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Nicole Simon

Nicole Simon, who studied biomedical science, has been writing for more than ten years as an independent science and medical journalist for various print and online media.

Quitting Smoking Means Gaining Weight, But Why?

If you quit smoking, you often gain weight. Researchers have now investigated in twins how big the difference is and whether this is also due to genes. They come to an unequivocal conclusion. Weight gain is one of the great […]

Many Youngsters Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A study suggests that one in 13 adolescents in England develops post-traumatic stress disorder before their 18th birthday. When one hears of post-traumatic stress disorder, many initially think of soldiers and war missions, but probably not of children and adolescents. […]

Mental Health Is More Than Not Being Ill

Australian researchers believe that mental well-being and illnesses such as depression or anxiety are separate constructs. They came to this conclusion after testing the processing of emotions in twins. Health is the state of physical, mental, and social well-being and […]

The Origin Of Mistrust, Investigated In Twins

Is distrust the opposite of trust? No, say American researchers. Both feelings have their own origins, and only one is influenced by genes. Everyone has heard it before — this inner voice that warns us about someone. We distrust a […]

Tired Teenies: Are Genes Or Environment Responsible For Lack Of Sleep In Adolescents?

In puberty, getting up early becomes torture for most teenagers. Scientists from Switzerland wanted to know what is responsible for this: genes or the environment? Young people are one thing above all else: overtired. Studies show that adolescents get far […]

Early Protection = Prevention

Swedish researchers have investigated whether leisure activities undertaken as young adults can later protect against mental decay. They have also discovered gender differences. Hardly any other field is as concerned with research as mental decline. In view of an aging […]

The Dubious Increase In ADHD Diagnoses

Diagnostic figures for ADHD are rising almost everywhere. Are there really more children with “Fidgety Philipp syndrome” today? A Swedish study suggests otherwise. Like an inner drive that never stands still, this is how those affected describe what happens in […]

In Adult Twins, Genes Lose Weight In Weight-Gain 

Published by Paul Enck and Nicole Simon This is part 33 of a series covering twin health provided by Paul Enck from the Tübingen University Hospital and science writer Nicole Simon. Further studies in twin research can be found at […]

Marriage Can Protect Against Tribulation 

The psyche should also benefit from a bond for life. Researchers have now noticed a certain degree of protection against depression. However, this is by no means true for everyone.   With a marriage certificate, life becomes more relaxed. Anyone […]

Traitorous Eyes

A twin study suggests that DNA also controls how well one can spot thoughts and emotions in the eyes of one’s counterpart. The eyes are the mirror of the soul — at least, that’s what they say. And indeed, emotions […]