visits can leave you feeling depressed. Time for a break? Read more >

Helicopter Parents Don't Help
Kids with over-controlling parents have a harder time managing their emotions. Here's what you can do. Read more >

A Head Start Lasts a Long Time
Pre-K programs for low-income kids don't just help them do better in kindergarten. The boost they offer lasts on into elementary school. Read more >

That's Disgusting!
Disgust actually seems to serve a valuable evolutionary purpose, but that doesn't make it any easier to take. Read more >

Two Hours a Week
It's surprising how little exercise it takes to stay sharp as you age. But you do have to keep at it. Read more >

Grandmothers and ADHD
The drug DES was banned in 1971, but it may be causing attention problems in the grandchildren of women who took it. Read more >

Find Your Inner Math Whiz
A free online course is designed to change students' and adults' self-defeating ideas about math. It seems to work. Read more >

The Daily Mile
When kids walk, jog or run a mile a day, good things happen to their stamina, attention and weight. Read more >

Turn Up the Radio
The bonding that happens when parents and kids listen to music together pays lasting dividends. Read more >

Plastic-Eating Enzymes!
Researchers have developed an enzyme that digests plastic. Now to put it to work cleaning up our bottle-strewn beaches. Read more >

Toxic Workplaces
Office dramas and rude coworkers can take a toll on your mental health. The trick is to find a way to leave it at the office. Read more >

C is for Cannabis
Legalized marijuana means that more babies are exposed to cannabis in the womb. The effects are not good. Read more >

From the Mouths of Drinkers
People who drink alcohol have disruptions in their oral bacteria which could lead to more serious health problems. Read more >

Brain Circuits Tied to Depression and Obesity
Brain abnormalities that make food less pleasurable and promote depression appear tied to each other. Read more >

Help for Kids with Short Fuses
Being able to control one's emotions is a life skill many struggle to master. The good news is that programs to teach it actually work. Read more >

Self-Perception and the Gender Gap
Men tend to think they're better in science, even when they're not. Women do the opposite. Read more >

Class Schedules and Body Clocks
Students who are not morning people tend to get a raw deal at college. It affects their grades. Read more >

Riding the Crave
We will happily pay more for unhealthy food we crave -- like chips or candy -- than for foods that are good for us. Override the crave. Read more >

A Cheeseburger with a Side of Phthalates
Eating out in fast food places raises the level of these chemicals, found in plastics, in your body. The consequences aren't good. Read more >

Low-Tech Protection from Norovirus
It's behind most of the outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhea around the world. Protecting yourself from it is, actually, pretty easy. Read more >

Math Skills Begin at Home
Parents lay the groundwork for math skills simply by counting and even cooking with their kids. Read more >

Performance Anxiety
If you tend to choke in situations where you've failed in the past, become a student of failure. Read more >

Fuggedaboutit and Feel Better
There appears to be something to be said for suppressing negative emotions. It may help reduce the risk of depression. Read more >

The Power of Touch
A study finds that when a loved one takes your hand, it can sync your brains and reduce pain. Read more >

Dieting for Two
There's a ripple effect in weight loss: If you lose weight, your partner or spouse is likely to lose some, too. Read more >

Spin Class As a Hedge Against Dementia
Women who are highly active in their 40s have a much lower risk of dementia later in life. Read more >

The Mind of a Girl, The Body of a Woman
Girls who reach puberty before their friends do can experience problems that last into adulthood. Read more >

Overconfident Online Learners
Whether it's how to throw a curveball, sand a floor or do the moonwalk, online videos make it look easy. And that's a problem. Read more >

A Depression Awareness Program for Teens
Teaching teens to spot depression is a powerful way to help kids get the counseling they may need. Read more >

Normal Is a Big Tent
Don't bother looking for a clear line between what's normal and what's not. When it comes to your brain, it's all part of a continuum. Read more >

When Diets Stall Out
Your body's survival mechanisms can make it hard to keep losing weight. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more >

Sugary Drinks and Infertility
When men and women drink sugar-sweetened beverages, it reduces the chances of getting pregnant by as much as a third. Read more >

The Verdict on E-Cigarettes
They may be a good way to help die-hard smokers quit, but e-cigs pose risks for others. Read more >

Dim and Dimmer
Spending time in low light can rob the brain of a chemical important to learning and memory. Read more >

A Recovery Garden
Cancer survivors who tended vegetable gardens were less stressed, more fit and had a stronger sense of self worth. They ate better, too. Read more >

Fractured Sleep, Fractured Mind
Which comes first: sleep problems or the accumulation of proteins related to Alzheimer's? Read more >

Obesity Goes Viral
Obesity is like the flu -- it's contagious. You can catch it from your friends and neighbors. Read more >

Don't Get Started
It's amazing how easy it is to get started smoking. Nearly 70% of those who try cigarettes end up hooked. Read more >

Taking It to the Trees
You might think kids' attention suffers when teachers take classes outside. Not so. Read more >

Thrills and Spills on the Hill
Olympic skiers and snowboarders make it look easy. Here are a few tips to keep injuries to a minimum. Read more >

Why You May Want to Reconsider Bariatric Surgery
Weight loss surgery offers serious health benefits and extends life. Read more >

A Different Look at Willpower
Self-control isn't easy, but seeing it as difficult makes it even harder to come by. Lighten up. Read more >

Amber Waves of Sleep
There's a way to avoid the sleep-depriving effects of computer, phone, and TV screens late at night. Counteract the blue light with these. Read more >

What They Don't Tell You about Activity Trackers
That fitness monitor you got over the holidays can give you a false sense of security. Here's how to get the most out of it. Read more >

Meals Are for More than Food
The emotional atmosphere around your family table has a big impact on children's development. Read more >

Sleeping with the Fishes
Children who eat fish tend to have IQ scores that are five points higher than those who don't. Here's the reason why. Read more >

When Work Life Takes over Personal Life
Flex-hours, freelance and working from home sound great. And they can be. But you need to set some boundaries. Read more >

Become a Life Saver
If you know how to stop bleeding or give CPR, you become the bystander who can make a difference. Read more >

The Scary Odds on Obesity
Over half of today’s kids are likely to be obese by the time they are 35 years old. Here's how parents can buck the trend. Read more >

School Daze: How Schools Rob Kids of Sleep
The quickest way to help teens get more sleep is for schools to change when classes begin. Read more >

A Day Without A Cell Phone
People forced to go through a day without their phones made some telling discoveries. Read more >

The Supervisor's Dilemma
Some bosses are approachable; others keep more of a distance. The choice can make a difference in the kind of work that gets done. Read more >

Another Way to Support Mental Health
Apps can help people with mental health problems get the support they need. Read more >

Smart Gamers
Certain video games reward memory, strategy and planning, and reflect players' IQs. Others don't. Read more >

Cancer As a Numbers Game
Nearly half of all cancers are the result of risk factors that we can control. Read more >

Gobbling Puts on the Pounds
Speed eating leads to overeating and metabolic issues. Teach yourself to slow down and enjoy your meal even more Read more >

Talking about Numbers Teaches Language
Working on numbers with your preschooler helps them learn language, too. Read more >

The White Working Class and Race Relations
White working class Americans feel like a lot of non-whites do -- left out of the economic progress they read about. Read more >

Paint It Blue
People under stress calm down over three times faster when they are exposed to this type of light. Read more >

Women, Up Your Game
There's walking and then there's walking. A stroll around the block is not necessarily going to yield the health benefits you want. Read more >

Dust Off Your Social Skills
Actual human interaction has benefits that texts and social media can't duplicate. Read more >

The Right Team for the Job
When co-workers are friendly, motivation and productivity go up. But certain kinds of work require a different dynamic. Read more >

The Distracting Power of Junk Food
The scent of baked goods or french fries can quickly replace any thoughts in our heads. Carrots, not so much. Read more >

Tanning and Depression
People who pursue a tan, even knowing the risk of skin cancer, may be self-treating for depression. Read more >

When Sex Goes to Pot
People who smoke pot have more sex than those who don't. Or do they just say they do? Read more >

More and More Teens Are Losing Sleep
The number of teens who don't get enough sleep has risen dramatically since 1991. You can probably guess why. Read more >

A Reset for Depressed Brains
Psilocybin changed the brains of people with treatment-resistant depression, helping them feel better. Read more >

Where Your Mind Goes When You Space Out
This brain network kicks in when we don't need to pay close attention, allowing our minds to wander. Read more >

Don't Look; Listen
We can hear the emotional content of interactions better when we aren't looking. Read more >

The High Cost of Raising the Retirement Age
Raising the retirement age for Social Security should save money, but it just brings older, sicker people into the system. Read more >

Is Your Child an Orchid or a Dandelion?
Kids become picky eaters for a number of reasons. Genes seem to play a role...along with issues of control. Read more >

Being a Couch Potato Can Make You Sad
People who exercise one to two hours a week have a much lower risk for depression than those who are sedentary. Read more >

Running Away from Smoking
A Canadian program combines running and social support to help people quit. The results are impressive. Read more >

Relieve Your Worried Brain
People who are prone to worry waste a lot of mental energy. Here's a way to reboot your brain. Read more >

Making A Game Out of Sex Ed
Teens need information to make smart choices about sex. A video game may be the best way to give it to them. Read more >

What Your Difficulties Teach Your Kids
Letting your kids see you struggle turns out to be a really good way to teach them to persist. Read more >

You Are Not Alone in Feeling Alone
Every year new students and new hires at various companies have to contend with the feeling that everyone knows each other -- except them. Read more >

Why You Don't Want to Tell Your Kids They're Smart
Kids praised for being smart are more likely to cheat or give up. Here's what to do instead. Read more >

Patients As Works of Art
Doctors trained to look at art tend to be better observers of the humans in their examining rooms. Read more >

Gun Laws Make a Difference
A nationwide study in the U.S. finds that stricter gun laws reduce ER admissions and deaths. Read more >

For Seniors, TV Is Dangerous
Watching TV, especially at night, is a big reason many seniors have trouble walking. Here's why. Read more >

Nature Behind Bars
Good things happen when prisoners are given a chance to spend time immersed (virtually) in nature. Read more >

Why Teens Take Risks
It's not about their brains after all. It's about curiosity and exploration. Parents can help. Read more >

Bright Girls, Smarter Women
Believing you are smart and believing you can work your way to an intelligent solution are two very different things. Read more >

What Keeps Parents Up at Night
A national poll identifies 10 of the biggest fears parents have when it comes to their children's health and safety. Read more >

The Long Arm of Breakfast
Eating breakfast helps kids do better in school, and now it appears it does something even more important. Read more >

Bright Lights, Late Nights, Breast Cancer
Your risk for breast cancer goes up with your nighttime exposure to artificial light. Shift workers are especially vulnerable. Read more >

Mindful Drinkers
Being mindful of the urge to drink can be an excellent way to reduce your consumption. Read more >

Close Protection
Having close friends, more than being part of a peer group, gives teens a hedge against self-doubt, depression and anxiety. Read more >

Happy Couples Take Risks
Having a spouse or partner who supports you not only encourages you to seek opportunity, it brings happiness. Read more >

Self Control Is Easier in the Third Person
There's a way to get your emotions under control that won't exhaust your willpower. Read more >

Don't Resist Your Feelings
Pushing away feelings you'd rather not have can backfire. To boost your well-being, embrace them. Read more >

