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How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

UNC School of Medicine researchers map the anxiety circuit in the brain and use a compound to limit fearful behavior – an ...

Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity

A large international study of more than 200,000 people in nearly 50 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low ...

Chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition

When given a choice between cooperating or competing, chimpanzees choose to cooperate five times more frequently, Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers have found. This, the researchers say, challenges the perceptions humans are unique in our ability to cooperate and chimpanzees are overly competitive, and suggests the roots of human cooperation are shared with other primates. ... Full story

The Olympics are good for your health

After stunning British success at the Olympics there has been much speculation that this will increase sporting participation and hence improve the nation’s health. ... Full story

Study shows standing up for beliefs in face of group opposition is worth the effort

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Going with the flow might appear easier than sticking up for yourself when confronted with unanimous disagreement. ... Full story

What Are the Health Risks of Having a Different “Facebook Self?”

New Rochelle, NY—People may express their true self more easily on Facebook than in person, and the more one’s “Facebook self” differs from their true ... Full story

The Key to Effectively Treating Mental Illness: Eliminate the Stigma

By Mike Billings In the 1940s, it was cancer. In the ’80s, it was HIV. Today, the condition that’s battling pervasive social stigma is mental illness. As with cancer ... Full story

Volunteering later in life can enhance mental health and wellbeing

Becoming a volunteer later on in life can result in good mental health and wellbeing, according to researchers from the University of Birmingham and the University of Southampton. ... Full story

Study finds massage helps treat generalized anxiety disorder

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry finds acute Swedish massage therapy provides significant improvement in symptoms of individuals with generalized anxiety ... Full story

‘Boomerang dads’ have positive effect on daughters’ mental health

AMES, Iowa – In the movie “The Parent Trap,” twin sisters meet at a summer camp and plot to reunite their divorced parents. It’s an unlikely scheme that works in the movies, but new research shows it’s not so uncommon for fathers to come back after a separation – even without their children intervening – which can be beneficial for their daughters. ... Full story

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