The day my second son was born, a nurse -- who had raised two boys of her own -- offered advice: “When they get upset with each other, let them fight it out. They won’t kill each other.” She also added: “Just make sure they fight outside, so they don’t get blood on your carpet.” Fights between siblings, even physically violent ones, are expected –- and accepted –- in society, but is this attitude appropriate and healthy? A new study reports that sibling bullying is under-recognized, and it can have serious adverse consequences for mental health and overall well-being.
Calorie restriction could be more than a weight loss technique. It may prevent nerve cell loss in the brain, and even contribute to increased lifespan and delayed aging. A new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience tested these hypotheses and discovered a potential target for drug therapy that could prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Huntington’s Disease.
It is not noteworthy (or particularly blog-worthy) news that mental health care is not up to par, especially in the United States. What is noteworthy is the up-and-coming technology that might change mental healthcare provision for the better.