Archive for January, 2007

Orthodontic Influence on Mental Health Questioned

January 24th, 2007
The widely held premise that deprivation of orthodontic care for youth may affect psychological health and quality of life in adulthood, has been challenged by a new major study. The 20-year study by psychologists and dentists found that although teeth are important ...

Seek Help if “SAD”

January 24th, 2007
Many believe feeling down or gloomy during the winter months is just a part of life. In fact, a decline in sunlight has been linked to development of seasonal affective disorders (SAD). In a new study, some researchers now believe developing SAD ...

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Studied

January 23rd, 2007
Vaccine administered by a transdermal patch appears to be effective for clearing brain-damaging plaques from a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Use of the skin patch appears to resolve earlier complications that arose when an injectable Alzheimer's vaccine caused brain inflammation and ...

Vascular Source for Alzheimer’s

January 23rd, 2007
The old adage 'what goes around comes around' may describe new findings that suggest reduced blood flow to the brain precedes the decline in cognition characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The discovery, which may offer new, surprising targets against AD hark back ...

Bioterrorist Warnings Stressful

January 23rd, 2007
After another night of the exciting T.V. series "24" in which a nuclear bomb has been exploded by terrorists, the reality of homeland security strikes a raw nerve. A new study has found that government and media warnings on potential threats of ...

Genetic Link for Anorexia

January 23rd, 2007
Despite lay comments to the press, there is no scientific evidence that families cause anorexia nervosa. In fact, researchers comment that claiming families "cause" eating disorders is like blaming parents for diabetes or asthma or cancer. The simile goes beyond simple comparison ...

Increase Bone Risk Associated with Antidepressants

January 22nd, 2007
A study published Monday demonstrated a significantly increased risk of broken bones in adults 50 years and older who were taking a type of popular antidepressant, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. Zoloft and Prozac are two popular brands of ...

Homeless Youth Helped by Therapy

January 22nd, 2007
Helping homeless youth has been a societal problem for decades. Classically, drug and alcohol use is rampant in this population with youth difficult to engage and hard to treat. A new study evaluating various intervention methods found that a comprehensive intervention program ...

Acupressure for Agitation

January 22nd, 2007
Frequently, a difficult behavioral problem that may accompany advanced stage dementia is agitation, a condition that may endanger the individual, other patients and caregivers. Currently, agitation often requires a transfer to a different living environment and/or use of medications. New research suggests ...

Belief in People Presages Altruism

January 22nd, 2007
Scientists have learned that activation of a particular brain region predicts whether people tend to be selfish or altruistic. Using a technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the results suggest altruistic behavior may originate from how people view the world rather ...