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The autism epidemic: Is diagnostic substitution the story?

http://deevybee.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/autism-epidemic-and-diagnostic.html Quote: It is becoming clear that changing diagnostic criteria, increased awareness of ASD, and strategic use of diagnosis to gain

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Baumeister: Suppressing stereotypes depletes willpower

Increasing self-regulatory strength can reduce the depleting effect of suppressing stereotypes Gailliot MT, Plant EA, Butz DA, Baumeister RF.SourceDepartment of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee,

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Obesity, dopamine-reward, and depression

Diet-induced obesity promotes depressive-like behaviour that is associated with neural adaptations in brain reward circuitry. BACKGROUND:The biological mechanisms that link the development of depression

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We’re number one – and climbing!

In U.S., Obesity Up in Nearly All Age Groups Since 2008Obesity has increased the most in older age cohorts WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans in nearly every age group today are more likely to be obese

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Peer review vs. editorial review

A few years ago, Bruce Charlton was fired as the editor of Medical Hypotheses for his principled refusal to withdraw a paper. The paper in question was by Peter Duesberg, the well-known HIV/AIDS skeptic

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Catholicism makes you money

The St Louis Federal Reserve Bank did a study on schooling and subsequent income: Measuring the Effect of School Choice on Economic Outcomes. Money (!) quote: The graph shows that students who attended

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The purported link between depression and intelligence

JayMan left a comment in the last post which arguably reflects a common line of thought on this issue: But then, there is the link between IQ and mental illness (as seen from the now closed Secular Blood),

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The Stupidity of the Discontented?

Lower IQs Linked To Less Happiness (via Barking up the wrong tree.) It appears that, to paraphrase the old curmudgeon Kinglsey Amis, that there is no end to the ways that being smart is better than being

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Fitness costs and benefits of personality disorder traits

From Evolution and Human Behavior: Fitness costs and benefits of personality disorder traits Extreme personality traits in humans often have detrimental life consequences, so they have long been supposed

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Death Risk

Figure 1. Risk of death from various causes in the EU. First, note the position of the bubbles in the quadrants. The X-axis (horizontal) indicates the risk of mortality for an individual (per

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Penicillin initiated the sexual revolution

The Wages of Sin: How the Discovery of Penicillin Reshaped Modern Sexuality. Abstract It was not until 1943, amid world war, that penicillin was found to be an effective treatment for syphilis. This study

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Poor kids with ADHD

An article in the NY Times, Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School (via Seth Roberts), discusses the use of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to help “poor” children do better in

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The Pet Obesity Epidemic

Half of all cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight, some 20% being obese. So, what does that tell us about the human obesity epidemic? If cats and dogs are ballooning into caricatures of themselves at

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Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease immune function

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are well-known as modulators of inflammation, this being the mode of action responsible for their effectiveness against the diseases of civilization, such as heart disease

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Omega-6 / omega-3 ratio correlates with telomere length

Telomere length is correlated with lifespan; once a telomere becomes too short, the affected cell becomes senescent. Omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, and leukocyte telomere length: A randomized controlled

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