Month: February 2015

smoking causes weight gain

Smoking shown to cause weight gain in mice

While smoking is often used as a method to lose weight, new research suggests its effects (or at least those of second hand smoke) can actually cause weight gain. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism examined the connection between secondhand smoke and insulin resistance, following the metabolic progression of …

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Drinking to forget: why blackouts should be avoided and not celebrated

Most people are familiar with the term ‘blackout’ when used to describe memory loss following the ingestion of an excessive amount of alcohol, usually over a fairly short period of time. The drinker fails to remember conversation or actions that occurred while they were intoxicated, even when reminded by other people. Alcohol induced blackouts affect …

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5 psychological drives for teens

Five psychological drives behind adolescence

There is a theory that adolescence is driven by five psychological “engines” all in pursuit of the same objective: independence. The five drives include separation, expansion, differentiation, opposition and responsibility. In order to facilitate their cognitive development and growth as a person, it is vital to gain a familiarity with them. The five psychological engines …

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How brain mapping is improving depression treatment

Brain mapping is one of the most quickly evolving fields in addiction treatment, proving to be able to alter cognitive structures in the brain, gearing them less towards dependency. While brain mapping in addiction has been traditionally used in conjunction with neurofeedback exercises, new research shows that it can predict which patients with clinical depression …

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