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Heavy Drinking Part of Social Acceptance for Young: Study

This process needs to be considered when creating anti-drinking campaigns, researcher says

Brain Scans Could Spot Developmental Problems in Kids

Researcher suggests tests may give warning if child's brain growth is behind schedule

Repeat DUI Offenders Have Reasoning Deficits: Study

Subtle decision-making problems may not show up on conventional tests, researchers say

In Cities, Weak Social Ties May Boost Mental Illness

Swedish study finds urban dwellers more prone to disorders such as schizophrenia

'Self-Embedding' Takes Teen Self-Injury to the Extreme

Radiologists recommend minimally invasive procedure to remove staples, paper clips and more

Autistic Toddlers Prefer to Gaze at Geometric Patterns: Study

Finding could help spot the disorder early, when treatments are most effective, researchers say

After $75,000, Money Can't Buy Day-to-Day Happiness

But the more people make, the better they feel about their lives overall, study found

Life's Key Moments Occur Within Relationships, Study Finds

Personal highs, lows less important than events shared with others, researchers say

Seniors Get Boost From Bad News About the Young

Study found older people preferred negative stories about younger folks

Study Identifies Risks for Painkiller Addiction

Greater odds if you're younger than 65, have a history of drug abuse and depression, and use psychiatric meds

Vets With Stress Disorder More Likely to Develop Dementia

Those with PTSD at greater risk than peers with combat injuries but no stress disorder, study found

Elective Surgery Patients Often Report Poor Recovery

1 year after procedure, 17% have more pain and 24% have less vitality than before, study finds

Dementia Patients, Caregivers May Benefit From Home-Based Program

Professional evaluation, education over 4 months seems especially helpful for caregivers, study finds

Casual Sex Can Lead to Long-Term Relationships: Study

It depends mostly on whether couple is open to a serious relationship, study shows

New College Students Urged to Confront Their Social Anxiety

Understanding fears is the first step in conquering them, expert advises

Oxytocin Increases Trust, Not Gullibility

Those with higher levels not more naive about people, researchers find

Preexisting Health Issues Add to Problems for Disaster Survivors

People with disabilities, mental woes have toughest time recovering from hurricanes, bombings: analysis

Does Hope Have a Dark Side?

Some see yearning for a cure for a chronic illness as counterproductive

Cognitive Therapy Helps Adults With ADHD

Study found adding it to medications lessened symptoms

Parents Who Clash More Likely to Spank Kids

Corporal punishment of 3-years-old twice as likely in these homes, study says

Parenting 101: How to Let Go as Your Child Heads Off to College

Keep in touch, but give them independence and privacy, expert recommends

Judging When Alcohol's Effects Wear Off Not Easy, Study Finds

Driving skills still impaired after drinkers think they're sober, research shows

Out of Work May Mean Out of Sorts

Mental health takes a beating with economic downturn

Jobless and Stressed but Holding Out Hope

People struggle to cope with unemployment

Kids Seem More Likely to Reject Those Whose Eyes Cross

Study suggests children over 6 with misaligned eye may be at social disadvantage

Palliative Care May Boost Mood, Survival

Lung cancer patients had better quality of life, longer survival, study finds

Stressful Social Situations May Be Physically Harmful in Some

If immune system reacts with inflammation, repeated stress can lead to chronic disease, study finds

Many Depressed People Have Mild, Brief Episodes of Mania

Researchers say these individuals might be at raised risk for bipolar disorder

Cosmetic Surgery Not a Help for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Psychiatric condition drives desire for procedures but patients often remain unsatisfied, study finds

Hostile, Competitive Types May Be Harming Their Hearts

Italian study finds personality linked to a thickening of neck artery wall

Fido's Family Status May Depend on Where You Live

People who view pets as 'children' tend to have city background, study finds

Being an Only Child Won't Harm Social Skills: Study

Kids without siblings just as popular as others, U.S. research shows

Tough Childhoods May Contribute to Adult Heart Disease

Abuse, poverty or social isolation can have longer-term consequences for health, expert says

Culture a Big Influence on Suicidal Behavior: Expert

Efforts at prevention should take societal patterns into account, research suggests

Anger Focuses Attention on Rewards, Not Threats: Study

How a person's emotions motivate them seems to influence behavior, researchers say

Women Experience More Chronic Pain Than Men, Research Finds

Also more likely to have multiple painful conditions at the same time, expert says

Bond With Dad May Play Role in Whether Men 'Stress Out'

Daily annoyances more apt to irk those who didn't get along with father, researchers say

One Troubled Adult Child a Drag on Parents' Mental Health

And other children's successes don't outweigh the negative, study finds

College Campuses See Rise in Cases of Severe Mental Illness

More students arriving with preexisting conditions, more willing to seek help, researchers say

Many Patients Say 'No' to Chocolate As Medicine

Study found people preferred pills to the antioxidant-rich sweet to lower blood pressure

Brain Research May Help Predict Anxiety, Depression in Young

Study in monkeys could lead to treatments for vulnerable kids

Transplant Patients Can Benefit From Loved Ones' Care

Caregiving by those with emotional connection lessens anxiety, depression after surgery, study found

Competing For a Mate May Shorten Men's Lives, Study Suggests

Growing up in environments where males outnumber females linked to 3 months less life span

War Damages Future Work Prospects of Many U.S. Vets: Data

Soldiers exposed to combat more likely to be disabled, unemployed throughout life, study shows

For College Freshmen, Leaving Home May Bring Mixed Emotions

University offers helpful advice to ease transition for students and their parents

How Parents Come to Accept Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Grief usually turns into joy, resilience, experts say

Narcissistic Men Typically Direct Their Rage at Straight Women

Self-centered, entitled men see women as gold diggers, teases, experts claim

Depression Linked to Slow Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Improving patients' coping skills may speed recovery, researchers suggest

Foster Kids Gain From Mentoring, Relationship Skills

Quality programs can boost their mental health, study finds

Women More Attracted When Men Wear Red: Study

It's the color of power, status, researchers say