A new study from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital reports that a marker for systemic inflammation called C-reactive protein (CRP) was significantly higher among a subgroup of patients with poor cognitive performance. These findings were published on November 19 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. This research was prompted by the observation that even when episodes of depression and mania were being controlled in patients with bipolar disorder (BD), some patients showed cognitive resilience and others (inexplicably) appeared to experience more rapid cognitive decline. Previous research has identified a possible link between systemic inflammation and cognitive performance. Therefore, the Brigham and Women’s research team decided to conduct more pioneering research on the possible association between C-reactive protein and cognitive performance in a large cohort of euthymic (i.e., stable mental state) patients with bipolar disorder and a … [Read more...] about Reducing Inflammation May Boost Cognitive Performance
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The 1975 have released the latest taste of their upcoming 2020 album Notes on a Conditional Form with new song “Frail State of Mind.” The band’s third album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, came out last year. Singer Matty Healy’s vocals sit low in the mix on the drum-heavy song. The fidgety beat soundtracks a tale of social anxiety. “Go outside?/Seems unlikely/I’m sorry that I missed your call/I watched it ring,” Healy sings before apologizing for his “frail state of mind.” The song further details ways he has avoided attending events out of concern that he would be burden for the people there. “It’s about anxiety,” Healy told Zane Lowe. “We’ve having a global anxiety attack.” This is the third new song the 1975 have released off their upcoming fourth album — which is not done yet, according to Healy. “We’re just kind of collecting songs that we love and putting … [Read more...] about The 1975 Explore Their ‘Frail State of Mind’ on New Song
On June 1st last year, the 1975 played a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. It was a huge moment for the English pop provocateurs, who had recently broken through in the U.S. with their second full-length LP, 2016’s chart-topping I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. “There’s a picture of Michael Jackson playing the Garden right before you go on,” says singer-guitarist Matty Healy, 29. “I remember staring at that, thinking, ‘This is fucking crazy.’ ” Truthfully, though, Healy doesn’t remember all that much about that night. “It was a strange time,” he adds. “I mean, I was still doing quite a lot of drugs.” Healy founded the 1975 in the early 2000s with drummer George Daniel, bassist Ross MacDonald and lead guitarist Adam Hann, friends from secondary school near Manchester. They spent years alternately mocking the idea of rock stardom and embodying it to the … [Read more...] about The Rebirth of the 1975
The latest news story about "death by selfie" involved a 66-year-old Japanese tourist who fell down a flight of steps at the Taj Mahal. We increasingly hear reports of death and injury attributed to selfie-taking. The media emphasis on selfie-driven mayhem skews our fears and fans an underlying message that selfie-taking is inherently problematic. Reactionary responses include governmental requirements for "cautionary messages" on selfie taking and even regulations. (The Russian government has created a “How Not to Take Selfies” pamphlet). These imply that people are not in control; that they are victims of some overwhelming force that propels them to snap away while leaning off tall buildings or in the path of stampeding bulls. If regulatory bodies want to do something useful, they should teach people more biology. Source: Pamela Rutledge/Shutterstock There is nothing wrong with taking selfies. (See Get Over Selfie Shame.) In spite of popular rhetoric, it is not a … [Read more...] about 6 Reasons Why Selfie-Taking Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Source: Wikimedia Commons There’s a house down the street with piles of debris inside and boxes stacked on the front porch. “The hoarders’ house,” a neighbor calls it. According to the DSM-5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), compulsive hoarders cling to their possessions, unable to discard things they no longer use. Their homes are filled with newspapers, magazines, and old clothing. Their clutter is often piled so high they cannot use their living areas. In severe cases, hoarders are unable to cook in their kitchens or sleep in their beds. Hoarding behavior affects both males and females, occurring most often in adults over 55. People typically begin hoarding after a traumatic life event or period of acute stress. Feeling unsafe, they accumulate possessions to feel more secure. Yet by living in these cluttered, unsanitary conditions, they compromise their health and safety. Compulsive … [Read more...] about Why So Much Compulsive Hoarding?
The Russian authorities have launched a “safe selfie” campaign in response to a series of deaths and serious injuries among selfie-takers who, in the pursuit of capturing an extreme selfie shots, have suffered numerous accidents such as falling off bridges, receiving self-inflicted gunshot wounds and being bitten by venomous snakes. Trying to keep people safe is good. Will it work? Probably not. The Russian booklet shows all the ways NOT to take a selfie, including hanging from buildings, standing in front of moving trains or posing with wild animals or firearms. It doesn’t address the underlying motivation for risky behaviors or grandstanding for approval, particularly among teens and young people. The citizens most likely to be impacted by this campaign are parents of the extreme selfie takers, not the selfie takers themselves. Source: Source: Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs When you consider the developmental arc of … [Read more...] about Russia’s ‘Safe-Selfie’ Campaign: Will It Work?