Psychology and Mental Health News

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Article Title
6/9/2008
College Night Owls Have Lower Grades

Study finds students who are morning people function better on tests

6/8/2008
Sleep: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

An estimated 40 million Americans don't get a good night's rest

6/6/2008
6/5/2008
Serotonin Levels Determine Sense of Fairness

Less of brain chemical makes people more likely to reject unfair offer, study shows

6/5/2008
Bipolar Teens at Greater Risk of Substance Abuse

They're more likely to smoke, abuse drugs, alcohol, study finds

6/5/2008
Red Wine Compound Helps Heart, May Slow Aging

Resveratrol mimics effects of caloric restriction to extend life spans in mice

6/4/2008
Alcohol, Drug Counseling Benefits Teens, Too

Study finds just once-a-week participation was associated with improved results

6/3/2008
Risk Factors for Eating Disorders Vary by Gender

Rejecting media images, resilience to negative comments should be focus of prevention

6/3/2008
Exposure Therapy Effective in Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress

It eased anxiety, corrected belief that reliving memories must be avoided, study concludes

6/2/2008
Marijuana May Shrink Parts of the Brain

Drug can affect memory and result in early psychotic symptoms, researchers say

6/2/2008
Kids Living With Relatives Have Fewer Problems Than Those in Foster Homes

Study says kinship care deserves more funding for estimated 2.5 million displaced children

5/28/2008
TV Commercials Color Gender Choices for Careers

Study finds stereotypes remain, men more influenced by scenes about jobs

5/28/2008
Adults With ADHD Lose 3 Weeks Worth of Work Annually

Inability to concentrate leads to excess days off, poor-quality output, study finds

5/27/2008
Health Tip: Get Your Child Back to Bed

Sleeping with you isn't a good idea

5/27/2008
Antipsychotics Dangerous for Elderly With Dementia

Study finds those on drugs more likely to wind up in hospital or die

5/23/2008
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest

Small study says findings may help parents comfort those getting that first pair

5/23/2008
Patients Pleased With Laparoscopic GERD Surgery

Anti-reflux procedure improved quality of life, cut need for 2nd treatment

5/23/2008
Asthma Associated With Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts

Anxiety over disability, discomfort may be driving factor, study suggests

5/22/2008
9/11 Workers Face Chronic Mental Impairment

Stress levels comparable to those seen in returning Afghanistan war veterans, study says

5/21/2008
ICU Docs Less Likely to Discuss End-of-Life Issues With Blacks

Underlying bias, discomfort may have led less than half to feel at ease with these talks

5/19/2008
5/18/2008
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers

They're 4 to 5 times more likely to suffer symptoms, but trained counselors could help

5/9/2008
Demanding Jobs May Pay Cognitive Dividends in Retirement

Intellectual demands reap mental benefits regardless of age or education, study finds

5/9/2008
Young Adults Using Alcohol, Drugs for Better Sex

Recreational use of stimulants a fixture of European nightlife, study says

5/8/2008
Stroke Survivors Walk Better With Human Help

Rehab with therapist had more benefit than those using robotic devices, study finds

5/8/2008
Fairness Is a Hard-Wired Emotion

It's governed by a region of the brain that responds to equality, study suggests

5/8/2008
Computer Program Helps Drug Abusers Stay Clean

Software training supplements counseling, could also treat other psychiatric disorders

5/8/2008
5/8/2008
Mental Illness Costs U.S. Billions in Lost Earnings

Study say figures are most likely too conservative

5/7/2008
Bipolar Disorder Might Be Overdiagnosed

Availability of meds and pharmaceutical marketing might be swaying clinicians

5/7/2008
Virtual Reality Therapy May Help PTSD Patients

Coupled with medication, it helps ease the shock of trauma, study finds

5/5/2008
Adopted Children at Slightly Higher Mental Health Risk

But the vast majority of adoptees are 'doing fine,' researcher says

5/5/2008
Autistic Kids More Likely to Have Parents With Mental Illness

Parents with schizophrenia twice as likely to have children with the developmental disorder, study finds

5/2/2008
9/11 Counselors at Risk for Secondary Trauma

Social workers hearing repeated stories can suffer post-traumatic stress of their own

5/2/2008
Health Tip: Healing Mentally After a Heart Attack

Don't neglect your emotional needs

5/1/2008
Napping Habits Tied to Sleep Disorders

Older adults battling illnesses more likely to make up lost slumber during day

5/1/2008
Exercise, Counseling Benefits Depressed Heart Failure Patients

Aerobic workouts, counseling therapy boosted physical ability, lessened melancholy

4/30/2008
High Self-Esteem May Mask Defensiveness

If personal feelings are 'fragile,' it's no better than having a poor view of one's self

4/25/2008
Omega-3 Benefits for Bipolar Disorder Remain Unclear

Review finds patients had less severe depression but no change in mania symptoms

4/25/2008
Fleeting Facial Expressions Reveal Deep Secrets

Study finding could help experts determine who's lying and who's telling the truth

4/24/2008
Money, Praise Similarly Activate Brain's Reward Center

Imaging shows striatum lights up, offering neural explanation for everyday behaviors

4/22/2008
Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Pneumonia in Elderly

Mechanism unclear, but nursing home study says risk greatest week after meds begin

4/22/2008
Seniors No Strangers to Happiness

Older Americans are quite satisfied, while Baby Boomers are the least content, survey shows

4/22/2008
Nasal Surgery Helps Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Not only did overall health improve, but study finds snoring, daytime sleepiness reduced

4/22/2008
4/18/2008
Exercise Combats Cancer Fatigue

Review suggests it be included as basic component before and after treatments

4/18/2008
Choices Sap Your Stamina, Self Control: Study

Experiments point to the brain-draining effects of decision-making

4/18/2008
Talk Therapy Proves Effective for Terminal Cancer Patients

Supportive group therapy diminished depression almost as much as drug treatments

4/17/2008
Work Conflicts Can Do a Job on Your Sleep

They're more disruptive than long hours, night shifts or job insecurity, study says

4/17/2008
Overuse of Opioids, Barbiturates Boosts Chronic Migraine Risk

Self-treating headaches with these drugs doubles chance of having chronic episodes