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Having a 'Purpose in Life' May Help Shield You From Dementia

Study suggests, but doesn't prove, a link between the two

People Love Talking About Themselves, Brain Scans Show

Self-disclosure on social media might serve evolutionary purpose, researcher says

Using Earplugs Eases ICU Patients' Confusion: Study

Hustle and bustle at hospital can lead to delirium and lack of sleep

Psychiatric Patients Often Wait Nearly 12 Hours in ER

Older, uninsured and intoxicated patients wait even longer, study finds

Attitude May Be Key to Overweight Girls' Risk of Depression

Unhappiness, unhealthy dieting less likely when girls were OK with their size, researchers found

Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off in Job Search: Study

Staying focused on finding employment is most important factor, researchers say

Antipsychotics Do Help Many With Schizophrenia, Study Finds

More than 50 years of data shows the drugs cut relapse rates, although side effects common

Clues to 'Slacker' Behavior Found in Brain, Study Says

Levels of the chemical dopamine in key regions of the brain may influence motivation

Study Recommends Putting Your Left Face Forward

This half of the face is more expressive, making it more attractive, researchers say

Taking Away Car Keys Can Be Tough for Older Drivers

For some, the end of driving triggers depression, anxiety, loneliness, expert says

Adjusting Your Attitude About Chronic Pain May Help You Sleep

Small study found ruminating on face and jaw pain made it worse

Animals More Interesting to Kids Than Toys, Study Shows

Children even prefer spiders and snakes over inanimate objects, researchers say

Bullied Children at Greater Risk for Self-Harm, Study Finds

Family history or maltreatment further increase likelihood of injuring oneself

Analytical Thinkers Seem to Be Less Religious, Study Suggests

But coaxing participants to think analytically had only a subtle impact on religious belief

Poor Sleep Heightens 'Ringing Ear' Disease Symptoms: Study

Patients with both tinnitus and insomnia have more emotional distress, researchers say

Life Transitions May Trigger Eating Disorders

People with anorexia, bulimia pinpoint break-ups, the death of loved ones as triggers

Many First-Graders Shun Overweight, Obese Kids

In survey, most preferred to play with slimmer classmates, study finds

Impulsive Tots at Risk for Gambling Problems Later: Study

Self-control in preschool years may improve life outcomes in adulthood

Cyberbullying May Call for New Prevention Tactics

Existing anti-bully programs won't get through to online aggressors, researcher says

Wartime Killing May Raise Veterans' Thoughts of Suicide

Impact of deadly combat on mental health receives too little attention, study indicates

Could Your Personality Be Reflected in Your Pooch?

Online study suggests owners prefer breeds that mimic their personal traits

Depression Linked to Higher Odds for Poor Leg Circulation

In study, depressed patients were more apt to develop peripheral artery disease

Talking to Yourself Could Have Mental Benefits

People who name objects as they look for them seem to find them faster, study suggests

'No Regrets' Outlook May Make for Sunnier Old Age

Study suggests letting go of missed opportunities is linked to healthy mental aging

After Hospitalization, Men More Likely to Show Up in ER

They also had more readmissions within a month than women, study found

Genes Associated With Autism Also Related to Schizophrenia

Researchers also identified 22 new genes connected to autism

Online Dating Scams Can Take Emotional, Financial Toll

British researchers believe 'romantic' fraud often goes unreported

Anxiety Linked to Smarts in Brain Study

Tendency to worry may have evolved along with intelligence in humans, researchers say

Optimism Might Cut Your Risk for Heart Attack

Large review also found positive people less likely to suffer stroke

Brain Changes May Hamper Decision-Making in Old Age

But special training may slow the decline, researcher says

Brain Surgery Might Ease Tough-to-Treat OCD

Long-term study shows cingulotomy helped improve severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms

Researchers Develop Blood Test for Depression

Group of biomarkers accurately identified teens with mood disorder in small study

Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness

Genetic links to brain size, intelligence also examined in study

Study Probes How Sad Movies Make Viewers Happy

Tearjerkers prompt people to think about loved ones, boosting mood, researchers say

Substance Abusers, Even Recovering Ones, May Face Stigma

Scenarios of obese people, smokers drew less negative reaction in study

Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds

Massachusetts survey found most lesbians, gays, bisexuals received emotional support from parents

Politics May Get in the Way of Empathy, Research Shows

Study participants were less likely to feel for people who held different beliefs

People Carrying Guns May Appear Bigger Than They Are

'Threat perception' could magnify size in mind's eye, experiments show

Spouses of Cancer Patients May Have Raised Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Stress could take a toll on caregiver's health, researchers say

Some Folks Just Can't Help Being Nice, Study Suggests

Kindness may be in your genetic makeup, researchers say

Online Tool Could Diagnose Autism Quickly, Developers Say

Simple questionnaire and short video could help patients get treatment sooner, research suggests

Being Ignored Feels Just as Bad Online

Whether on social networking sites or face-to-face, exclusion stings, researchers report

Feeling 'Trapped,' Obligated Raises Odds of Job Burnout: Study

Lack of options at work can be emotionally draining, researchers say

Minorities, Medicare Recipients Less Likely to Get Antidepressants

When these patients did get them, physicians were more likely to prescribe older medications

Anxiety Might Help People Sniff Out Threats

Small study finds feeling anxious heightens the ability to detect potentially threatening odors

Resolutions Revisited

Experts offer advice on what to do if you're backsliding on those New Year's vows

Cancer Diagnosis May Raise Odds for Suicide, Heart Attack Death

Risk appears greater for hard-to-treat disease, Swedish researchers say

Narcissists Often Ace Job Interviews, Study Finds

That's because they can comfortably sell themselves to convince the interviewers, researchers report

For Many Girls, Slimming Down Doesn't Help Self-Esteem

Teens who were formerly obese often still view themselves as fat, study finds

Prenatal Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Motor Delays: Study

Movement, posture, reflexes below normal for many exposed infants