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A single cocaine dose lowers perceptions of sadness and anger
(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) A single dose of cocaine can interfere with the ability to recognize negative emotions such as anger and sadness, according to new research presented at the ECNP conference in Amsterdam.

Scientists show how magnetic pulses change the brain in treatment for depressed patients
(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) A group of UK scientists have found a way of understanding how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can give relief to severely depressed patients. TMS is used as an alternative to electro-convulsive therapy, but it is not known how it achieves its therapeutic effect. Understanding how it works may open the door to better, more targeted treatment for depression and other conditions.

How can we prevent suicide? Major study shows risk factors associated with depression
(European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) A major multi-national study of suicides has identified the behavior patterns which precede many suicide attempts. This may lead to changes in clinical practice in the care of patients affected with depression, as it shows the clinical factors which confer major risk of suicide attempts.

Discarded electronics mismanaged within Europe equals ~10 times the volume of e-waste exported
(Terry Collins Assoc) Mismanagement of discarded electronics within Europe involves a volume 10 times that of e-waste shipped to foreign shores in undocumented exports, according to a comprehensive two-year investigation into the functioning of the used and waste electronics market.The European Union-funded project, Countering WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Illegal Trade (CWIT), was undertaken by a consortium including INTERPOL and the United Nations University.

Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse
(University of Rochester) To understand how confidence in parenting may predict parenting behaviors in women who were abused as children, psychologists at the University of Rochester have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully. Intervention programs for moms at-risk, therefore, should focus on bolstering mothers' self-confidence -- not just teach parenting skills, the researchers said.

UGA research links borderline personality traits with lowered empathy
(University of Georgia) Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.The findings were recently published in the journal Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment.

CPR: It's not always a lifesaver, but it plays one on TV
(University of Southern California) If you think that performing CPR on a person whose heart has stopped is a surefire way to save their life, you may be watching too much TV. The truth is more depressing than fiction, according to a new study by University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology researchers. While medical dramas Grey's Anatomy and House show cardiopulmonary resuscitation saving a patient's life nearly 70 percent of the time, the real immediate survival rate is nearly half that -- around 37 percent.

Naylor earns GSA's 2015 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award
(The Gerontological Society of America) The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Mary Naylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, of the University of Pennsylvania as the 2015 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award.

Markides earns GSA's 2015 Robert W. Kleemeier Award
(The Gerontological Society of America) The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Kyriakos S. 'Kokos' Markides, Ph.D., of the University of Texas Medical Branch as the 2015 recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award.

Kingson selected for GSA's 2015 Donald P. Kent Award
(The Gerontological Society of America) The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Eric R. Kingson, M.P.A., Ph.D., of Syracuse University's School of Social Work as the 2015 recipient of the Donald P. Kent Award.

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