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Watching too much TV may increase risk of early death in adults
Adults who watch TV three hours or more a day may double their risk of premature death from any cause. Researchers suggest adults should consider getting regular exercise, avoiding long sedentary periods and reducing TV viewing to one to two hours a day. (2014-06-25)

Power corrupts, especially when it lacks status
In a new study, researchers at USC, Stanford and the Kellogg School of Management have found that individuals in roles that possess power but lack status have a tendency to engage in activities that demean others. (2011-09-20)

How common is sexting?
The practice of sexting may be more common than generally thought among adults. More than eight out of 10 people surveyed online admitted to sexting in the prior year, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 123rd Annual Convention. (2015-08-08)

Study shows dream-enacting behavior is common in healthy young adults
A study in the Dec. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that dream-enacting behaviors are common in healthy young adults, and the prevalence of specific behaviors differs between men and women. (2009-12-01)

Sleep deprivation influences drug use in teens' social networks
Recent studies have shown that behaviors such as happiness, obesity, smoking and altruism are (2010-03-19)

Social wasps show how bigger brains provide complex cognition
Across many groups of animals, species with bigger brains often have better cognitive abilities. But it's been unclear whether overall brain size or the size of specific brain areas is the key. New findings by University of Washington neurobiologists suggest that both patterns are important: bigger-bodied social wasps had larger brains and devoted up to three times more of their brain tissue to regions that coordinate social interactions, learning, memory and other complex behaviors. (2011-04-11)

Women who binge drink at greater risk of unsafe sex and sexually transmitted disease
Binge drinking (5 or more alcoholic beverages at one time) is associated with risky sexual behaviors. A new study examined this association by gender at a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases. Binge drinking increased the risk of unsafe sexual behaviors and having an STD for women patients. (2008-09-04)

License to sin -- Asking people to think about vice increases their likelihood of giving in
A new study by researchers from Duke, USC and UPenn is the first to explore how questioning can affect our behavior when we have mixed feelings about an issue. The study, forthcoming in the June issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, found that asking people questions, like how many times they expect to give in to a temptation they know they should resist, increases how many times they will actually give in to it. (2007-05-10)

Learning addiction: Dopamine reinforces drug-associated memories
New research with mice has provided some fascinating insight into how addictive drugs hijack reward signals and influence neural processes associated with learning and memory. The research, published by Cell Press in the Sept. 10 issue of the journal Neuron, helps to explain why and how drug-associated memories, such as the place of drug use, drive and perpetuate the addiction. (2009-09-09)

Older children's brains respond differently to rewarding vs. negative experiences late in day
Older children respond more strongly to rewarding experiences and less strongly to negative experiences later in the day, which may lead to poor decision-making at night, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2020-03-11)

COVID: women are less likely to put themselves in danger
Women's attitudes and behaviors may have contributed to their reduced vulnerability and mortality. A survey conducted in 8 OECD countries shows that they consider the Coronavirus a more serious problem than men, are more likely to approve health policies and less likely to disregard them (2020-10-16)

TV ads during sports depict unsafe behavior and violence
Children watching commercials aired during televised sports events may frequently be exposed to violent and unsafe behavior, a study by a Penn State Children's Hospital physician suggests. (2004-12-06)

The global healthy weight registry
If there is one thing to avoid when trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, it's a restrictive diet! Instead, simple routine behaviors may be key according to new Cornell Food and Brand Lab research findings. (2016-02-17)

Researchers develop a scale to measure parent-teacher communication at the K-12 level
The Parental Academic Support Scale was developed to assess the supportive interactions between parents and teachers, including the frequency of specific behaviors associated with parental academic support, parents' perceptions of the importance of those supportive behaviors, and the modes (e-mail, face-to-face interactions, phone, etc.) of communication that parents commonly use to communicate with teachers. (2012-10-04)

U of M research shows link between sports, unhealthy weight control and steroid use in teens
Participation in sports with real or perceived weight requirements, such as ballet, gymnastics and wrestling, is strongly associated with unhealthy weight control behaviors and steroid use in teens, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. (2007-03-08)

