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September 2016 - Planetary Overview

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September 2016 Pet Horoscopes

What's in the stars for your pet this month?

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Older Child Found Naked with Younger Child

From the U.S.: My wife has an 11 year old half-brother (D.), and I have a question regarding something D. did this past Thanksgiving. D. was over at his father’s house that day for the holiday. D.’s father has an adult daughter who has a four year old boy. While at his father’s house that day, D. and the 4 year old boy were playing in one of the upstairs bedrooms. Apparently, at some point, the 4 year old boy was running around naked. D. (who again, is 11 years old) decides that since this 4 year old boy got naked, he would get naked also. Eventually, the young boy’s mother found D. and the 4 year old naked in the room together.D.’s mother was called to come pick him up, while the young boy’s mother took him to the hospital to have him checked out. A police investigation also took place. Neither the hospital personnel nor the investigation determined anything “sexual” occurred. However, the incident with D. really upset me. My wife and I have a 6 year old daughter, and after the event…

iPad Game May Help to Diagnose Autism

A new UK study suggests autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets.University of Strathclyde researchers believe the technology could offer an accessible and less intrusive way to diagnose the developmental disorder.Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt, of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and colleagues used fun iPad games to track players’ hand movements – gathering information that can help identify autism.The study, appears in the Nature group journal Scientific Reports.Dr Delafield-Butt, a Senior Lecturer in Child Development, said: “We have shown that children with autism can be identified by their gameplay patterns on an iPad.“This is potentially a major breakthrough for early identification of autism, because no stressful and expensive tests by clinicians are needed. Early detection is important as this can allow parents and children to gain access to a range of services support.“This new ‘serious game’ assessment offe…

Bipolar Teens’ High Risk for Substance Abuse May Persist as Young Adults

Following up a previous study that discovered adolescent bipolar disorder was linked to greater cigarette smoking and substance use disorder, a new study finds that risk of substance abuse was even greater five years later, particularly among those with persistent bipolar symptoms.Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators also found evidence that the presence of conduct disorder, in combination with bipolar disorder, may be the strongest influence on the risk of smoking and substance use disorder.Study findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.In the new study, researchers discovered ongoing bipolar symptoms appear to predict substance use issues.“We also made another interesting finding — that those originally diagnosed with bipolar disorder who continued to have symptoms five years later were at an even higher risk for cigarette smoking and substance use disorder than those whose symptoms were reduced either because of remission from bipolar dis…

Psychopaths Feel Fear But Have Difficulty Detecting Threats

For many decades, fearlessness has been considered the hallmark trait of psychopathy and has been blamed for the bold risk-taking behavior commonly found in the personality disorder. Now new research shows that psychopathic people may be capable of feeling fear, but they seem to have difficulty detecting and responding to a threat.The study, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, is the first to provide strong evidence that an individual’s conscious experience of fear as an emotion may be quite separate from his automatic ability to detect and respond to threats.Researchers at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen reviewed brain and behavioral data to look for any link between fear and psychopathy in adult individuals. Their definition of fear was based on state of the art knowledge of the neurobiological and cognitive underpinnings of this emotion.Then they created a model that separated brain mechanisms involved in the conscious experience of fe…

Worried about Forgiveness

I come from a family history of multigenerational parental sexual and emotional abuse as well as NPD and severe depression/anxiety issues. Keeping a healthy relationship with my both my parents takes a lot of emotional energy and requires me to sometimes be the parental figure in the situation, especially with my mother. It has required years of therapy and spiritual investment to maintain a forgiving outlook.My husband and I have been married 2 years, together for 11, and he is a huge part of my healthy mental state. We work very hard to keep our relationship as a priority.My husband and I tend to expect that my parents would be the difficult in laws, as his family appears to be far more “normal” than mine. However, it seems that his mother has proven to be the most difficult parental relationship.I feel guilty because my husband has always been so understanding of my family while it has been difficult for me to be forgiving of his mother. I am worried that because I am constantly de…

Difficult to Communicate Emotions in Email/Text

As our everyday communication becomes more text driven, researchers worry that the ability to communicate emotions may become compromised.For example, is “OMG I just LOVE pizza” a sarcastic statement or is it heartfelt?On a more serious note, misreading the emotional content of a message can have damaging consequences — especially in our relationships.In the new study, researchers explored if certain factors allow a person to better infer emotions from messages delivered over communication channels such as email or text.Intuitively, if the receiver of the message is a friend, they should be able to understand the sender’s emotion better than a complete stranger.Investigators at Chatham University, however, found that friends are no better at interpreting correct emotional intent in e-mails than complete strangers.The finings from Monica A. Riordan and Lauren A. Trichtinger appear in the journal Human Communication Research.For the investigation the researchers conducted three studies …

