A Common Sign of Vitamin D Deficiency

Around half the world’s population is deficient in vitamin D. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Nutrition, Sleep, Jeremy Dean

Do participation trophies hinder child development?

Coaches, parents, and pro athletes malign participation trophies for teaching children the wrong life lessons. Psychologists argue it is more beneficial to praise a child's efforts over their achievements. But proponents who use participation trophies as emotional Band-Aids will find they do their children no favors either.Controversial subjects brim with intense emotions. Abortion, the death penalty, climate change, gender identity, assisted suicide, bring up any one of these subjects and you'r...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Parenting, Children, Youth, Happiness, Sports, Success, Society, Innovation, Santa Claus, Jones, Bosch, Goal-setting, University of Louisville, Fader

Novel MRI sensor can peer deep into the brain to detect intracellular calcium activity

Calcium is a critical signaling molecule for most cells, and it is especially important in neurons. Imaging calcium in brain cells can reveal how neurons communicate with each other; however, current imaging techniques can only penetrate a few millimeters into the brain.
Tags: Health

YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos

YouTube will demonetize channels that promote anti-vaccination views, after a report by BuzzFeed News found ads, including from health companies, running before anti-vax videos. The platform will also place a new information panel that links to the Wikipedia entry on “vaccine hesitancy” before anti-vax videos. Information panels (part of YouTube’s efforts to combat misinformation) about the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine had already appeared in front of anti-vaccination videos that...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, TC, Facebook, Youtube, Wikipedia, United States, Conspiracy Theories, Nestle, Misinformation, BuzzFeed News, Matt Watson, Anto, Anti-vaccination, Vaxxed

Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All

Doctors are embracing creative ways to use food to improve health and prevent disease
Tags: Health, News, Nutrition, Uncategorized

A disturbing study about children and guns

Children are relatively healthy overall. Although 25% of the American population is under the age of 19, only 2% of annual deaths occur in this age group. There was a time when the contributions of diseases to pediatric death rates were much higher. Declines in deaths from infectious disease or cancer, the result of early diagnosis, […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Policy, Pediatrics, PA NP, Public Health & Policy, CRNA

The wonders of CBD's

CBD's have changed the lives of many. Including myself and my wife. They are now legal in all 50 states. The best deal I have found is 3000mg for $149 @ CBD's are great for pain, insomnia and many, many other things. CBD's, unlike pot, has NO THC and does NOT get you high in any way. My great nephew has been having seizures since birth. Over 100 per month. I have turned many people onto CBD's with great results, but this beats them all. Since his first dose of CBD's he has had ZERO...
Tags: Health, Weapon, Fitness and First Aid

Tips to Prevent and Recover from a Trying Day

“Be proactive not reactive, for an apparently insignificant issue ignored today can spawn tomorrow’s catastrophe.” – Ken Poirot Do you ever have one of those mornings where the battle against annoying minutiae begins before you’re even truly awake? One of those days where you feel the illusion of control fully slipping away. You try to grasp and pull it back, but you really have no control over this day or its outcome, at all. We dread these types of days, don’t we? The control freak in me ge...
Tags: Psychology, Youtube, Stress, Meditate, Self-help, Ikea, Emotions, Angry, Pressure, Proactive, Publishers, Control, Calm, Tiny Buddha, Reactive, Mindful

QuikLitE, a Framework for Quick Literacy Evaluation in Medicine: Development and Validation

Background: A plethora of health literacy instruments was developed over the decades. They usually start with experts curating passages of text or word lists, followed by psychometric validation and revision based on test results obtained from a sample population. This process is costly and it is difficult to customize for new usage scenarios. Objective: This study aimed to develop and evaluate a framework for dynamically creating test instruments that can provide a focused assessment of patient...
Tags: Health, CI, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Short Test of Functional Health Literacy

Understanding Youths’ Ability to Interpret 3D-Printed Physical Activity Data and Identify Associated Intensity Levels: Mixed-Methods Study

Background: A significant proportion of youth in the United Kingdom fail to meet the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day. One of the major barriers encountered in achieving these physical activity recommendations is the perceived difficulty for youths to interpret physical activity intensity levels and apply them to everyday activities. Personalized physical activity feedback is an important method to educate youths about behaviors and associated outcomes. ...
Tags: Health, United Kingdom

