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Humans Produce New Brain Cells Throughout Their Lives

Findings could help hunt for treatment for degenerative conditions such as Alzheimers, and psychiatric problems. Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, scientists have revealed, countering previous theories that production stopped after adolescence. The findings could help in developing treatments for neurological [...]

By | 2018-04-13T11:47:28+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Childhood ‘Toxic Stress’ Leads to Parenting Challenges

Parents who endured “toxic stress” during childhood may be more likely to have kids with developmental delays and have a harder time coping with their children’s health issues, new research suggests. Adverse childhood experiences, commonly called ACEs, can include witnessing parents fight or go through a divorce, having a parent with a mental illness or [...]

Are We Raising Digital Monsters?

There is research that demonstrates that most everything you do on a screen is correlated with unhappiness, Jean Twenge told me when I first asked her whether we're raising digital monsters. Twenge, a professor of psychology and the author of the book, iGen, also noted the exact opposite to be true. Most everything you do off [...]

Don’t Blame Adolescent Social Behavior on Hormones

Reproductive hormones that develop during puberty are not responsible for changes in social behavior that occur during adolescence, according to the results of a newly published study by a University at Buffalo researcher. "Changes in social behavior during adolescence appear to be independent of pubertal hormones. They are not triggered by puberty, so we can't [...]

Social Media More Harmful To Girls Than Boys

It’s no secret that social media isn’t great for mental health - studies have shown it again and again, and some of the developers of social media have sounded warnings about the addictiveness of certain features. Now, to add to the growing body of evidence on how it affects mental health, a new study finds a link between [...]

Turning Off is Switched On

Your home is a safe space, for you and your kids. It’s a place where you can all switch off from the outside world, forget about everything and everyone and the only people allowed in are the ones you invite. At least, it used to be. But we live in a time when everyone we [...]

Why Nutritional Psychiatry is the Future of Mental Health Treatment

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative [...]

Being Exposed to Light During Sleep Linked to Depression

It may be time to invest in some blackout curtains, according to new research. A study published recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a strong association between even low-level nighttime light exposure and depressive symptoms among elderly adults. The researchers measured nighttime light levels in the bedrooms of 863 elderly Japanese adults by placing ceiling-facing light [...]

10 Mindfulness Tricks

Alarmingly, the World Health Organization now considers depression as the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. And for a great number of the people suffering there are simple, free and non-pharmaceutical ways of managing their mental health. Much of the research in the field of mindfulness explores the impact of thirty to forty-five minutes [...]

Almost Every Young Person in WA Detention Has a Severe Brain Impairment

Nine out of ten people in Western Australian youth detention are severely impaired in at least one area of brain function such as memory, language, attention, and executive function (planning and understanding consequences). Such deficits would strongly impact on their ability to conform with legal instructions, and with other aspects of the justice system such [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:38+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments