Archive for January, 2007

Depression amid Chronic Disease

January 29th, 2007
Receiving the diagnosis of a chronic disease or cancer is a traumatic, life-changing event. Unfortunately, the mental health effect of the incident is often obscured by attention to the physical disorder and the inability to determine "appropriate sadness" from clinical depression. ...

Sensitivity to Rejection Can Be Dangerous

January 26th, 2007
A series of new studies provide evidence that individuals who have a heightened sensitivity that they will be rejected by others because of their physical appearance, can be at risk. Three studies suggest the sensitivity, if not mitigated, can have serious implications ...

Proven Help for Anxiety Disorder

January 26th, 2007
Perhaps as a function of the pace and stress of today's world, the incidence of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) appears to be on the rise. A new review of psychotherapy interventions for the often disabling condition supports a particular form of therapy ...

Genetic Predisposition for Schizophrenia

January 26th, 2007
A new study presents evidence that a genetic variation may predispose individuals to develop schizophrenia. Chinese researchers report the chitinase 3-like 1 gene as a potential schizophrenia-susceptibility gene and suggest that the genes involved in biological response to adverse conditions are likely ...

Side-Effects Determine Antidepressant

January 25th, 2007
A new study has found that the 12 most commonly prescribed second-generation antidepressants have similar efficacy for treatment of acute-phase depression. However, side effects among the drugs varied, causing many patients to have to try more than one before settling on long-term ...

Help for Men Who Are Premature

January 25th, 2007
A novel treatment modality may offer first-line help for men experiencing the problem of premature ejaculation. According to a new study, use of a topical anesthetic spray delayed ejaculation for five times as long among men reporting the problem. Premature ejaculation is ...

Harder to Quit if Mom Smoked During Pregnancy

January 25th, 2007
An interesting study has discovered that it may be more difficult to stop smoking if an individual’s mother smoked during pregnancy. Using an animal model, scientists discovered prenatal exposure to nicotine can alter areas of the brain critical to learning, memory and ...

Meds Ease Depression for Heart Patients

January 25th, 2007
Research performed over the last 15 years has found that depression often accompanies coronary artery disease (CAD). A new study finds that an antidepressant medication improves symptoms of depression. However, short-term psychotherapy did not appear to offer additional benefits for patients in ...

‘Learn’ to Slow Alzheimer’s

January 24th, 2007
Keeping the mind active may slow the development of brain tangles that are associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists from UC Irvine believe that learning can delay the onset of the neurodegenerative disease. In a study with genetically modified mice, short ...

New Drug Trebles Odds to Stop Smoking

January 24th, 2007
A widely respected evidence-based analysis of the new anti-smoking drug varenicline, shows that the medication can improve the odds of a person quitting smoking by three-fold. Varenicline is the first new anti-smoking drug in the last ten years, and only the third, ...
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