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  • Man Who Shot Ronald Reagan to Be Released from Mental Hospital
    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Top Stories NewsThe man who tried to assassinate former U.S. president Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia, a judge has ruled. link to source

  • Transgender's Classification As "Mental Disorder" Is Outdated, Study Finds
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportBeing transgender is currently classified as a mental health disorder in the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but a new study suggests that should change. link to source

  • Why Bipolar Disorder Can Take So Long to Diagnose
    Source: CBS News - HealthwatchPeople with bipolar disorder may face a long wait from when their symptoms start to the time they get a proper diagnosis. In fact, a new study reports the average delay is six years. That lost time can result in greater frequency and severity of episodes of the psychiatric condition, the researchers said. link to source

  • Elite Cyclists Are More Resilient to Mental Fatigue
    Source: ScienceDailyAs British cyclist Chris Froome celebrates his third Tour de France victory, research shows for the first time that elite endurance athletes have superior ability to resist mental fatigue. The new finding showed that while the recreational cyclists slowed down after performing a computerized cognitive task to induce mental fatigue, the professional cyclists' time trial performance was not affected. link to source

  • Medical Marijuana May Have Potential As Alzheimer's Treatment
    Source: CNN - HealthCould medical marijuana treat Alzheimer's patients? One recent study found THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain, a common feature of the disease. Furthermore, the researchers discovered it blocks inflammation, which damages neurons in the brain. link to source

  • Michael Jordan on Police Shootings: "I Can No Longer Stay Silent"
    Source: Time MagazineJordan donated $2 million to civil rights and social justice organizations. link to source

  • Transgender Woman to Be Podium Official at Democratic Convention
    Source: USA Today - Top StoriesTransgender woman serves as official timekeeper for Democratic convention            . link to source

  • Offenders Build Empathy by Speaking to Victims
    Source: USA Today - U.S. NewsEvery other Friday, Peggy Steele picks up the phone and talks to the man who murdered her son more than 20 years ago. Steele and Bryce Todd Brosier, who was convicted of killing 25-year-old Jimmy Steele in 1995, exchanged a few letters about five years after the crime. But it wasn’t until 2014 that they met face-to-face, in the Colorado prison where he is serving time, and talked about the murder. link to source

  • Study Suggests Simpler and Cheaper Way to Treat Depression
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportA simpler and less expensive form of talk therapy is as effective as the gold-standard treatment -- cognitive behavioral therapy -- for treating depression in adults, a new study suggests. link to source

  • In Empathy, Reasoning May Matter More Than Intiution
    Source: ScienceDailyIs empathy the result of gut intuition or careful reasoning? Research published by the American Psychological Association suggests that, contrary to popular belief, the latter may be more the case. link to source

  • Diversifying Clinical Science to Represent Broader Populations
    Source: ScienceDailyDespite increasing attention to issues of diversity in scientific research, participant populations in behavioral science tend to be relatively homogeneous. A special series in Clinical Psychological Science highlights the importance of broadening the traditional scope of clinical science research, advancing the field so that it can adequately address the needs and concerns of diverse populations. link to source

  • NBA Pulls All-Star Game From Charlotte Over Transgender Law
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesThe NBA is moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, given its objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the league on Thursday. link to source

  • Same Genes Could Predispose Us to Happiness and Depression
    Source: ScienceDailyResearchers suggest that while no gene 'causes' mental ill health, some genes can make people more sensitive to the effects of their environment -- for better and for worse -- leading to both mental ill health and enhanced mental resilience. link to source

  • Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Refers to Candidate As a "Sociopath"
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportSpeaking publicly for the first time since helping Trump pen his 1987 bestseller, Tony Schwartz says the person portrayed in the book is mostly fiction. link to source

  • Mental, Physical Exercises Produce Distinct Brain Benefits
    Source: ScienceDailyCognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new research. link to source

  • Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportMedia violence has become a routine part of the daily lives of American children, and parents, lawmakers and the media should take steps to change that, a leading pediatricians' group recommends. The new policy statement, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), calls on pediatricians to routinely ask about children's "media diet," and for parents to limit the violent content their kids see -- whether on TV, online or in video games. link to source

  • Effects of Alcohol on Memory May Increase with Age, Study Finds
    Source: ScienceDailyWorking memory can be thought of as short-term memory, temporarily holding ideas and recent events in the mind for quick recall. Working memory often declines with age; it may also be susceptible to interactions between age and alcohol use. Frontal theta power (FTP) and posterior alpha power (PAP) are electrophysiological measures of brain activity associated with cognitive effort and maintenance of visual information. link to source

  • Gut Bacteria May Hold Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportIntestinal colonies differ in CFS patients, study finds, bolstering notion the disorder isn't a psychological problem. link to source

  • Men with Long Work Hours Often Cause Families to Suffer
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceMen who work long hours make their wives feel more stressed and rushed, but women who work long hours don't have the same effect on their husbands, new research on Australian families suggests. link to source

  • Fathers Play a Key Role in Child Development
    Source: ScienceDailyFathers play a surprisingly large role in their children's development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new research. link to source

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