Help for the Food Shy
Infants' temperaments tend to predict their willingness to try new foods, but that doesn't mean parents should give up trying. Read more >

Troubling Searches on Suicide
Google searches about suicide rose dramatically when the TV series, 13 Reasons Why, aired. Many clinicians are concerned. Read more >

Change Your Mind, Improve Your Health
It's not just about exercise. Your sense of how fit you are, or aren't, has a big effect on your health and longevity. Read more >

Time and Happiness
Using your money to buy services that free up your time isn't lazy -- it's wise. Read more >

Photos for Fake News
It's easy to doctor images and put them online. It turns out we are not very good at determining what's real and what's not. Read more >

That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling
Generosity -- and it doesn't take much -- makes us happier. Brain scans show how it works. Read more >

Obesity and Our Sense of Smell
A study in mice finds those with an enhanced sense of smell gained more weight; those with no sense of smell lost it. A new diet strategy? Read more >

A Game to Remember
People with mild cognitive impairment tend to forget things. There's a game that seems to help. Read more >

Can Parents Be Too Supportive?
Parents can be too supportive, at least in a study of third graders. But the issue may be trickier than that. Read more >

A Novel Way to De-Clutter
Are you holding on to too much stuff? Here's a way to honor sentimental items of clothing or toys without succumbing to clutter. Read more >

Diaper-Free Babies!
Some parents are choosing to skip diapers altogether and using elimination communication to get their babies to go. Read more >

Beware the Dreaded "Dad Bod"
Marriage really does make men fatter. And then come kids. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more >

Mommy-Shaming: Fight Back
Everyone is an expert when it comes to raising kids. What's a mother to do about the criticism -- well-intentioned or not? Read more >

Decadent Vegetables
When veggies sound like an indulgence -- chipotle-roasted corn, sizzling green beans -- they go over a lot better. Read more >

Batter Up Too Late?
Baseball players' reaction times improved when they got an extra hour of sleep. Stress and fatigue went down, too. Read more >

The Power of Perceptions of Control
Parents who believe their actions affect their kids have kids with fewer problems and more resilience. Read more >

Take Time to Savor
Mindless munching really packs on the pounds. Paying attention to emotional eating can be game-changing. Read more >

Sunburn Season
Protecting your skin from damaging UV rays begins with hats, sunglasses, and picking the right sunscreen. Read more >

The Myth of Teenagers' Shrinking Brains
It had been thought that teens' brains shrink during adolescence. That’s far from true. Read more >

Smart Toys, Worried Parents
Giving your child a toy he or she can talk to sounds ideal, until you consider privacy and hacking. Read more >

Fidget Toys -- Calming or Distracting?
Fiddling with hand-held toys can be therapeutic. The idea is they focus attention and reduce anxiety. But is this always the case? Read more >

Pups Help Kids Cope
The challenges of school and growing up are much easier to handle with a dog by your side. Read more >

Noise in Nature
Noise is increasingly polluting the peace and quiet of protected areas, disturbing plant and animal life. Read more >

Multitasking Drains the Brain
Brain scans of people coping with fragmented attention show how much extra effort it requires. Read more >

Setting Kids Up to Stay Slender
Children who find it hard to handle their emotions are more likely to become overweight. There is a simple way for parents to help. Read more >

Beware Third-Hand Smoke
Even if you don't allow smoking around your kids, the toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke linger, affecting their health. Read more >

Time for Lunch... And Recess
Kids eat more vegetables and waste more food depending on when lunch and recess are scheduled. Read more >

A Pick-Me-Up That's Better Than Caffeine or Soda
Office workers looking for a way to banish afternoon fogginess should try this approach. Read more >

Why Kids Drop Out
Life crises contribute to many kids' decision to leave school. A little help navigating these rough times could prevent it. Read more >

Reset Your Body's Clock
You can fix biorhythms thrown off by shift work, travel or late nights in front of a screen and lose weight at the same time. Read more >

Violent Video Games Increase Violence
There's a link between the violence that we experience virtually and the violence that we act out in reality. Read more >

The Secret to Staying Motivated Over the Long Haul
What motivates us changes as we progress toward our goals. It pays to know the difference. Read more >

Sexism and Video Games
Playing video games is significantly associated with sexist attitudes, a French study has found. It's about how women are depicted. Read more >

Better Schools, At No Cost
Enrichment doesn't have to cost money. Trusting, deep relationships at school can have a huge academic impact. Read more >

When Employees Lose Weight, Companies Gain
Company programs to help workers lose weight not only benefit workers' health, they add to hours on the job. Read more >

Vending Machines Programmed for Healthier Food Choices
If you have to wait for a your chips to drop, but can get a healthier snack more quickly, or cheaply, you might choose differently. Read more >

"A Robot Ate My Job"
Workers in both blue and white collar jobs are looking over their shoulders, worried that robots will replace them. Read more >

Having Less Sex?
People are having sex less often. And it's not about work...or age. Read more >

Yoga and Breathing Ease Depression
Both high- and low-intensity courses in yoga and breathing techniques helped people suffering from depression. Read more >

What It Takes to Go Viral
Everyone wants to know why some stories go viral. Brain scans offer an answer. Read more >

The Calculations of Cancer Patients
Weighing the pros and cons of treatment options is not easy for patients, particularly when they are reeling from a cancer diagnosis. Read more >

Patient Surveys Change Doctors' Bedside Manners
Doctors took note when patients gave them mediocre ratings, taking steps to improve communication. Things got better. Read more >

Over-Medicated Seniors
Seniors are being given prescriptions that can muddle their minds and cause falls. Here is how over-prescribing can be avoided. Read more >

My Selfie is Better than Yours
Selfies are fun when you are the one taking them. Others' selfies are another story. Read more >

Same-Sex Marriage Reduces Teen Suicide
The sexual confusion of the teen years can be brutal for teens questioning their sexuality. Legalizing same-sex marriage has helped. Read more >

The Vasectomy of the Future
Women take note: it's possible to plug the vas deferens so sperm can't get out. And the procedure may even be reversible Read more >

E-Cigarettes Aren't Stopping Kids From Lighting Up
Yes, smoking is down, but it has seemingly nothing to do with e-cigarettes. Read more >

Give Your Mind A Hedge Against Memory Problems
Some surprising — and fulfilling — ways to reduce your chances of cognitive impairment. Read more >

Naughty or Nice?
With kids, personality traits are pretty contagious. So it matters who their friends are. Read more >

Stop Fat Shaming
When overweight people are stereotyped as incompetent, lazy or ugly, it's bad for their mental and physical health. Read more >

The Power of Mistakes
We all make mistakes. Some of us are better about using them to good advantage, however. Here's why. Read more >

A Cure for Fake News
You can inoculate yourself against fake news. It starts with knowing that it's out there. Read more >

For Kids with Behavior Problems — Cybercycling
The exercise that virtual reality cycling programs offer can make a big difference for kids who find it hard to deal with school. Read more >

France Outlaws Spanking
Fifty-two countries have laws against spanking. Not only does spanking not work, a study finds, it may bring on some undesirable behaviors. Read more >

Why We Need More Fun at Work
Managers who encourage policies that get workers to know each other have employees who learn more and faster on the job. Read more >

Someone to Tell Your Troubles To
It can be hard to get help in a country with only ten psychiatrists. That's where the Friendship Bench comes in. Read more >

Maybe This Will Help You Quit
Cigarette smoke contains lots of chemicals, not just nicotine. Think ammonia, arsenic, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, lead and uranium. Read more >

Finding More Fun
It's more fun doing something on the fly, improvising, than following a master plan. Keep things loose. Read more >

Sleep-Deprived Soda Drinkers
People who drink more soda tend to sleep less — two or three hours less than those who don't. Read more >

Men and Nuts
Why do nuts, and walnuts especially, do so much for men? They can even boost men's moods. Read more >

Autism and the Flu Vaccine
Childhood vaccinations don't cause autism spectrum disorders. But what about moms' flu vaccines? Read more >

Yogic Breathing Practices Lift Depression
People with severe depression who didn't respond to antidepressants were helped by these breathing techniques. Read more >

Cell Phones Can't Keep a Secret
Even when it's locked and off, your cell phone reveals a lot about you — like what you ate, the places you've been. Read more >

Is Your Computer Spying on You?
Not only are we more connected than ever, our own online devices may be stalking us. Read more >

Keeping Sleeping Babies Safe
New guidelines to guard against sudden infant death suggest that babies are safer in your room. Read more >

Puff, Puff, Puff Yourself to Death
Putting graphic warnings on cigarette packs helps smokers quit and saves lives. Read more >

Math Prejudice
In kindergarten, girls and boys are equals when it comes to math. But by second grade... Read more >

Raising a Reader
Many parents don't realize how easy it is to help kids learn to read, but their involvement makes a huge difference. Read more >

Social Media Users Live Longer
People who are active on Facebook and other networking sites tend to live longer. Coincidence? Probably not. Read more >

No, Really, You Look Great
Lying gets easier if you do it enough, British researchers have found. It's like any habit. Read more >

Sleepy Kids Become Fat Kids
When children don't get enough sleep, they don't just get cranky; they eat much, much more. Read more >

Meditation for Prisoners
Transcendental meditation can help prisoners confront the trauma that helps put so many behind bars. Read more >

Economic Uncertainty and Mental Decline
Financial hardship doesn't just affect physical health; cognitive health suffers, too. Read more >

The Outrage Diet
Appealing to teens' budding sense of social justice can undermine the allure of junk food. Read more >

Testosterone, No Magic Bullet
Studies of testosterone treatment paint a murky picture of what has become a billion dollar industry. Read more >

Crazy Cats
Is your cat driving you crazy? Two veterinarians and an animal behaviorist have a suggestion that should help. Read more >

A Pill to Improve Kids' Reading Skills
A Swedish study found children who received this supplement read faster and better. Read more >

Try This, Baby
Parents worried about toddlers' eating habits should be aware that babies are taking in way more than food during mealtimes. Read more >

Fertility Plummets When Women Are Stressed
A 45% reduced conception rate is clear evidence for why women — and men — need to take stress reduction seriously. Read more >

Help for Kids Facing Surgery
There's a surprising way to reduce kids' anxiety before surgery, no drugs required. Read more >

Depressing Facts About Depression Treatment
Less than a third of the people in the U.S. who are depressed get treatment. Guess who's most affected? Read more >

Senior Serenity
Most seniors are happier than people in their 20s and 30s, making them an untapped resource for the mental health of young adults. Read more >

Child Abuse Shortens Lives
Women who were abused in childhood don't live as long as those who weren't. Men are less affected. Read more >

Good Dog!
Which pleases your dog more: praise or food? Brain scans tell a surprising story. Read more >

Personalized Nutrition Advice Makes A Difference
When nutrition advice is tailored to an individual's needs, it has a much bigger impact on diet and health. Read more >

The Perks of Being a Volunteer
Volunteering, especially later in life, seems to bring health and happiness. Read more >

Women and ADHD
Women with ADHD tend to live in poverty, suffer from anxiety and depression, and fly under the radar of mental health programs. Read more >

E-Cigarettes, The Coolness Factor
Kids like e-cigarettes mostly because they seem cool. But are e-cigs safer than smoking tobacco? Read more >

A Little Quiet for Toddlers
Background noise makes it hard for toddlers to pick up language. So turn off the TV. Read more >

