Does Paracetamol reduce empathy?

Researchers from The Ohio State University have found evidence that acetaminophen not only dulls physical pain, it also reduces our ability to predict pain in others and empathize. If the results are to be believed, this common drug might hamper our ability to imagine each other's discomfort. Used to relieve pain and fever, acetaminophen - known as paracetamol in the United Kingdom - is present...

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Can Lupus cause Psychosis?

Systemic lupus erythematosus can cause inflammation of virtually any tissue of the body. Depending on the tissue affected and the intensity of the inflammation, the function of the organs can be disturbed. Brain inflammation in lupus is referred to as cerebritis. When lupus affects the brain, it can lead to headache, seizure, stroke, or psychosis. Psychosis is a serious mental disorder featuring...

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5 Reasons We Tell People More Than We Should

I once worked with a woman who told me and several other people in our office that she was having an affair. In fact, her love interest sometimes sent her flowers at work. As if that weren't awkward enough, I happened to work with her husband at my part-time job. Although I didn't really know him, I knew who he was, and I was uncomfortable every time I passed him in the hallway. I have no idea...

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What are "Friends with Benefits"?

Some of my colleagues and I have published a series of studies on friends with benefits (FWBs) over the last few years, which I have written about before on the blog. Among the many things we have found in our research is that people get into these relationships for a range of reasons and, as a result, sometimes have wildly different expectations for what they hope will happen to their FWB in the...

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Zika Virus - What you need to know

So, what is the Zika virus? The Zika virus is a virus spread to humans by a mosquito bite. The Zika virus is from the same family as: yellow fever west nile virus chikingunya and dengue virus The areas with active mosquito bourn transmission of Zika virus are Latin America, areas of Africa, southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. About 2.2 billion people live in the “at...

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How to Motivate Yourself: 3 Steps Backed By Science

You make goals… but then you procrastinate. You write a to-do list… but then you don’t follow through. And this happens again and again and again. Seriously, what’s the problem? Why are we so good at thinking of what to do but so terrible at actually doing those things? The problem is you’re skipping an essential step. Here’s what it is… The Mistake Every Productivity System Makes Productivity...

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The Top 10 Healthiest Foods on Earth

Your guide to the healthiest foods in the supermarket. Eating healthy has oodles of positive benefits - for the body and the mind alike. When we eat well we feel good, when we feel good we’re happier, when we’re happier we’re more productive… and the wonderful cycle continues. Increasingly, shops and restaurants around the world are getting on the healthy eating bandwagon - making it easier for...

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Is It Risky to Drink While You’re on Medication? Depends on the Drug

Don't mix alcohol and sleeping pills If you’ve ever turned down a happy hour invite because you’re on antibiotics, you probably know that alcohol and medication can be a bad, even dangerous combination. But when doctors say not to mix drinking with drugs, are they really talking about one beer or glass of wine? That depends on the medication in question—and on other factors like your medical...

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