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Rates of Self-Harm Among Teen Girls Are Skyrocketing

A new report on self-harm among boys and girls in the United Kingdom is filled with data that should give parents pause. But none is more alarming than this statistic: in a period of just three years (2011 to 2014) incidence of reported self-harm inc...

Eyes Spots May Be a Cause Confusion in People With Dyslexia

Results of a small but eye-opening study conducted at the University of Rennes in France and published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggest a potential cause of dyslexia, and a possible avenue of treatment. Among the 60 people in...

A 'Gentle' Touch Can Take the Edge Off of Social Rejection

We all might have something of a healing touch, according to a small study from University College London that was published in Scientific Reports. Researchers looked at the impact of a considered “affectionate” human touch versus a quick “neutral” t...

Stress as Harmful to Gut Health as Junk Food

Millions of Americans fall into a vicious cycle of stress, eating junk food in an effort to deal with that stress, and then stressing even more because they’ve chowed down on junk food. Now, in a study from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, re...

Waiting Periods for Gun Purchases Save Lives, Study Finds

It might seem like common sense that mandatory waiting periods before gun purchases could save lives. Now, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seems to bear out that assumption. The study, by Harvard Business Scho...

New Research Findings Could Lead to 'Functional Cure' for HIV

Scientists at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have announced a “proof-of-concept for a ‘functional cure’” for HIV in a mouse study published online in the journal Cell Reports. TSRI associate professor Susana Valente, PhD, ...

Poor Sleep Linked to Gestational Diabetes

It’s time for us to wake up to the fact that we’re not getting enough sleep: one-quarter of women and around 16 percent of men in the United States get insufficient shuteye. Now, findings reported in the journal *Sleep Medicine Reviews *indicate that ...