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Shedding light on aging and dementia in America

As America’s population ages, in part due to baby boomers reaching retirement, the diseases of advanced age, including dementia, have gained widespread attention, both in the popular media and among researchers. Dementia is a...


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A healthcare revolution: Behavioral economics for behavior change and preventive medicine

Smoking, obesity, diabetes…these are some of America’s most challenging and expensive health issues, and the solution may be behavioral rather than pharmacological. Behavioral interventions can go a long way in reducing Ame...


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Combating childhood adversity with targeted interventions

Health disparities can start in early childhood and have significant, negative consequences that last through adulthood. They can arise from poverty, harsh parenting and other parental influences such as depression. Interventio...


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Depressive symptoms in parents and psychological problems in children: It’s not all in the genes

Studies have shown that when parents are depressed, the symptoms of that depression can cause their children to experience emotional and behavioral problems. Similarly, problems with the psychological well-being of children can...


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Framing behavioral and social sciences and how they inform genetic research

On June 25, the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research 20th Anniversary Research Symposium was kicked off by Dr. Alan Leshner, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Scienc...


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Studying behavior and cellular aging to reduce disparities and find cures

New ways to evaluate behavior and study cellular aging may lead to better understanding and potential new cures of certain diseases, according to the lecturers at the Basic Behavioral and Social Science session of OBSSR’s 20t...






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