Archive for 2006

Alcohols Role in Crime and Accidents Under-Reported

December 15th, 2006
A professor of communication at Ohio State University has discovered the media, particularly television news, fails to report the role alcohol presumable plays in violent crimes. Only 1.4 percent of television news stories in the study mentioned the role of alcohol in ...

Attempt to Avoid Racial Conflict May Backfire

December 15th, 2006
Efforts by whites to avoid racial conflict by avoiding the topic of race when interacting with blacks, may lead to unintentional body language. The less-friendly verbal behaviors can come across as distant and unfriendly negating the attempt to appear colorblind. "Many whites seem ...

Gender Specific Body Image Sways Food Intake

December 14th, 2006
Perhaps it comes as no surprise to learn that an individual's perceived body-image influences eating behavior. However, a new study found that after being shown an image of "ideal-bodied" people, gender differences had a profound impact on eating behavior. During the investigation of ...

1st-time Moms at Risk for Mental Disorders

December 14th, 2006
While many have heard of the post-partum blues, first time mothers are also at risk for additional mental health issues. Although the "blues" or depression is fairly common occurring in about 10 to 15 percent of women, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are ...

Brain Dysfunction With Hysteria

December 14th, 2006
Brain scans have discovered evidence of cerebral dysfunction in women with sensory conversion disorder, better known as hysteria. The novel finding promises to expand the understanding of hysteria, an unexplained neurological disorder in which a patient complains of symptoms, but doctors can't ...

FDA Will Likely Expand Antidepressant Drug Warnings

December 13th, 2006
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will likely expand antidepressant drug warnings after members of a U.S. advisory panel agreed with an FDA analysis that found antidepressant use raises the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in teens and young adults up ...

Is Laughter Contagious?

December 13th, 2006
Everyone knows the phrase "laughter is the best medicine." Growing scientific evidence expands on the benefits of laughter with one study reporting the activity may prevent future heart attacks. A corollary investigation of the new attention to laughter as a therapeutic medium ...

Hope for Alcoholics, Substance and Food Abusers

December 13th, 2006
Researchers have discovered a group of cells in the brain believed to be responsible for an alcoholic's craving for alcohol. The cells, located in the part of the brain called the hypothalamus, are a system of neuropeptide hormones termed Orexin. Orexins were ...

Schizophrenia Linked with Chronic Disease

December 13th, 2006
Scientists have gained insight on the link between mental and physical health as new research suggest individuals with a particular psychiatric disorder are more likely to have a chronic medical condition. Researchers discovered men and women diagnosed with schizophrenia are at risk ...

Self-Esteem Affects Literary Preference

December 12th, 2006
Why consumers are attracted to mystery and crime fiction such as the "Law & Order" TV series and best-selling novels by John Grisham or Mary Higgins Clark, is the topic of new research. Scientists discover personality traits influence why a particular ...