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  • Seeing Selves As Overweight May Be Self-Fulfilling Prophecy for Some Teens
    Source: ScienceDailyTeens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are actually at greater risk of obesity as adults, according to research findings. more...

  • It Really Does Get Better for Many LGBT and Questioning Youth
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthIn a multi-year study of LGBTQ youth, researchers found that being the victim of bullying and other abuse was linked to psychological distress, but both distress and victimization decreased as the adolescents grew up. “I think we should be very happy that it does get better, but I think it’s important not to forget victimization is important and happens very early,” said Michelle Birkett, the study’s lead author. LGBT youth are at... more...

  • "Expensive" Placebo Beats "Cheap" One in Parkinson's Disease
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceWhen patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday. The research, said an editorial in the journal Neurology, which published it, "takes the study of placebo effect to a new dimension." More and more studies have documented the power of placebos, in... more...

  • NFL Players Who Started Young Show More Thinking Problems
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportA study published in the journal Neurology says NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers. more...

  • Concentrating on Word Sounds Helps Reading Instruction and Intervention
    Source: ScienceDailyA neuroimaging study by psychologist suggests that phonics shouldn't be overlooked in favor of a whole-language technique, a finding that could help improve treatment and diagnosis of common reading disorders. more...

  • Artificial Intelligence Won't "End Human Race," Says Microsoft Expert
    Source: The GuardianMicrosoft research chief admits that AI will pose legal, ethical and psychological issues as it becomes more sophisticated. The head of Microsoft’s research division has dismissed fears that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to the survival of the human race. Eric Horvitz believed that humans would not “lose control of certain kinds of intelligences”, adding: “In the end we’ll be able to get incredible benefits from machine... more...

  • Playing with Puzzles, Blocks May Build Children's Spatial Skills
    Source: ScienceDailyPlay may seem like fun and games, but new research shows that specific kinds of play are actually associated with development of particular cognitive skills. Data from an American nationally representative study show that children who play frequently with puzzles, blocks, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability. Being able to reason about space, and how to manipulate objects in space, is a critical part of everyday life,... more...

  • Your Friends May Be Able to Predict Your Lifespan, Study Suggests
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthGiving new meaning to the oft-uttered exclamation that your friends know you better than you think, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis say close friends know each other well enough to have an idea of how long the other will live. "You expect your friends to be inclined to see you in a positive manner, but they also are keen observers of the personality traits that could send you to an early grave," says Joshua Jackson,... more...

  • Elderly Auschwitz Survivors Urge World Never to Forget
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesSeventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, ageing survivors and dignitaries gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday to honour victims and sound the alarm over a fresh wave of anti-Semitism. On the eve of the landmark event, which is expected to draw several heads of state, a leading Jewish organisation was echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hollywood mogul Steven Spielberg in highlighting violence against... more...

  • NFL Releases Chilling Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportThe ad features scenes of a disheveled house and a woman who is scared to speak up. more...

  • Brain White Matter Changes Seen in Children Who Experience Neglect
    Source: ScienceDailyExperiencing neglect in childhood was associated with alterations in brain white matter in a study of abandoned children in Romania who experienced social, emotional, linguistic and cognitive impoverishment while living in institutions compared with children who were placed in high-quality foster care or those who had never been in institutional care, according to the results of a clinical trial. more...

  • Mindfulness-Based Program in Schools Making a Positive Impact
    Source: ScienceDailyA social and emotional learning program started by Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn to help school children improve their learning abilities, be more caring, and less stressed is now backed by new scientific evidence. more...

  • Jewish Leaders Call for Europe-Wide Legislation Outlawing Antisemitism
    Source: The GuardianProposal would criminalise activities such as banning the burqa, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and Holocaust denial European Jewish leaders, backed by a host of former EU heads of state and governments, are to call this week for pan-European legislation outlawing antisemitism amid a sense of siege and emergency feeding talk of a mass exodus of Europe’s oldest ethnic minority. A panel of four prestigious international experts on... more...

  • Anorexia Revealed in "Jerky" Eyes, Study Finds
    Source: The Age - Top StoriesMelbourne researchers have discovered that people with anorexia subtly move their eyes in a jerky fashion, boosting hopes they have found a new part of the brain on which to test experimental treatments on. more...

  • India Launches Campaign to Tackle Its Dwindling Number of Girls
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthPrime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the blight of India's dwindling number of girls on Thursday, launching a campaign to address the problem the United Nations has said amounts to a national emergency. The "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" (Save the Daughter, Teach the Daughter) campaign is aimed at improving India's child sex ratio — the number of girls born for every 1,000 boys - and gender equality through access to education. more...

  • Transgender Teen's Death Stirs Action in U.S. and Beyond
    Source: ABC News - US NewsTransgender teen's death stirs action in US and beyond; 'There are so many people like Leelah'. more...

  • School-Wide Prevention Program Lowers Teen Suicide Risk
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthAfter a school-based prevention program, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows. Danuta Wasserman, a professor of psychiatry at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said the program was likely successful because students “felt that the power of mastering their feelings, coping with stress and choosing solutions was in their hands... more...

  • Emma Watson Urges Men to Join Gender Equality Battle
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthBritish actress Emma Watson urged young men to speak out when women are degraded, husbands to support wives to pursue their ambitions and businessmen who mentor women to share their experiences, as part of a drive to get more men to champion women's rights. The star, also a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, was speaking on Friday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where she helped to launch the next phase of a... more...

  • France Takes Battle Against Radical Islam into Schools
    Source: Reuters - World NewsFrance announced new measures on Thursday aimed at helping schools combat radical Islam, racism and anti-Semitism in reaction to deadly Islamist attacks two weeks ago. more...

  • Obama Makes Historic "Transgender" Reference in Annual Address
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesPresident Obama became the first president to use the words "lesbian," "bisexual" and "transgender" in a State of the Union, calling for protections for individuals of any sexual orientation. more...

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