Your Child's “Overnight Therapy” — Sleep
Every parent knows what a tired child is like. What they may not know is that sleep problems can create emotional problems. Read more >

Frape — A Prank or Something More Sinister?
When a friend logs on as you and posts content to your social media account, you've been fraped. Read more >

A Recipe for Friendship and Trust
We like people who eat like us even more than we like people who look and dress like us. Read more >

Is Marijuana Addiction Real?
Over time marijuana use seems to dull the responsiveness of the reward center of the brain, making it less sensitive to pleasure. Read more >

ADHD: Exercise Helps People Focus
Short periods of exercise can help people with ADHD get motivated and stay focused. Read more >

With Sunblock, The Customer Is Not Always Right
The sunscreens we like may not give us adequate protection, depending on what we're doing outdoors. Read more >

Early Bedtimes for Toddlers Cut The Risk of Obesity Later On
Preschoolers who go to bed around 8 pm are half as likely to become overweight teens. Read more >

Drinking and Doctor Visits
Alcohol consumption is a topic that often doesn't come up at doctor's visits, and it should. Read more >

What If Veggies Were Marketed Like Other Foods?
When healthy foods are marketed more like processed foods, shoppers buy more of them. Read more >

How Australia Ended Mass Shootings
There hasn't been a mass shooting in Australia since it enacted new gun laws in 1996. Not one. Read more >

The Art of Stress Relief
Making art helps reduce stress — it doesn't matter whether you are good at it or not. Read more >

Antidepressants for Kids?
An international review study found only one antidepressant was reliably useful for those under 18. Read more >

To Increase Activity, Keep It Local
Teens exercised an hour more a week simply by building mild exercise nearby into their daily routine Read more >

Marital Discord, Written on the Body
The way you handle disputes with your partner can show up as health issues down the road. Read more >

How Economics Affects Our Ability to Delay Gratification
Resisting temptation is not always a good thing, at least not when rewards are scarce. Read more >

What Aging Well Really Means
A good old age may not mean being free of ailments. More important are seniors' mobility and sociability. Read more >

Foods That Reduce Aggression
Violent, antisocial kids behaved better when their diets were rich in this nutrient. Read more >

Global Bedtimes
Data from an app for jet lag have helped researchers develop a snapshot of global sleep patterns. Read more >

Help for the Loneliness of Dementia
A program that helps seniors with early-onset dementia suggests ways to ease loneliness. Read more >

Meat and Mortality
A Mayo Clinic study finds that eating meat regularly shortens life spans. Read more >

Antidepressants Not Working?
Certain nutraceuticals — omega-3s and others — can boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Read more >

The Attention Span of a Two-Year-Old
Children's ability to pay attention appears to be affected by the amount of attention their parents pay to things. Read more >

Bedbugs Prefer Red
Believe it or not, bedbugs have color preferences. So you may want to reconsider those red sheets. Read more >

Do Dogs Like Hugs?
An unofficial study is garnering a lot of attention for suggesting that dogs don't like to be hugged. Read more >

Your Brain at A Buffet
There appears to be yet another biological mechanism behind overeating. It's a signaling problem. Read more >

Targeted Ads Tell You Who You Think You Are
Online ads that follow you around the Web offer flattering identities as part of their sales pitch. Read more >

You Call That Teamwork?
Everyone who works on a team tends to over-estimate their own contribution and under-estimate everyone else's. Read more >

Friends Don't Help Friends Lose Weight
However well-intentioned, you really shouldn't tell a friend on a diet that ice cream is a bad idea. Read more >

Your Partner Could Be Making You Fat
Your spouse has more of an impact on how you eat than your family history does. Read more >

What Transgender Kids Need From Their Parents
If your child feels his or her gender ldentity is different from their biological sex, your support can make a huge difference. Read more >

Being Sleep-Deprived Brings on the Munchies
The less you sleep, the more calories you tend to consume because your brain is unable to regulate appetite. Read more >

Distinctive Deaths, State-by-State
Where to go to find the most unintentional gun deaths, fatal police encounters and traffic fatalities. Read more >

The Five Percent Solution
Good news for people struggling to lose weight: even small losses can bring serious health benefits. Read more >

Give T A Chance
Sex lives and mood improved when older men with low T used testosterone gel. Read more >

Enraged Mice
New brain research offers more insight into where rage comes from, and how it's kept in check. Read more >

You Couldn't Pay Me to Exercise!
Instead of paying employees to lose weight, it may be better for companies to fine them if they don't. Read more >

Couch Potatoes' Shrinking Brains
The brains of people who are fit are bigger than those who aren't. Read more >

Assaults Plague Emergency Medical Workers
Who knew it was so dangerous to answer a call for help? Assaults on paramedics are too common. Read more >

The Truth about Old Dogs and New Tricks
Not only do dogs learn new tricks, they have things to teach us, too. Read more >

A High Price to Pay For A Tan
Tanning salon regulars raise their risk of melanoma by 500%. Read more >

Waistlines Never Take a Vacation
People gain an average of just under a pound during a vacation. They rarely take the weight off. Read more >

Why Mice Don't Play Football
Mice subjected to repeated mild impacts to the head showed long-term brain damage. No, they weren't wearing helmets. Read more >

The De-Clutter Diet
Clearing your counters is a good way to cut calories. Messy kitchens promote snacking. Read more >

HIV Screening Falls Short
Patient confidentiality is a a big reason many teens and young adults avoid going for HIV testing. Read more >

Hookahs’ Hidden Dangers
The water in hookahs cools tobacco smoke, but the pipes deliver huge amounts of tar and nicotine. Read more >

Frozen in the Spotlight
Performance anxiety is all-too-familiar to many. Now scientists know why it occurs. Read more >

Better Learning Through Collaboration
Kids look at more of the angles when they solve problems and make choices if they work with others. Read more >

Why Eating Out Zaps Your Self Control
Eating out can make dietary self control especially difficult. Restaurant meals tend to be big, and tempt us when we are vulnerable. Read more >

Trying To Fool Your Activity Tracker?
You can trick your activity tracker, but probably not for long. Read more >

A Profile of College Drug Use
Binge drinking and marijuana use are up, but some other drug use is down on college campuses. Read more >

Coming To A Beach, Park, or Ski Slope Near You
The best way to prevent skin cancer may be to make sun screen available for free wherever people go to be outdoors. Read more >

Friends With Benefits
Having a social network of friends does good things for your health. But at certain ages quality matters more than quantity. Read more >

Your Brain, In the Zone
Understanding the neural mechanisms behind creativity may tell us the conditions under which it is most likely to arise. Read more >

It's A Game! It's An Ad! It's Advergame!
Candy companies are getting really sneaky in their efforts to get kids to eat more junk. Read more >

No Parents Necessary
Doctor visits are a prime time for teens to take charge of their health. Parents can be obstacles. Read more >

Unpacking The Sensory Overload of Autism
The brains of children with ASD have less of a neurotransmitter that helps us filter out competing stimuli. Read more >

Mushy Brains On TV
People who watch a lot of TV are less able to plan, problem-solve or process info quickly. Read more >

Attention Deficit Diagnoses Rise Sharply
Rates of ADHD have shot up 40% over the past eight years, particularly among girls. Read more >

The Size of An Order of Fries
The size of an order of fries has tripled in the past 50 years. Time to go retro. Read more >

The High Price of a Toxic Coworker
Domineering, angry workers are not good for a company's bottom line. Read more >

Reduce The Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer
Men who don't smoke, exercise and eat well can reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 70%. Read more >

The Often-Overlooked Reason Why We Are Overweight
The emotional aspects of food and eating are often overlooked when people are trying to diet. Read more >

High Intensity Shoppers
The holidays bring out the best in those for whom shopping is a competitive sport. Read more >

A New Light on Depression
Light therapy appears to help even those with non-seasonal depression. Read more >

Parents, Dial Down the Pressure
High expectations can be good for kids. But when they are unrealistic, they can backfire. Read more >

What Millennials Do and Don't Know About Health
Millennials have grown up with fitness apps, farm shares, and online health sites. So are they healthier? Not necessarily... Read more >

The Breakfast of Academic Champions
A bit of attention to what you child eats in the morning can make a difference in their GPA. Read more >

Sex And Happiness
Having sex once a week is a good recipe for a happy relationship. Read more >

A Depression-Diabetes Connection?
People who are insulin resistant and depressed may be helped by treatment with the diabetes drug, pioglitazone. Read more >

The Two Faces Of Social Media
The time teens spend on Facebook can increase stress. But there's another, beneficial, side to it. Read more >

When Work Worries Follow You Home
Having trouble disconnecting your brain from work? Some simple steps can help. Read more >

The New Face Of Addiction
Prescription painkillers have created a spike in opioid addiction. Women are leading the way. Read more >

Shorter Days, Darker Moods
Seasonal affective disorder is often treated with light, but something else seems to work better. Read more >

Soothing With Song
If you’re trying to calm your baby, try singing. It works even better than talking. Read more >

A Game To Help Seniors Remain At Home
Virtual Week helps sharpen seniors’ ability to perform the tasks of daily life. Read more >

Scared To Health
Public health campaigns that use fear to spark change are controversial. But they may actually work. Read more >

Facebook For The Fit
Finding it hard to exercise? An online buddy can really help get you out the door. Read more >

The Kitchen Counter Diet
The weight of family members can be predicted by what's on the kitchen counter. Cereal? Snacks? Soda? Fruit? Read more >

You've Been Phubbed
Snubbing by cell phone — phubbing — is bad for relationships. Read more >

Relaxation Puts A Dent In Healthcare Costs
People who meditate or do yoga use far fewer healthcare services than those who don't. Insurers, take note. Read more >

Depressed Dads-To-Be
Men with a baby on the way can become depressed, too. And too often they are overlooked. Read more >

Late Bedtimes Bring Weight Gain
It doesn't matter how long they sleep — when teens stay up late, their body mass increases considerably. Read more >

Compulsive Texting And Academic Achievement
Some teens find it difficult to stop texting or ignore texts. Compulsive texting can cause academic problems. Read more >

Exercise Helps Kids Cope With Bullies
Bullying can erode victims’ mental health. But there is a way to reduce these terrible effects. Read more >

Fathers Shine At Bedtime
Dads beat Moms when it comes to reading at bedtime. Their style is best for kids’ language development. Read more >

Theater As Therapy
A theater program that pairs autism spectrum disorder children with child actors helps teach social skills. Read more >

DUI: Punish Drunks, Or Safeguard The Public?
In many states a first-time DUI will land you in class with a suspended license. But this doesn't safeguard the public. There's a better way. Read more >

Where, When, and What You Eat
Try this app and you may find yourself staring at a photo of you mindlessly nibbling while pumping gas. Read more >

Parents And Bulimia: From Part Of The Problem To Part Of The Solution
Parents used to be viewed as a cause of bulimia. Now they are part of an effective treatment. Read more >

Social Media's Emotional Costs
The pressure to keep up with social media, particularly at night, does not do anything good for teens’ mental health. Read more >

Emotional Stories Make Emotionally-Savvy Kids
When kids understand emotions better they can manage their own emotions and behavior better, too. Read more >

Back to School? Keep Moving
Kids sit for hours and hours a day. Breaking up that time with a little activity can make a big difference. Read more >

What Makes You, You?
Your moral compass is a key part of what makes you, you. Read more >

