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Texts Rather than Apps for Mental Health Care

Texts Rather than Apps for Mental Health Care

January 30th, 2015 • 1 min read
Emerging research suggests that while cell phones are an emerging channel to communicate mental health information to a provider, texting is the preferred method for communication, rather than an app. This is the key finding of a new study led ...

Is the Misinterpretation of Gender Intentions Hardwired?

Is the Misinterpretation of Gender Intentions Hardwired?

January 30th, 2015 • 3 min read
Misguided relationships with the opposing gender are common and appear to follow a similar pattern around the world. Imagine the following scenario: a woman and a man are having a conversation. She is interested in the conversation, and is friendly, smiling ...
Depression and Loneliness = Extreme Television Viewing

Depression and Loneliness = Extreme Television Viewing

January 30th, 2015 • 1 min read
New research suggests the lonelier and depressed you are, the more likely you are to binge-watch television marathons or Netflix episodes. Although settling in to watch a series of shows may seem harmless, University of Texas researchers found that younger people ...
Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

January 30th, 2015 • 2 min read
A new lab study by scientists from several prominent universities suggests a commonly used pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Researchers believe the pesticide alters the development of the brain's dopamine system, the part of ...

Quitting Smoking Gradually May Be Best Option

January 30th, 2015 • 1 min read
Quitting Smoking Gradually May Be Best OptionResearchers have discovered yet another reason why it is so difficult to quit smoking: just 12 hours after a person’s last cigarette, the oxygen uptake and blood flow in the quitter’s brain decreases significantly compared to ...
Specific Games Enhance Child’s Spatial Reasoning

Specific Games Enhance Child’s Spatial Reasoning

January 29th, 2015 • 2 min read
New research shows that some games can help a child develop important cognitive skills. Using data from a nationally representative study, researchers from Rhodes College determined that children who play frequently with puzzles, blocks, and board games tend to have better spatial ...
Teen Body Image Perceptions Influence Adult Body Type

Teen Body Image Perceptions Influence Adult Body Type

January 29th, 2015 • 2 min read
New research discovers that teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are at greater risk of obesity as adults. The finding confirms the belief that an inappropriate body image can lead to a variety of issues during adolescence and adulthood. “Our research ...
Adult Drug Users with ADHD Tend to Start Earlier

Adult Drug Users with ADHD Tend to Start Earlier

January 29th, 2015 • 1 min read
On average, adults who use drugs and also have a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder began using substances one to two years earlier than those without ADHD, according to new research from the University of Florida (UF). The findings suggest the need ...
The Challenge of Communicating with Aging Parents

The Challenge of Communicating with Aging Parents

January 29th, 2015 • 2 min read
Emerging studies have shown that both adult children and their aging parents identify stubbornness in the parents as a significant issue. The stubbornness may manifest when an aging parent declines advice or help with daily problems and insists, resists, or persists ...
cSocial Networks Can Help Dieters Lose Weight

Social Networks Can Help Dieters Lose Weight

January 29th, 2015 • 2 min read
A recent study has found that online dieters with a high social presence lost more weight than those who did not connect with anyone. Northwestern University researchers found that those who logged in regularly to an online weight management program and ...
Chronic Insomnia Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure

Chronic Insomnia Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure

January 28th, 2015 • 1 min read
New research discovers insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension. The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia taking longer to fall asleep -- called physiological ...
Teen 'Pharming' Is a Rising Concern

Teen ‘Pharming’ Is a Rising Concern

January 28th, 2015 • 2 min read
A new review suggests new initiatives are needed to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers. Teens often believe the drugs are harmless with the abuse of prescription medications now the second-most commonly ...
Mindfulness Can Boost Kids' Math Scores, Kindness, Likability

Mindfulness Can Boost Kids’ Math Scores, Kindness, Likability

January 28th, 2015 • 1 min read
A new social and emotional program with mindfulness techniques, called MindUp, has been shown to successfully help children become more caring and optimistic, improve their math scores and lower their stress levels. The program, founded by Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn, ...
Culture Influences Creativity

Culture Influences Creativity

January 28th, 2015 • 2 min read
A new study examines if a nation’s culture would influence the expression of creativity or the quality of the new output. Investigators compared nearly 300 individuals from Taiwan, a collectivist society, and Canada, a more individualistic country. Researchers from Canada’s Concordia University ...
Economic Benefits from Team Hospital Care for Violence

Economic Benefits from Team Hospital Care for Violence

January 28th, 2015 • 2 min read
A new model of clinical care incorporates a team-based public health approach to care for and manage violent injuries. The innovative strategy which empowers health care professionals to prevent violent events, not just treat them, is used in more than 25 ...
Fermented Food and Mental Health

Fermented Food Linked to Mental Health

January 27th, 2015 • 3 min read
Recent research has investigated the intriguing link between mental health and the activity of the human gut's microbiome, or the microorganisms that share our body space. These organisms outnumber our own cells by ten to one. A team led by Eva ...
Sleep Rules and Routine Improve Kids' Slumber

Sleep Rules and Routine Improve Kids’ Slumber

January 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
New research finds household rules and regular sleep-wake routines help kids get better and more age-appropriate sleep. Pennsylvania State researchers found that well-established rules for getting good sleep, such as limited caffeine and a regular bedtime, led to sufficient sleep quantity and ...
Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

January 27th, 2015 • 1 min read
A first of its-kind-study shows that brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are significantly different as compared with typically developing children. Researchers from Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations ...
Cancer Survival Rates Low for Those With Serious Mental Illness

Management Strategies Reduce Mental Health Stigma

January 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
A new Canadian survey finds that nearly 40 percent of workers would not tell their managers that they have a mental health problem. However, approximately half of those surveyed report they would help a coworker if the worker has a ...
Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

January 27th, 2015 • 2 min read
A large study finds that a certain group of medications may increase the risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered medications that have strong anticholinergic effects may increase the risk for dementia if the drugs are taken at higher doses ...