Ellen Whyte

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Could Depression Be An Immune Response To Stress? A New Study Suggests An Answer

Science is gradually piecing together the vexing brain puzzle that connects depression and inflammation, and an important new piece just fell into place. Researchers using a mouse model have discovered how stress triggers an immune response in the brain that leads to inflammation and ultimately …

Research

Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

If you're in the hospital or a doctor's office with a painful problem, you'll likely be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 – with 0 meaning no pain at all and 10 indicating the worst pain you can imagine. But many doctors and nurses say this rating system isn't working and they're trying …

Pain

Rescue dog searches, finds missing dog stuck in mud

One dog helped another dog out of a ruff situation in Washington state over the weekend, Fox 13 reports.<p>Search and rescue dog Tino was called into action Saturday to find Puppy, who vanished two days earlier while on a trail ride with owner Karen James, the station explains.<p>According to the report, …

Washington State

Doctors Interrupt Patients, Stop Listening After 11 Seconds On Average, Study Says

Doctors only spend 11 seconds on average listening to patients before interrupting them, according to a new study.<p>A team of scientists from the …

80% of teenage girls suffer serious mental illness after sexual assault

Study finds victims had anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder months after being assaulted<p>Four out of five teenage girls who have been sexually assaulted are suffering from crippling mental health problems months after their attack, new research has found.<p>Victims were found to have …

Mental Health

A group of women traveling on a train say they were called porn stars for going to the bathroom together

<b>(CNN) —</b> They went to the bathroom together as women often do, only to have a train employee allegedly call them porn stars.<p>Five young women say they were horrified when an operator on a commuter train heading to Ogden, Utah, confronted the group about going to the bathroom together. They were on …

Transit

Trans Women Talk Having Sex for the First Time After Transitioning - them.

“I’ll always remember the first time I had sex after [bottom surgery],” Rebecca Hammond tells me about halfway through our Skype chat. Hammond, a …

Transwomen

I got a hoax academic paper about how UK politicians wipe their bums published

I had what seemed like rather a good idea a few weeks back. Building on some prominent findings in social psychology, I hypothesised that politicians …

Journalism

“Is it gender bias, or do I just suck?”: A doctor’s Twitter thread goes viral

Among the toxic effects of workplace sexism, certain topics receive a lot of press: unequal pay, sexual harassment, inadequate maternity leave, a shortage of women in leadership roles. Less discussed is the psychological impact of such biases—specifically, how repeated, sexist microaggressions …

Gender

Cancer patients who use alternative medicine die sooner, study finds

Cancer patients who choose alternative medicine over standard, proven cancer treatments are more likely to die, researchers reported Thursday.<p>Complementary medicine did no apparent harm if people used it alongside conventional surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the researchers found. But when …

Cancer

'Boy or girl?' Parents raising 'theybies' let kids decide

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Three-year-old twins Zyler and Kadyn Sharpe scurried around the boys and girls clothing racks of a narrow consignment store filled with toys. Zyler, wearing rainbow leggings, scrutinized a pair of hot-pink-and-purple sneakers. Kadyn, in a T-Rex shirt, fixated on a musical cube …

Parenting

Open offices make people talk less and email more

Modern workplaces were designed to make it easier to communicate. But new research finds they stifle face-to-face interactions – exactly the opposite of their intended purpose.<p><i>This article originally appeared on The Conversation, and is republished under a Creative Commons licence. The author is</i></i> …

The Workplace

Is it ever acceptable for social workers to ignore their clients?

<b>Nobody likes being ignored.</b><p>Regardless of whether it is a friend, family member or co-worker, you might be forgiven for feeling aggrieved when a person you know fails to notice you.<p>But what if it is someone with whom you share a more complex relationship?<p>This was the case for a man featured on the …

Social Media

Explore This Exquisitely Detailed 3D Brain

Science & InnovationVideo<p>The rainbow of tangled connections could help researchers unravel animal behavior.<p>Science & InnovationVideo<p>This tangled rainbow is a big accomplishment for scientists who study something mind-bogglingly small: fruit fly brains. Barely the size of a poppy seed, the adult …

