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Cook County Jail trying to attract psychiatrists for mentally ill inmates

With a shortage of mental health professionals on staff at Cook County Jail, county health officials are trying to attract psychiatrists by increasing pay and pushing legislation that would allow a significant part of their hefty student loans to be forgiven.<p>The mental health staffing shortage has …

Neuropsychological Testing Can Confirm Chemo Brain, Say UCLA Researchers

Historically, a frustration among researchers has been that neuropsychological testing is not sensitive enough to confirm a patient's complaints of memory issues after chemotherapy. Imagine then how patients feel. They may have already submitted to batteries of testing. And that testing may not …

The Brain

Counselor honored for helping students get college financial aid

Fortunately for some high school seniors, it's not a huge problem if they forget their password when they're applying to college online; their school counselor keeps them in a little gray box on her bookshelf.<p>By no means is this the only measure Andrea Goodwin takes to ensure her students go …

College & University

5 keys to strong mental preparation - Team Next

The ability to execute on competition day is something completely different than in practice, says Kimberley Dawson, PhD and Professor in Sports …

Neurotribes review – the evolution of our understanding of autism

Currently, the most high-profile person on the autistic spectrum in Britain is a garden designer with flamboyantly pink hair and muscly, tattooed arms. Star of Channel 4’s latest makeover show, <i>The Autistic Gardener</i>, Alan Gardner is just three years younger than my autistic older brother, but if you …

Autism

Work-Life Balance is a Human Resources Imperative

Earlier this year, I told you that a job in human resources gives you all kinds of flexibility and balance. Most of you thought I was a liar. Then I …

Human Resources

Going to Pot: Will Legal Weed Hurt Medical Marijuana Users in Washington?

SEATTLE — Stephen Damgaard uses medical marijuana for nerve damage in his spine, eating a small brownie made with cannabutter each morning. The weed in the butter comes from one of Seattle’s many medical dispensaries -- an untaxed and illegal medical pot shop that up until now has been tolerated by …

Cannabis

Gene mutation ‘can make us 10 times more vulnerable to severe addiction’

A study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry reveals that a gene mutation could make us 10 times more vulnerable to severe forms of addiction.<p>Most neurons in the brain use one neurotransmitter (such as dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine and glutamate) and respond with either a ‘yes’ or a …

Neuroscience

Technology is changing middle-aged people's brains in a very unexpected way

Technology is sharpening the performance of older people's minds and allowing them to think as efficiently as someone much younger, scientists have …

The age we actually feel like adults? 29

Have you ever heard your parents talk about what they were doing when they were your age? It usually includes routine Real Life stuff like "working at the job I made my career", "buying the house I wanted to live in" and "getting married". It all sounds pretty adult. For a number of reasons, the …

PC Gaming

Government warns schools that bullying can violate civil rights laws - CNN.com

Arne Duncan, secretary of education, was part of the first National Bullying Summit.<p><b>Washington (CNN)</b> -- Bullying and harassment in schools often includes violations of federally protected civil rights, the federal government warned Tuesday in new guidelines for educators on how to address the …

A former FBI profiler reveals the 2 personality traits that helped turn Dylann Roof into a murderer

Joe Navarro, a former FBI criminal profiler and veteran counterterrorist agent, recently penned an article for Psychology Today in which he reverse engineered the psyches of past killers.<p>He argues that Roof's overtly racist motives and heroic visions of grandeur put him squarely in two familiar …

Kids With Behavior Problems Have Changes In The Brain

As new mental health disorders are christened by the mental heath community, there’s been debate about whether some of these additions are really warranted, especially in kids. Some question, for example, whether disorders like ADHD are legitimate neurobiological processes, or whether they’re …