Psychology and Mental Health News

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9/3/2008
Kids of Stressed, Low-Income Moms Prone to Weight Problems

Anxiety may prompt the children to eat unhealthy foods, study suggests

9/2/2008
Paid Family Leave Program Goes Mostly Unused

Study finds only 5% of Californians took benefit of nation's 1st such law, passed in 2004

9/2/2008
Brain's Serotonin May Explain Seasonal Mood Changes

Higher binding potential in winter could clarify why people feel down when sun shines less

9/2/2008
Extremely Preemie Babies Prone to Behavior Woes Later On

Children born at or before 25 weeks were 4 times more likely to have problems at age 6, study found

8/31/2008
Brain 'Master Switch' May Control Appetite, Fertility

Mouse study shows genetic link to signals telling body when it's full, safe to mate

8/29/2008
Most Youths Tried as Adults Had Psychiatric Disorders

Chicago study finds more than two-thirds of them needed help with at least one illness

8/28/2008
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns

Overnight stays with person with dementia led to daytime tiredness, symptoms of depression

8/28/2008
13% of Seniors Report Being Mistreated

Abuse is verbal, financial and physical, especially for the impaired, study says

8/26/2008
Scientists ID Pathway That Makes Antipsychotic Drugs Work

Finding could aid drug manufacturers in development of new therapies

8/25/2008
Antipsychotic Drug Use Up in Elderly Despite Warnings

Canadian study suggests cautions fail to alert docs to effectiveness of alternative therapies

8/24/2008
Healthy Lunches Help Kids' Concentration in School

Parents should go light on fats and remember their example is best teacher, expert says

8/22/2008
HRT After Menopause Reduces Symptoms

It reduced problems with sleep, sexual functioning and hot flashes, study finds

8/21/2008
Face Transplants Show Promising Results

2 cases demonstrate efficacy of surgery, but tissue rejection must be monitored, reports say

8/21/2008
Abstinence-Only Programs Fall Short of Teens' Needs

It means different things to youngsters, so sex ed should be added to lineup, study says

8/21/2008
Undecided Voters Not So Undecided After All

Study finds unconscious preferences can predict final outcome

8/21/2008
Measles Cases Highest Since 1996

Parents' philosophical, religious fear of vaccination leading to increase, CDC report says

8/20/2008
Women's Alcohol Use Tied to Delayed Childbearing

Abuse postponed reproductive onset in teen, adult females, but not in men, study finds

8/18/2008
Study Lets Teens Sound Off on Acne Therapies

Most would pay hundreds of dollars to get rid of the problem

8/15/2008
Money Matters

Studies suggest why some people save while others spend

8/15/2008
Older Adults Reluctant to Question Surgical Treatment

They only raised about half their concerns, so doctors should listen carefully, study says

8/15/2008
Refs May Be Blinded by Red Uniforms

Study of the martial art tae kwondo suggests color can influence decisions

8/14/2008
Lack of Energy in Old Age May Foretell Illness

Anergia not just a part of advancing years but could be tied to severe problems, death

8/13/2008
Healthy Sex Life Can Extend Into 80s

But past STDs, med use and relationship issues can derail intimacy, study says

8/12/2008
Drinking Problems Greater Among Returning Combat Veterans

Mental health issues also more common after war, studies show

8/12/2008
Health Tip: Prepare Yourself for Surgery

Be mentally and physically ready

8/12/2008
Older Patients With Cancer at Heightened Suicide Risk

3 studies urge better management of patients' emotional distress to improve quality of life

8/11/2008
Athletes' Study Shows Pride, Shame Universal Behaviors

Whether sighted or blind, Olympic competitors displayed innate responses to winning, losing

8/11/2008
Gene Variant May Predispose Some to Anxiety

Shown unpleasant pictures, they had exaggerated 'startle' response that was hard to turn off

8/11/2008
Married Folks Still the Healthiest

But long-time bachelors are making gains, study finds

8/7/2008
Robot Playmates Help Autistic Kids With Social Skills

Researchers say finding could be used for creation of new therapy tools

8/7/2008
Medical Blogs May Threaten Patient Privacy

More than half revealed data for easy IDs, lacked basic ethical standards, study finds

8/7/2008
Breaking the News About Breast Cancer

Women worry about reactions during a time that's already difficult, study finds

8/5/2008
Nurturing Parents Can Cut Risk of Aggression in Girls

Teens who mature early without positive feedback more likely to choose bullying behavior

8/5/2008
For Psychiatrists, Talk Therapy Falling by Wayside

Study finds managed care, more medications have led psychiatrists to drop this approach

8/4/2008
Estrogen May Have Preventive Role in Women's Schizophrenia

Symptoms, including delusions, hallucinatory behavior, improved with estradiol, study says

8/4/2008
Many Kids Under 15 Watch Violent Movies

In some cases, parents encourage the habit, U.S. survey shows

8/1/2008
Centenarians Offer Long-Life Secrets

Many 100-year-olds embrace modern technology to stay young, survey finds

7/30/2008
New Test Identifies Heavy Drinkers

It compares 20 blood chemical levels to database of users, so docs can spot trouble early

7/30/2008
Schizophrenia Yields Some Genetic Secrets

Scientists report findings that could someday lead to better treatments

7/30/2008
Brain Mechanism Can Turn Off Trauma of Bad Memories

Molecules that eliminate fear factor could lead to new panic disorder drugs

7/28/2008
Alzheimer's Patients React Poorly to 'Elderspeak'

Talking to them like children brings out more resistance, study found

7/28/2008
Most Fit Have Less Brain Atrophy From Alzheimer's

Even moderate exercise, done regularly, improves quality of life

7/25/2008
ER Visit Leaves Many Confused

New research shows most don't understand what was done or what they now need to do

7/24/2008
Antidepressant Scripts Up 16 Million Over 3-Year Period

Psychiatrists wrote 29% of new orders, followed by GPs and primary care docs, survey finds

7/21/2008
When Babies Die, Obstetricians Suffer, Too

Stillbirths, infant deaths caused one in 10 docs to consider giving up practice, survey says

7/21/2008
Women More Likely to Have Second Thoughts on Tattoos

They're much more inclined to have one removed than men, study shows

7/18/2008
Suckling Infant Triggers 'Trust' Hormone in Moms

Breast-feeding releases oxytocin, involved in bonding, release of milk in humans, animals

7/18/2008
Research Finds Causal Link Between Ending Drinking, Depression

But giving mice on the wagon an antidepressant restored brain's ability to make new cells

7/18/2008
Gene Variations May Predict Antidepressant Response

Finding could help advance individualized medicine for psychiatric patients

7/17/2008
Genetics, Social Factors Tied to Male Delinquency

Family, friends, school impact expression of certain molecular variants, study says