How opioids can destroy the most beloved of personalities

“I feel like a caged animal” — My patient offered me this lens through which to view his life seeped in chronic pain. For him, pain dictated his entire sense of being — it was something that simply could not be distilled down to a single value on a 10-point scale. The cage represented the […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Psychiatry, Pain Management, Meds, PA NP, CRNA

One-time, universal flu vaccine may be on horizon, Australian researchers say

Scientists have discovered immune cells that can fight all different kinds of the flu virus.Depending on a patient's immune system, one shot could cover someone for 10 years or potentially life.This breakthrough could save thousands worldwide.A new treatment shows promise in becoming a one-time flu vaccine. In a recent study conducted by Professor Katherine Kedzierska at the University of Melbourne, researchers discovered a set of immune cells that have the ability to fight off all forms of th...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Cdc, Medical Research, Innovation, Vaccination, Influenza, Sickness, University of Melbourne, Katherine Kedzierska, Kedzierska

The doctor who prescribed the meaning of life to his patients

Not having a meaningful life can be dreadful, and one psychologist thought it was the root cause of many neuroses.His ideas became Logotherapy, which focuses on the need for a meaningful life and has shown success in many areas.Many studies agree that leading a meaningful life has tangible benefits and lacking meaning can lead to problems. Many people struggle with the question of what the meaning of life their life is. The dread that can accompany meaninglessness is well known, but where to tur...
Tags: Psychology, Mental Health, Depression, Creativity, Medical Research, Innovation, Mind, CBT, Rollo May, Frankl, Viktor Frankl, Logotherapy

The Diet Linked To Good Mental Health (M)

Almost one-in-five suffer from mental illness, the study found. → Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month. Enables access to articles marked (M) and removes ads. → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
Tags: Psychology, Nutrition, Mental Health, Jeremy Dean, Subscribers-only

Bedtime social media use may be harming UK teenagers, study says

Exclusive: a fifth of 13- to 15-year-olds ‘spend five hours or more a day on social media’Teenagers in Britain may be putting their health and education at risk by spending too much time on social media at bedtime, according to a major study into adolescent sleep habits.More than a third of teenagers spent at least three hours a day on social media, with a fifth devoting at least five hours to the activity, researchers found. Those who were on social media for three hours or more daily were most...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Media, Education, Sleep, Children, Social Media, Life and style, Society, UK News, Britain, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing

One in 13 children affected by PTSD, according to landmark study

A new study has found that almost one in 13 young adults suffer from PTSD following a childhood trauma.
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9 Common Communication Errors and How to Fix Them

Clear and effective communication is the foundation of any relationships, whether it be a work partnership, a marriage, or the relationship between a parent and child. Misunderstanding and miscommunication are common culprits to the breakdown of any bond, causing fissures that prevent intimacy and erode the quality of the relationship. Even when our intentions are good, our words and delivery can result in hurt feelings. Here are nine common communication errors, as well as ways to promote bette...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Communication, Self-help, Ucla, Albert Mehrabian, Mehrabian, Body Language Nonverbal Communication

Washington state considers staying on Pacific Daylight Time forever

When you switch your clock forward by one hour at the beginning of daylight saving time in two weeks, know this: it could be among the last times. Washington state lawmakers are considering several proposals to adopt year-round Pacific Daylight Time, ending the twice-a-year switch between it and Pacific Standard Time. It’s not a new […]
Tags: Health, Wellness, News, Washington, Life, Environment, Nation, Local News, Northwest, Eastside, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Pacific Daylight Time

Fixing physician burnout means changing the culture of medicine

A talented young physician was concerned about her job at Michigan Medicine, where we both work. She thought she might have to leave the organization because she could not meet mandatory early-morning start times for procedures or outpatient visits. She was especially discouraged by colleagues who said her attitude reflected a lack of commitment and […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Practice Management, Physician, PA NP, Michigan Medicine, CRNA

'Holy herb' (Yerba santa) identified as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Yerba santa, also known as the ‘Holy Herb’, may have important implications for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Tags: Health, Yerba

The gene-edited twins born in China may have altered cognition and memory

A new study has fuelled further concerns over the controversial gene-editing experiment that was performed in China last year.
Tags: Health, China

