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What makes some women able to resist or recover psychologically from assault-related trauma?
(Wiley) In a study of 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related potentially traumatic event, 30 percent developed major depressive disorder, which may be attributed to self-blame common to survivors of assault. Fewer women (21 percent) developed chronic posttraumatic stress disorder.

Study highlights benefits of screening for heart disease in men with erectile dysfunction
(Wiley) New research reveals that screening for cardiovascular disease in men presenting with erectile dysfunction may be a cost-effective intervention for preventing both cardiovascular disease and, over the longer term, erectile dysfunction.

How the brain's involved in wanting and having sex
(Wiley) A new review looks at how the brain impacts the sequence of physical and emotional changes that occur as a person participates in sexually stimulating activities.

Autism Speaks' DELSIA funds clinical trial of therapeutic game device
(Autism Speaks) Autism Speaks' not-for-profit affiliate Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism has announced new funding for clinical testing of a cognitive video game designed to improve executive function skills in children and adolescents with autism. Studies have shown many people with autism have impaired executive function, and these impairments often are associated with everyday behavioral challenges. The grant invests in the clinical development of Project: EVO, a medical video game by Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs.

Archaeologists open the mysterious lead coffin found buried just feet from the former grave of King Richard III
(University of Leicester) Richard III is the only male to be discovered at the infamous former car-park site.

New research aims to refine increasingly popular plastic surgery procedures: Buttock augmentation and vaginal rejuvenation surgery
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Two of the fastest-growing plastic surgery procedures are gluteoplasty or 'butt augmentation,' to improve the appearance of the buttocks; and labiaplasty to address cosmetic and functional concerns with the vagina. New insights into the use and outcomes of these procedures are presented in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Poll finds US public sees ill health as resulting from a broad range of causes
(Harvard School of Public Health) A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll finds that more than six in 10 people living in the US are concerned about their future health. Nearly four in 10 said that they had one or more negative childhood experiences that they believe had a harmful impact on their adult health.

Anxious people more apt to make bad decisions amid uncertainty
(University of California - Berkeley) Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life's uncertainties. They may even catastrophize, interpreting, say, a lover's tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace change as a career threat. Investigating this dynamic, scientists have found evidence of a glitch in the brain's higher-order decision-making circuitry that could eventually be targeted in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

When I'm 64 -- I'll still have hot flashes?
(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) Some 40 percent of women 60 to 65 years old still have hot flashes. For many, the hot flashes are occasional and mild, but for some, they remain really troublesome, shows a new study just published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society. Sexual symptoms also remain a problem for more than half these older women. Furthermore, women bothered by these symptoms are often not getting treatment, even though treatments are available.

Republicans trust science -- except when it comes to health insurance and gay adoption
(SAGE Publications) A new study finds that while Democrats are generally more 'pro-science' than other political groups, Republicans are also inclined to defer to science across a range of policy issues. In fact, there are only four issues where Republicans exhibit less trust than independents: global warming, evolution, gay adoption, and mandatory health insurance.

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