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Tweaking Exposure Therapy Can Improve Outcomes for PTSD

Researchers may have found a way to improve a first-line  treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by changing how the brain learns to respond less intensely  to fearful conditions. The...

Holocaust Survivors With PTSD May Pass Down Negative Views of Aging to Adult Children

A new Israeli study finds that negative views on aging are often passed down in families of Holocaust survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings, published in the Journals...

Healthy Diet Early On May Mean Fitter Brain in Middle Age

Eating a heart-healthy diet in young adulthood — one rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate in nuts, fish and alcohol, and low in meat and full-fat dairy — is associated...

Facial Expressions Alone May Not Convey Emotional State

New research clarifies that emotional intelligence involves much more than reading people’s micro-expressions. When it comes to reading a person’s state of mind, the visual context of background and action...

Visiting Urban Park Can Foster Happiness, Workout or Not

New research suggests spending 20 minutes in an urban park can improve happiness, regardless of whether a person is engaging in exercise or not during the visit. Investigators from the...

Study Probes How Concussion Impacts Deep Brain Structure

Concussion researchers have long suspected that damage to the brain’s corpus callosum could be the underlying reason behind certain side effects of concussion, including dizziness or vision problems. Their hypothesis...

Study: Extra Vitamin D Boosts Memory But May Slow Reaction Time in Older Adults

In a new study, overweight and obese older women who took more than three times the recommended daily dose of vitamin D showed an increase in memory and learning but...

Mediterranean Diet Tied to Better Performance in 5K Run

A small study found that 11 athletes who consumed a Mediterranean diet for less than a week increased their performance in a long-distance running test. The researchers hypothesize that the...

Study IDs Factors in Suicide Attempts Among High-Risk Youth

In a new study, researchers at the University of Bristol in England identified potential factors that could lead to suicide attempts in high-risk young people: non-suicidal self-harm, cannabis and other...

Personality Test May Improve Care for Men With Prostate Cancer

Men with high neuroticism are significantly more likely to suffer from adverse events, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, which may put their recovery from prostate cancer surgery at risk....
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