Psychology and Mental Health News

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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

7/17/2008
Health Tip: Staying Emotionally Healthy

Suggestions to maintain a sound mind

7/16/2008
Empathy Is 'Hard-Wired' in Children's Brains

Scans show young naturally prone to relate to pain in others, study says

7/14/2008
Coronary Heart Disease Not a Cheery Condition

CDC survey found heart patients report lower quality of life, poorer outlook

7/11/2008
Workshop Helps Parents, Kids Talk About Sex

Lunch break dialogues drew both together to discuss attitudes, health issues

7/10/2008
A Young Life Lost to Prescription Drug Abuse

Harrison Neal, 17, is one of a growing list of victims from this addiction, experts say

7/9/2008
Men Often Not Told of Severity of Wife's Cancer

Study finds almost 40% say docs never said condition was terminal until near death

7/7/2008
Pregnancy Alone Not A Risk for Mental Health Problems

But certain subset did show raised risk for psychiatric disorders, study finds

7/7/2008
Baby's Smile Lights Up Mom's Brain

A crying infant didn't evoke same response, study found

7/7/2008
ADHD Might Raise Kids' Obesity Risk

Parents should be aware of small risk for those not on meds, expert says

7/3/2008
Working Hard When Tired Raises Blood Pressure

Finding suggests chronic fatigue may pose serious health risks

7/3/2008
Medication Reduces Violence in Some Schizophrenics

Treating psychosis alone may not end risk; older drugs as good as newer ones, study finds

7/2/2008
Hallucinogen Gives Lasting Spiritual Boost

Psilocybin may help treat patients with cancer, depression, drug abuse, study says

7/2/2008
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes

Study suggests explanation for these practices' health benefits

7/1/2008
New Method Better Predictor of In Vitro Fertilization Success

Four factors were 70% accurate in determining if end result was pregnancy

7/1/2008
Mental Test Spots Alzheimer's Risk

Questionnaire for those close to patient pinpointed who was likely to progress to dementia

7/1/2008
Genes Get Out the Vote

Your DNA may be pushing you to cast a ballot, study suggests

6/30/2008
Genetics, Environment Shape Sexual Behavior

There's likely no one key reason for a particular orientation, research shows

6/27/2008
Antibiotics Effective for Vaginal Injury After Childbirth

Small study finds they improve healing of common tissue tears, prevent infection

6/27/2008
Start Packing for Great American Backyard Campout

National Wildlife Federation says turn off TVs, computers, venture into nature

6/27/2008
Staying Social May Keep Dementia at Bay

Study in older women found friends, family helped minds stay sharp

6/25/2008
Education, Income Affect Heart Attack Survival Rates

More schooling, more money linked to improved outcomes, study concludes

6/25/2008
Low Childhood IQ Tied to Dementia in Old Age

Findings apply to vascular dementia, not Alzheimer's, researchers say

6/24/2008
Young Pop Star's Emphysema Startles Experts

But Amy Winehouse's reported diagnosis is a reminder of the damage drugs or cigarettes can do to lungs, they say

6/20/2008
A Healthy Mind Can Help Fight HIV

Depression, stress could speed AIDS progression, reviews of the data suggest

6/18/2008
Brain Activity May Predict Schizophrenia Behavior

Personalized diagnosis, treatment may be possible, U.K. study suggests

6/17/2008
Diabetes Drug May Prevent Early Puberty in Young Girls

Metformin delayed first menstruation, cut body fat for those at risk of insulin resistance

6/17/2008
FDA Orders Warning Label on Older Antipsychotics

Drugs increase risk of death among elderly patients with dementia, agency says

6/13/2008
Repeat Teen Self-Cutters Likely to Engage in Risky Sex

Only 39% said they used condoms consistently in previous 90 days, study finds

6/13/2008
Lifestyle Counseling Reduces Heart Risk

European program shows improvement in diet and other factors

6/13/2008
PTSD High Among Witnesses to 9/11

One in 8 NYC residents near scene affected years later, with those injured suffering most

6/13/2008
Pursuit of Females Dates Way, Way Back

Skeletal findings suggest men fighting over women took place even in prehistoric times.

6/13/2008
Health Tip: Symptoms of a Social Phobia

An intense fear of social situations

6/13/2008
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster

Just inhaling the aroma activated anxiety-relieving genes, rat research shows

6/12/2008
Better Sleepers Are 'Successful Agers'

Less daytime napping, fewer complaints of insomnia predicted a healthier life, study finds

6/11/2008
Possession Is Nine-Tenths the Perceived Value

Researchers find out why people can't let go of what is theirs

6/10/2008
Combat Vets Display Severe Sleep Disorders

But their tech savvy helps them use online programs as well as drugs to help problem

6/10/2008
New Treatment Shows Promise for Excessive Drinking

Boosting brain protein in animal study cut desire, relapse in as little as 10 minutes