Helping Kids Develop A Healthy Relationship with Food
Some children love the taste and smell of food. This isn't bad, as long as parents help them learn to know when to stop. Read more >

The Dark Side of Perfectionism
It's fine to want to do a really good job, but constant perfectionistic worry about being judged can bring burnout. Read more >

Mindfulness Training Eases PTSD
Mindfulness-based stress reduction helped ease veterans’ symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Read more >

The Mind of A Millionaire
What makes a millionaire decide to give? Their motives aren't the same as for the rest of us, a study finds. Read more >

Overcoming the Fear of Vaccines
Parents who refuse vaccines do it to protect their kids. When they see the damage not vaccinating can do, they often reconsider. Read more >

Those Lazy, Hazy, Unhealthy Days of Summer
Summer vacation used to be full of activity, but screen time has changed that. What parents should do. Read more >

Intellectual Stimulation, A Hedge Against Addiction?
“Intellectually” stimulated mice are less likely to become addicts. The same may be true for humans. Read more >

The Fat in Fatherhood
Fathers put on pounds, too. It's called the “fatherhood effect,” and it's under-recognized by dads — and doctors. Read more >

Altruism Simplified
Which takes more time — deciding to be generous or selfish? Brain scans tell the story. Read more >

Forget How Old You Are — How Fast Are You Aging?
Biological age can be twice (or half) that of chronological age. Why some age faster. Read more >

Fitness Food? Think Again
Protein bars that are branded as “fitness” food are anything but. Read more >

The Veggie Chronicles
What's the best way to get babies to like veggies? You can try being sneaky, or you can try a different way that seems to work. Read more >

Brain Training Begins on the Field
Organized sports are one of the best ways to prepare young children for school. They help kids learn self control, among other qualities. Read more >

Drugs Disrupt Sleep and Kids’ Brain Development
Drugs used to treat ADHD, depression and psychological problems interfere with sleep, and this is a problem for the developing brain. Read more >

Freedom of Choice Meets Health Policy
Behavioral economists have some interesting ideas about the best ways to improve our eating habits. Read more >

When Parents Micro-Manage
Even when parents are warm and caring, their “helicoptering” can reduce self esteem — and worse. Read more >

With Autism, Early Treatment Offers Lasting Benefits
When parents and therapists work with young children at home, one-on-one, benefits continue even after treatment has ended. Read more >

Kids in U.S. Drinking Too Little Water Each Day
Inadequate hydration affects children’s physical, emotional, and mental functioning. Ideas for helping kids get enough. Read more >

Don't Malign Millennials, Mentor Them
Hey, Boomers, stop complaining. What if you had had YouTube and video streaming at age 18? Read more >

Lack of Sleep Linked to A Buildup of Toxic Proteins
Poor sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. But it’s not clear which comes first. Read more >

Give Your Brain a Rest (Literally)
Getting good sleep helps the brain form new memories, giving you even more justification for a nap. Read more >

Singing in The Brain
Singing — or listening to singing — can help those with dementia feel better emotionally and mentally. Read more >

Cynics Earn Less — In Most Countries Anyway
A multinational study finds that in most places, cynics cooperate less and earn less money than their more optimistic peers. Read more >

Don't Cut That Cord — Yet!
Waiting a little longer to clamp the umbilical cord may help neurodevelopment – especially in boys. Read more >

Segregation Is Bad for The Brain
Even today, African Americans who attended segregated schools are proof that there is no separate but equal when it comes to education. Read more >

Cell Phones, Boredom and Playgrounds
It is hard to avoid turning to your cell phone at the playground. But you should. Read more >

Stress Really Does Take Years Off Your Life
Post-traumatic stress doesn't just bring on emotional issues. It accelerates physical aging, too. Read more >

What Your Late Night Snacking Says About Your Brain
Many a diet has been done in by snacking, and late at night your brain is especially vulnerable. Read more >

Not So Happy for You: Why Bragging Backfires
Self-promotion is everywhere. But its rewards are less certain than braggarts might think. Read more >

What Your Online Dating Photo Says About You
If you photoshopped your profile photo to make yourself look better, you may want to think again. Read more >

Millennials Spearhead a Shift in Sexual Attitudes
Sexual attitudes keep changing — and changing back again. What new and what's not. Read more >

Parenthood Puts An End to Couples' Equal Workloads
When a first child arrives, couples' equal workloads go out the window. But it's not all dad's fault. Read more >

What Legalizing Marijuana Means for Adolescents and Children
Pot may be legal for adults in some states, but it's not for kids. Experts outline policies to protect developing brains. Read more >

Under Pressure? Try Self-Affirmation
When we want to do a good job, self-affirmations are a good way to counteract our worries about not being able to do well enough. Read more >

The Unexpected Helps Babies Learn
Learning becomes almost effortless when the unexpected happens. Read more >

Gratitude Helps the Ailing Heart
Gratitude appears to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of a second heart attack. Read more >

In Synch: The Power of Moving Together
Singing or playing in unison fosters emotional harmony. It's a good way to get children cooperating. Read more >

Fat Cats...And Dogs
The health issues for overweight pets are just as bad as they are for people. Read more >

Activating Important Memories May Make Us Forget
The act of committing something to memory may make us unable to recall other events. Read more >

Aging Brings Greater Trust, Happiness
There are some, and one at least can make you happier. Read more >

Depression in the Parents Can Trigger Behavior Problems in the Kids
Parents' moods are not lost on their children. A parent's depression can create behavior problems. Read more >

Being Lonely is Bad for Your Health
Loneliness can be a health hazard, just like being sedentary, or overweight. Read more >

Parents Who Share Too Much
When parents share their children's every move on YouTube or Facebook, it can create problems with privacy and identity. Read more >

Treating Depression is Good for the Heart
People who are depressed improve more than their emotional state when they seek treatment. Read more >

Use of Marijuana May Have Lasting Effects on Memory
Marijuana use in adolescence may have lasting effects on memory. Read more >

Bouts of Anger, Stress, Can Bring on A Heart Attack
Anger management may be good heart attack prevention. Read more >

Walking The Road to Higher Learning
When a computer science teacher had his classes walk as he lectured, something interesting happened. Read more >

Brain Scans Can Predict Depression and Anxiety down the Road
Some of us have brains that react more vigorously to stress and fear. Knowing this could help prevent problems down the road. Read more >

Sugar-Sweetened Energy Drinks Associated With Inattention and Hyperactivity
Energy drinks can bring on attention and hyperactivity problems in children and teens that interfere with school. Read more >

Threats to Privacy on the Internet
Those privacy policies you click on to order apps or purchase goods won't protect privacy. Read more >

Age A Factor in Sports-Related Brain Injury
Football players who started young are more likely to develop memory problems later in life. Read more >

Depression Makes “Binge-Watching” Television More Likely
Binge-watching TV is riskier for your mental and physical health than it sounds. Read more >

A Simple Switch Raises Kids' Fruit and Veggie Consumption
When schools made this simple, no-cost change, kids ate more fruit and vegetables at lunch. Read more >

Stand Up Routine: Sitting Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Get up on your feet. Sitting is bad for your health, even if you are physically active. Read more >

A Surprising Way to Heal from a Breakup
Writing or talking about a breakup can help you process the pain, but better talk with strangers. Read more >

Family Pets Improve Autistic Children's Social Skills
Cats, dogs and other pets give children with autism a way to learn how to deal with others and assert themselves. Read more >

Study Pinpoints the Chief Source of Gun Violence
Better screening for mental stability is not the solution to gun violence, a new study finds. Read more >

Why the Guilt-Ridden Make Good Employees
People who are prone to feeling guilty make the best workers. Read more >

Body Cameras Can Prevent Violence
Body cameras cut police violence by over 50% and could perhaps have saved Michael Brown's life. Read more >

Social Support, Not Criticism, Leads to More Weight Loss
People trying to lose weight don't need friends' misguided remarks. Simple acceptance helps a great deal. Read more >

Virtual Body-Swapping Can Help Address Unconscious Racial Biases
Virtual body-swapping may be the key to reducing racial prejudice. Read more >

Marriage Problems Take Their Toll on the Heart
Elderly couples with marital problems are more likely to have cardiac problems as well. Counseling can help. Read more >

Speaking a Second Language May Keep the Brain in Good Shape
Speaking more than one language is one of the most powerful ways to keep your mind sharp. Read more >

The Green Way to Get to Work
A network of bicycle and pedestrian paths in Minneapolis is making a big difference in the number of active commuters. Read more >

The Science of Choking Under Pressure
Performing our best under pressure is not easy, and people have different reasons for choking. Read more >

Scratching Really Does Make Itches Worse
The urge to scratch an itch is irresistible, but it really does make the itch worse. See why. Read more >

Of All the Emotions, Sadness Lasts the Longest
Of all the emotions, one lasts the longest. Here's why. Read more >

Cholesterol Levels Reflect Number of Meals Eaten Away from Home
The number of meals you eat away from home has a big effect on body mass and cholesterol levels. Read more >

Researchers Find An Ingenious Way to Measure Seniors' Drinking
Ask someone how much they drink, and the answer they'll give you may not jibe with the number of bottles in the trash. Read more >

Workplace Bullies
Over a third of U.S. workers report being bullied at work. Co-workers can help and still avoid repercussions. Read more >

Experts Agree: Violent Gaming is Linked to Aggression in Kids
The exact relationship between violent video games and violence and aggression among children isn't clear, but the fact they are linked is. Read more >

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Talking about that chance meeting with George Clooney or your trip to Machu Picchu may not be the social lubricant you hope. Read more >

Multitasking Linked to Changes in the Brain
Multitasking may result in a loss of density in gray matter in a key brain area. Read more >

Curiosity Primes the Brain to Learn
Curiosity literally makes the brain more open to learning. We may be able to use this finding in schools. Read more >

Immature Connections Among Brain Networks May Be Behind ADHD
The connections among brain networks in people with ADHD are immature. Can they be helped to develop normally? Read more >

Networking: Dirty Work or Community-Building?
Self-promotion can leave people feeling dirty. Literally. But it doesn’t have to. Read more >

Changing A Memory’s Emotional Color and Maybe Its Impact
Events connected to strong emotions are colored by those feelings. Scientists are figuring out how to disconnect the two. Read more >

Biochemical Keys to Stress and Resilience Are Uncovered
Some people seem resistant to stress, while others are susceptible to it. Researchers are starting to understand why. Read more >

Good Neighbors — and Neighborhoods — Make Good Health
Good relationships with your neighbors and a feeling that you belong to a community are good for heart health. Read more >

Pruning the Hedges of Autism
“Neural pruning” helps kids' brains become more efficient. This happens less among children with ASD. Here's why. Read more >

Severe Depression Helped by A Combo of Antidepressants and Talk Therapy
Antidepressants and talk therapy together may be the key to overcoming severe depression. Read more >

Active Commuting Offers Health — and Environmental — Benefits
Commuters who drive themselves to work weigh five to seven pounds more than those who walk or bike. Read more >

Nature Really Does Nurture
Mothers who spend more time in green spaces are less likely to have low birth weight babies. Read more >

Finding Narcissists is Easy
Figuring out who is a narcissist is pretty easy. All you have to do is ask. Read more >

Good News at the Wrong Time Isn’t Good News at All
The timing of good news is almost as important as the news itself. Read more >

Early Lead Exposure in Children Linked to Depression and Anxiety
In addition to harming brain development, lead exposure is also linked to emotional problems like depression and anxiety. Read more >

