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Brain Response to Food Reward Linked to Kids Overeating

Why is it that some people find it so hard to resist eating an entire bag of chips? The answer may lie with how their brain responds to food rewards,...

Younger Kids May Make Better Decisions Than Older Ones

A new study has found that, in way, the older you get the worse your decision-making becomes. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada, found...

Turning Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces Shown to Reduce Depression

Turning vacant urban land into green spaces significantly reduces feelings of depression and improves overall mental health for the surrounding residents, according to a new study. The findings have implications...

Cell Phone Radiation May Affect Teens’ Memory

The rapid rise of information and communication technologies in our daily lives comes with increased exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF). The most common source of exposure to the brain...

Therapy Dogs Can Help Ease Symptoms of ADHD in Kids

Emerging research finds that therapy dogs are effective in reducing the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Researchers from the University of California – Irvine said the new study...

In Competitive Situations, Good Guys Can Attract Hostility

A new Canadian study finds that highly cooperative and generous people can sometimes attract hatred and social punishment in competitive circumstances. But when social competition is at a minimum, cooperation...

Those Prone to Feeling Guilty May Be More Trustworthy

New research finds that when it comes to predicting who is most likely to act in a trustworthy manner, one of the most important factors is the anticipation of guilt....

App, Brief Intervention May be Lifesaver for Suicidal Teens

The first few weeks after a hospital discharge are the most critical for teens who were admitted for suicidal thoughts. A new study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry,...

General Anesthesia, Surgery Tied to Subtle Memory Decline in Older Adults

Exposure to surgery with general anesthesia is tied to a subtle decline in memory and thinking skills in older adults, according to a new Mayo clinic study published in the...

Mouse Study: Mom’s Gut Microbiome May Impact Kids’ Autism Risk

The health of a mother’s microbiome during pregnancy may have a significant impact on her offspring’s risk for autism, according to a new mouse study conducted by researchers at the...
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