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Religious belief may extend life by 4 years

Religious belief may extend life by 4 years

If you believe in a higher power, you may live longer, suggests a new study. Having religious faith may extend your life by as much as 4 years. Religion may hold unexpected health and longevity benefits. Although the reason for this remains a mystery, it’s a known fact that women tend to live longer than […]

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Assessing trauma through art: The signs of inner struggle

Assessing trauma through art: The signs of inner struggle

Active duty military members who experienced traumatic brain injury often also have to manage post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety. Can the art they make help specialists to identify the severity of their inner struggles? Masks created by survivors with TBI could help specialists to assess the severity of their psychological trauma. “Traumatic brain injury” […]

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What is separation anxiety disorder in adults?

What is separation anxiety disorder in adults?

Separation anxiety is when someone is afraid of being separated from a particular person, persons, or even a pet. While many people associate separation anxiety with children, adults can experience the condition as well. A person develops extreme anxiety as a result of the separation. A person may also manifest physical symptoms related to separation […]

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Why music volume matters when trying to lose weight

Why music volume matters when trying to lose weight

It is commonplace for cafés and restaurants to play music while you eat. A new study asks whether the volume of these tunes might impact how healthful our dietary choices are. Volume and food choice — what’s the interaction? Music can have a visceral effect on us. Indeed, most people reading this will remember a […]

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Letter from the Editor: Onward and upward

Letter from the Editor: Onward and upward

The sound of Royal Wedding bells swept the globe this month. In the bustling city of Brighton, United Kingdom — the home of Medical News Today‘s editorial office — street parties were aplenty, and residents were even treated to a beachfront screening of Harry and Meghan’s special day. Street parties and beachfront screenings were a […]

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What is formication?

What is formication?

Formication is the sensation of having insects crawling on or under the skin. The name comes from the Latin word “formica,” which means ant. Formication is a tactile hallucination, which means a person feels a physical sensation, but there is no physical cause. The sensation can lead to itching, which may be worse at night […]

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Should ‘shock therapy’ be used to treat depression more often?

Should ‘shock therapy’ be used to treat depression more often?

A recent study has discovered that — contrary to expectation — electroconvulsive therapy may be a better treatment option for many people whose depression has not been eased by other interventions. A new analysis concludes that ECT should be tried sooner for some people with depression. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which is usually referred to as […]

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How to handle imposter syndrome

How to handle imposter syndrome

Imposter syndrome causes people to doubt their achievements and fear that others will expose them as fraudulent. The condition can affect anyone, regardless of their job or social status. Psychologists first described the syndrome in 1978. Research from 2011 suggests that approximately 70 percent of people will experience at least one episode of impostor syndrome […]

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Predicting psychosis: Brain folds hold the key

Predicting psychosis: Brain folds hold the key

A new study, recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, outlines an innovative technique that may to help predict which people are most likely to develop psychosis. It may make earlier diagnosis possible. A new study finds clues as to psychosis susceptibility in the folds of the cortex. Psychosis is a symptom of a number of mental […]

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Female students underestimate their own intelligence

Female students underestimate their own intelligence

It’s no secret that the number of women in science is much lower than that of men. But why is that? Some may (wrongly) argue that women are not as gifted as men, while some will say that it’s the societal construct that has tended to discourage females from pursuing such a career. Now, new […]