Ginkgo Promotes Repair Following Stroke
The herb ginkgo biloba helped mice generate new neurons after a stroke. Can it do the same for people? Read more >

Smoking Increases the Risk of Suicide
Smoking doesn't just harm your heart and lungs. It can bring on serious depression, and make suicide more likely. Read more >

Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can Make You Drink More
When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, they tend to drink more. Read more >

Brain Patterns Predict Stock Market Bubbles
What is it that inspires some investors to leave the market before a crash? They use a different part of their brains than the rest of us. Read more >

The Art of Cheering Up Friends
The best way to cheer someone up may depend on how robust or fragile their self esteem is. Read more >

Synchronized Brain Waves Make Rapid Learning Possible
How are we able to shift from thinking about what's for dinner to what's happening in Iraq? It starts with humming in two brain areas. Read more >

Children from Divorced Homes May Be at Risk for Weight Problems
Children of divorce are more likely to be overweight or obese. Especially boys. Read more >

ADHD Stimulant Treatment May Help Prevent Smoking
People with ADHD are often smokers and face serious health problems. Stimulant drugs for the disorder may reduce this risk. Read more >

Children Prefer Being Helpers to Helping
If you want your children to clean up, try enlisting them as helpers, rather than asking them to help. It makes a difference. Read more >

Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce If Wife Becomes Ill
When a married woman becomes ill, divorce may loom on the horizon. But the same is not true for men. Read more >

Hearing Loss More Common Among Musicians than Expected
Hearing loss is an occupational hazard among musicians. Read more >

Depressed Brains Boosted to a More Resilient State
Mice prone to depression became resistant to stress and depression after a jump-start. Read more >

Physicians Take on Gun Violence
Because of their special understanding of family issues, doctors can play a big role when it comes to preventing gun violence, according to a new ACP policy statement. Read more >

Marijuana's Bad Effects on the Brain
Marijuana may ease the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy, but it also leaves certain brain areas abnormally enlarged. Read more >

Active Moms Raise Active Kids
Parents' own activity levels have a big effect on how active — and healthy — their children will be. Read more >

Stress Makes Allergies Worse
Stress appears to make allergies worse. Calming the mind can help. Read more >

Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >

Violent Video Games and Aggression
Playing violent video games makes kids prone to seeing others as hostile and acting aggressively. Read more >

Often Under the Radar, Binge Drinking May Lead to an Early Death
Drinking five drinks twice a week is far worse for your health than drinking two drinks five times a week, even though they may seem equal. Read more >

Scientists Begin to Understand Why Autism Is More Common in Boys Than Girls
Now we know why boys are more genetically susceptible to autism. Read more >

In Relationships, A Good Foundation Matters More than Communication
Conflict happens, and can even make relationships stronger. But you need one ingredient. Read more >

A New Brain Region Is Implicated in Anxiety
When we are anxious a brain region long-believed to calm responsiveness actually seems to excite it. Read more >

Neurofeedback: High Tech Mind Control
What if epileptics could learn to prevent their own seizures using neurofeedback? MEG scans may make it possible. Read more >

A Possible Biological Basis for Religiosity
People who are religious have thicker cortices than those who aren't. So which causes what? Read more >

Late Night Smartphone Use Interferes with Productivity
People who use their smartphones late at night are less productive the next day. Read more >

Fewer Psychiatrists Accept Health Insurance
Obamacare promotes greater access to mental health services but few psychiatrists accept insurance. Read more >

Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >

Brain and Behavioral Effects Seen in Offspring of Absentee Fathers
An involved father offers kids an edge in terms of the brain developments key to social behavior Read more >

Cell Phone Angst
We all love our cell phones, but they can increase anxiety and make us miserable. Read more >

Media Coverage of Traumatic Events and Acute Stress
It's OK to be informed, but binge-watching the news when disaster strikes can cause traumatic stress. Read more >

Men and Women's Neural Networks Reflect Sex Differences
A new kind of brain scan tells us a lot about why women are better at meetings and men at maps. Read more >

Sacrosine Shows Promise As a New Way to Relieve Depression
Sarcosine, found in muscles and other body tissues, improved mood better than a popular antidepressant. Read more >

Decision-Making Linked to Motivation, Depression
Decisions, motivation and depression all seem to reside in the same areas of the brain. Read more >

Psychobiotics, A Possible New Treatment for Depression
We know probiotics are good for GI heath. They may also affect mental health. Read more >

Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Can Exceed That in R-rated Films
Beware the gun effect. PG-13 films are more violent than those rated R. Read more >

Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >

Cell Phones at Meetings: Rules of Engagement for the New Civil War
Cell phones make the business world go round, but they also derail many meetings -- and careers. Read more >

Brief School Counseling Program Helps Teens Cope
Offering teens a couple sessions of therapy can go a long way to nipping mental health problems in the bud. Read more >

Social Media Like Twitter, Facebook Can Help Smokers Quit
Social media sites can offer people trying to quit smoking the community and support they need to succeed. Read more >

Skype Me! Social Interaction Feeds Language Development
The back-and-forth of social interaction -- gestures, eye contact and reactions -- are very important to learning language. Read more >

Alcohol Changes Awareness of Drunk Driving
People need to decide before they drink that they won't drive. It's too late after they've had a few. Read more >

New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Treatments
New technology may make it possible for ASD kids to guide their own treatments. Read more >

Oxytocin and The Pleasure We Get from Being Social
The hormone oxytocin helps stimulate human connection. It also appears important to experiencing ple Read more >

3-D Video Game Improves Cognitive Control
A video game that works key brain circuits helps bring aging brains' performance up to speed. Read more >

Lead Exposure Linked to School Suspension
Children exposed to lead are almost four times more likely to be suspended from school. Read more >

Driving to Work Raises Diabetes Risk
Those who drive to work have a far higher risk of diabetes than those who walk or bike. Even a bus is better. Read more >

Scientists Succeed in Creating a False Memory
It's not quite "Inception," but scientists have invaded the brains of mice and made fake memories. Read more >

Weather Changes are Linked to Violence
Tempers rise with temperature, and globally, this is not good news. Read more >

When It Comes to Resolving Conflicts in Relationships, One Size Does Not Fit All
When couples fight, issues of disrespect or neglect may underlie the conflict. Read more >

Brain Development Appears Influenced by Regular Bedtimes
Regular bedtimes for kids are important for brain development. Read more >

Childhood Iron Deficiency's Long-Term Effects
Babies with low iron run the risk of a range difficulties that persist into adulthood. Read more >

For Millenials, Global Downturn May Have A Silver Lining
If you survey high school seniors, the global downturn has had some positive, as well as negative, effects. Read more >

Hand Gestures Help Kids Pick Up Language
The more we “talk” with our hands – using gestures to express meaning – the easier it is for children to understand and pick up new words. Read more >

How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
Not everyone feels their health is threatened by stress, but if you do, it's bad news for your heart Read more >

Accidents on the Rise for Pedestrians on Cell Phones
A pedestrian walks into a lamppost. Drivers distracted by cell phones aren't the only ones in the ER Read more >

Sensory Enhancement Helps Autistic Children Connect
Lemons and bubblewrap. Kids with autism improved with sensory focused therapy. Read more >

iPods in the ICU
Listening to music — or noise-canceling headphones — can ease patients' anxiety. Read more >

The Power of Good Habits
We all fall back on our habits; the trick is to make them healthy. Read more >

Biases May Prompt Overweight Patients to Switch Doctors
Some doctors have conscious and unconscious biases against patients who are overweight. Read more >

Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Many types of talk therapy work for depression; the important thing is to get started on one. Read more >

Study Finds Probiotics in Yogurt Affect Brain
You really are what you eat. The probiotics in yogurt actually change the chemistry of your brain. Read more >

Men and Women Look for Different Benefits from Relationships
Men and women value relationships for different reasons. Women value companionship; can you guess what men value? Read more >

Our Fear of Missing Out
The fear of missing out — we all suffer from it at times, but social media is making it worse. Read more >

Affirming Our Priorities Helps Offset the Mental Effects of Stress
Self-affirmations can help you through periods of chronic stress. Read more >

Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >

Kids with Autism Focus on the Essentials
Kids with ASD copy the actions of others differently. This tells us a bit more about how they see things. Read more >

Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
Depression is common after a heart attack. Treating it not only works, it saves lives and cuts costs. Read more >

Public Pre-K Exceeds Its Goals
Pre-K programs can help kids with school readiness and bring unexpected side benefits that last a lifetime. Read more >

CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >

Why Overheard Cell Phone Conversations Are So Annoying
Why that guy on the cell phone at the table next to you is so annoying. Read more >

Teens' Relationship Problems Predict Their Struggles as Adults
When parents help teens navigate peer social relationships, they improve kids' adult relationships down the road. Read more >

Exercise Improves Self Control, Decision-Making
Exercise can help us exert more self control. It enhances the brain's ability to solve problems, plan, and make decisions. Read more >

Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >

It's Healthier To Give than To Receive
Helping others isn't just a good thing to do. It's one of the best de-stressors there is. Read more >

It's Not How Close You Feel, It's How Close You Want to Be
Not everyone desires the same level of intimacy. What matters is whether you and your partner have the same need. Read more >

Bullying Leaves Long-Lasting Psychological Effects
The effects of bullying can be long-lasting, especially for those who have been both bully and victim. Read more >

Parkinson's Treatment Can Unlock Creativity
The medications Parkinson's patients take can cause a wonderful side effect — a flowering of creativity. Read more >

Diet Drink Mixers Raise Alcohol Levels
Mixing diet drinks with alcohol has a bigger effect on blood alcohol than using mixers or soda with sugar or no mixer at all. Read more >

Eating Your Biggest Meal Earlier in the Day Can Boost Weight Loss
People who eat their biggest meal earlier in the day are more successful at losing weight. Read more >

The Myth of Multitasking
To the guy checking his mail as he talks on the phone: you aren't efficient; you're distracted. Read more >

Yoga May Help Mental Health Disorders, from Depression to Schizophrenia
Yoga can help ease certain mental health disorders. Read more >

Speaking Two or More Languages May Slow Cognitive Decline
Attention! Atención! Achtung! More evidence that the mental challenges of our youth have long-term benefits. Read more >

Are Women More Comfortable In Their Skin than Men?
Are the near-naked female avatars in games a sign of liberation? Read more >

Flavor Comes in Many Colors
Cocoa served in cups of a certain color tastes better. Read more >

The School Day Needs More...Recess
In Japan, schoolchildren are given a 10-15 minute break every hour. Recess is important to cognitive, physical and social development. Read more >

Surprise! You Won't Be Who You Think You Are
As we age, we tend to think we are pretty much done changing. But the truth is there is more to come. Read more >

Why Did the Distracted Pedestrians Cross the Road?
It's really not possible to cross a busy intersection safely while multitasking. You need to pay attention. Read more >

Kindness Is a Key to Kids' Happiness and Popularity
When kids are encouraged to be kinder, they also end up being happier and more popular. Read more >

The Power of Social Media Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Dieting is easier when you are part of a community. The Internet is a natural place for kids and teens interested in losing weight to gather. Read more >

Better Language Skills Help Kids Cope with Emotions
Helping kids with language development gives them the tools to express their emotions, rather than act out. Read more >

Study Skills and Motivation More Important to Math Than Smarts
Math is not all about smarts. Motivation and going beyond rote memorization are more important. Read more >

