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Sleepy brains neglect half the world

A new study shows that drowsiness alters awareness in much the same way as a common form of brain damage<p>Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a …

Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict when a manic episode is imminent in patients with bipolar disorder.<p>People with the disorder alternate between crushing …

Get Over Your Guilt by Looking at It Objectively

If guilt is weighing you down, author, speaker, and journalist Minda Zetlin suggests looking at it from an outside point of view.<p>When you feel guilt, …

Self-help

Left Brain vs. Right: It's a Myth, Research Finds

It's the foundation of myriad personality assessment tests, self-motivation books and team-building exercises – and it's all bunk.<p>Popular culture …

The Brain

America's typical heroin user is now a white woman in the suburbs

90 percent of heroin users are white, and most of them don't live in big cities<p>Contrary to what researchers reported 50 years ago, today's average first-time heroin user isn't a 16-year-old male of color. She's actually much more likely to be a 23-year-old white woman. This, researchers conclude in …

Sleep and Stroke Risk

Sleep disturbance has always been a risk factor for stroke, but don’t jump to conclusions too quickly. “Many people will describe a host of sleep problems as ‘insomnia.’” says W. Christopher Winter, M.D., a <i>Men’s Health</i> sleep expert. Often, patients’ unfamiliarity with what constitutes insomnia can …

Sleep

Enjoy The Feeling Of Adderall? You May Be Less Likely To Develop ADHD

A link between affinity for a drug and susceptibility to a condition<p>Amphetamine, the primary ingredient in Adderall, is commonly taken by people with ADHD to improve their focus, memory, and so on. Some people in particular who take this drug, also known as dextroamphetamine, report feelings of …

National Academy of Sciences

Why odd numbers are dodgy, evens are good, and 7 is everyone's favourite

What's your lucky number? An online survey threw up a hot favourite: people find 7 clever, cheery, divine. And our reactions to numbers shine a fascinating light on how our brains work, especially in the oh-so-superstitious far east<p>Think of the number 7. Do you like it? Do you love it? Do you …

The Future of Mental Health Care

On April 1, 1944, Mary began keeping a personal diary of her experience as a patient in a tuberculosis hospital, a sanatorium. She was a professional woman in her early 30s, married with a toddler of 15 months. She had been admitted to the hospital, according to the medical standards for care at …

Mental Health

Find Out If You're Sleep Deprived with This One-Minute Video

A consistent lack of sleep wreaks havoc on your body and brain. Want to quickly test if you're not getting enough sleep? Hit play on this …

Science's Latest Efforts To Make Addiction-Proof Painkillers

You have to disentangle the pain relief effects from the euphoric ones.<p>Can you make prescription painkillers addiction-proof? <i>Popular Science</i> asked this question one year ago. At the time, researchers had just gathered enough evidence that a new formulation of OxyContin, released without fanfare in …

Remember the STOP Method When Stressed or Anxious

When life simply isn't going your way, the quick reactions are the ones we often regret. Remembering the acronym STOP curbs reactivity and keeps you …

Mindfulness

Forgive Your Mistakes (and Others') Each Night for Less Stress

Over at American Express Open Forum, they've collect a series of short rituals to consider at bedtime. Two of their best tips: forgive your mistakes …

Positive Thinking

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