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Marijuana: Good or bad?
More and more, marijuana is being legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes, but what are the health benefits and risks of the drug? We investigate. (Medical News Today)

Do sad children overeat?
Many adults overeat when they feel low, and some binge when they are elated. A new study investigates whether children do the same. (Medical News Today)

Music makes us enjoy exercise more, finds brain study
If you find exercise dull, a new study suggests you might want to grab your headphones; listening to music can increase our enjoyment of physical activity. (Medical News Today)

It's official: Pets benefit our mental health
A systematic review of existing studies lists the many ways in which pets provide people with mental health issues some much-needed comfort. (Medical News Today)

How making fun of yourself can make you happy
A new study has examined the psychological benefits and disadvantages of self-deprecating humor. The findings may come as a surprise for many. (Medical News Today)

Just 1 hour of gaming may improve attention
Researchers found that playing a video game for just 1 hour led to an increase in brain activity and improved visual selective attention. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of being creative?
From writing to dancing, creative activities can make our life more fun. Studies show that they can actually do wonders for our mental and physical health. (Medical News Today)

Five health benefits of being single
Several studies cite the health benefits of living together or getting married, but how might staying single positively affect our health? We find out. (Medical News Today)

Brain activity explains drunken aggression
A new study examines what goes on inside the brains of intoxicated young men. The findings may help to reduce alcohol-related crime. (Medical News Today)

Will your partner cheat? Look out for these signs
Is there a way to predict whether someone is likely to cheat on their romantic partner? New research says that there may be a few signs to look out for. (Medical News Today)

What happens in the brain when habits form?
Habits make our lives easier, since we don't have to think about every little action we perform. But how does the brain behave when a habit takes root? (Medical News Today)

Can dim light make us...dim?
Bad news for introverts and romantics everywhere: dim lighting seems to have...undesirable effects on our brains and cognitive skills, says a new study. (Medical News Today)

How virtual reality may help to treat fear, paranoid thoughts
People with psychotic disorder who received virtual reality-based therapy as well as usual treatment showed strong reductions in paranoia and anxiety. (Medical News Today)

Psychotic disorders: Childhood IQ may predict onset
Individuals with psychotic disorder display a range of cognitive deficits. A new study set out to understand how early in life these deficits appear. (Medical News Today)

How to stay motivated
Are you struggling to stay motivated? We've put together some information for you on how to maintain motivation and why it is so important to do so. (Medical News Today)

How to stop catastrophizing
A look at catastrophizing and how to stop it. Included is detail on the related psychiatric conditions, medical treatments, and the outlook. (Medical News Today)

Does meditation really make us better people?
A new study questions the popular assumption that meditation and mindfulness practices help us develop pro-social behavior and become kinder human beings. (Medical News Today)

Trying to lose weight? Telling yourself it's hard might help
A new study finds that reverse psychology might do wonders for your weight loss efforts. Remembering how immensely hard it is to lose weight might help. (Medical News Today)

Common food preservative may help to treat schizophrenia
Researchers from Taiwan have tested the effect of a common food preservative as an add-on to help improve negative symptoms in drug-resistant patients. (Medical News Today)

Staying up all night harms women's working memory
A new study reveals that just one night of poor sleep can have a negative impact on the working memory of women, but the same can't be said for men. (Medical News Today)

Searching for purpose? Logotherapy might help
Logotherapy is based on the idea that identifying your purpose in life can help you overcome all struggles and therefore stay healthy. How does it work? (Medical News Today)

These brain cells could explain your anxiety
Scientists have identified a group of cells that are responsible for anxiety-related behavior. The findings could lead to better anti-anxiety treatments. (Medical News Today)

Understanding anhedonia: What happens in the brain?
People with anhedonia can no longer enjoy the things that they once loved. In this Spotlight feature, we ask what's going on in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Who are your real friends? Your brainwaves can tell
Are we on the same wavelength as our friends? A recent study that analyzed people's brain activity using functional MRI says that we are. (Medical News Today)

Fear of being touched: Causes and treatments for haphephobia
Haphephobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of being touched. In this article, we look at the causes, risk factors, and how to cope. (Medical News Today)

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