Archive for October, 2007

A New Treatment Perspective for Mental Health

October 26th, 2007
A provocative theory suggests treatment of psychiatric patients should begin with an understanding that individual behavior is based on an attempt to reach an inner equilibrium. In a special section in the October 26 issue of the journal Science, Martin Paulus, M.D., has ...

Delayed-Release Valproic Acid Capsule, Stavzor, One Step Closer to Approval

October 25th, 2007
MedicationA new type of delayed-release valproic acid capsule is one step closer to receiving final approval for sale in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new drug will be marketed under the brand name ...

Hearing Messages in Noise Could be Schizophrenia

October 25th, 2007
A new study suggests a tendency to extract messages from meaningless noise could be an early sign of schizophrenia. Study authors hypothesize the behavior demonstrates a preliminary phase of unreality that may trigger or evolve into a schizophrenia-spectrum disorder. The study by Yale ...

Child Psychologists Should Promote Wellness

October 25th, 2007
An expert on pediatric oncology believes child psychologists should take a more active role in educating young clients on healthy lifestyle choices. Many of the nutritional and activity habits that children and adolescents develop--eating a diet high in fat and low ...

Spirituality Aids Mental Health of Disabled

October 24th, 2007
Religion and spirituality are known to strengthen resiliency and coping skills for people with terminal or life threatening diseases. A new University of Missouri study shows that religion can also help many individuals with disabilities adjust to their impairments and give a ...

Mixed Results With THC Antidepressants

October 24th, 2007
Cannabis seedsA new study has found that a synthetic form of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, is an effective antidepressant at low doses. However, at higher doses, the effect reverses itself and can actually worsen depression ...

Video Game Lowers Stress Hormone

October 24th, 2007
An unexpected discovery suggests playing video games can reduce production of the stress-related hormone cortisol. The serendipitous finding surfaced from the creation of a video game to help train people to change their perception of social threats and boost their self-confidence. ...

Fatherly Assistance for ADHD Treatment

October 24th, 2007
A University of Buffalo researcher has developed a comprehensive treatment program for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that emphasizes paternal involvement. The program evolved after Gregory A. Fabiano noticed the absence of fatherly participation in treatment programs. ...

Educated Lose Memory Faster

October 23rd, 2007
A new study suggests that although the onset of dementia may be delayed among individuals with more years of education, when dementia does develop, the educated lose their memory faster than those with less education. The study found for each additional ...

Sleep Loss Challenges Emotional Control

October 23rd, 2007
New research adds credence to the assumption that sleep deprivation can play havoc with our emotions. Emotional lability is notably apparent among soldiers in combat zones, medical residents and even new parents. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Medical ...