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Punit Shah – People with Autism Make More Logical Decisions

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.

Decisions are based on the way choices are framed. This is because people use emotion when making decisions, leading to some options feeling more desirable than others. For example, when given £50, we are more likely to gamble the money if we stand to lose £30 than if we are going to keep £20.The Conversation

Although both options are ...

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This Could Be the Biggest Threat to Your Relationship

It’s often referred to as ‘the invisibleaddiction’ because it flies under the radar. Unlike alcoholism, drug addiction, orhoarding, this addiction is not only almost impossible for an outsider to recognize, but it’s viewed by most of the population as being valuable, even, worthy of admiration. And it’s rewarded with praise, money, and a variety of other benefits. There’s only one problem with it: it’s ...

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Flu Vaccine Effectiveness in Question

Flu season is rapidly approaching and, with it, constant reminders to get vaccinated. This despite the fact that mounting research suggests this approach to flu prevention may be ill advised for long-term health, and doesn’t actually work in the first place.

In January 2015, U.S. government officials admitted that, in most years, flu shots are, at best, 50 to 60 percent effective at preventing lab confirmed influenza requiring medical care.1

Then, in December 2015, a Centers for Disease Control and ...

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Sick cities: why urban living can be bad for your mental health

You are lying down with your head in a noisy and tightfitting fMRI brain scanner, which is unnerving in itself. You agreed to take part in this experiment, and at first the psychologists in charge seemed nice.

They set you some rather confusing maths problems to solve against the clock, and you are doing your best, but they aren’t happy. “Can you please concentrate a little better?” they keep saying into your headphones. Or, “You are among the worst ...

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Parental absence in early childhood linked to smoking and drinking before teens

Parental absence in early childhood as a result of death or relationship break-down is linked to a heightened risk of starting to smoke and drink alcohol before that child reaches his/her teens, indicates research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Previous research suggests that childhood adversities are associated with poorer mental and physical health in adulthood, and the ‘loss’ of a parent has been linked to a heightened risk of smoking and drinking in adolescence and later life.

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10 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Live Longer.

There are a number of things you can resolve to do in order to turn back your biological clock and live longer, whether you’re in your 20s or 30s, all the way to your 60s, 70s, and beyond. In fact, research has shown it’s never too late to start healthy habits.

But what about the things you might stop doing—in the name of your longevity.

1.Stop Eating Mainly Processed Foods

One of the major dietary changes that’s taken place in many countries over ...

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Simple Living: How to Save Money and Smile More

Imagine a more satisfying way to live, with time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. A quiet evening walk in the woods. Relaxed family meals of flavorful, homegrown food and with conversation, no TV in sight. Curling up with a good book in front of a crackling fire after a day of hard work in your garden …

You can enjoy these rewards of simple living — the key is to recognize the full value of becoming a skilled, productive homemaker/homesteader. In today’s world, ...

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Suicide: Not All in the Head

Why are suicide rates going up after a decline in the 1980s? Why do people feel that death is a better option than staying alive? Suicide seems to be like politics. We have simple and terminal solutions to very complex and nuanced problems. Just like in politics, we keep making the same mistake by treating suicide as one problem rather than an expression of ...

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Could caffeine help prevent dementia?

MILWAUKEE – A new study suggests a significant relationship between caffeine and dementia prevention, though it stops short of establishing cause and effect.

The study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, found higher caffeine intake in women age 65 and older was associated with reduced odds of developing dementia or cognitive impairment.

Among the 6,467 women in the study, self-reported caffeine consumption of more than 261 milligrams of caffeine was associated with a 36 percent ...

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What Lack of Affection Can Do to You

Recently I wrote about Juan Mann, the founder of the “Free Hugs” movement who felt so deprived of meaningful human contact that he offered to embrace strangers on the street. Perhaps you can identify with Mann. How often do you find yourself feeling lonely, craving more affection than you get? Maybe you wish your spouse or partner were a bit more demonstrative of his or her love. Maybe you’ve tried without success ...

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