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Active prefrontal brain function appears to protect against PTSD after child abuse

Active prefrontal brain function appears to protect against PTSD after child abuse http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-04-prefrontal-brain-function-ptsd-child.html Shared from Google News & Weather Increased activation of the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that regulates complex cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning, appears to protect against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in individuals who suffered abuse as a

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Can Antibiotics Treat PTSD?

http://bigthink.com/articles/the-dawn-of-a-new-era-in-ptsd-science In the study, researchers gave 76 healthy adult subjects either doxycycline or a placebo, then sat them in front of a computer screen that randomly flashed two colors, red and blue. The appearance of one color was associated with a 50% risk of receiving a painful electric shock. After 160

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Post-traumatic stress disorder should be considered a systemic disorder

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316698.php Results: The mean total number of comorbidities was higher among those with PTSD (17.7; SD, 6.1) than in trauma-exposed controls (14.1; SD, 5.2; P < 0.001). For 24 of 171 assessed clinical outcomes, morbidity was greater in the PTSD group, including for conditions of the gastrointestinal, hepatic, cardiovascular, and respiratory

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Motivated reasoning, confirmation bias, cherry-picking, conspiracy thinking, and the echo chamber

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-anti-vaccine-narrative-just-gets-darker/ The anti-vaccine movement is an excellent example. You cannot address the harm of this movement without understanding pseudoscience, denialism, conspiracy thinking, and motivated reasoning. It is common for scientists naïve of pseudoscience to approach all such issues with the assumption that they are due mostly to a deficit of information.

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Uber: The Psychology of Manipulation

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/02/technology/uber-drivers-psychological-tricks.html?_r=1 To keep drivers on the road, the company has exploited some people’s tendency to set earnings goals — alerting them that they are ever so close to hitting a precious target when they try to log off. It has even concocted an algorithm similar to a Netflix feature that automatically

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Loneliness can make coming down with a cold feel much worse

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-truth-about-exercise-addiction/201704/cold-and-flu-season-being-lonely-makes-you-feel-worse Loneliness is no trivial experience. Feeling disconnected from others has been linked to increased morbidity and mortality, premature aging, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, depression, impaired cognitive functioning and an increased risk of Alzheimer's, stress, anxiety, anger, and a diminished ability to control one's impulses and outbursts. As if this weren't

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Gluten free craze is making celiacs sick

https://qz.com/569410/the-gluten-free-craze-is-making-celiacs-like-me-sick/ According to an October report by leading research and market intelligence agency Mintel, one-quarter of Americans now consume gluten-free foods—a 67% increase from 2013. The gluten-free category has experienced growth of 136% from 2013-2015, with sales of $11.6 billion in 2015. North America and Latin America lead the pack with

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