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Study Suggests Changes to Exposure Method to Treat Fears and Anxiety

A new study published in the journal Nature, suggests that doctors can take advantage of the brain’s natural updating process in order to treat phobias and anxiety disorders.

Many therapists use an exposure method to treat these types of disorders; however, the findings suggest simple changes in the application of this therapy method such as the timing, could provide better and longer- lasting treatment.

Coffee won’t make you sober

This study, published in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, finds that caffeine does decrease the sedative effects of alcohol, making you feel more awake and less intoxicated; however, it does not lessen the impaired decision-making caused by alcohol consumption.

The researchers of this study say the findings are especially important for young adults, who are the target audience for high-octane, alcohol-caffeine combination drinks.

50% Rise in Social Network Use Among Female Consumers

A new social media study by SheSpeaks, found that 86 percent of women subscribed to SheSpeaks are now using social networking – a 48 percent increase from last year.

It was also found that social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter have become drivers of purchase intent for women. Half of social media users reported they purchased a product based on information from social media sites, and 40 percent reported they used coupon codes found on these networks.

Online gambling can improve health in elderly

An increasing number of senior citizens are learning to use computers due to their desire to play online casino games. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University finds that in a survey of approximately 1,000 elderly people, 70 percent have participated in online gambling in the past year. Learning new tasks is extremely beneficial for the brain’s health, especially in the elderly.

Alcohol may increase the risk for breast cancer recurrence

New research from Kaier Permanente, suggests that alcohol might increase the risk for recurrence of breast cancer.

The study followed 1, 897 women who were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer from 1997 to 2000, and then assessed their alcohol intake over a period of eight years through a questionnaire. It was found that women who had three to four drinks a week were 34 percent more likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer than those who drank less than once a week.

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