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Internet Use Can Reduce Depression Risk in Elderly

April 18th, 2014
Internet Use Can Reduce Depression Risk in ElderlyLoneliness can fuel depression in older adults, and experts estimate that as many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression. Now, a new study suggests information technology, specifically use of the Internet, among the elderly can reduce the chances of depression by ...

‘Girly’ Girls, ‘Stud’ Boys More Apt to Favor Cancer-Risk Habits

April 18th, 2014
‘Girly’ Girls, ‘Stud’ Boys More Apt to Favor Cancer-Risk HabitsA new study discovers that young people who conform most strongly to norms of masculinity and femininity are significantly more likely than their peers to engage in behaviors that pose cancer risks. Harvard School ...

Creative Leisure Can Enhance Work Performance

April 18th, 2014
Creative Leisure Can Enhance Work PerformanceGood news for those who like to spend their free time participating in activities that encourage creativity: Researchers believe that can boost job performance. Creative pursuits away from work seem to have a direct effect on factors such as ...

Casual Pot Smoking Early On May Cause Brain Changes

April 18th, 2014
Casual Pot Smoking Early On May Cause Brain Changes A new study suggests that casual marijuana use during youth and young adulthood is associated with structural changes in specific brain areas. Specifically, researchers found that the size and shape of two brain regions ...

Modeling the Cellular Basis of Memory

April 17th, 2014
Modeling the Cellular Basis of MemoryResearchers at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains the cellular mechanisms responsible for retaining select memories a few hours after an event. This new paradigm enables a more complete picture of how ...

Biomarkers Enable Screening for Autism at 9 Months

April 17th, 2014
Biomarkers Enable Screening for Autism at 9 Months New research suggests measurement of two biomarkers can help physicians and diagnosticians identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) early in the developmental process. Detection of ASD is often a waiting game as a child is evaluated ...

Low Blood Sugar Can Play A Part in Marital Conflict

April 17th, 2014
Low Blood Sugar Can Play A Part in Marital ConflictNew research finds lower levels of blood sugar may make married people angrier at their spouses and increase the chance of hostility and conflict. In the study, investigators followed married people for 21 days, measuring ...

Low Vitamin D Tied to Cognitive Decline in Elderly

April 17th, 2014
Low Vitamin D Tied to Cognitive Decline in ElderlyAlthough vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment are common in elders, prior research has failed to determine whether there's a relationship between the two. In a new study, researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center ...

Teen Head Injuries Linked to Greater Suicide Risk

April 17th, 2014
Teen Head Injuries Linked to Greater Suicide RiskEmerging research suggests that teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) such as a concussion are at "significantly greater odds" of attempting suicide, being bullied, and engaging in a variety of high-risk behaviors. "Investigators ...

1st Trimester Antidepressant Use Tied to Autism Risk

April 16th, 2014
1st Trimester Antidepressant Use Tied to Autism RiskA new Johns Hopkins study discovers an association between prenatal exposure to antidepressant medications, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and developmental delays (DD) in boys. Researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that early prenatal exposure ...

Extroverted Behavior Reaps Happiness in Many Cultures

April 16th, 2014
Extroverted Behavior Reaps Happiness in Many Cultures A new study suggests that behavior can drive emotion -- at least in the case of displaying extroversion which is associated with being happy. So, happy is as happy does, as researchers discover acting extroverted led ...

Relationship Problems Can Damage Teen Girls’ Mental Health

April 16th, 2014
Relationship Problems Can Damage Teen Girls’ Mental HealthA new study surprised researchers, finding that for adolescent girls, romantic relationship problems can have serious, negative implications for their mental health. "I found that girls' risk of severe depression, thoughts of suicide, and suicide attempt increase ...

How Moms Talk to Kids Helps Them Learn Right and Wrong

April 16th, 2014
How Moms Talk to Kids Helps Them Learn Right and WrongParents want their children to grow up to be stellar citizens and overall good people. But not much is known about how they actually go about inculcating values. In a new study, Holly Recchia, ...

Concrete Acts to Help Others Can Boost Our Own Happiness

April 16th, 2014
Concrete Acts to Help Others Can Boost Our Own Happiness A new study by Stanford University researchers suggests that, paradoxically, happiness may actually make us less happy. But researchers also found that concrete, specific goals of benevolence -- like making someone smile or increasing ...

Young Fathers Also Susceptible to Postpartum Depression

April 15th, 2014
Young Fathers Also Susceptible to Postpartum Depression“It’s not just new moms who need to be screened for depression," says pediatrician Craig Garfield, M.D. "Dads are at risk, too." A new Northwestern Medicine study led by Garfield finds depression can hit young fathers hard, with ...

Attention Deficit Symptoms in Older People

April 15th, 2014
Attention Deficit Symptoms in Older PeopleAttention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not disappear with age, new research shows. A study at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, finds that ADHD affects about three percent of over-60s. The researchers, led by Marieke Michielsen, gave ...

Domestic Abuse of New Mothers = Mental Health Problems

April 15th, 2014
Domestic Abuse of New Mothers = Mental Health ProblemsEmerging research links domestic abuse to postpartum mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mothers. Investigators also found that specific types of abuse are associated with specific mental health problems. Researchers at ...

Not Just Man’s Best Friend, But For Autistic Kids Too

April 15th, 2014
Not Just Man's Best Friend, But For Autistic Kids TooThe decision to adopt a dog into the family is rarely routine as one must consider expense, time commitment, and overall responsibility. For families of children with autism, the decision can be even more challenging. A ...

TV Can Disrupt Sleep in Young Children

April 15th, 2014
TV Can Disrupt Sleep in Young Children A new study confirms previous findings that both television viewing and sleeping in a room with a TV can decrease total sleep time for kids. The decline in sleep, in turn, can lead to negative effects on ...

Green Tea Tied to Better Cognitive Functioning

April 14th, 2014
Green Tea Tied to Better Cognitive Functioning Green tea is known to contain antioxidants and nutrients that many believe enhance health and lower the risk of cancer. New research now finds that green tea may enhance cognitive functions -- especially a person’s ...