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In a new study, researchers found the strongest evidence yet that obesity causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems. The research was...

Mindfulness apps could improve our mental health

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people's mental health. In a...

Mental well-being linked to lower dementia risk

A positive sense of mental well-being is related to better brain health among older adults, according to a new report. Studies shows our sense of...

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If the thought of sucking your baby's pacifier to clean it and then popping it in your baby's mouth grosses you out, think again. New...

The surprising secret to successful psychotherapy

As a clinical psychologist and educator, I am often asked to recommend a psychotherapist for people in need. These requests come with a sense of...

Scientists cool ‘brains on fire’ to treat Parkinson’s

A promising new therapy to stop Parkinson's disease in its tracks has been developed at The University of Queensland. UQ Faculty of Medicine researcher Associate...

Being overweight could cause depression, even you are healthy

A largescale genomic analysis has found the strongest evidence yet that being overweight causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems. The research...

It’s time to ban the sale of energy drinks to children

In a recent paper, researchers suggest it's time to bring in laws to ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to children and young...

Our pain can be a self-fulfilling prophecy

Expect a shot to hurt and it probably will, even if the needle poke isn't really so painful. Brace for a second shot and you'll...

Your abstract reasoning ability could predict depression over time

In a new study, researchers found that age-related declines in abstract reasoning ability predict increasing depression in subsequent years. The data were from a longitudinal...

Why some people overeat when they’re upset

The idea of eating a tub of ice cream to cope with being upset has become a bit cliche. Though some might not need a...

Why natural depression therapies are better than pills

Winter is upon us. And with it comes the annual worsening of depressive symptoms. Sadly, in the United States, suicide continues to claim more lives...
Why your number of romantic partners mirrors your mother

Why your number of romantic partners mirrors your mother

Moms may pass on relationship skills, other key characteristics A new national study shows that people whose mothers had more partners - married or cohabiting...
A world without brick-and-mortar stores

A world without brick-and-mortar stores?

Even avid online shoppers say, 'no, thanks' It has been dubbed the "retail apocalypse" - the widespread shuttering of brick-and-mortar stores across America in the...

Would you zap your brain to improve your memory?

Using a few wires and sponges, in ordinary homes around the world, people are trying to hack their own minds. A 2002 study found a...

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Researchers have prevented the development of Alzheimer’s disease in mice by using a virus to deliver a specific gene into the brain. The early-stage findings,...
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First evidence for higher state of consciousness

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