Morning People May Self-Sabotage Less at Night, Night Owls Less at Sunrise

A new study discovered people are more likely to undermine their performance at stressful tasks when they’re operating at “peak capacity” based on their preferred time of the day.Psychological researchers at Indiana University investigated the connection between people’s circadian rhythm and risk of “self-handicapping,” or self-sabotage and discovered the counterintuitive connection.Their findings appear in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.The discovery that people self-damage during their preferred or best times is surprising. In other words, “morning people,” who reported greater alertness at sunrise, self-handicapped more in the morning, and “night owls,” who reported greater alertness at sunset, self-handicapped more in the evening.Self-handicapping is defined by psychologists as when an individual seeks to protect their ego against potential failure in advance by creating circumstances, real or imagined, that harm their ability to carry out a stressful task.A classic…

Does My Wife Have BPD Lite?

From the U.K.:My wife and I have been having problems in our marriage lately. The main argument as I understand it I would like her to stop being so angry with me when I’ve done something “wrong” and her side of the argument is I should “know” that I should do the things I do.After googling such phrases as “wife is never satisfied” “wife blames all her problems on me” I read a few different articles and some of them really sounded like my wife might have BPD.The reason why I ask is there a “lite” version is we can go for months without an episode of unreasonability happening. Your quiz seems to indicate she doesn’t have BPD but I feel something is going on.A: I hesitate to assign a pathology to what may be a lack of skills. This is particularly true when a problem is only episodic. It may be, for example, that your wife didn’t grow up with parents who modeled how to deal constructively with conflict. It may be that she is so anxious about being at fault that she shifts blame rather th…

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Study Finds Striking Mismatch of Depression And Treatment

A new study finds that most Americans with depression get no treatment at all, while more than two-thirds of patients are treated — even though they do not report depressive symptoms or serious psychological distress.Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the University of Pennsylvania discovered that less than one-third of American adults who screened positive for depression received treatment for their symptoms.The study also found that among those who are treated for depression, less than one-half of those with severe psychological distress are seen by a mental health specialist.Results of the study appear in JAMA Internal Medicine.“Greater clinical focus is needed on depression severity to align depression care with each patient’s needs,” said Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry at CUMC and senior author of the report.“These patterns suggest that more needs to be done to ensure that depression care is neither too intensive nor insufficient fo…

Brain Cells Synchronize to Track Order of Events

New research reveals that brain neurons function in a coordinated manner so as to remember events in the order they occur.New York University scientists explain that the brain collaboration is akin to a symphony. Researchers believe the findings offer new insights into how we recall information and point to factors that may disrupt certain types of memories.“The findings enhance our understanding of how the brain keeps track of what happened and when it happened relative to other events,” said Dr. Lila Davachi, associate professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science and the study’s senior author.“We’ve known for some time that neurons increase their activity when we encode memories. What our study shows is there’s a rhythm to how they fire in relation to one another, much like different instruments in a symphony orchestra.”The study’s first author was Andrew Heusser, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology with collaborators including Dr. David…

Test to Detect Early Parkinson’s Nears Completion

European scientists have developed a new test that detects early stage Parkinson’s disease by analyzing molecules found in a person’s spinal fluid.Experts say that the test needs to be validated with a larger sample group but they are optimistic that it could one day help to improve diagnosis of the disease.The study appears in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.The new test detects a protein molecule called alpha-synuclein, which forms sticky clumps called Lewy bodies inside the brain cells of people with Parkinson’s and some types of dementia.Previous efforts to develop a test for alpha-synuclein have produced inconsistent results because the protein is also found in healthy brains. It is only when the protein clumps together that it causes problems.Researchers at the University of Edinburgh made use of a highly sensitive technology that measures the stickiness of proteins.The approach, called real-time quaking-induced conversion, can detect tiny differences …

I Never Got Over My Cousins Murder After Being Accused of the Crime

I was accused of murdering my cousin when she came to live with me and my mother, and stepfather. I was unwell and under care of a psychiatrist at the time which solely led to police unwilling to move their focus to anyone else. It was public, and things came out that I felt were unfair, both true and false. I’ve been obsessed with having my side of the story known. My life since then has been aimless and but for that goal. I now realize I lost 15 years trying and hoping for something that I had no evidence would make any difference anyway. That too, something of an epiphany further adding to my current state. That is one where I now feel no purpose or have any desire to do anything with life and feel it not too far away where it becomes unmanageable and I will commit suicide, albeit not wanting it. Can it be as simple as writing to a newspaper and saying “up yours if you think I am the killer, and all these other things you have read about me”? To the police who botched the whole inv…

