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Study Links Maternal Obesity, Diabetes To Increased Autism Risk In Kids

While diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder have increased in recent years, the factors behind this rise remain relatively mysterious and even controversial. However, a growing line of research suggests that many of the risk factors for the condition emerge long before birth. Now, a major study from Johns Hopkins University has found that maternal obesity … Continue reading

Reading Self-Help Books Can Leave You Feeling Worse, Study Shows

Turning to self-help books for guidance might seem like a good idea when you’re feeling down about life. But a new study new suggests it probably won’t make you feel a whole lot better — and it could even leave you feeling worse. The research, conducted by a team of psychologists at the University of … Continue reading

Popular Antidepressant Is ‘Ineffective And Unsafe’ For Young People, Study Concludes

An antidepressant often prescribed to teenagers may be “ineffective and unsafe” for the populations it is supposed to help, according to a groundbreaking reanalysis of a 14-year-old study. The research, published this week in The BMJ, contradicts earlier findings that paroxetine — sold under the labels Paxil, Aropax and Seroxat — is safe for people … Continue reading

Here’s A Bunch Of New Evidence Showing That Gun Laws Can Dramatically Reduce Suicides

More stringent gun laws can save lives, while less stringent ones can lead to more deaths — that’s the major takeaway from a series of new studies examining the impact of various gun policies on suicide rates in states across the U.S. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S., taking the lives … Continue reading

Scientists Studying Stroke-Related Brain Damage Just Made A Breakthrough Discovery About The Source Of Addiction

Scientists studying stroke-related brain damage may have just stumbled upon a major breakthrough in our understanding of addiction.  While monitoring the recovery of more than 150 stroke patients who were all smokers, researchers found that those who suffered a stroke in a brain region called the insular cortex were far more likely to quit smoking … Continue reading

Sadness Can Literally Change The Way You See The World, Study Finds

Being sad can, quite literally, change the way we see the world around us. New research published in the journal Psychological Science finds that sadness can affect our vision, making the world appear more gray, by impairing the neural processes involved in color perception. “Color is such an important part of our experience,” lead author … Continue reading

Children With Warmer, Less Controlling Parents Grow Up To Be Happier

We’ve long know that parenting styles have a major impact on psychological development through childhood and adolescence, and can even impact long-term well-being. But new research suggests the effects of certain parenting styles may be even more profound than once thought. According to a new study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, individuals whose … Continue reading

How To Save A Life From Suicide: Lessons From The Golden Gate Bridge

In a major milestone for suicide prevention, the Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors last week approved the first funding toward construction of a suicide barrier on the San Francisco landmark, a project that was first approved in 2014. The move will undoubtedly save lives — but even more importantly, it carries with it a … Continue reading

Scientists May Have Just Discovered The First ‘Obesity Gene’

For the first time ever, scientists have uncovered a direct link between a specific gene and the the production of body fat — a discovery that may one day hold the key to tackling obesity. Obesity remains a global health issue, particularly in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), … Continue reading

Study Shows Gut Bacteria May Play Key Role In Development Of Depression And Anxiety

Imbalances in intestinal bacteria induced by stress in early life may play a key role in the development of anxiety and depression in adulthood, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. The findings are consistent with a growing line of research showing that the diverse colonies of bacteria living in the gut can … Continue reading

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