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Holding hot coffee = warm and fuzzy feelings

Holding hot coffee = warm and fuzzy feelings

You know the famous – some would say infamous -- studies done in the 1950s by University of Wisconsin, Madison, psychologist Harry Harlow in which he separated macaque monkeys from their mothers and put them in cages, where they were then given a choice of bonding with surrogate cloth moms or sucking milk from a baby bottle on a wire?

October 23, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
Am I a narcissist? Part II: Ask my staff

Am I a narcissist? Part II: Ask my staff

A few weeks ago, I found out that my presence on Facebook can indicate just how narcissistic I am, thanks to a study in the October issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin .

October 8, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
XXX-Files! Agent Mulder can't get enough

XXX-Files! Agent Mulder can't get enough

Actor David Duchovny, best known for his role as Fox Mulder on the FOX TV series The X-Files and its related movies, checked himself into a rehab facility for sex addiction, according to news reports and a statement released by his lawyer yesterday.

August 29, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
What's on the minds of the incoming freshman class?

What's on the minds of the incoming freshman class?

Every August for the past 11 years, Beloit College has put out its Mindset List, which the small Wisconsin school describes as an attempt to get a sense of students’ cultural frames of reference, and how they’ve have changed from those of previous classes.

August 22, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy
Measles is back, and it's because your kids aren't vaccinated

Measles is back, and it's because your kids aren't vaccinated

If you didn't vaccinate your kids, you too could find yourself partly responsible for the resurgence of a disease thought eliminated in 2000.

Measles—a highly contagious disease-causing virus—is making a comeback in the U.S., thanks to parents fears over vaccines.

August 22, 2008 — David Biello
FDA approves first Huntington's disease therapy

FDA approves first Huntington's disease therapy

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for Huntington's disease—the crippling illness that killed folksinger Woody Guthrie and that plagues 30,000 Americans.

August 18, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
New drug shows early promise in small Alzheimer's trial

New drug shows early promise in small Alzheimer's trial

A drug called PBT2, developed by Australian company Prana Biotechnology, appears to improve cognitive abilities in patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease.  Researchers report in Lancet Neurology , that it was also successful in reducing protein buildup associated with the debilitating neurodegenerative illness, which plagues up to 4.5 million Americans.

July 30, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

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