Feeling younger than actual age meant lower death rate for older people
Turns out, feeling younger than your actual age might be good for you. (2014-12-15)

Canine tail chasing resembles human obsessive compulsive disorders
A new research led by Professor Hannes Lohi at the University of Helsinki, Finland, revealed several similarities between compulsive behavior in dogs and humans: Early onset, recurrent compulsive behaviors, increased risk for developing different types of compulsions, compulsive freezing, the beneficial effect of nutritional supplements, the effects of early life experiences and sex hormones and genetic risk. (2012-08-20)

Tolerance for ambiguity explains adolescents' penchant for risky behaviors
It is widely believed that adolescents engage in risky behaviors because of an innate tolerance for risks, but a study by researchers at New York University, Yale's School of Medicine, and Fordham University has found this is not the case. (2012-10-01)

Hatching the reward deficiency egg: Neurogenetic and nutrigenomic translational research links
A recent publication in Current Pharmaceutical Design, by Kenneth Blum, Ph.D., and associates entitled: 'Neuronutrient Amino-Acid Therapy Protects Against Reward Deficiency Syndrome: Dopaminergic Key to Homeostasis and Neuroplasticity' may have clinical relevance in providing evidence for the 'hatching of the addiction egg' with possible solutions. (2016-08-03)

Dental insurance, caregivers' preventive dental visits determinants of underserved
Children's dental insurance and caregivers' preventive dental care visits play a significant role as determinants of underserved African-American children seeing a dentist, according to a study in this month's Journal of the American Dental Association. (2007-03-20)

You are what you eat and your kids are too
Warnings about increased risk of cancer from eating a high- fat diet can often fall on deaf ears. When you're young and feeling fine, it can be hard to think about the consequences of eating fatty foods that adversely affect your health 20 or 30 years from now. But a new study at SLU School of Public Health offers another way of encouraging a healthy diet for lifelong health - eating healthy foods helps you be a good parent by being a role model for your children. (2001-05-20)

Dogs' anxiety reflects a 'pessimistic' mood
Many dogs become distressed when left home alone, and they show it by barking, destroying things, or toileting indoors. Now, a new study reported in the Oct. 12 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggests that this kind of separation anxiety occurs most often in dogs that also show (2010-10-11)

UTSA researchers study the effects of parental job loss on families during the pandemic
A team of UTSA researchers has discovered that economic implications because of COVID-19 can have a devastating ripple effect on children. Monica Lawson, assistant professor of psychology, Megan Piel, assistant professor of social work and Michaela Simon, psychology graduate student in the UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy, have recently published a research article on the effects of parental job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic and risk of psychological and physical abuse toward children. (2020-12-07)

Environmentally friendly behavior is easy -- tourists just need a 'nudge'
A new study has demonstrated that providing a simple 'nudge' -- or cue -- is an effective way to influence the decision making process of tourists and encourage them to act in more environmentally friendly ways. The results offer many practical insights on how a simple, low cost intervention, such as placing a sign in a store, has huge potential on reducing the local impacts of businesses and tourist operators by making pro-environmental choices easy. (2021-02-09)

4 unhealthy behaviors combine to increase death risk
Four unhealthy behaviors -- smoking, lack of physical activity, poor diet and alcohol consumption -- appear to be associated with a substantially increased risk of death when combined, according to a report in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-04-26)

Men at increased risk of death from pneumonia compared to women
A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study of nearly 2,220 pneumonia patients finds that men who come to the hospital generally are sicker than women, and have a 30 percent higher risk of dying over the next year, despite aggressive medical care. Researchers further found significant differences in immune system response to infection, leading to speculation that future pneumonia treatments could be gender-based. (2008-05-18)

Genes exert powerful effect on sexual behavior
A new study shows that the manipulation of a single gene in female fruit flies can make their sexual behavior resemble that of males, demonstrating the surprising power of individual genes and the profound impact of genetics on complex sexual behavior. (2005-06-15)

