Archive for 2007

Job-Loss from Illness Damages Mental Health

December 28th, 2007
empty workstationA new study reveals employees who lose their jobs because of their health suffer more significant depression than people who lose their jobs for non-health reasons. The study also suggests that people who are reemployed quickly ...

Therapy More Effective than Medication for Kids with Social Phobia

December 28th, 2007
girlsA NIMH-funded research study discovers a behavioral therapy program designed to treat children diagnosed with social phobia helped them overcome more of their symptoms than the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac). The study is published in the December 2007 issue ...

Separate Weight-Loss Help vs Hype

December 28th, 2007
weightThe beginning of a new year is a time of resolution to improve physical and mental health. Often, the objective includes a new dedication to lose weight. Unfortunately, adults are bombarded with weight-loss claims and promises. For millions ...

ER Intervention Aids Problem Drinkers

December 27th, 2007
ER EntranceA new national study reveals the Emergency Department is an effective setting for health education on alcohol use. Apparently, the ER fosters a "teachable moment" as brief screening and education on how to reduce harmful drinking patterns ...

The Influence of Subliminal Messages

December 27th, 2007
SymbolSubliminal messages--messages that are processed by our brains but never reach our consciousness--really do influence attitudes and behavior, according to a new study. However, some subliminal messages may have an opposite effect than expected. For example, exposing people to ...

Fish Oil Improves Mental Health

December 26th, 2007
fish dinnerRemember when your mother told you to eat fish because it was good for your brain -- turns out she may have been correct as UCLA scientists have confirmed that fish oil is indeed a deterrent against ...

Some Brain Injuries Reduce Risk of PTSD

December 26th, 2007
brainAn interesting study of combat-exposed Vietnam War veterans shows that damage to certain parts of the brain appear to reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The discovery suggests that drugs or pacemaker-like devices aimed at dampening ...

Thinking Patterns of Addiction

December 26th, 2007
BrainNew research suggests raising the level of dopamine, a naturally occurring neurotransmitter, may be a new approach for addictive disorders. The finding emerges from an understanding that certain brain sites activate when people make impulsive decisions. Moreover, ...

Parents May Instinctively Have a Favorite Child

December 24th, 2007
Mother DaughterMost parents would deny favoring one child over another. But new research on beetles suggests they may have little choice in the matter. Biologists studying a unique species of beetle that raises and cares for its young have ...

Why Do We Root for the Underdog?

December 24th, 2007
CrowdWhy do people root for the underdog and find underdogs appealing? Researchers propose that those who are viewed as disadvantaged arouse people's sense of fairness and justice -- important principles to most people. The researchers also found that ...