Washington considers staying on Pacific Daylight Time forever

When you switch your clock forward by one hour at the beginning of Daylight Savings Time two weeks from now, know this: it could be among the last times. Washington state lawmakers in both the House and Senate are considering several proposals  that could mean the permanent adoption of year-round Pacific Daylight Time, ending the […]
Tags: Health, Wellness, News, Washington, Senate, House, Local News, Eastside, Daylight Savings Time

Study tracking people who ate zombie deer meat found no ill-effects, so far

Zombie deer disease is a clicktastic term for chronic wasting disease, a spongiform ecephalopathy suffered by ungulates. Much like Mad Cow Disease, Scrapie in sheep, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob's disease in humans, misfolded proteins slowly destroy the brain, causing listlessness, discoordination, dementia and finally death. Now, what if you were to eat Zombie Deer? On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease to ...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Public Health, Mistakes, Creutzfeldt Jakob, Oneida County New York

Jordan Peterson on why you need to clean your room

Jordan Peterson believes that only by taking care of your immediate environment can you then move onto bigger challenges. The idea stems from millennials who want to change capitalist economic structures though can be applied broadly. In a distracted age, our inability to pay attention to our environment is leading to increased rates of anxiety and depression. None Recently, an Equinox member tried to walk out of the club carrying a stack of towels. When management stopped him, he thought they ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Happiness, America, Depression, Anxiety, Innovation, Community, Personal Growth, Derek, Equinox, Peterson, Kondo, Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson

STD cases on the rise in U.S. - 39% 2013 - 2019

From JAMA 01/29/19 Emergency departments around the US are seeing a 39% increase in the number of visits related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a recent report from the CDC. The flood of patients ending up in the emergency department for STI care is just 1 symptom of a growing public health crisis. After decades of progress at reducing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the United States is seeing a dramatic reversal of fortunes. The CDC has documented sharp...
Tags: Health, Cdc, US, United States, Infertility, JAMA, David G Markham

3 qualities of super resilient people

Shaka Senghor spent 19 years in prison, seven years of which he was in solitary confinement – a punishment designed to drive a person crazy after 90 days.In his most adverse moments, Senghor took inspiration from the memoirs of great minds, learning resiliency from their words and stories.Resilience boils down to 3 ingredients: Optimism – you have to acknowledge it's a dark period with light at the end; resourcefulness – find aspects of your environment you can use to help you cope; and memory l...
Tags: Psychology, Prison, Memory, Innovation, Fear, Mind, Pain, Self, Personal Growth, Shaka Senghor, Senghor

Best of Our Blogs: February 22, 2019

If you suffer from physical or mental illness, you probably also struggle with loved ones who don’t understand what you’re going through. In addition to saying the things you don’t want to hear, sometimes the things they say are darn right hurtful. When friends and family say, “Look on the bright side,” or “Why are you so negative all the time?” it feels invalidating and can make you feel more alone. This could be a sign that you need to rely on other people, those who can hear and handle your p...
Tags: Psychology, Best Of Our Blogs, Ways to Stay Stuck

8 ways to go broke as a doctor

So much of personal finance and investing isn’t about winning; it’s about not losing. That’s because investing is a single-player game; it’s you against your goals, not you against your neighbor or your partner or some yahoo on an internet forum. However, there are precious few whose ultimate financial goal is to be broke and […] Find jobs at Careers by Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Finance, Practice Management, PA NP, CRNA

Bio Roundup: NASH News, Merck Strikes, Digital Tokens & More

The growing epidemic of the fatty liver disease known as NASH, which has no FDA-approved treatment, has led to a frenzied race among drug companies. This week, one company, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, solidified its lead. But how much will being first to the finish line mean when all is said and done?Intercept (NASDAQ: ICPT) reported interim data from a Phase 3 study showing its drug, obeticholic acid (OCA), reduced liver scarring in NASH patients. The results should be enough to support an appr...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Drugs, Cancer, Trends, Investing, Merck, Leukemia, Acne, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Xerox, Astrazeneca, Fda, National, Pfizer, Abbvie

Massive Comparison Of Narrative Accounts Finds Ketamine Trips Are Remarkably Similar to Near Death Experiences (NDEs), Supporting The Neurochemical Model Of NDEs

By Christian Jarrett. The results are consistent with neurochemical explanations of near death experiences.
Tags: Psychology, Brain, Magic, Biological

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