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Mindfulness Tied to Better Physical Health

Mindfulness Tied to Better Physical Health

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests being aware of and paying attention to what you are thinking and feeling in the moment is associated with better health. While the practice of mindfulness has received considerable attention for relieving stress and depression, the new study ...

Parenting Style Impacts Teen Autonomy, Relationships

Parenting Style Impacts Teen Autonomy, Relationships

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests a controlling parenting style can hinder autonomy and relationship development among teens. Investigators at the University of Virginia believe their findings are important because the teenage years are a time to establish a healthy degree of autonomy and ...
Music Therapy Shown to Ease Depression in Kids, Teens

Music Therapy Shown to Ease Depression in Kids, Teens

October 24th, 2014
A new study suggests music therapy may be used to reduce depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast found children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared ...
Teens' School, Family Problems Tend to Spill Over for 2 Days

Teens’ School, Family Problems Tend to Spill Over for 2 Days

October 24th, 2014
A new study finds that teenagers can face negative mood and psychological issues for two days after a problematic incident at home or school. Researchers found family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. Moreover, the ...
Kids' Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues

Kids’ Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues

October 23rd, 2014
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence. However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth. Joshua Weller, Ph.D., an ...
Software Model Predicts Risk of Depression Relapse

Software Model Predicts Risk of Depression Relapse

October 23rd, 2014
German neuroscientists have written a software program that they believe can calculate the risk for experiencing a major depression relapse. For the project, Selver Demic, M.D., of the Ruhr University Bochum and his colleagues from the Mercator Research Group examined a variety ...
Animal Therapy Can Ease College Stress

Animal Therapy Can Ease College Stress

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms among college students following animal-assisted therapy. The study by investigators at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design is published in the Journal ...
Marital Strife + Depression = Increased Obesity Risk

Marital Strife + Depression = Increased Obesity Risk

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers believe a combination of marital hostility and a history of depression increase the risk for obesity in adults. The provocative new research suggests social factors play a role in the way the body processes high-fat food. Investigators discovered that men and ...
Some OTC Meds May Help Reduce Depression Symptoms

Some OTC Meds May Help Reduce Depression Symptoms

October 22nd, 2014
A review of studies of more than 6,000 patients suggests ordinary over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs may aid in the treatment of depression, when taken in combination with antidepressants. The meta-analysis, recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the work of researchers from ...
Depressed People Believe in Better Life Ahead

Depressed People Believe in Better Life Ahead

October 22nd, 2014
A new study finds that even depressed people are optimistic about the future. However, researchers also discovered the positive outlook may not lead to better outcomes. Canadian researchers found that middle-aged adults with a history of depression typically evaluated their past and ...
Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

October 22nd, 2014
A new study suggests learning may be improved by the use of strategies that "prime" the brain to learn new content and allow time for the brain to rest and reflect. University of Texas at Austin researchers used brain imaging technology ...
Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

October 22nd, 2014
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it ...
Positive Subliminal Messages Boost Elders' Physical Performance

Positive Subliminal Messages Boost Elders’ Physical Performance

October 21st, 2014
A new study discovers positive subliminal messages that flip negative stereotypes of aging can improve physical functioning among the elderly. Yale School of Public Health researchers say the novel intervention method was designed to examine whether exposure to positive age stereotypes ...
Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Aid Schizophrenia Treatment

Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Aid Schizophrenia Treatment

October 21st, 2014
Emerging research suggests that some anti-inflammatory medicines can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. A group of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands discovered anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, estrogen, and fluimucil can help improve schizophrenia symptoms. This ...
Grief Brings Infection Risk for Elderly

Grief Brings Infection Risk for Elderly

October 21st, 2014
Bereavement affects a person's immune system, and the impact varies as we grow older, say researchers. "During the difficult weeks and months after loss we can suffer from reduced neutrophil function," said Dr. Anna Phillips of Birmingham University, U.K. "Neutrophils are the ...
Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

October 21st, 2014
A new European study suggests that panic attacks may be associated with an aversion to bright light. Although the finding does not imply a cause-and-effect relationship, the discovery of an association may lead to development of new therapies for panic disorder. Panic ...
Social Media Can Connect Those with Severe Mental Illness

Social Media Can Connect Those with Severe Mental Illness

October 20th, 2014
People with severe mental health issues are willing to go online and share stories to provide support for others with similar conditions. Researchers found people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder are comfortable using a social media website like YouTube ...
Action Videogames Improve Sensorimotor Skills

Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games ...
Changes Suggested for Drug-Naming Conventions

Changes Suggested for Drug-Naming Conventions

October 20th, 2014
European psychiatrists and other health experts are calling for a change in the way mental health drugs are named. The reason for the switch is that the name of the drug you are prescribed may significantly influence the way you respond ...
Birth Season May Be Tied to Temperament

Birth Season May Be Tied to Temperament

October 20th, 2014
A new European study suggests that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. Researchers from Budapest, Hungary, believe their findings show that people born at certain times of year may have a ...