Essential Reads

Too Much Soda May Be Shrinking Your Brain

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on April 30, 2017 in Cravings
Too much of the sweet stuff may prematurely age your brain and body, so why take a chance when you already know it's not good for you? Here's what you can do instead.

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise Outshine Brain-Training Games

There is growing evidence that physical activity is more effective than sedentary "brain-training" games for maintaining robust cognitive function and "working memory" as we age.

Five Ways to Fit in with Just About Any Crowd

There are times for individuality but other times when you want to blend into the crowd. New research on conformity and mental health suggests how to gain acceptance.

Need a Midday Energy Boost? Skip the Caffeine, Take a Walk

Brief bouts of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity are more energizing than a 50 mg dose of caffeine (such as a can of soda or shot of espresso), according to a new study.

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How Are You? Really, How Are You?

Don't be afraid to show concern and compassion. Acknowledging a person and listening to them may remind us all of the meaning of humanity.
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Change, Little Bit by Little Bit

Large changes start small. Sometimes they stay that way.

Having a Hard Time Sleeping? Do Nothing!

Do you toss and turn in bed? Can’t get to sleep (or go back to sleep) no matter what you do? New research suggests there may be a path forward, and it isn’t what you think…

Get Better Sleep

The National Institute of Health estimates that more than 40 million Americans have sleep disorders. Yet there are several key strategies to get better sleep.

Ethical Issues in Treating Childhood Obesity

How do doctors decide when to recommend surgery for a child with obesity?

The Case For Running

Running may be the trump card of physical activity, adding more years to your life than other forms of exercise.

Is Anorexia the Latest Treatment for Obesity?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 27, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Is it possible that a mental illness holds the secret to treating obesity? That’s what some leading eating disorder experts propose.
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Beyond the March for Science: What Now?

By Rachel Pruchno Ph.D. on April 27, 2017 in All in the Family
Children whose parents voted for Trump are as likely to develop asthma and autism as children whose parents voted for Clinton.

How Much Is Too Much Stress?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new research study takes a closer look at the kind of symptoms seen in people experiencing stress overload and what it can mean for preventing health problems

Should Weight Loss Drugs Be Used When a Diet Stalls?

Taking great care of yourself is the new normal. Why are the rewards so much harder to attain when the end-goal is just around the corner?

Fatigue, the Brain and Therapists

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Studies have found that debilitating fatigue is a common symptom of many types of brain damage and disorders, from mild head injury to benign pituitary adenoma to dementia.

The Solution to Millennial Loneliness

By Caroline Beaton on April 25, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
How can millennials stop being so lonely?

Why Religion Evolved

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Human Beast
Religion consumes up to a tenth of economic productivity in some societies. So it must produce corresponding benefits. What are they?

What Men Desire in a Woman

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Sideways View
What is the evolutionary psychology of mate choice? What really "turns men on" and why?

The Politics of Silence

Excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, at work, at home and during leisure activities.

A Practice to Help You Handle Life's Difficulties with Grace

In this piece, I want to share a practice I’ve been using for a couple of years. It’s simple, really. I intentionally start a sentence by saying to myself “It’s okay if…”
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Some Inconvenient Truths About the Affordable HealthCare Act

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Beyond Bullying
Fed up with your healthcare insurance? If so, read this blog entry.

ADHD and Self Compassion

What’s the impact of living life with ADHD, seeing exactly what ‘should’ be done and often not getting there anyway.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Living Single
Happiness, relationships, money, sex, solitude, children, singlism, workplace issues, sickness and health, and more: If you have questions about single life, here are some answers

7 Stress Hacks You Can Use in the Next 5 Minutes

Science is helping us find new, simple and quick ways to de-stress by activating different brain networks and nervous system responses.Here are 7 new ways to manage your stress.

#MarchForScience, Social Media, Diversity and Identity

UCSF showcased a panel of scientific leaders at their Stand Up For Science day. What does this tell us about diversity in science, and about social media?
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Is Trazodone the New Brain Wonder Drug?

Will an old, cheap drug end Alzheimer's?

What Is Happiness Worth to You?

Are you so caught up with chasing goals that you don't have time to appreciate where you are? Does the "happiness finish line" keep moving, leaving you never able to reach it?

10 Reasons Why Silence Really Is Golden

Could the answer to improved health be as simple as silence?

18 Tweets on Emotional Health

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, a bit of advice can be a time-effective source of improvement.
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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep deprivation has been linked to increases in depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as memory and cognitive problems.

It’s Time to March!

There is no shortage of bad advice about how to lose weight. You’ll find bad advice on the internet, in books, and even from some “medical experts.” We need good science.
Yvonne Temal

How Mother Nature Became My Therapy

Escaping into nature can help us recover from our depression and anxiety while simultaneously allowing us to be free. "The mountains are calling and I must go..." -John Muir.

Physician Health 101

It is estimated that a doctor a day dies by suicide in the United States. There is a lot we can do to fight this.

How Do Work Breaks Help Your Brain? 5 Surprising Answers

By Meg Selig on April 18, 2017 in Changepower
Work smarter. Take a break! Discover 5 reasons why work breaks can lift your productivity, creativity, and motivation...as well as your spirits.