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Off-Label Drug May Reduce Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Off-Label Drug May Reduce Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

 By Jim Windell

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Take Your Nature Vitamin Every Day During Pandemic

Take Your Nature Vitamin Every Day During Pandemic

By Jim Windell

            If you live in an area in which your house is surrounded by trees, shrubs and green grass, you are lucky. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

            It has long been known through epidemiological studies that greater exposure to, or contact with, natural environments – such as parks, woodlands and beaches – is associated with better health and well-being. If your house (or office) looks out over a cement parking lot or the red brick of an apartment building, the health benefits are minimal. Contrast that with living (or working) in greener urban or suburban areas and your risks for cardiovascular disease, obesity,  diabetes, asthma hospitalization, mental distress, and, ultimately, mortality goes down.

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What are Empathy and Perspective-Taking Made of?

What are Empathy and Perspective-Taking Made of?

By Jim Windell

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Loss of Sleep Raises Risks for Anxiety and PTSD

Loss of Sleep Raises Risks for Anxiety and PTSD

By Jim Windell

            I know I’m not at my best on those days after I had less than my optimal number of hours of sleep. And I hate the groggy feeling I have after a sleepless night. As for learning anything new or attacking new challenges when I didn’t get enough sleep, forget it.
            We’ve known for some time that sleep is important for consolidating our memories. And we have also been aware that sleep deprivation interferes with learning and memory. However, a new study suggests that getting only half a night's sleep – as many medical workers and military personnel often do – gets in the way of the brain's ability to unlearn fear-related memories. That could very possibly put people at greater risk of conditions such as anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder.

This new study appears in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Entitled “Partial and Total Sleep Deprivation Interferes with Neural Correlates of Consolidation of Fear Extinction Memory,” the study provides us with new insights into how sleep deprivation affects brain function to disrupt fear extinction.

            The researchers, led by Anne Germain, PhD, at the University of Pittsburgh, and Edward Pace-Schott, PhD, at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, studied 150 healthy adults in the sleep laboratory. One third of subjects got normal sleep, one third were sleep restricted, so they slept only the first half of the night, and one third were sleep deprived, so they got no sleep at all. In the morning, all the subjects underwent fear conditioning.

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Subdural Bleeding in Infants is Proof of Abuse, Right?

Subdural Bleeding in Infants is Proof of Abuse, Right?

By Jim Windell

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It’s Not Whether You Use it; It’s How You Use it that Makes a Difference

It’s Not Whether You Use it; It’s How You Use it that Makes a Difference

By Jim Windell

            We all use social media. At least to one extent or another. Technology is supposed to make our lives better – more efficient, more connected and giving us access to the whole world. But does social media help us to feel better? Does it bring happiness?

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A Brief History of the Michigan/Metro Detroit Association of Black Psychologists, Black Psychology & MPA

A Brief History of the Michigan/Metro Detroit Association of Black Psychologists, Black Psychology & MPA

by Ellen Keyt, PhD

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Is There any Benefit to Combining Exercise and Nutritional Supplements?

Is There any Benefit to Combining Exercise and Nutritional Supplements?

By Jim Windell

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Why do we have Less Motivation to Learn as We Age?

Why do we have Less Motivation to Learn as We Age?

By Jim Windell

           I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that many people, particularly after they retire, seem to lose the zest they had previously for engaging in new activities, taking on new challenges or learning new things. Do most people need the structure of a job and a daily routine in order to maintain an interest in the new or the novel? Do they just get tired and want to put their brain – and their body – in a rocking chair? Or is there some other explanation?

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Sleep or No Sleep after a Trauma?

Sleep or No Sleep after a Trauma?

By Jim Windell

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Low Levels of Chemicals in Mothers may cause ADHD

Low Levels of Chemicals in Mothers may cause ADHD

By Jim Windell

            Does the thyroid health of pregnant women play a role in the brain development of their fetus?
           

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Alcohol Use During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Alcohol Use During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Jim Windell

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The Trauma of Racism may have Long-Term Impact on Health

The Trauma of Racism may have Long-Term Impact on Health

By Jim Windell

            Racism has multiple effects on Black people, including lasting impacts on their physical and mental health.

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Why are Some Veterans More Susceptible to PTSD?

Why are Some Veterans More Susceptible to PTSD?

By Jim Windell

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Does Writing by Hand Make You Smarter?

Does Writing by Hand Make You Smarter?

By Jim Windell

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Professor Says that Violence in Portland and Kenosha was Both Predictable and Preventable

Professor Says that Violence in Portland and Kenosha was Both Predictable and Preventable

By Jim Windell

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Which Depressed Young People May Benefit from Exercise?

Which Depressed Young People May Benefit from Exercise?

By Jim Windell

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Breakthrough in Memory Research

Breakthrough in Memory Research

Jim Windell

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Driving While ADD

Driving While ADD

Jim Windell

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Increasing Domestic Violence During the Pandemic

Increasing Domestic Violence During the Pandemic

By Jim Windell

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