Psychology and Mental Health News

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4/7/2011
'Retail Therapy' Might Really Work

Daily shopping prolonged survival among elders by 27%, say Taiwanese researchers

4/6/2011
Years Later, Victims of Critical Respiratory Illness Still Suffer

Finding suggests treatment in intensive care unit for ARDS could be improved

4/4/2011
Poverty Linked to Anxiety, Mood Disorders

People with household incomes less than $20K had more mental disorders than those making more than $70K, study found

4/4/2011
Does Stress Reduction Benefit Cancer Patients' Health?

Researchers explore whether psychological services thwart chromosomal changes

4/1/2011
When Pets Outlive Owners, 'Retirement Homes' Offer Refuge

Vet schools now offer lifelong care or new homes for animals left behind, for a price

4/1/2011
FDA Panel Delays Action on Dyes Used in Foods

It calls for more research, but many parents and scientists fear link to ADHD

3/31/2011
Are Some Kids Overscheduled?

Experts debate pros, cons of highly programmed childhood

3/30/2011
FDA Panel Examines Possible Links Between Food Dyes, ADHD

It's the first time the agency has ever seriously looked at the issue, experts say

3/30/2011
Childhood Mental Health Woes Could Hurt Adult Romance, Finance

Study found more trouble with relationships, earning potential

3/30/2011
Praying for Others Seems to Help Anger Fade

People who are provoked can let their bad mood go by petitioning for the less fortunate, study suggests

3/29/2011
Some Teens Born With Cleft Palate Adjust Better Than Others

Those who are satisfied with their appearance have a better outlook, survey finds

3/29/2011
Parkinson's Drugs Linked to Behavior Problems in Study

Hypersexuality, addictive gambling, binge eating noted with use of dopamine agonists

3/28/2011
High Blood Pressure in Doc's Office Not Always Hypertension

Round-the-clock monitoring can distinguish 'white coat' syndrome from real thing, study finds

3/28/2011
Romantic Rejection May Hurt Just Like Physical Pain

Study finds your brain reacts similarly to both kinds of trauma

3/28/2011
Stress Hormone Might Help Overcome Fear of Heights

Cortisol plus traditional exposure therapy reduced fear response in study

3/27/2011
Hot Days Turn Pitchers Into Hot Heads

Major league pitchers more likely to 'bean' batters in retaliation during sweltering weather, study finds

3/26/2011
Expert Shares Spring Break Safety Tips

Consider the ground rules before your college student takes off

3/25/2011
Study Highlights How Moms' Depression, Anger Stresses Kids

Research looked at stress hormone levels in saliva from 3 year olds

3/25/2011
Interest in Toys May Predict Success of Autism Home Therapy

Tots who played the least seemed to benefit most from parent-guided autism program, study found

3/25/2011
Gender May Play Role in Psych Symptoms in Kids With Epilepsy

Girls had more emotional problems while boys had more inattention/hyperactivity, study found

3/25/2011
Animal 'Hoarding' Often Tied to Mental Illness

As many as 250,000 animals a year may suffer unintentional abuse, neglect in U.S., experts say

3/24/2011
Good Manners May Be a Pact to Reduce Physical Effort

Etiquette reflects more than a social code, researchers say

3/24/2011
Even Mild Stress Can Lead to Disability, Study Says

Importance of psychological distress may be underestimated, researchers suggest

3/23/2011
Many Obese Moms and Kids Underestimate Their Weight

Where obesity is common, overweight people may look normal, study finds

3/22/2011
Study: Reluctance to Speak Up Encourages Medical Errors

Silence among health-care workers regarding shortcuts, incompetence can put patients at risk

3/22/2011
Depression May Boost Arthritis Pain

Doctors should assess patient's emotional state when treating knee osteoarthritis, researchers say

3/22/2011
NFL Upsets Could Trigger Domestic Violence

Reports spike in areas where favored team loses, study finds

3/21/2011
Chronic Pain Often Follows Car Crash: Study

Compared with other traumatic events, traffic accidents most likely to trigger risk, research finds

3/19/2011
Teen Girls Who Befriend Boys at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse

Same isn't true for boys, who get more emotional support from girls, study found

3/18/2011
Anti-Drug Message May Reach Young Girls, But Not Older Ones

Recent ad campaign seemed to have more impact among 8th-graders than high schoolers, study finds

3/18/2011
Acne May Blemish Teens' Emotional Lives, Too

Review of data shows links between the skin disorder and raised odds for depression

3/17/2011
Rat Study Sheds Light on How Alcohol Affects Young Brain

Drinking at an early age may have long-lasting repercussions for decision-making, risk-taking

3/17/2011
ADHD's Upside: Greater Creativity?

Focusing issues may actually help those with the disorder think outside the box, researchers say

3/17/2011
Young Adults May Need 'Safety Net'

Many parents provide housing, other assistance to children in their 20s, study finds

3/17/2011
Models' Photos May Spur Mixed Messages About Body Image

Viewing 'ideal' bodies can be deflating but still inspire self-improvement, study says

3/15/2011
Bad Job May Be Worse for Mental Health Than No Job at All

Study finds poor pay, low quality work sometimes equals the pain of unemployment

3/14/2011
Betting During March Madness May Make the Games Less Fun

Enjoyment gets lost in the wagering, even for those who pick a winner, researcher says

3/11/2011
Think You Have a Perfect Partner? That's a Good Sign

Study shows those who are idealistic about their spouses are happier in marriage

3/11/2011
When Someone Is Watching, You're Less Inclined to Do Bad Things

This is because people know they will be judged more harshly if they are seen as perpetrators, study finds

3/11/2011
Text Messages May Help Smokers Kick the Addiction, Small Study Finds

Brain MRIs also provide data for smoking cessation 'texts' tailored to individual's capacity for self-control

3/11/2011
Diabetics Do Better With Empathetic Doctors

Blood sugar and cholesterol scores more likely to be good when physicians had high empathy scores, study finds

3/11/2011
Insecurity in Relationships Binds People to Possessions

Those supported in close relationships don't place as much value on material goods, study finds

3/11/2011
Fans of Winning Teams Linked to Fatal Crashes

Close score may spur aggressive, testosterone-fueled driving, researchers suggest

3/10/2011
Many Find Solace in Charlie Sheen Drama, Expert Contends

Others worry the TV star is losing to addiction or psychological demons

3/9/2011
Risk-Glorifying Media Linked to Reckless Behavior

Dangerous driving, substance use in video games, movies may have real-life consequences: analysis

3/9/2011
Classroom Environment May Affect Kids' Mental Health

First-graders suffer when teacher support and material resources are lacking, study suggests

3/8/2011
Sleep Deprivation May Encourage Risky Decisions

Late-night gamblers should beware, researchers suggest

3/7/2011
Mix of Genetics and Stress Can Impair Mental Abilities

Test scores worse for those with gene variation living in 'bad' neighborhood, researchers say

3/7/2011
Surviving Serious Childhood Illness Takes Toll Later: Study

Not achieving educational, work goals can plague young adult survivors, researchers say

3/4/2011
Parents Tend to Focus on Joy, Not Costs, of Raising Children

Researchers suggest it might be a coping mechanism