How Old is Too Old for Santa?
Concerned about telling your children about Santa? A psychologist says, back off. Read more >

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Antidepressant-Resistant Depression
Antidepressants don't help everyone. A new study finds that one kind of psychotherapy can improve the odds. Read more >

Treating ADHD with Medication Reduces a Person's Risk of Criminal Behavior
Crime and medication? People with ADHD are less likely to commit crimes if they take medication. Read more >

How Our Brain Gets Us Motivated
Tracking the brain circuits involved in motivation and depression. Read more >

A Spray to Keep Your Man from Straying
A spritz of "love" hormone kept men's eyes from wandering. Is this a new form of chemical warfare or a set-up for a sitcom? Read more >

Meditation: Changing the Mind for the Better
Meditation changes the brain differently, depending on the type of meditation you practice. Read more >

Kids' Generosity Needs Monitors
Is our “ungenerosity” innate? Read more >

Clear Expectations Mean Better Student Behavior
Bullying and disruptive behavior are big problems in schools. So why not teach kids how to behave? Read more >

Puzzle Interviews Unpopular with Job Applicants
As if looking for work wasn't hard enough: now interviews feature "trick" questions designed to... Read more >

Learning to Identify Negative Emotions May Be Important in Battling Depression
Learning to identify your emotions may help with depression. It's not as easy as it sounds. Read more >

Progress on Two Fronts in Our Understanding of Autism
Researchers may have found a treatment for one form of autism. Read more >

An Experimental Drug May Address the Cognitive Problems of PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder is more than anxiety. A new drug may help the cognitive problems... Read more >

A Gene May Help Explain Happiness in Women, Not Men
A gene previously dubbed the "warrior gene" because of its links to aggression may also be linked... Read more >

Going Online Can Help You Lose Weight, But Does It Beat Face-to-Face?
Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >

The Things We Forget to Do: How to Remember Them
Forgetting to do what we intend to do is common. There are ways, however, to remember the milk... Read more >

Study of Rituals Provides Insight Into Human Logic and Reasoning
Rituals tend to provide a level of comfort, a sense of control. They also tell us a bit about... Read more >

Researchers Discover A Massive "Plumbing" Network in the Brain
We thought we knew how the brain cleans itself out. Then a completely unexpected... Read more >

Lying Eyes: Just a Myth?
A widely accepted method for telling if someone is telling the truth just went out the window... Read more >

Dental Filling Material Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children
Fillings with a form of the chemical BPA raise the likelihood that a child will have emotional... Read more >

The Power of Good Deeds
When faced with uncertainty, we are more likely to believe in the power of good deeds.... Read more >

Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be.. Read more >

Could Where You Live Be Making You Fat?
Where you live and the roads on which you drive have a big impact on the likelihood you will become obese. Read more >

Long-Term Contraception More Effective at Preventing Unintended Pregnancies
Women taking the pill or patch or ring were far more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy... Read more >

To Find the Most Skilled, Don't Look at the Top
Those who aspire to the success of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg might consider role models... Read more >

A Brain Chemical That Makes Bad Memories Disappear
Researchers discover why anxiety can persist for months or years after a stressful event. It's all about a brain chemical. Read more >

Texting Raises Truthfulness, Accuracy
People tend to be more thoughtful, honest, and accurate when texting than over the phone... Read more >

Experience Taking: How Good Books Can Change You
Reading a book can actually change who you are, teaching you about yourself as you live through... Read more >

Shifting When You Eat Could Shift Your Metabolism
Curbing the hours of the day during which you eat could have a big impact on your weight and health. Read more >

What Your Facebook Photo Really Says about You
What does your Facebook photo say about you? A recent study suggests it is a cultural indicator... Read more >

Oxytocin May Hold Even More Promise for Treating Symptoms of Autism
Oxytocin, the mother-infant bonding hormone, activates the "social" areas of the brain.... Read more >

Computer Time Could Prevent Cognitive Decline (But Don't Forget to Exercise)
Computer time along with physical activity may prevent cognitive decline. Read more >

A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with... Read more >

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >

The Biology of Kindness and Well-Being
Everyday experiences change the brain. Researchers consider the effects of well being and kindness.. Read more >

Being Aware of Your Own Mortality Can Make for a Better Life
Being aware of our mortality can actually help us live richer, fuller lives. Read more >

Puttering About Could Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
The simplest activities, even housework, can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Read more >

A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >

Losing Weight May Not Change Body Image
Losing weight may not make body image issues disappear. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain
Certain brain centers are less active in chronic fatigue syndrome patients, suggesting a new... Read more >

Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >

Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >

Who Will Divorce?
Even the happiest newlyweds can go on to divorce. But early warning signs might predict who does... Read more >

Being Hungry Can Bias Your Senses
When you're hungry, you respond to food-related cues more strongly than when you’re full. Reason not to shop on an empty stomach. Read more >

Failing Has Its Benefits For Kids
Teaching kids that failing is a part of learning can give them the confidence to do well. Read more >

Hiding Veggies in Other Foods May Not Be the Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Hiding vegetables in children's food can backfire. Read more >

Brain Cells Benefit from the Company of Others
Brain connections that form when we learn something new are strengthened when there are friends near Read more >

Parent Training Could Help Manage the Difficult Behaviors of Autism
Training parents helps them help their children behave better.... Read more >

More Insight into How the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Body and Mind
People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... Read more >

Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Alcohol works by releasing "feel good" chemicals, endorphins, in the brain, which could explain its addictiveness. Read more >

One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
One in five Americans suffers from mental health problems. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about seeking help. Read more >

At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
A top medical journal questions whether the move to classify grief as depression has merit. Read more >

Physical Punishment Takes A Toll on Kids' Mental Health
Physical punishment does more harm than good to a child and encourages aggressive behavior. Other methods are more effective. Read more >

The Internet as Matchmaker
Internet dating is one of the top methods for finding love, whether the pros outweigh the cons... Read more >

More Education Improves IQ
An extra year or two of education can raise IQ significantly, even if the students are already teens Read more >

Gossip Can Be Good
Some kinds of gossip may actually benefit your health. Read more >

Oxytocin Could Help Introverts Feel More Outgoing
The mother-baby bonding hormone, oxytocin, made introverts feel more outgoing and trusting. Read more >

The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >

Adrenal Hormone DHEA For Menopause Symptoms
The hormone DHEA sounds like a miracle: it may ease menopause symptoms and boost sexual interest. Read more >

Understanding the Roots of Social Prejudice Could Help Us Counteract It
A new look at prejudice finds it may mostly exist just because we're afraid of germs. Read more >

Important Link in the Stress Response Could Mean Better Treatment
Researchers discover an important step in the stress response, which, if blocked, could stop... Read more >

A Better Way to Reduce Prejudice
When people are told to be less prejudiced, they are often more so. There's a better way. Read more >

New Research Broadens Our Understanding of Alzheimer's
A new study uncovers a major surprise in the Alzheimer's puzzle. Read more >

The "Rich Clubs" Make up an Elite Network in the Brain
"Rich Club" clusters of highly influential regions of brain cells do serious collaboration. Read more >

Carbonated Soda Consumption Raises Risk of Teen Violence
Heavy soft drink consumption (5+ cans a week) has been linked to an increased risk of violent behavior and alcohol consumption. Read more >

The Brain Can Form New Connections between Cells into Young Adulthood
Contrary to popular belief, the brain can form new connections into adulthood... Read more >

Embarrassment is Linked to Dependability, Generosity
People who become embarrassed more readily are also more dependable and generous. Read more >

New Insights into Alcohol and Brain Damage
Alcohol abuse damages precisely those areas of the brain that are also important to impulse control, making it harder to stop. Read more >

Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >

Researchers Show that "Paying Attention" May Distort Reality
The mind is notorious for playing tricks, but researchers discover paying attention can mislead us.. Read more >

Everybody Thinks They're Typical
What does a typical American or European or African look like? It depends on whom you ask... Read more >

Breastfeeding May Help Brain Development
Infants, particularly preemies, who were breastfed scored higher on reasoning and language tests at age 5. Read more >

Impulsive Children Become Impulsive Adults
The brains of impulsive people are different from those who can delay gratification. Read more >

Stimulating Environments Helps Give White Fat the Calorie-Burning Power of Brown Fat
In mice, living in a more stimulating envronment was linked to more calorie-burning brown fat. Is the same true for humans? Read more >

How We React to Stress Influences Performance
How you interpret your stress can influence how you perform on tests. Read more >

Fuzzy Logic: How Healthy Behavior Can Encourage Health Risks
Too often people believe that taking vitamins will protect you from the damage from bad habits like smoking. This is not true. Read more >

A Nagging Problem
Kids' nagging can wear down moms' resistance. But a study found some winning strategies... Read more >

Risk-Taking Behavior: It's Complicated
Teens are surprisingly risk-aversive in some situations, while women are apt to take more risks... Read more >

Overeating Explained by Three Neurological Processes, Not Laziness
Overeating involves neurological processes involving impulse control and reward, not laziness. Read more >

Learning to Be Positive May Help Beat Depression
Positive activity intervention (PAI) such as writing letters of gratitude or performing acts of kindness, may help mild depression. Read more >

Speech Processing May Be at the Heart of Dyslexia
The root of dyslexia may be in speech processing, a surprise to researchers... Read more >

Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >

"Late Talkers" Turn Out Just Fine
Children with language delays have no more behavioral or emotional problems as adolescents than other kids. Read more >

Bad Habits Can Ruin Your Sex Life
People with drug or other substance dependence problems and those who are obese are less likely to have satisfying sex. Read more >

The Latest Cell Phone - Cancer Study Finds No Link
A new review study finds no good evidence of a cell phone-brain tumor connection... Read more >

Scientists Gain Clues into How Imagination Affects Actions
New research shows how our ability to imagine affects our reactions and our ability to plan... Read more >

Buying Flashy Cars Does Not Marriage Material Make
Men who engage in “conspicuous spending” (think Porsches) have one thing on their minds... Read more >

Stressful Events Lead to Unexpected Reaction in Panic Patients
You might think people with panic disorder would fall apart in a crisis, but that's not the case... Read more >

Kids' Brains Change as They Learn New Math Skills
Children's brains change as they learn math skills. Adults' too, hopefully. Read more >

The Roots of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
People with body dysmorphic disorder have problems in the brain's visual processing system. Read more >

The Color Red Boosts Speed and Intensity of Performance
Looking at the color red actually boosts the strength and speed of our physical reactions. Read more >

Violence in Cartoons Does Not Make Them More Enjoyable
Contrary to popular belief, kids do not enjoy violent cartoons any more than nonviolent ones... Read more >

The Agony of Ecstasy: Permanent Brain Changes
The club drug Ecstasy produces changes in brain chemistry. But these may not be the type of changes. Read more >

Cooperation and Guilt Linked in the Brain
Do we cooperate with others to experience positive feelings or avoid the bad ones? Read more >

Pesticide Exposure May Affect Kids' Cognitive Function
A banned residential pesticide is linked to lower IQ in kids. Read more >

When Neurons Nap, Mistakes are Made
In sleep-deprived rats random brain cells take "naps" while the animal is awake... Read more >

Alcoholism May Be Linked to Impulsivity Gene, Brain Differences
People with alcoholism in the family tend to have a genetic variation affecting impulsivity. Environmental factors also play a role. Read more >

