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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

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

Think You Have a Perfect Partner? That's a Good Sign

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

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

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

Diabetics Do Better With Empathetic Doctors

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

Insecurity in Relationships Binds People to Possessions

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

Fans of Winning Teams Linked to Fatal Crashes

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

Many Find Solace in Charlie Sheen Drama, Expert Contends

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

Risk-Glorifying Media Linked to Reckless Behavior

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

Classroom Environment May Affect Kids' Mental Health

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

Sleep Deprivation May Encourage Risky Decisions

Late-night gamblers should beware, researchers suggest

Mix of Genetics and Stress Can Impair Mental Abilities

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

Surviving Serious Childhood Illness Takes Toll Later: Study

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

Parents Tend to Focus on Joy, Not Costs, of Raising Children

Researchers suggest it might be a coping mechanism

Scary Events Might Also Activate Brain's Reward Center

Mouse study suggests a mechanism for 'thrill-seeking' behavior in humans

Chimps, Too, May Use Laughter for Social Gain

Finding expands understanding of apes' expressions and interactions, researchers say

Stigma Often Adds to Burden of Obesity

Health declines were worse in those who felt discriminated against, study found

Even Tiny Tots May Develop Mental Health Problems

Apathy, withdrawal, depression affect the very young, too, experts say

Pot Use in Youth Ups Risk of Psychotic Symptoms in Later Life

Longer the use, the higher the chance of long-lasting symptoms, study finds

Scientists Link 'Sets' of Genetic Abnormalities to Autism Risk

DNA analysis of more than 1,000 kids may one day lead to better treatments, researchers say

Medical Surrogates May Pay Emotional Price for Crisis Decisions

Stress, guilt, doubt greatest for those whose loved ones didn't convey end-of-life requests, study says

Optimism Is Good for Your Heart

A bright outlook helps heart disease patients live longer, study finds

'Heroes' Judged Harshly for Bad Behavior, Study Finds

Unlike do-gooders, victims less likely to be blamed for transgressions, researchers say

Depression May Worsen Over Time in Addiction-Prone Women

Alcoholism, antisocial behavior susceptible to relationship, neighborhood dynamics, study finds

College Kids Often Feel Guilty About Texting in Class: Survey

Half feel bad about messaging when it's banned, but two-thirds do it

People More Likely to Act Morally Than They Imagine

Those able to cheat on a test were less likely to do so than those who said they would given the chance, study finds

Most 'Locked-In Syndrome' Patients Happy, Survey Finds

'Subjective well-being' may help those with inability to move or speak, researchers suggest

Early Childhood Might Affect Love Life in Adult

Infants with secure attachments coped better with conflict later, study finds

Stress Hormone Linked to PTSD Symptoms in Women

Finding may lead to new ways to diagnose, treat disorder, researchers say

Study Unravels Link Between Stress and Chronic Health Issues

Anger, anxiety increase inflammation and disease vulnerability, researchers say

Brain's Electrical Activity May Help Spot Infants at High Risk for Autism

EEGs plus computer analysis detected subtle pattern differences the human eye might miss

Kids' Callousness Associated With Conduct Problems

Lack of empathy, emotion linked to raised risk of antisocial behavior, research suggests

Busy Social Life May Stave Off Disability in Elderly

Seniors who participate in activities are better able to continue self-care, study finds

Teens Posting 'Cutting' Videos on YouTube

Researchers warn that watching them may prompt vulnerable kids to injure themselves

Study Finds Widespread Trauma in Wake of BP Oil Spill

Discovery indicates need for broader outreach to victims of environmental disasters, expert says

Using Cell Phones Might Evoke Emotions, Study Suggests

Typing in certain number sequences triggered feeling of corresponding word in user's mind

Antipsychotic Drugs Raise Heart Risks, Experts Warn

Mental health docs urged to take active role in physical well-being of patients

Study Says 2 Therapies Help Fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cognitive behavior counseling and exercise program enhanced standard treatment, according to British researchers

Self-Drawings May Reveal Hidden Eating Disorders

Women with anorexia or bulimia tend to sketch their body features differently, researchers say

Placebo Effect May Work in Reverse

With 'nocebo' effect, pain levels rose as patients' belief in painkiller fell, study found

'Resilience Gene' May Save Kids in Troubled Families

Children with the gene have fewer arguments, better relationships with their impaired parents, study finds

'Talk Therapy' Can Alter Brain Activity, Research Shows

Physical changes occur in brains of social anxiety patients receiving psychotherapy

Kids Learn to Work Together Early, Study Finds

3-year-olds have a basic sense of fairness when it comes to sharing, research shows

Fluctuating Hormones Linked to More Severe Bipolar Symptoms

Premenstrual, postpartum, menopausal mood changes may affect women with disorder: study

Nonmilitary More Likely to Return to War Zone After Psych Condition

Researcher suggests more focus on medical issues facing civilian workers

Playing Hard to Get May Get the Girl, Study Finds

The 'pull of delicious uncertainty' increases attraction, research suggests

The Better People Feel About Their Country, the Better They Feel Overall

This is especially true among those who have low incomes, live in poorer countries, study finds

Clues May Reveal When a Person Is Faking Remorse

Study finds telltale signs include emotional swings and hesitation when speaking

Gift-Giving, for Many Men, Means Avoiding Rejection

Steering clear of risky presents (and sales clerks) is the goal, behavior expert says