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Breastfeeding Boosts Metabolites Important For Brain Growth
Preemies who primarily consume breast milk have significantly higher levels of metabolites important for brain growth and development, according to sophisticated imaging conducted by an interdisciplinary research team at Children's National.

Experiences of an 'Ultimate Reality' Promote Lasting Benefits To Mental Health
In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with an ultimate reality during use of psychedelics, Johns Hopkins researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic.

An Anxiety 'Epidemic' Is Brewing
The number of 18- to 26-year-old students who report suffering from anxiety disorder has doubled since 2008, perhaps as a result of rising financial stress and increased time spent on digital devices, according topreliminary findingsreleased by a team of UC Berkeley researchers.

Smiling Really Does Make People Feel Happier
Smiling really can make people feel happier, according to apaper examining thousands of participants in the Psychological Bulletin.

An Internet of Your Thoughts 'Within Decades'
Imagine a future technology that would provide instant access to the world's knowledge and artificial intelligence, simply by thinking about a specific topic or question. Communications, education, work, and the world as we know it would be transformed.

Another Measles Outbreak Blamed On The Unvaccinated
The New York City Mayor has imposed an order declaring that all residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood undergo mandatory vaccinations or else pay a steep fine. Despite the majority of the neighborhood being vaccinated, broad generalizations from officials are blaming the outbreak on the unvaccinated.

People With A Sense of Unity Experience Greater Life Satisfaction
People who embrace a sense of unity and oneness -- the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent, appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don't, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or don't, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Nature Pills Heal Stress In 20 Minutes
Taking at least twenty minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. That's the finding of a study that has established for the first time the most effective dose of an urban nature experience.

Study Debunks 'Depression Genes'
A new University of Colorado Boulderstudy assessing genetic and survey data from 620,000 individuals found that the 18 most highly-studied candidate genes for depression are actually no more associated with it than randomly chosen genes.

Can Beer Prevent Cancer?
The chemical properties of beer may help in the battle against cancer, due to acids in hops that may have both anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

How To Make Your Brain Adaptive Enough To Cope With Anything
Certain cognitive styles can help us better navigate the modern world. So argues Leonard Mlodinow,a physicist-turned-author whose career is the embodiment of the so-called elastic thinking he espouses.

Low Carb Better Than Low Fat For Reducing Arthritis Pain
A change in diet can reduce the intense pain caused by osteoarthritis, the most prominent form of arthritis, according toresearch findingspublished this week in the journal Pain Medicine.


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