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Job Stress Only One Issue Contributing to Work Burnout

Job Stress Only One Issue Contributing to Work Burnout

September 17th, 2014
In today’s faced-paced economic environment, worker burnout is a relatively common occurrence as nearly 50 percent of all U.S. workers feel overwhelmed by job demands. New research suggests burnout is often a combined function of job stressors and an absence ...

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- ...
Brain Scans to Screen for Potential Reading Problems

Brain Scans to Screen for Potential Reading Problems

September 17th, 2014
Reading problems are slow to detect often setting children back and placing them at a disadvantaged position during critical school years. In a new study, University of California, San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to ...
Early Intervention Can Curb Aggression in Kids

Early Intervention Can Curb Aggression in Kids

September 17th, 2014
Timely new research discovers aggressive children are less likely to become violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults if they receive early school and home-based interventions. The Fast-Track Project study, by researchers at Duke, Pennsylvania State, Vanderbilt universities and the University of ...
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8 Disorders Instead of One? The Role Gene Clusters Play in Schizophrenia

September 16th, 2014
New research suggests that what is commonly thought of as one disorder -- schizophrenia -- may in fact be eight different and distinct disorders. Schizophrenia is a complex but rare mental illness characterized by a person experiencing hallucinations and/or delusions. It ...
Youth May Use Marijuana to Self-Medicate Negative Moods

Youth May Use Marijuana to Self-Medicate Negative Moods

September 16th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may be attempting to manage negative moods by using the drug. Researchers say users may feel better temporarily, but then they tend to feel worse. Also, using marijuana ...
1 in 5 Men Admit to Intimate Partner Violence

1 in 5 Men Admit to Intimate Partner Violence

September 16th, 2014
Male aggression toward their partners is not so rare, it turns out. In a new study, University of Michigan (UM) researchers discovered one in five men in the U.S. report violence towards their spouse or significant other. Warning signs for the ...
New Study Traces Abnormal Brain Development in Schizophrenia

New Study Traces Abnormal Brain Development in Schizophrenia

September 16th, 2014
A new international study has determined that parts of the cerebral cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia. The discovery stems from an assessment of brain development during childhood and adolescence in people with and without schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is generally considered to ...
Web-Training Reduces Campus Sexual Assaults

Web-Training Reduces Campus Sexual Assaults

September 16th, 2014
A new study discovers a web-based intervention targeting college-aged men is an effective tool for reducing the number of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses. Researcher in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University assessed the effectiveness of the RealConsent ...
Mental Illness Diagnosis Puts Family Members at Emotional Risk

Mental Illness Diagnosis Puts Family Members at Emotional Risk

September 16th, 2014
When a family member receives a diagnosis of a mental illness, there is an emotional cost, often in the form of anxiety, that is often felt by family caregivers. In a new study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of ...
Amount of Gray Matter May Impact Risk-Taking

Amount of Gray Matter May Impact Risk-Taking

September 15th, 2014
New research suggests the physical composition of the brain influences the individual tolerance of risk. Australian researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to perform a whole-brain analysis and discovered the volume of the outer layer of our brain, or gray ...
Mindfulness Can Help Adults Overcome Childhood Trauma

Mindfulness Can Help Adults Overcome Childhood Trauma

September 15th, 2014
The first study to examine the relationship between childhood adversity, mindfulness, and health suggests adults who are mindful in the moment have better health. The finding is important as adults who were abused or neglected as children are known to have ...
Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be ...
Walking or Cycling to Work Boosts Mental Wellbeing

Walking or Cycling to Work Boosts Mental Well-Being

September 14th, 2014
Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to a new study. Research by health economists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in ...
'Neural Workaround' May Help Stave Off Dementia

‘Neural Workaround’ May Help Stave Off Dementia

September 14th, 2014
Researchers have discovered a “neural workaround” in the human brain that can compensate for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. According to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, the findings could help explain why some people ...
Elderly at Risk for PTSD Symptoms After Serious Fall

Elderly at Risk for PTSD Symptoms After Serious Fall

September 14th, 2014
Elderly people who have fallen down and suffered an injury may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the next few days, according to a new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The researchers found PTSD symptoms in ...
'Fat Shaming' Linked to Weight Gain, Not Weight Loss

‘Fat Shaming’ Linked to Weight Gain, Not Weight Loss

September 14th, 2014
"Fat shaming" does not encourage weight loss in overweight adults; in fact, those who experience this type of discrimination tend to gain more weight, according to new research by University College London (UCL). In a four-year study of 2,944 UK adults, ...
Study Finds New Insights Into Chemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

Study Finds New Insights Into Chemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

September 13th, 2014
Neurons in schizophrenia patients secrete greater amounts of dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine -- three neurotransmitters commonly linked to a range of psychiatric disorders. The findings, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, confirms and enhances the theory of a chemical ...
Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

September 13th, 2014
New research from Brigham Young University shows that perceived preferential treatment of one child by parents can lead to alcohol, cigarette, and drug use by the less-favored children. That’s in families that aren’t very close to each other -- what researcher ...
Magic Mushrooms Can Help Longtime Smokers Quit

Magic Mushrooms Can Help Longtime Smokers Quit

September 13th, 2014
Smokers who had previously experienced many failed attempts to quit the habit were finally able to do so after two or three doses of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in magic mushrooms -- during a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program. ...