By Angie Miller
Emotionally stable? Sensitive? Care for others? Able to work alone as well as with others?
Psychologists are a branch within the behavioral and social science field. The growth increase for psychologists in the next ten years is much faster than average at 21% or more. The median salary of a psychologist in the United States is $67,880. From the physical to cognitive to emotion to social components of the human mind, psychologists are working to figure out the meaning of human behavior.
Work environment for psychologists differs depending on specialization. Some types of psychologists include clinical, counseling, school, industrial-organizational, developmental, social, and experimental. Because of clients, deadlines, and specific hours, tight schedules, overtime, and travel often are associated with psychologists’ work environment. Generally psychologists identify behavioral issues, develop treatment plans, counsel individuals, maintain records and paperwork, and plan psychological service programs.
Education for psychologists consists of some natural sciences, English, and psychology. Usually psychologists are required to have a master’s degree or doctoral degree, and a license. Psychologists with a master’s degree usually work as industrial-organizational psychologists or psychological assistants. For independent practice, psychologists must have a doctoral degree.
Personality skills that are important for psychologists include patience, compassion, and genuinely liking people.
Similar careers to psychologists are social workers, program directors, and occupational therapists.
3/29/2015 0 Comments
By Claire Wiggins
The Aging Cell recently published a study from several research institutions such as the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Mayo Clinic about a new class of drugs, named “senolytics” by the research team, that significantly slow the symptoms of aging in mice. These effects include limiting fragility, improving cardiac performance, and overall increasing the healthy lifespan.
“‘We view this study as a big, first step toward developing treatments that can be given safely to patients to extend healthspan or to treat age-related diseases and disorders,’ said TSRI Professor Paul Robbins, PhD, who with Associate Professor Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD, led the research efforts for the paper at Scripps Florida. ‘When senolytic agents, like the combination we identified, are used clinically, the results could be transformative.’”
“‘The prototypes of these senolytic agents have more than proven their ability to alleviate multiple characteristics associated with aging,’ said Mayo Clinic Professor James Kirkland, MD, PhD, senior author of the new study. ‘It may eventually become feasible to delay, prevent, alleviate or even reverse multiple chronic diseases and disabilities as a group, instead of just one at a time.’”
Senolytic drugs target Senescent cells, or mature cells that have stopped dividing. The team isolated these cells from younger cells via identifying a “pro survival pathway” that makes the old cells resistant to apoptosis, or cellular death.
Interestingly, after a combination of senolytic drugs were administered to old mice, they showed greater exercise performance after being subjected to radiation compared to the controls. “Periodic drug administration of mice with accelerated aging extended the healthspan in the animals, delaying age-related symptoms, spine degeneration and osteoporosis.” Although there are still many tests that need to be done before human subjects can be considered, researchers remain optimistic that these results show a promising start to alleviating age-related bodily degradation.
Article Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150309144823.htm
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