Essential Reads

The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility

In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.

Can Contraceptives Affect the Health of Future Children?

Children born to mothers who were on the pill while meeting their children's father are more infection-prone

Going, Going, Gone? Human Sperm Counts Are Plunging

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in How We Do It
Accumulated evidence confirms that human sperm counts have fallen markedly in industrialized countries since the 1930s. Male fertility and reproductive health are threatened.

Are the Hormones of Couples in Sync?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Home Base
Couples can get under each others' skin, literally. Partners appear to synchronize their stress and reproductive hormone levels over time.

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Does Your Child Need Growth Hormone?

New guidelines help doctors, parents, and patients decide.

Is It ADHD or a Thyroid Disorder?

Do you have ADHD or a thyroid disorder? Symptoms can be very similar. There's also a chance that you can have ADHD and thyroid issues at the same time.

Why Do We Struggle to Express Affection?

New research shows that low self-esteem can cause us to underestimate the benefits of showing affection and gratitude to our loved ones.

How the Brain Determines Sexuality

It has been known for a long time that early exposure to testosterone has a powerful influence on later sexuality. Now we are beginning to understand how this might come about.

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Cleaning up the stress mess is vital. Long-term, ongoing stress is bad for your physical and emotional health.

How to Cope With Premenstrual Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in In Practice
Practical tips for coping with your emotions before and during your period.

Time for a Better Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatments

Alzheimer’s can be prevented and mild cognitive impairment can be reversed by addressing these factors in at-risk individuals. Science has moved past the “one-pill-for-every-ill”.

Estrogen Promise

By Robert J King Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Hive Mind
Have the rumors of the death of testosterone been somewhat exaggerated? In a word: Yes.

When Disastrous Thoughts Start Playing Games With Us

“My disastrous thinking is already playing games with me. My mind wanders to the scariest thoughts possible about what could happen on the flight."

How Do EpiPens Work?

EpiPen has been in the news in recent months for its soaring prices. But how do they work, exactly?
Randi Hutter Epstein

Is it Time to Replace the Heart as the Symbol of Love?

Is it time to replace the heart as the symbol of love?

Dining on Leftovers: Do Women Lose by Not Eating Afterbirth?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Unlike all other primates and most other mammals, human mothers do not usually devour the placenta after birth. Are they missing out on important benefits because of this?

How Feelings Are Controlled When Flying

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on January 11, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Since cognition collapses when stress hormones rise too high, cognitive strategies fail when turbulence bombards fearful fliers with stress hormones.
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Estrogen, Progesterone, Your Genes and Mood

By Susan Noonan MD on January 08, 2017 in View From the Mist
Researchers found a biologic link between your genes and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)

Don't Let the Swag Throw Off Your Swagger

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in Sensoria
Hotel Amenities...why pay for them when they’re free? Read the ingredients (if you can find them) before you decide.
W. R. Klemm

Thwart Stress Effects of Memory

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in Memory Medic
Stress impairs memory. Here is what you can do about it.

Mindfulness, Yoga, Breathing: Helpful, but Not in Turbulence

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on December 22, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
In this holiday season, articles are showing up on the web with tips for fearful fliers, Though intended to be helpful, inadequate advise sets people up for failure.

Hormones and Brain Regions Behind Eye Contact and Empathy

Clues to the hormonal and brain correlates of eye contact and empathy have been provided by studies of people with autistic symptoms.

The Only Way to Succeed in Your Romantic Relationship

If we are used to the high of being in love and then we suddenly feel nothing but the occasional closeness and sexual attraction, we are bound to think that something is wrong.

How to Scare Your Kids Off Taking Painkillers

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 22, 2016 in Open Gently
Painkillers weaken bones, interfere with sex hormones, and can make pain worse.

Is There a Physical Basis to the Notion of "Spirit"?

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Mindbloggling
The feeling bears leave you with has little to do with how smart they are, or their demeanor. It’s more a sense of the essential life force they emanate from, corny as that sounds.

What Dogs Do After Training Affects How Much They Remember

Data shows that adding a play session after training can improve a dogs memory and performance by 40%.

Are You Losing More Than Weight on a High-Protein Diet?

There's a reason you begin to ravenously crave carbohydrates on the high protein diet plan. Your brain needs serotonin synthesis and carbs make that a reality.

Coping With Hormonal Ups and Downs

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in How We Do It
Major hormonal changes across the menstrual cycle may influence a woman’s mood, well-being and performance. But apart from PMS side-effects are milder than often thought.

Finding Happiness in a Burger Joint

Can team bonding lead to better business?

When Anxious, Our Most Basic Strategy Is to Run

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on October 03, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Our most basic way of dealing with our fears and anxieties is to run away from them. But, if we always run away, we severely limit our life and our relationships.

The Secret to Outsmarting Your Acne

By Georgia Ede MD on September 30, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Learn how the foods you eat control the hormones governing your skin. Recent science reveals three powerful dietary strategies that get to the root of your acne problem.

The Blank Slate Controversy

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in The Human Beast
Behaviorists used to argue that people were blank slates in the sense that almost all of our behavior was learned. Evolutionary psychologists disagree. Who is correct?
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 3

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.
Original cartoon by Alexandra Martin, inspired by an interview retort from Sharon Stone

Intimately Connected

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Research sheds new light on biological origins of women’s sexuality.