PTSD Linked to Cognitive Impairment In 9/11 Responders

A new study of World Trade Center (WTC) responders confirms the possibility that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be associated with cognitive impairment, a link observed in veterans.Researchers examined the connection between PTSD and cognitive impairment among those who helped with search, rescue and cleanup efforts following the 2001 World Trade Center attacks.The findings appear in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.“To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the association of PTSD and major depressive disorder (MDD) with cognitive impairment in a large group of civilian World Trade Center responders without head injury,” said Sean A. Clouston, Ph.D., first author on the article.In the study population of more than 800 WTC responders:• approximately 12.8 percent (104) had scores indicative of cognitive impairment (CI) and 1.2 percent (10) had scores suggesting possible dementia;
• current PTSD and MDD were ass…

10 Days Without Exercise Can Reduce Blood Flow in Brain

We know that when highly active people stop exercising for one or two weeks, their cardiovascular endurance begins to diminish. But what effect, if any, does an exercise break have on the brain?This was the focus of a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Using MRI brain imaging, the research team studied cerebral blood flow in very healthy and athletic older adults (ages 50-80 years) before and after a 10-day period during which they stopped all exercise.They found a significant decrease in blood flow to several brain areas, including the hippocampus, after the participants quit their exercise routines.“We know that the hippocampus plays an important role in learning and memory and is one of the first brain regions to shrink in people with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. J. Carson Smith, associate professor of kinesiology and lead author of the study.“In rodents, the hippocampus responds to exercise training by increasing the growth of new blo…

Tom Spellman on Backyard Orchard Culture Part 1

Tom has been involved in the nursery business since 1973. At that time, he was a freshman in high school and rode his skateboard to work. Since then he has worked for several different nurseries including Nogales Nursery where he learned landscape design, installation, irrigation and construction. Armstrong Nurseries where he worked with hybridizers, growers and retail on the weekends. La Verne Nursery which specializes in Avocado, Citrus, Sub-Tropical fruit trees and grafted ornamentals, where he was general manager for 20 years. And currently southwestern sales manager for Dave Wilson Nursery.Dave Wilson Nursery is the largest grower of fruit, nut and shade trees in the USA. They grow 10,500,000 plus trees per year and ships wholesale worldwide. Over the past 20 years Tom has also done television, video, radio, written, conducted workshops and lectured on the concepts of Backyard Orchard Culture and fruit growing in general. Tom's dedication and passion for quality fruit growing…

The Dangers of the “Teatox” Fad

You’ve probably seen it on Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media: a celebrity hawking a tea that promises to “detoxify” your body and help you shed weight. Companies pay celebrities like the Kardashians to promote their teas, though many of these posts are not clearly labeled as advertisements. While not all of these “teatox” products list their ingredients, the active ingredient in most is senna, a laxative. Health experts worry these products could contribute to eating disorders and unhealthy dieting. Abusing laxatives is a common practice in those with anorexia or bulimia.

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I Feel Inhuman

This has been a problem for awhile now. But anyway, i feel like an outsider, like I’m no use to anyone or that I’m inhuman. I have a hard time in certain situations and have been told I’m extremely hard on myself. An example would be just today, i was in my friends car and everyone was having a great time, listening to music loud and talking, but i just sat there. I felt sad and alone, even if i was being talked to. I’ve also noticed I have these really crazy dreams where it seems that they always end in nightmares or scaring me awake for a moment. They also connect from the night before. Or at least I think. I don’t really know what exactly the problem is, as i have done research and lists of things have come up, but none really seem to fit. I’d like to know if i actually have an issue or if it is something i should just move on from. Thank you.A: Thank you for writing us. Don’t be too hard on yourself that you have done some research on the Internet and haven’t been able to find an …

Umbilical Cells May Spread Risk of Obesity

While it has been well established that infants born to women who are obese show higher risks of obesity, scientists have not known how this occurs.A new study has now shown that umbilical cells from children of obese or overweight mothers may transfer genes that are faulty in regulating cell energy and metabolism.Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center believe the findings may help to pave the way toward improved healthcare, both before and after birth, for children at heightened risk of obesity, says Elvira Isganaitis, M.D., M.P.H.Isganaitis, assistant investigator and staff pediatric endocrinologist at Joslin and instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, is the corresponding author on a paper about the work published in the International Journal of Obesity.The Joslin study also suggests that the increased risks of obesity may be driven by boosted levels of certain lipids (fats and other substances that are not soluble in water) in the maternal blood that flows through the u…

