Shavonne Patterson

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Addiction may explain the link between social media and depression

Studies have linked the use of social media to depression, but addiction to social media, rather than use alone, may explain the connection, new research suggests.<p>"We believe that at least having clinicians be aware of these associations may be valuable to them as they treat patients with …

How children's brains develop to make them right or left handed

As children grow older, they tend to favour one hand over the other for certain tasks, particularly for writing or drawing. A child’s “handedness” is …

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The 5 Big Reasons Why Couples Divorce After Decades Of Marriage

Here's what to do before it's too late.<p><i>SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue</i><p>By Linda Melone<p>If you or someone you know recently divorced after 20 or more years together, you’re not alone. Splitting up later in life, sometimes called “gray divorce,” is on the upswing. In 2010, one in four divorces occurred among …

What makes you laugh says a lot about who you are

Humor has long been the subject of serious research among psychologists, linguists, sociologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists. There’s an entire journal devoted to the topic and, though it may be hard to believe when you’re engrossed in the latest Hangover movie, humor is so much more than …

Apple's next big iPhone update includes a feature to reduce eye strain, and a shot at Google

The headlining feature in iOS 9.3 is called "Night Shift," which uses your phone's clock and GPS to figure out when it's dark outside and "automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes."<p>When the sun comes back up, the colors shift …

Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

By Radley Balko<p>Radley Balko<p>Opinion writer focusing on civil liberties, the drug war and the criminal-justice system<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Opinion writer<p>A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two …

Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.<p>"This will fix me," O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."<p>After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, …

7 True Stories From Women Who Cheated

<i>This article was originally published on December 18, 2015.</i><p>According to stereotypes, men are the sexually voracious cheaters and women are the …

10 Ways Men Can Improve Their Sex Lives, According to Science

<b>By Justin Lehmiller</b><p><i>This article originally appeared on Playboy.com.</i><p><i>PHOTO COURTESY OF ED GREGORY / PEXELS.COM</i><p>Male sexual enhancement is big business. Just look at Viagra, now 17-years-old, which racked up nearly $1.7 billion in sales in 2014 alone. That number doesn't reflect sales of other popular …

A Memory Champ's Trick For Remembering Almost Anything

No flashcards required.<p>Can you remember what you had for dinner on Monday? Journalist and writer Joshua Foer, a former USA Memory Champion, can remember lists of hundreds of random words, poems in their entirety, and the first 100 digits of Pi.<p>You might think his spooky ability is inherent, but …

I gave up coffee and alcohol for 15 months, and it changed the way I think about well-being

• You don’t really go out anymore. It’s exhausting to explain again and again why you don’t drink and repeat that no, one drink is not okay.<br>• When a group of people asks me to join them for drinks, I mostly default to answer with no, because I just don’t want to deal with gossip as a sober person.<br>• If I …