My family is always coming into my room without asking or even knocking and when I just lock the door they make it all about how they don’t want me to do that. I just want some privacy and to avoid a fight or argument. What can I do?

Thanks for your question. First, wanting privacy and your own space is completely normal. In fact, it is part of growing up, and tends to be a tricky balance for teens, young adults, and family members. It is especially relevant as we are spending so much more time at home due to the pandemic. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk […]

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How to ask for what you want in your sex life

Telling your partner you want to switch things up in the bedroom or try something new can be an intimidating experience if you're unsure where to start. Therapist Rachel Wright suggested asking yourself what you want first, then creating a safe space for you and your partner to discuss your sex life in a judgment-free way. Checking in at least […]

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BIN1 deficit impairs brain cell communication, memory consolidation

Bridging integrator 1, known as BIN1, is the second most common risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, according to genome-wide studies of genetic variants. Yet, scientists know little about what this protein does in the brain. Now a new preclinical study has discovered that a lack of BIN1 leads to a defect in the transmission of neurotransmitters that activate the […]

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Communication skills benefit from the great outdoors

Conversations are more responsive in natural environments such as parks and gardens than indoors, finds new research by the University of Manchester and Cardiff University. The researchers recorded conversations between three- and four-year-old children and their parents while they explored a city park and the park’s indoor education centre and found that the conversations in the park were more responsive […]

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