Family Study Shows Genetic Complexities of Autism

A new study shows that the pattern of genetic factors associated with autism among siblings is a different pattern than that seen in families with just one affected child.UCLA scientists focused on genetic changes known as copy-number variations (CNVs), which are losses or gains of normal DNA.Previous research has linked non-inherited CNVs, which originate as defects in the sperm or egg cell from which the affected child is conceived, to autism spectrum disorder in children whose siblings are not affected.The research findings discovered more than a dozen new genes linked to the risk of autism spectrum disorders. This knowledge highlights the complexity of genetic factors in the disorders.The findings provide a better picture of how genetic variation contributes to autism disorders, and could perhaps point to a possible new target for future therapies.The study appears in the American Journal of Human Genetics.The researchers found that, among children with an autism spectrum disorder…

My Best Friend Committed Suicide

From India: one month back I lost my best friend, He committed suicide. I feel as if he betrayed and left me alone, his parents alone. As a result of which for anything bad that happens in my life I blame him. Also currently my boyfriend is facing some very serious family issue and obviously he is sad about it so there is limited contact with him.I feel alone, I feel sad because I know my boyfriend is sad and my best friend is dead. I don’t feel like talking to anyone (I don’t have friends whom I feel I can trust). I use to share everything with my best friend but now have no one to.I cannot concentrate on my studies which is my major issue as I am the topper of my college and have fear of not living up to expectations due to sadness. I have my exams near and I am not prepared.I have lost my appetite and sleep. I feel stressed up and my head aches all time. My head feels heavy. I miss my boyfriend a lot and I feel extremely lonely right now. I need him but I know he can’t be here.At t…

App Shows How Much Exercise Needed to Reduce Heart Disease Risk

A Norwegian study suggests a novel activity tracker can help people track how much exercise they need to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.“The health benefits of regular exercise are well-established, but individuals do not know how much they need to prevent cardiovascular disease and premature death,” said lead author Dr. Javaid Nauman. Nauman is a researcher in the Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG), Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology.Many cardiovascular guidelines recommend adults do 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly, or a combination of intensities to achieve the same energy expenditure. Despite the guidelines a lack of exercise contributes to more than five million annual deaths globally.“People may be insufficiently active because they do not have personalized, meaningful information about how much physical …

My Brother’s Behavior Has Been Very Strange and We Don’t Know What’s Wrong

This is a long story so I apologize, but I really need some answers. My brother has been excited to go to Lollapalooza all year. He was finally going to go this past Tuesday. Well we got a call from him after only a day of him being there saying he wanted to come home. He was ballistically crying on the phone and saying he “felt the power of the antichrist.” I decided to drive to Chicago with my parents to get him. When we arrived, he was sitting on a bench without his bags. My dad asked him why he didn’t have his stuff and he said he gave it all away to his friends (it was all his clothing and his wallet.) He also said he threw his phone in the river because it was giving him fear. He then launched into a story about how secret servicemen were hunting him down because of his belief in God. The rest of the night, he continued talking about how God was giving him all these “tests” and how he felt like he was in a scavenger hunt. The next day his behavior got worse. He got up very early…

Interactive Classrooms May Push LGBT Students to “Come Out” Before They Are Ready

Active learning classrooms, which require more group work than traditional lecture courses, may create an uneasy atmosphere for new college freshmen who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA), according to a new study by researchers at Arizona State University.The findings show that although these interactive classrooms offer many learning and social benefits — including keeping students engaged with challenging science and technology subjects — the enhanced interaction may push LGBTQIA students to “come out” before they are ready.“In a traditional lecture course, students can sit in the back of the group and be somewhat invisible,” said Sara Brownell, assistant professor with the School of Life Sciences and senior author of the study.“But in the interactive class, we ask them to engage with others. This is extending into conversations they don’t want to have. They have to decide, ‘Do I come out to this person I don’t know? Do I lie? Do …

It’s Not Easy Being Green — At Least for Men

New research provides evidence that shoppers who engage in environmentally friendly behaviors are stereotyped as more feminine. What’s more, they also see themselves as more feminine.But in a series of studies, researchers showed that men are more open to purchasing green products if their masculinity gets a boost through the products’ branding.“Previous research shows that men tend to be more concerned about maintaining a masculine identity than women are with their feminine identity,” said James Wilkie, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.“We therefore thought that men might be more open to environmental products if we made them feel secure in their masculinity, so they are less threatened by adopting a green product.”For the study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the researchers used two approaches: First by affirming a man’s masculinity before introducing him to environmental products and then changing th…