Psychology and Mental Health News

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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

4/16/2008
Splints as Good as Plaster Casts for Minor Fractures

But one expert says there's a hitch: Kids can take them off

4/15/2008
Chemo May Not Affect Memory in Breast Cancer Patients

Stress of diagnosis more likely cause of reports of 'chemofog,' 'chemobrain,' study suggests

4/14/2008
Testosterone Spray Improves Sexual Satisfaction in Women

Placebo did same, so expert says treat problems with conventional therapy

4/14/2008
Girls Participating in Sports in Record Numbers

But exercise outside organized teams has drops as adolescence approaches, study finds

4/14/2008
Detecting, Diagnosing Breast Cancers

Studies evaluate importance of imaging devices in prognosis, treatment of disease

4/11/2008
'Worry' Spot in Brain Found

But anxiety could be helpful in long run, researchers note

4/10/2008
Special Treadmill Helps Stroke Patients Regain Normal Gait

Harness offers partial support as patients re-learn to walk

4/10/2008
Whisk Those Blues Away

Study finds 20 minutes of activity a week, including housework, is good for mental health

4/9/2008
15 Million Americans Suffer From Social Anxiety Disorder

Condition keeps them from having friends and mates, survey shows

4/8/2008
Genes' Influence on Fears Changes Over Time

Their impact on childhood anxieties changes during adolescence, study found

4/7/2008
Antipsychotic Drug Boosts Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

French study in rats finds olanzapine changes metabolism in weeks

4/7/2008
Heard the One About How to Beat Tension?

Research shows anticipation of laughter helps reduce body's release of stress hormones

4/6/2008
Travel Tips for Seniors

Medicines and a good checklist ensure safe flights on holiday, expert says

4/4/2008
Study Shows Anger Has Its Uses

What people feel at any moment may be keyed to what they expect to gain from a task

4/3/2008
Male Partner Violence Hurts Women's Health Worldwide

WHO study finds aftereffects reverberate long after the incidents

4/3/2008
Mother-Child Bond Affects Quality of Conflict Resolution

Security determined outcome of 'terrible 2s' battles but not frequency, study suggests

4/3/2008
Psoriasis Poses Danger for More Serious Complications

At-risk patients need care to avoid heart disease, cancer, task force report says

4/2/2008
Persistent Insomnia Leads to Depression in Young Adults

When it lasts 2 weeks or more, it predicts major episodes, study finds

4/2/2008
Antipsychotic Drugs of Little Benefit to Alzheimer's Patients

They offered some relief, but results were not statistically significant

4/1/2008
Rap Music Glorifying Drug Use

Study finds sixfold increase in positive portrayal of substance abuse over last 20 years

3/28/2008
Health Tip: Managing After a Miscarriage

Emotional recovery is as important as physical recovery

3/26/2008
Social Problems in Youth Contribute to Anxiety, Depression

Those accepted early on by friends grow up healthier than those rejected, study says

3/20/2008
Trauma Patients Suffer Even 12 Months After Injury

Those with joint and extremity damage had chronic pain lasting years

3/20/2008
Cancer Poses Challenges for Husbands' Frame of Mind

They take their cues from wives' emotional well-being, study suggests

3/20/2008
Give and Be Happy

In study, people felt better dispersing gifts than buying things for themselves

3/20/2008
Monkey Brain Gives Clues to Human Interaction

Neurological responses to sexual, social cues may mimic those of people, scientists say

3/18/2008
Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes a Mixed Bag

Study finds quality of life suffers, but mental acuity may actually improve

3/18/2008
Genetic Medicine Making Inroads Against Disease

Advances against PTSD, bone loss and heart woes cited in new research

3/14/2008
Fighting Cancer With a Pen

Research finds that 'expressive writing' helps to ease patients' burden

3/14/2008
Anxiety Helps Elderly Women Live Longer

But stress linked to shorter life for men, study finds

3/13/2008
Moms-to-Be Who Quit Smoking Boost Chances for 'Easygoing' Child

Their children had lowest chances for unpredictable behavior, dealt better with stress

3/12/2008
Scientists Spot Biochemical Sign of Depression

Could lead to quick blood test that would show whether an antidepressant is working

3/10/2008
Gulf War Illness Strongly Linked to Chemical Exposure

Review found vets with the syndrome were more exposed to particular compounds

3/8/2008
Aggression on Job More Harmful Than Sexual Harassment

Study finds bullied workers had more stress, less commitment and higher levels of anxiety

3/7/2008
Happiness Is in the Genes

Fifty percent of sense of well-being comes from inherited personality traits, researchers say

3/7/2008
Government Assistance Linked to Better Child Development

Cash support to poor families boosted physical, mental scores, study finds

3/5/2008
Depression Raised Risk of Subsequent Pregnancies Among Black Teen Moms

49% carried second baby within 2 years of the first, study finds

3/4/2008
Groups Issue New Dementia Drug Guidelines

Review finds little difference in effectiveness of 5 drugs currently available

3/3/2008
Stress Can Help Trigger Stroke

Study found a clear association, but no such link for depression

3/3/2008
Breast Cancer Drug Might Treat Bipolar Disorder

Tamoxifen may ease condition's mania phase, but side effects could be a problem, experts say