Animal Behavior

Pull Quote

Magazine<p>It’s not brutish human nature that prompts nasty posts and tweets, the author says. But how we evolved does play a role.<p>“You need to have your throat cut out and your decomposing, bug-infested body fed to wild pigs.” An anonymous Facebook user wrote that—and more that’s unprintable—to Kyle …

Social Media

Bear Cools Off Heat in Los Angeles Swimming Pool

As temperatures rose to 32 degrees Celsius, a huge black bear roamed a Los Angeles neighborhood to a city house to take a dip in a pool in a …

Swimming Pools

Modern slavery in developed countries more common than thought

<b>(CNN) —</b> A report on modern slavery around the world has found that the number of slaves in developed nations, including the United States and United Kingdom, is much higher than previously thought.<p>The Global Slavery Index is published annually by the Walk Free Foundation. Last year, the Walk Free …

Forced Labor

"I didn't know abusive same-sex relationships existed - until I was in one"

Lottie survived emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her ex girlfriend.<p><b>I’d met Kate* one night at a local rock and indie club when I was out with my mates. I have a real affinity for people who dance with no regard to who might be watching, so I was instantly drawn to her flailing</b> …

Relationships

Ever Wanted to Get Revenge? Try This Instead

So you’ve been wronged. A friend casually dismissed a goal you set for yourself, or a colleague threw you under the bus, and you feel hurt and angry — maybe you even want payback. Sometimes those negative feelings dissipate over time, but other times they fester and become toxic obsessions.<p>You know …

Self-help

Can jerky affect mental illness? Study suggests it can

Cured meats such as salami or jerky may worsen the symptoms of some people with mental illness, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>They found that people hospitalized for mania were three times as likely to say they had eaten cured meats compared with people who did not have a psychiatric disorder.<p>The …

Mental Disorders

When detaching from someone you love is the only option

“I tried everything to help my brother, until I realized I had to save myself.”<p>It happens a few times a month at random, unexpected moments. I’ll …

Mental Health

A team of Toronto researchers examined nearly 300 suicide notes. Here's what they found

Powerlessness, battling with mental illness and self-blame are common themes found in suicide notes, according to a study from Canadian researchers …

Mental Health

Fish oil supplements for a healthy heart 'nonsense'

<b>Taking omega-3 fish oil supplements is often touted as a simple way to protect your heart - but experts say the evidence that it does any good is flimsy at best.</b><p>Cochrane researchers looked at trials in over 100,000 people and found little proof that it prevented heart disease.<p>They say the chance of …

Omega 3

Depression in pregnant millennial women higher than their mothers' generation, study shows

Millennial women are more likely to experience depression during pregnancy than their mothers’ generation, according to a JAMA Network Open study.<p>The study was made up of a two-generation cohort: mothers and the mothers’ female offspring who later became pregnant. If a first-generation mother did …

Pregnancy

Doctors are burned out, making medical errors: study

Are you feeling burned out? Your doctor may be, too. Researchers have found that medical errors may be a result of exhaustion in the workplace.<p>According to the Stanford University School of Medicine, burnouts are causing a decrease in quality of care, patient safety and patient satisfaction. Of the …

Digital Health

To Improve Treatments, Researchers Want To Hunt For Clues In Medical Records

When you go to your doctor's office, sometimes it seems the caregivers spend more time gathering data about you than treating you as a patient.<p>Electronic medical records are everywhere – annoying to doctors and intrusive to patients.<p>But now researchers are looking to see if they can plow through …

Cancer

Fans howl over taking down World Cup Twitter posts for copyright issues

LONDON — Alex Conn, 7, a fan of England's soccer team, had plenty to cheer about this summer as his heroes exceeded expectations in the World Cup.<p>Every time star striker Harry Kane scored, Alex took to dancing for joy in front of the television.<p>After one of Kane’s goals against Tunisia early in the …

Internet

Normal or Not? When Temper Tantrums Become a Disorder

<b>Editor's Note</b><i>: With the release of the latest edition of the mental health manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the</i> …

Real Life Panda Unimpressively Practices Kung-Fu

This is a video of a real life panda practicing its kung-fu with a bamboo shoot bo staff. The whole routine starts off very amateur (think elementary …

Kung Fu

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.<p>Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?”<p>“Almost all of them raised their hand and got …

Psychology