Psychology and Mental Health News

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5/3/2010
Kids Raised by Relatives Face Increased Health Risks

Extra support is needed when children don't live with a parent, expert says

4/30/2010
An Underlying Cause for Psychopaths?

Lack of empathy similar to those in people with frontal lobe damage, researchers find

4/26/2010
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed

Consumption rises alongside levels of depression, study finds

4/26/2010
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite

Finding could help the elderly or sick who lose interest in food, researchers say

4/21/2010
Levels of Self-Esteem May Fluctuate Over Time

As people age, changing roles affect how they feel about themselves, research shows

4/18/2010
Smart Soccer Goalies Should Wear Red

Study found penalty kicks were missed more often when that color was worn

4/17/2010
Are Male Marathoners More Competitive Than Women?

Men cite faster times as the goal, while females hope to 'feel good,' study found

4/16/2010
Hospitalization Appears to Help Personality Disorder Patients

Most achieve long-term remission after in-patient treatment, study finds

4/16/2010
Robot-Aided Therapy Can Help Patients Years After Stroke

Adding 'power-steering' to exercises improved movement, quality of life, researchers say

4/15/2010
Brain Area That May Delay Need for Gratification Found

Vividly imagining the future helped people wait for rewards, study finds

4/15/2010
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement

Strong social network bodes well for golden years, study finds

4/14/2010
Test May Measure Suicidal Tendencies

'Implicit associations' might help mental health workers gauge patient's state of mind, researchers say

4/14/2010
Quantity, Not Quality, of Online Posts Builds Popularity

The more words a person contributes to a social network site, the more friends they make, study finds

4/13/2010
Kids With Rare Condition Lack Racial Prejudice

Children with Williams syndrome have no social fear and appear open, friendly to all, researchers say

4/12/2010
Many With Serious Eating Disorders Could Go Undiagnosed

Too-rigid guidelines miss urgent cases of anorexia, bulimia, researchers say

4/12/2010
Spanking May Make a Child More Aggressive

Corporal punishment at 3 linked to behavior changes at age 5, study suggests

4/11/2010
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All

Expressing gratitude benefits both you and the person being thanked, study finds

4/10/2010
Shyness May Be Rooted in Brain Processing

Scans show sensitive and non-sensitive folks process input differently

4/9/2010
Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, But Causes Unclear: Report

IOM panel believes genetic studies may reveal why soldiers from 1991 conflict suffer today

4/5/2010
Good Foster Care Helps Neglected Kids Thrive

Study of Romanian orphans shows that better diet, close attention makes all the difference

4/4/2010
Dealing With Those All-Too-Public Tantrums

Don't let glares, stares tempt you to give into your child's meltdowns, expert says

4/2/2010
Gender Gaps Persist in Pay at Academic Medical Centers

Female professors in top spots paid less than male peers, study finds

4/2/2010
Short-Term Gains Get in the Way of Good Decisions

Holding out for long-term benefits is difficult, study finds

4/2/2010
Those Who Enjoy Life More Likely to Be Happy at Work

The secret to job satisfaction is an overall sense of well-being, research suggests

4/2/2010
Seeing Letter 'F' May Lower Test Scores

Conversely, viewing an 'A' beforehand upped students' grades, study found

3/31/2010
Help for Depressed Latinos Often Hampered by Stigma

Many poor patients unlikely to try to combat mental illness, study finds

3/31/2010
Report Finds Gaps in Health Services for U.S. Veterans

Families and communities also need assistance, experts say

3/31/2010
Powerful People Often Too Optimistic About Task Time

Many underestimate how long it takes to get things done, research shows

3/31/2010
Health Tip: Boost Your Body Image

And feel better about yourself

3/30/2010
Susceptibility to Autism Tied to Genes

Researchers identify variations that point to spectrum disorders

3/29/2010
Scientists Tweak Subjects' Brains to Alter Their Moral Choices

Experiment helps show how and where these decisions are made

3/29/2010
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives

Release of relaxation hormones has positive effects, researchers say

3/25/2010
Accepting Help Improves Survival Among Diabetics

Go-it-alone types have 33 percent higher risk of death, study finds

3/25/2010
Optimism May Boost Immune System

Small study found that attitude seems to affect health

3/25/2010
Teens Take Risks Just for Kicks

They may ignore safety for the thrill of a 'lucky' escape, experts say

3/24/2010
End-of-Life Care Planning Eases Stress for Relatives

Advance directive improves odds that wishes will be followed, study shows

3/23/2010
Weight Counseling Plus Drug Helps Women Quit Smoking

When shedding pounds is an issue, combo treatment found to boost success

3/22/2010
Motherhood a Buffer Against Suicide

Study shows that risk declines as number of children rises

3/18/2010
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue

Specially trained canines help those suffering aftermath of disaster, having daily struggles

3/16/2010
Psychopaths' Brains May Focus Solely on Reward

Scanning study suggests fixation on achieving goals, regardless of consequences

3/16/2010
Pain Relief Often Delayed for Cancer Patients

Referrals to palliative care programs come too late, survey finds

3/15/2010
Siblings of Kids With Autism May Be Prone to Hyperactivity

But it shouldn't affect mental health overall, study finds

3/15/2010
Many WTC Responders Show Signs of Heart Trouble

Another study suggests that stress weighs heavily on the hearts of police, firefighters

3/12/2010
Is Kindness Contagious?

Spirit of generosity multiplies and persists, researchers find

3/12/2010
Happy From Your Vacation? It Won't Last

Most travelers return to their normal state of mind soon after they get back, study finds

3/11/2010
Online Dating as Honest as Real Life

When fibs are told, men and women do so about equally, researchers say

3/9/2010
Do Liberals, Atheists Have Higher IQs?

Study links intelligence test scores with key beliefs and male monogamy

3/7/2010
Gene Variant May Help Some Overcome Adversity

It appears to disconnect the link between stress and death risk, researchers say

3/5/2010
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?

Meaningful conversations more fulfilling than small talk, researchers find

3/4/2010
People With Asthma More Likely to Be Depressed

Study finds rates of psychological distress twice as high in those with airway disease