Food May Activate Same Addiction Centers in the Brain as Drugs
Food addiction and drug addiction may activate the same reward areas of the brain. Read more >

FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >

Physical and Emotional Pain Have Similar Effect on the Brain
The emotional pain of romantic relationship break-up has the same effect on the brain as physical... Read more >

Omega-3 Supplements May Ease PMS
Omega-3 fatty acids supplements may help ease symptoms in women who suffer from PMS. Read more >

Many People Rate Themselves as Normal Even When Overweight: What's Changed?
People who are seriously overweight tend not to see themselves as being as heavy as they are... Read more >

Brain Areas Take On New Functions
Brain scans show how the visual cortex of blind people is recruited by the brain to help process... Read more >

The Larger the Society, the More Outstanding Its Members
A study has found that the larger the society, the more distinctive its members tend to become. Read more >

Cancer Patients on Opioid Drugs Have More Cognitive Deficits
Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Read more >

"Talk Therapy" May Rewire the Brain
Anxious? Cognitive behavior therapy can help. The changes it brings can be seen in the brain itself. Read more >

Exercise May Be Best Bet for IBS Sufferers
Exercise significantly reduces the severity of IBS symptoms. Read more >

Helping Overweight Children by Teaching Parents
Educating parents about healthy lifestyles and nutrition is a very good way to reduce childhood obesity. Read more >

Pencils Better Than Pixels When It Comes to Learning
Writing by hand promotes learning far more than pressing a key. So what are we to do? Read more >

Meditation Changes the Cells of the Brain
Meditation changes the brain, with areas related to learning and memory expanding and areas related to anxiety, contracting. Read more >

Long-Term Cell Phone Use May Increase Risk of Brain Tumors
A large-scale analysis of cell phone use finds a connection between usage and brain cancer... Read more >

New Research Shows Us Why We Should Listen to the Heart
Do people listen to their bodies have better instincts when it comes to making intuitive decisions? Read more >

New ESP Study Has Scientific Community Up In Arms
New study reports evidence of ESP and stirs debate. Critics say we need reevaluate before believing. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Too Tough for Mindfulness Therapy?
Can mindfulness therapy reduce the pain experienced by people with this baffling condition? Read more >

Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >

Research Pinpoints Brain Site of Fear Response
The amygdala, a tiny almond-shaped structure in the brain, appears to strongly influence our fear response. Read more >

Making Changes: Resolutions You Can Stick To
There is an art to making resolutions you can actually keep and use to make changes in your life. Read more >

New Drinks for the New Year
Think before you drink. Not only is alcohol a risk factor for cancer and injury, it contains quite a few empty calories. Read more >

Can "Good" Cholesterol Help the Brain, Like the Heart, Stay Fit?
In addition to helping your heart, higher levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

The Mind Works Better When It's Happy
We tend to think more creatively and flexibly when we are happy. Read more >

Scientists Make Big Strides in Understanding the Cause of Alzheimer's
It is not that Alzheimer's brains overproduce dangerous plaques; they have trouble getting rid of... Read more >

Everyone Needs Their Beauty Sleep
It's no surprise: people who get enough rest are rated as looking better than those who don't. Read more >

Can Sleep Deprivation Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Scientists have found a way to disrupt upsetting memories of traumatic events: sleep deprivation. Read more >

Nice Guys Don't Finish Last; They Get Married
Marriage appears to make men nicer, though it's also true nice men are more likely to marry. Read more >

Antidepressant Use Climbs as Talk Therapy Rates Drop - But Is Mindfulness the Key?
More people are seeking treatment for depression. But the type of treatment they choose may not be.. Read more >

Retirement Reverses Job-Related Fatigue, Depression
Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >

Is a Wandering Mind an Unhappy Mind?
What are you thinking of right now? Was your mind wandering? Happier people tend to have minds focused on the present moment. Read more >

When One Half of the Brain Is Damaged, the Other Half Compensates
When part of the brain is damaged, it often gets an assist from undamaged areas to pick up the slack Read more >

Study Predicts Obesity Rates Will Continue to Rise
Having obese friends raises your chances of becoming obese considerably. Read more >

Stress Not So Bad for the Belly
Stress isn't behind as much weight gain as was previously thought, but there are sex differences... Read more >

Parkinson's May Be Linked to Energy Genes
Parkinson's disease appears linked to problems in the brain's energy stores... Read more >

Scented Products Give Off Toxic Chemicals
Many of those scented products you love actually give off toxic chemicals. Some are even "green." Read more >

Age Like a Fine Wine
Aging well has been linked to three factors: faith in your ability to exert control over your life, social support and exercise. Read more >

More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Teens' hearing has gotten worse. It may be from having the iPod or MP3 up too loud. Read more >

Close Friends "Light Up" The Brain
Close friends activate "social" areas of your brain more than strangers do. Read more >

Literate Mothers Boost Children's Test Scores
For young children in poor communities, having a mom who reads is a huge boost to school success. Read more >

Evidence that Violent Media Desensitizes Teenage Boys
Boys used to violent video clips have less response to them. Does this increase the likelihood... Read more >

Dogs Can Ease the Stress of Autism
Having a service dog reduces undesirable behavior and eases kids' (and parents') stress. Read more >

Vitamin B12 Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Higher B12 levels are linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?
Women who experience morning sickness are less likely to miscarry than women who do not... Read more >

A Hard-Knock Life May Do You Good Down the Road
Facing some adversity in your life may help you better cope with stress and be happier later on. Read more >

Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >

Alcohol and Violence: An Earlier Last Call May Help
An earlier last call at bars can lower the number of assaults and other alcohol-related violence. Read more >

Been There, Done That, Didn't Happen
"Observation inflation" occurs when we think we've done something we haven't. Read more >

Texting to Death
It has been estimated that for every 1 million new cell phone subscribers, deaths due to distracted driving rise by 19%. Read more >

Loneliness Comes from Within
Loneliness is not so much a condition as a reflection of how we see ourselves and others. Read more >

Youngest Children in Their Class Most Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Before accepting a diagnosis of attention-deficit disorder, consider whether your child is young for his or her grade in school. Read more >

How You See Others Says a Lot about You
How we see others says more about our own personalities than it does about theirs'. Read more >

People's Brains "Coupled" to Each Other in Good Conversation
The better we understand another, the closer our brain patterns resemble theirs, neutral coupling... Read more >

Being More Connected to Those Around You May Lengthen Your Life
Having a strong social support system rivals quitting smoking in terms of the years it can add to our lives. Read more >

Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >

A Sniff of Insulin May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Not just for diabetics: A sniff of the hormone insulin may help recover memory in Alzheimer's... Read more >

Don't Throw Out the Rabbit's Foot: Good Luck Charms May Just Work
Have a good luck charm? It may actually help performance by boosting confidence Read more >

Is a Little Stress Good for The Body? New Research Shows It Might Help Fight Cancer
Mice "stressed" by living in stimulating environments fought cancer better than those not stressed. Read more >

TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >

Scanner Predicts Behavior Better than People Do
A study using MRI scans of subjects' brains found that scan results can predict behavior better... Read more >

Obesity Takes Toll on Sex Life, Sexual Health
Obese individuals report reduced sex life, more STDs, sexual dysfunction, and unwanted pregnancies. Read more >

Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >

Parents Should Be Cautious with Autism Sites, Researchers Say
Be cautious about what websites you use for research Read more >

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Side of Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >

Researchers Surprised by How the Brain and Body React to Anger-Inducing Phrases
Feelings of anger seem to make a person want to get closer to the anger-inducing stimulus... Read more >

Who Knew? Study Shows that Fathers Experience Postpartum Depression, Too
New fathers and fathers-to-be are at higher risk for depression than other men, particularly if their wives are depressed. Read more >

Overtime Ups Risk of Death from Heart Disease
People who work a great deal of overtime are at greater risk of heart-related death. Type A behavior may be partly to blame. Read more >

Does Mozart Really Make Your Kid Smarter? New Study Says "Nein."
There’s little evidence that exposing your child to Mozart will actually improve their IQ. Read more >

Mother-Infant Bonding Hormone Oxytocin May Help Those with Autism
Oxytocin, a hormone, may help some autistic kids gain social skills. Read more >

Taking a Break May Help You Remember What You Just Learned
Taking a break after absorbing new information may help you retain it better by making it easier to move into long-term memory. Read more >

Watching TV May Shorten Your Life
Spending too much time sitting in front of the TV or computer, rather than moving, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more >

Menu Labels May Mean Less Overeating
Early research suggests that putting calorie information on menus really can help reduce overeating. Read more >

Texting and Driving Don't Mix
You should NEVER text while driving. You are six times more likely to crash. Read more >

High Quality Day Care: An Escape Route for Children of Poverty
Daycare that offers children living in poverty a chance to learn school-readiness skills and exposure to role models helps them keep pace... Read more >

Getting Online Support May Help College Kids Tackle Drinking
College students who have harmful drinking patterns can be helped to rein in their drinking by receiving personalized online feedback. Read more >

Bullies and Victims Both At Risk for Future Mental Health
Both bullies and the victims of bullies may suffer from mental disorders in later life. Read more >

Researchers Find Link Between Sleep and Weight
According to findings presented earlier this month at the American Thoracic Society’s conference in San Diego, there may be an intimate – and somewhat complex – connection between how well one sleeps and his or her body weight. Read more >

Multitaskers Strike Out at Mental Abilities
People who multitask – doing several things at once – tend to have trouble filtering out distractions. Read more >

Little Boy Blue: Depression in Toddlers
What does a depressed toddler look like? He may be unable to enjoy things that used to be fun or not thinking as clearly as she used to. Read more >

Four Healthy Behaviors Make Big Impact on Disease Risk
Four important lifestyle choices – never smoking, eating healthy, staying trim, and exercising – may cut the risk... Read more >

Moderate to Heavy Drinking Significantly Increases Cancer Risk in Men
Men who consumed the most alcohol in a recent study had an up to 700% increased cancer risk. Wine appeared not to be implicated, but it is too soon.. Read more >

No Place Like Home: Premature Infants, Socioeconomic Status, and Development
As important as medical intervention is for premature infants, the home environment is just as important. Read more >

For Veterans, the War Lingers
It is no surprise: there is an epidemic of mental disorders among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A lack of social support... Read more >

Helping Parents Change Children's Health Habits
Having confidence in your ability to change behavior even in the face of obstacles is a critical asset for an effective parent. Read more >

Teen Smoking: The Influence of Movies and Team Sports
For teens, playing team sports helps reduce the risk of starting smoking. Read more >

Effective Schizophrenia Drug Under-Prescribed?
Clozapine, a highly effective anti-psychotic, is rarely prescribed because of its dangerous side-effects. But a new study finds...More Read more >

Daily Sex Improves the Quality of Sperm
It appears that having sex more frequently prior to trying to conceive actually improves the quality of sperm. Read more >

Being Fit — Mentally and Physically — Keeps Mind Sharp with Age
Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >

Revenge of the Cell Phones: Cell Phone Elbow
Cubital tunnel syndrome, or cell phone elbow, results from the compression of the ulnar nerve. Read more >

Sleepless in Adolescence
The Internet, television and online videos and games are all responsible for a reduction in the amount of sleep that teens receive nightly. Read more >

Turn off the TV and Talk to Your Baby
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children do not watch TV or videos before age two years. Read more >

Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >

Lowering Job Stress May Reduce Risk for Major Depression
Job stress can raise the chances a person will experience major depression. Read more >

Be Smart, Sleep More
Sleep on! The brain may prune redundant nerve connections for faster processing while you sleep... Read more >

Loneliness Affects Mental and Physical Well Being
Even people who have a seemingly rich social network can still feel lonely or isolated. Read more >

Alcohol and the Elderly: A Potent Mix
Older adults should sit around for a while after drinking and let the alcohol metabolize before driving home. Read more >

Beginning Exercise in Middle-Age Offers Same Benefits as Long-Term
Beginning exercise -- even in mid-life -- can have a profound effect on your health. Read more >

Does Alcohol Cause Cancer?
A recent study of over one million middle-aged women suggests that drinking even small amounts of alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer. Read more >

Mood and Impulsive Behavior
One good way to curb impulsive behaviors like shopping and overeating is to find a way to delay the behavior. Read more >

The World's Most Dedicated Video Gamer
Always take breaks when you're playing video games for a long strength of time, your hands will thank you. Read more >

Pick a Guideline, Any Guideline
Exercise guidelines differ on particulars, but in generally, they agree that 30 minutes a day, four or five days a week is the goal. Read more >

Books, Games, and Computers — but Not TV — Help Ward off Memory Loss
Staying mentally active by reading or playing games (turn off the TV) are excellent ways to keep the brain "fit." Read more >

Beta Blocker Diminishes Fear Memories, New Study Reports
The amygdala is the brain structure associated with emotion. Read more >

Shedding Pounds May Be Best Done Alone, New Study Finds
Successful losers generally follow the same sort of diet and exercise plan that people who have never had a weight problem do. Read more >

A Link Between Personality and Dementia?
People who are calm and outgoing, also known as type B's, are less likely to develop dementia than those who are easily stressed... Read more >

Meditation, Anxiety, and ADHD
People with ADHD have a hard time filtering out stimuli present in the environment and deciding which deserve their attention. Read more >

Exercise Suppresses Appetite Hormones, New Research Finds
Exercise (particularly aerobic) can suppress ghrelin, the hormone that makes us feel hunger. Read more >

For a Rational Decision, Let Your Subconscious Do the Thinking
If we let our subconscious make decisions, we are more likely to make the correct ones, according to new research. In fact most... Read more >

Exposure to Alcohol in the Womb Leads to Altered Connections in the Brain
It is not clear that drinking any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Read more >

Brain Cell Starvation May Trigger Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease may be a result of energy deprivation in the brain brought about by poor circulation causing insufficient glucose. Read more >

Happy Feet Keep Exercise Resolutions on Track
Have your feet measured before you buy athletic shoes. Exercising in tight shoes can cause a neuroma, or a pinched nerve. Read more >

Music May Be Good for the Heart, Literally
Listening to pleasurable music helps dilate blood vessels significantly, just as blood pressure medications like statins do. Read more >

Happiness Is Contagious, New Study Finds
People who rate themselves the happiest tend to be at the center of their social networks. Read more >

Sleep on It: Napping Helps Form Complex Memory
Short naps have the power to help form a complex form of memory known as relational memory. Read more >

Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
Patients often misinterpret or completely misunderstand the medical questionnaires given to them at doctors' offices. Read more >

Ingredient in Red Wine May Help Fend Off Fatty Liver Disease
The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to such diseases as cirrhosis and fibrosis. Read more >

It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing
Loud sounds damage the ear's hair cells, turning a lush "pasture" of these cells into a burned-out wasteland. Read more >

Location, Location, Location: Surviving Cardiac Arrest
When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >

Take 12 Bars and Call me in the Morning: Music, Mood and Illness
Listening to music you like (it does not matter what kind) can lower anxiety, reduce pain and improve mood. Read more >

Why the Brainy May Pack on the Pounds
Glucose and insulin levels fluctuate much more during mental work than during periods of relaxation. Read more >

Television's Effects on Children's Attention and Play
Television distracts children from their own play, interfering with cognitive development. Read more >

ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Coffee drinkers have a lower mortality rate, even from cardiovascular disease, according to a long-term study. Read more >

Melanoma's Alarming Rise
In order to avoid melanoma, young women should wear plenty of sunscreen and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Read more >

Fatal Medication Errors at Home on the Rise
Asking your doctor more questions and disclosing recreational drug use about your medication might help prevent a terrible accident. Read more >

Empathetic Young Moralists
Keep in mind that your seven-year old has a pretty good idea of the difference between right and wrong. Read more >

Treatment Twofer: Depression, Hypertension Respond to Integrated Therapy
Depression is a risk factor for hypertension. Patients with both conditions are less likely to take their anti-hypertensive medications. Read more >

Optimism Pays Off for Heart Patients
Having a positive outlook can improve a heart patient's outcome. Read more >

School Environment Affects Likelihood of Student Smoking
Students at schools that promote a caring environment among the students and teachers are less likely to smoke. Read more >

A Social Life Is a Long Life
People who need people are not only the luckiest people in the world, but also the healthiest, according to a new study that measured how a person's sense of being part of a community affects physical and mental wellbeing. Read more >

Rats on the Wagon
Researchers have found that injecting a new drug into the brains of rats causes them to lose interest in drinking alcohol almost immediately. Read more >

A Bad Night's Sleep
According to a new study, people with sleep apnea experience physical damage to parts of the brain involved in memory. Read more >

A Drink — or Two or Three — May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
Smoking increases the risk or RA, but moderate drinking seems to reduce it. Read more >

How to Increase "Good" Cholesterol
Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Read more >

It's Not Just Your Skin — Protecting Eyes from the Sun
You know that when you go to the beach you have to put on sunscreen and put up the umbrella. Read more >

Aspirin and Hypertension
Taking aspirin before bedtime is more effective for preventing hypertension. Read more >

A Weight Loss Surgery Guide
With obesity on the rise, more and more people are considering bariatric (weight loss) surgery... Read more >

Burying the "Graveyard Shift"
Simple work schedule adjustments can help ease the physiological stress of shift work... Read more >

The Down Side to Exercise: Stopping
When people stop doing any regular physical activity, they begin to lose any accrued health benefits almost immediately, according to a new study. Read more >

Fitness: Where You Live Can Make a Difference
Where you live has a lot to do with how much you exercise, according to a study of Chicago neighborhoods. Read more >

CHD Patients: Exercising the Least and Needing It Most
Medical guidelines suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days each week. Read more >

Spring Allergies: End the Suffering
The arrival of spring may be a happy occasion for birds, poets and baseball fans, but for millions of people with allergies, it is no cause for celebration. Read more >

The Teen Diet: Breakfast Every Day
It doesn't have to be bacon and eggs, but teens who want to lose weight are better off starting the day with a healthy meal. Read more >

Price and the Placebo Effect
Price matters when it comes to what people believe will help heal them, according to a new study that has received widespread media attention. Read more >

Failing the Smell Test?
Aromatherapy, the idea that scent can have a healing effect on the body, is a catchall category. Read more >

Smoking and Sleep
Regular smokers go through nightly nicotine withdrawal, which may contribute to a restless sleep and fatigue the next day. Read more >

Scratch that Itch
New research provides insight into why scratching an itch feels so good. Read more >

Look, Ma — No Cast!
For many of us, winter is ski or ice skating season. Read more >

The Chemistry of Calm
Why do some people seem to weather life's catastrophes better than others? We all know people who handle horrific experiences — violence, war or natural disaster — and move on, while others become emotionally bogged down. Read more >

Days Off
According to a new study, American workers took over a billion days off for mental health reasons. Read more >

Can't Carry a Tune?
This may come as a shock to anyone who has listened to pop music recently but true tone deafness, or amusia, as it is known to medical experts, is rare. Read more >

Pot Worse for Lungs than Cigarettes
Of all the nonsense believed by members of the drug culture, among the most ridiculous is the idea that smoking marijuana has no effect on the lungs. Read more >

Parkinson's Disease and the Environment
A new study has shown that combining two toxic substances commonly found in the environment damaged neurons associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) in mice. Read more >

Is Freedom From Pain a Right?
There is a growing international consensus in favor of the latter, according to a special article in the July 1007 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official publication of the International Anesthesia Research Society. Read more >

Watch Out For Heat Stroke
What is the major cause of heat stroke? Ignorance — of our own bodies, of the weather and of what one can do to the other. Read more >

What Do You Know About Stroke?
Stroke kills over 160,000 Americans each year. Read more >

ECT — Fact and Fiction
It is hard to think of a medical treatment that has received worse press in recent decades than electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), once known as electro-shock. Read more >

Smell: the Underrated Sense?
New research shows that the brain can learn to distinguish between very small differences in smell, to a degree far beyond what was previously thought. Read more >

A New Memory Aid: Sleep
Sleep both protects and strengthens memories, according to a new study. Read more >

Good News About Coffee and Cigarettes?
People suffering from Parkinson's disease are less likely to smoke or consume high doses of caffeine than family members who do not have the disease. Read more >

Body Clocks and Sports Performance
The 24-hour rhythmic cycle of our bodies, known as circadian rhythm, significantly affects athletic performance, according to just-published research. Read more >

Blood Alcohol and Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury victims who have been drinking moderately may be less likely to die after arriving at the hospital than those with no alcohol in their bloodstream, according to a surprising new report. Read more >

All or Nothing at All
Cutting down on smoking cigarettes — even by as much as 50% — will not help you live longer. Read more >

Childhood Trauma Linked to Adult Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In recent years, researchers have learned more and more about how stress and psychological trauma can effect the brain and overall health. Read more >

Another Reason Not to Do Meth
Everybody knows that methamphetamine (meth, crank, crystal and speed) is a dangerous and powerfully addictive drug. Read more >

Are Menthol Cigarettes Worse for You?
It's not that menthol cigarettes are more dangerous, it's just that — for some reason — they appear to be harder to give up than regular cigarettes. Read more >

Born to Drink?
It is well known that the children of alcoholics are more likely to develop difficulties in thinking, learning and memory. Read more >

Autism and the Over-40 Dad
Children born to men age 40 and older are more likely to develop autism, according to a new study. Read more >

Marry — or Die?
Contrary to some popular wisdom — and quite a few ancient one-liners — people who never marry appear destined to die younger than married persons. Read more >

Two Ways to Quit — One New, One Old
In a tale of two anti-smoking drugs, two new aids to quitting smoking have emerged — one from the laboratory and one from the library. Read more >

You Gotta Believe — or Not
Religion may appear to be a key component of addiction recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous but a new study suggests that these programs are just as effective for believers as they are for non-believers. Read more >

Autism and the Brain
People with autism have fewer neurons in the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in emotion and memory. Read more >

Direct From Brain to Screen
Can an implanted computer chip help paralyzed people move? Read more >

A Case of Nerves: Genetics and Schizophrenia
A possible genetic clue to the sensory confusion of schizophrenia. Read more >

Brain Changes and Teen Depression
Adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder tend to have a small hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with motivation, emotion, and memory formation. Read more >

IQ Versus PTSD?
Studies of Gulf War veterans and other soldiers have taught us a lot about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Read more >

The Dangers of Severe Stress and Trauma
By now most of us are all-too-aware that severe stress and trauma, such as from the recent terrorist attacks, can cause what doctors call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more >

Calling It Quits
The first two weeks of any person's attempt to quit smoking are critical. Read more >

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