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No role for mental health professionals in the practice of torture

10 years ago from Science Daily

Psychologists and psychiatrists should not be expected to participate in torture as they do not have the expertise to assess individual pain or the long-term effects of interrogation, say experts.

New method improves eating skills of dementia patients

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A pioneering international study involving academics from the University of Sheffield has shown for the first time that it is possible to improve the eating skills and nutritional status of...

MSU researcher advocates new way to treat autism

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Children with autism would likely receive better treatment if supporters of the two major teaching methods stopped bickering over theory and focused on a combined approach, a Michigan State University...

Study says lead may be the culprit in ADHD

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ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is among the costliest of behavioural disorders. Its combination of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity leads to accidental injuries, school failure, substance abuse, antisocial behaviour and more....

Ithaca College Faculty Member Willing To Discuss The Science Of Olympic Events

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

How do Olympic figure skaters use angular momentum to achieve perfect toe loops? What precision moves do bobsled teams need to reach maximum velocity? How does the way cross county...

Study: Older investors are prone to mental misfires while playing the market (w/ Video)

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Brain scans highlight differences between old and young minds focused on investment choices.

Is Your Five-Year-Old Obese?

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A new study in Acta Paediatrica suggests that parents of four and five-year-olds may be unaware that their children are at an unhealthy weight.  Half of the mothers who took...

Dreams? There's apps for them, too

10 years ago from Physorg

The handiwork of a cast of code monkeys could soon have your new phone doing tricks your old cell would never have imagined.

Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings may reduce depression symptoms

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One of many reasons that attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings helps people with alcohol use disorders stay sober appears to be alleviation of depression. A team of researchers has...

Researchers decode transcriptome for grey mullet

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have decoded the transcriptome for the grey mullet. The aim was to measure the response that this animal has to contamination, in order to better know the quality of...

Couples who say 'we' do better at resolving conflicts

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People often complain about those seemingly smug married couples who constantly refer to themselves as 'we.' But a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that spouses who...

Gadgets: Printing without ink? Yes

10 years ago from Physorg

If you absolutely and positively must print something right now and have no power around, the PlanOn Printstik PS905ME is your answer.

Doctors cut back hours when risk of malpractice suit rises

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A new study shows that the number of hours physicians spend on the job each week is influenced by the fear of malpractice lawsuits...

New morning-after pill works for up to 5 days

10 years ago from AP Health

LONDON (AP) -- A new type of morning-after pill is more effective than the most widely used drug at preventing pregnancies in women who had unprotected...

Society daily 29.01.10

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Dr Wakefield is the only guilty party in the MMR row; police harness the power of prayer to catch criminals; and the shadow secretary for universities uncovers a conspiracyToday's top Society news and...

Blair, Wakefield, climate change – beware of scapegoats | Michael White

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

I don't like witch-hunts even of people I mistrust, because minds are best kept open against the pressures of conformityThere seems to be a lot of zeal in the atmosphere this week....

Colombia exports its 'best' people

10 years ago from SciDev

Colombia's brain drain is aggravated because those who remain abroad are more qualified than those who stay in the country, says a study.

Africa Analysis: Professional societies need networking

10 years ago from SciDev

African scientists must match rekindled enthusiasm for professional societies with a new commitment to networking, says Linda Nordling.

Language structure is partly determined by social structure

10 years ago from Science Daily

Psychologists argue that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its...

GMST : Discovering Trends

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GMST : Discovering Trends What Is The Average Global Temperature? asks Adam Retchless Adam's question is a good one.  In brief, and very much oversimplified: read more

Predator revival sparks dunlin weight loss

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- It`s a weight loss plan with life or death consequences. If you`re a dunlin, chances are you`re spending more time flying than eating.

Nuisance 911 case under review

10 years ago from CBC: Health

The Crown is reviewing its case against a Nova Scotia woman charged with making hundreds of false 911 calls.

One more reason to promote the family dinner

10 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Health experts have long held that children shouldn't watch more than one to two hours a day of television. Too much screen time encourages sedentary behaviour and contributes...

FOR KIDS: Young scientists at the State of the Union Address

10 years ago from Sciencenews.org

Two winners of national science contests invited to attend Jan. 27 speech

Government of Canada Invests in Research to Help Prevent Violence

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Three new regional research centres that will study violence and ways to prevent it will receive almost $6 million over five years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)....

Right-handed and left-handed people do not see the same bright side of things

10 years ago from Science Daily

Despite the common association of "right" with life, correctness, positiveness and good things, and "left" with death, clumsiness, negativity and bad things, recent research show that most left-handed people hold...

Veterans Affairs looks to dogs to help stress disorder

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Dogs could be an integral part of the ongoing treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and Veterans Affairs is looking into the potential.

Say a prayer for creationists | Ask Carole, Evolutionary Agony Aunt

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Carole Jahme shines the cold light of evolutionary psychology on readers' problems. This week: half brothers and creationistsBlood brothersFrom a female, aged 40Dear Carole, I have a son (age 5) and I recently...