Monkeys can learn to see themselves in the mirror
Unlike humans and great apes, rhesus monkeys don't realize when they look in a mirror that it is their own face looking back at them. But, according to a report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Jan. 8, that doesn't mean they can't learn. What's more, once rhesus monkeys in the study developed mirror self-recognition, they continued to use mirrors spontaneously to explore parts of their bodies they normally don't see. (2015-01-08)

'Grass-in-the-ear' technique sets new trend in chimp etiquette
Chimpanzees are copycats and, in the process, they form new traditions that are often particular to only one specific group of these primates. Such are the findings of a group of scientists, who waded through over 700 hours of video footage to understand how it came about that one chimpanzee stuck a piece of grass in her ear and started a new trend. The findings of the study are published in Springer's journal Animal Cognition. (2014-07-03)

Brain activity encodes reward magnitude and delay during choice
Good things may come to those who wait, but research has proven that humans and animals actually prefer an immediate rather than a delayed reward. Now, a study published by Cell Press in the July 10 issue of the journal Neuron reveals how a decision-making region of the brain encodes information associated with the magnitude and delay of rewards. (2008-07-09)

Probiotic therapy alleviates autism-like behaviors in mice
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed when individuals exhibit characteristic behaviors, decreased social interactions, and impaired communication. Curiously, many with ASD also suffer from gastrointestinal issues, like abdominal cramps and constipation. Guided by this co-occurrence of brain and gut problems, researchers at the California Institute Technology are investigating a bacterium that alleviates GI and behavioral symptoms in autistic-like mice, introducing a potentially transformative probiotic therapy for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. (2013-12-05)

Brain peptide research may lead to promising new treatments for mental illnesses
Recent research points to the importance of a molecule called relaxin-3 in the brain, with effects on various processes and behaviors such as mood, stress, and cognition. Because these are often aberrant in mental illnesses, investigators are studying the potential of relaxin-3-based interventions to treat depression, anxiety, and other conditions. (2016-09-07)

Study examines incident hepatitis C infection in HIV-infected men
Researchers examined the role of later acquisition of hepatitis C in HIV patients in a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, which is currently available online. The findings suggest HIV patients should have access to ongoing screening for hepatitis C. (2011-02-01)

New IU study finds most high-school age youth are willing to wear masks
A new study from Indiana University researchers finds that most high-school age youth are willing to wear masks to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (2021-01-25)

Supportive co-parenting may reduce some child behavior problems
Warm, cooperative co-parenting between mothers and fathers may help protect children who are at risk for some types of behavior problems, a new study suggests. Researchers found that supportive co-parenting helped children who have difficulty regulating their behavior and attention levels -- what researchers call effortful control. (2009-03-03)

Circadian clock genes reign in duration of fruit fly copulation
This week, researchers at Oregon State University report evidence that two genes representing key components of the circadian clock somehow also influence sexual behavior in the fruit fly Drosophila. Circadian rhythms control the timing of physiological events over the course of day-night cycles approximating 24 hours. The new work reveals that, in fact, at least some circadian clock genes can also control the duration of behaviors over a much shorter time scale -- in this case, the length of the fly's copulation. (2004-08-23)

Nobelist discovers antidepressant protein in mouse brain
A protein that seems to be pivotal in lifting depression has been discovered by a Nobel Laureate researcher. (2006-01-05)

How are children affected by maternal anxiety and depression?
Maternal symptoms of anxiety and depression increased the risk of emotional and disruptive problem behaviors in children as early as 18 months of age, according to new research findings from the TOPP study. The risk persisted into adolescence and also gave an increased risk of depressive symptoms. The study is published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. (2013-10-24)

Teen eating disorders increase suicide risk
Is binge eating a tell-tale sign of suicidal thoughts? According to a new study of African American girls published in Springer's journal Prevention Science, those who experience depressive and anxious symptoms are often dissatisfied with their bodies and more likely to display binge eating behaviors. These behaviors put them at higher risk for turning their emotions inward, in other words, displaying internalizing symptoms such as suicide. (2013-07-22)

Tobacco use more prevalent among African-American adolescents living in public housing communities
A recent study by a University of Missouri researcher found that African-American youths who live in public housing communities are 2.3 times more likely to use tobacco than other African-American youths. (2012-07-10)

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