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Gamblers get a kick out of making risky decisions

Compulsive gamblers get more excitement and pleasure from making risky decisions than from winning, new study shows.

Pregnancies can alter eating disorders

A pregnancy can entail either a risk or a hope for women with eating disorders. Many get rid of the disease for long time. For others, pregnancy is the beginning of their problems.

Here’s why mindfulness works

A new meta-analysis of the entire scientific literature on mindfulness suggests why this popular new form of therapy actually works.

Problem behaviour from impaired vision

Pupils diagnosed with ADHD, learning difficulties or dyslexia could in some cases simply suffer from impaired vision.

An 8th grader’s multitasking goes awry

Teens are good at multitasking, but learn less while they’re doing it.

Brain scans look for Christmas spirit

A series of scientific studies in the weirder end of the spectrum can be found in the Christmas edition of a Danish medical journal.

Why are they playing with death?

Do they throw themselves off cliffs to achieve status in the base jumper community or to simply feel good? Researchers disagree.

Children who walk to school concentrate better

Children who walk or cycle to school rather than being driven by their parents have an increased power of concentration, and the effect of this ‘exercise’ lasts all morning.

Subjective childbirth experiences determine trauma risk

A woman’s subjective experience of giving birth has more impact on her mental condition afterwards than any real complications occurring in the delivery room.

Sleep problems cost billions

Insomnia and sleep apnoea are turning us into major health service consumers, causing us to be less productive at work, and may even lead to serious accidents.