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An averted glance gives a glimpse of the mind behind the eyes

Shakespeare once wrote that the “eyes are the window to your soul.” But scientists have found it challenging to peer into the brain to see how it derives meaning from a look into another’s eyes. Psychologists at Yale and Harvard have now found a new way to study this mystery by examining the universal and […]

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Racial discrimination linked to suicide

In this age of racial reckoning, new research findings indicate that racial discrimination is so painful that it is linked to the ability to die by suicide, a presumed prerequisite for being able to take one’s own life. However, the ability to emotionally and psychologically reframe a transgression can mitigate its harmful effects. Over the […]

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Child sleep problems associated with impaired academic and psychosocial functioning

Whether children have ongoing sleep problems from birth through childhood or do not develop sleep problems until they begin school, a new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has found that sleep disturbances at any age are associated with diminished well-being by the time the children are 10 or 11 years old. […]

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Energy demands limit our brains’ information processing capacity

Our brains have an upper limit on how much they can process at once due to a constant but limited energy supply, according to a new UCL study using a brain imaging method that measures cellular metabolism. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that paying attention can change how the brain allocates […]

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Short video may lower parent interest in antibiotics for child

A 90-second animated video can reduce parents’ interest in receiving antibiotics for their child’s respiratory infection, according to a study published online June 15 in The Journal of Pediatrics. Kathy Goggin, Ph.D., from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, and colleagues assessed the impact of a 90-second animated video on parents’ interest […]

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Green apple flavor in vapes enhances nicotine reward

A common green apple vape flavor enhances nicotine reward and is also rewarding itself, according to research in mice recently published in eNeuro. Vaping entices adolescents into nicotine use with fun flavors like green apple and cotton candy. Nicotine-free flavored vapes have also gained popularity. But of the over 7000 available flavor chemicals, only a […]

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USDA issues health alert for frozen taquitos and chimichangas that may contain plastic, posing choking hazard

Several kinds of frozen beef and chicken taquitos and chimicangas are included in a new public health alert because they may contain plastic. The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the alert Saturday for ready-to-eat products that contain “diced green chilies that have been recalled by the producer, Sun Valley Foods, due […]