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  • Try Psychotherapy First for Chronic Insomnia, Say Doctors
    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Health NewsPeople with chronic insomnia should try cognitive behavioural therapy before medications, suggests a prominent group of U.S. doctors. While the American College of Physicians (ACP) can't say cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) outperforms medications for chronic insomnia, the group does say psychotherapy is less risky than drugs. link to source

  • Researchers Identify New Autism Blood Biomarker
    Source: ScienceDailyEarly intervention is the key to the best treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which affects about 1 in 70 children. Unfortunately, most children are not diagnosed until about age 4, when communication and social disabilities become apparent. A new blood biomarker that may aid in earlier diagnosis of children with ASD has been identified by researchers. link to source

  • Investigation Launched on Gender Stereotyping of Women in Ads
    Source: The GuardianWatchdog says research project follows increasing political and public debate on equality issues. The UK advertising watchdog is to launch an investigation to see whether rules about the objectification, sexualisation and stereotyping of women in ads need to be tightened. The Advertising Standards Authority, which received more than 37,000 complaints and banned or forced changes to almost 3,500 ads last year, said that it was prompted to start... link to source

  • California Raises Age to Purchase Tobacco to 21
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthCalifornia will raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 from 18 under a bill signed on Wednesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, part of a package of anti-smoking measures that also regulates electronic cigarettes. Under five bills signed into law on Wednesday, California will ban the sale of vaping products or tobacco to anyone under the age of 21, imposing a fine of up to $5,000 against companies that violate the law.... link to source

  • Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportReview of 9 studies suggests it helps patients better cope with troubling thoughts and emotions. link to source

  • Tennessee Governor: Therapists Don't Have to Treat LGBT Folks
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesTennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday signed a bill into law that allows therapists and counselors with "sincerely held principles" to reject gay, lesbian, transgender and other clients. link to source

  • Alabama City Criminalizes Bathroom Use by Non-Birth Gender
    Source: Reuters - US NewsAn Alabama city appears to be the first in the country to specify criminal penalties for violators of an ordinance requiring people to use bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates, civil rights groups said on Wednesday. link to source

  • New Brain Map Reveals a World of Meaning
    Source: Globe and Mail - NationalBy monitoring the neural activity of human subjects while listening to hour after hour of stories, researchers have captured the way the meaning of language is organized across the entire brain. link to source

  • Group Seeks Records Tied to Eisenhower Antigay Order
    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsGay rights group sues DOJ for documents related to 1953 order that let federal agencies investigate and fire employees thought to be gay. link to source

  • Nagging Kids About Weight May Backfire
    Source: Google News - HealthWhen parents believe their children are overweight -- regardless of whether they are or not -- those kids are likely to gain weight, a new study suggests. "Parental perceptions may be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy," said study co-author... link to source

  • Is Frequent Sex Linked to Happier Relationships? Depends How You Ask
    Source: ScienceDailyNewlywed couples who have a lot of sex don't report being any more satisfied with their relationships than those who have sex less often, but their automatic behavioral responses tell a different story, according to new research. link to source

  • Five Decades of Research Suggest Harm from Spanking
    Source: ScienceDailyThe more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking. link to source

  • Video Sheds Light on Harassment Women Face Online
    Source: CBS News - Science and Technology"More Than Mean" features men reading vile tweets received by female sportscasters, which include sexism, racism and threats. link to source

  • Emotional Problems Persist When Preemies Reach School Age
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthChildren who were born prematurely tend to have emotional and behavioral problems that are likely to still be present when they enter school, and to persist for at least a year, researchers say. link to source

  • Do Bystanders Help Black People Less Often in Medical Emergencies?
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthStrangers rarely try to help in medical emergencies, and assistance may be especially rare when patients happen to be black, a U.S. study suggests. link to source

  • Being Gender Stereotyped May Start As Young As Three Months
    Source: ScienceDailyGender stereotyping may start as young as three months, according to a study of babies' cries. Despite no actual difference in pitch between the voices of girls and boys before puberty, the study found that adults make gender assumptions about babies based on their cries. link to source

  • Large Study Links Loneliness to Risk of Heart Disease
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesLoneliness and social isolation can impact a person's health, causing problems ranging from high blood pressure and being overweight to cognitive decline and even an increased risk of dying at a young age. link to source

  • Problems Finding Your Way Around May Be Earliest Sign of Alzheimer's
    Source: Google News - HealthLong before Alzheimer's disease can be diagnosed clinically, increasing difficulties building cognitive maps of new surroundings may herald the eventual clinical onset of the disorder, finds new research from Washington University in St. Louis. link to source

  • This Look Makes Candidates More Electable
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceResearchers found that Americans preferred to vote for candidates who appeared more competent, according to the study, published on April 21 in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Chinese participants, on the other hand, valued candidates who appeared to have better social skills, the researchers found. link to source

  • Student Comes Out to Obama in London As "Non-Binary"
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportA student who came out as "non-binary" in an emotional address to Barack Obama about transgender issues is being praised by the president for her bravery. link to source

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