Failed Antidepressant Drug Hailed As Women’s Viagra

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A drug that failed tests as an antidepressant is being hailed as “Viagra for women” after surprising but not unpleasant side effects.

In three separate trials, the drug flibanserin did wonders for women’s flagging sex drive despite doing nothing to lift mood.

The accidental discovery is akin to Viagra’s – it was originally designed as a heart medicine but failed. The US work was presented at a sexual medicine meeting in Lyon, France.

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Bright Lights At Night Could Be Leading To More Depression

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For many, the harsh, bright glare of fluorescent street lights or office blocks which remain lit overnight has led to sleepless nights and subsequent bad moods.  But now psychologists from Ohio State University in the US, say that being unable to escape to the dark can affect personality, a person’s health and could lead to depression.

 

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Ability To Literally Imagine Oneself In Another’s Shoes May Be Tied To Empathy

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 empathy involves the ability to simulate others internal states

New research from Vanderbilt University indicates the way our brain handles how we move through space—including being able to imagine literally stepping into someone else’s shoes—may be related to how and why we experience empathy toward others.

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Playing Nintendo Wii Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Playing Nintendo Wii Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s patient uses the Nintendo Wii with guidance from her occupational therapist 

The games console, which simulates sport and other physical activities like dancing and guitar hero, could potentially improve symptoms of the degenerative illness, experts say.

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Smoking During Pregnancy Predisposes Children To Aggression

Smoking During Pregnancy Predispose Children To Aggression

 

Women who smoke during pregnancy risk delivering aggressive kids according to a new Canada-Netherlands study published in the journal Development and Psychopathology. While previous studies have shown that smoking during gestation causes low birth weight, this research shows mothers who light up during pregnancy can predispose their offspring to an additional risk: violent behaviour.

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