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Social isolation, loneliness could be greater threat to public health than obesity, researchers say

Loneliness and social isolation may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact has been growing and will continue to grow, according to research presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Source: Social isolation, loneliness could be greater threat to public health than obesity, researchers say

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Clicks and likes contributing to a teen anxiety crisis

We need to help kids understand that happiness is more than just a series of taps and clicks or an aggregation of short-lived pleasures.

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Depression doubles the risk of death from coronary artery disease

Depression appears to double the chance of dying in any given year for patients with coronary artery disease, according to a new study.The researchers said such mental distress was a “stronger risk factor” than age, having had a heart attack, or diabetes.The effect was seen if the person was depressed before or after diagnosis of the disease.

Source: Depression doubles the risk of death from coronary artery disease, finds research | The Independent

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Is Neuroscience Underpowered? “Power Failure” Revisited

Back in 2013, a Nature Reviews Neuroscience paper appeared called Power failure: why small sample size undermines the reliability of neuroscience. This paper got a lot of attention at the time and has since been cited a dizzying 1760 times according to Google. ‘Power Failure’ made waves for its stark message that most neuroscience studies …

Source: Is Neuroscience Underpowered? “Power Failure” Revisited – Neuroskeptic

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Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Source: Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent – NYTimes.com

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Global Mental Health and the Demolition of Culture

That the world is currently going through a complex and critical phase in its history is an understatement. The background is multifaceted: violence of all types with a different kind of war (but war anyway) at its peak, large migrations in all regions, religion transformed in terrorist codes and strategies with tragically massive sequelae, and politics in many countries (starting with the US) reaching levels of cheap TV shows or grotesque deformity by the words and actions of some of its protagonists.

Source: Global Mental Health and the Demolition of Culture | Psychiatric Times

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Winning the lottery: Does it guarantee happiness?

It’s fun to think about what you would do if you played lottery numbers that brought in millions of dollars. But, disillusioning as it may seem, big winnings can come with big costs, especially because of the greed of others, experts say.

Source: Winning the lottery: Does it guarantee happiness? – CNN.com

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Can stress make you lose your teeth?

It wasn’t a fight or a fall that made Demi Moore lose her two front teeth. Rather, the actress told Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s The Tonight Show, that stress was to blame.

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‘Mind-body’ healing: Success of placebo trials challenges medical thinking

It was widely thought that, for a placebo to work, doctors had to deceive patients that they were getting the real deal, and that’s problematic for a profession keen to promote informed consent.But a new study casts doubt on whether deceit is necessary at all and, along with a swag of research showing some remarkable placebo effects, raises big questions about whether placebos should now enter the mainstream as a legitimate item for doctors to prescribe.

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Even moderate drinking linked to a decline in brain health, finds study

Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with increased risk of adverse brain outcomes and steeper decline in cognitive (mental) skills

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