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Archive for November, 2007

Social Anxiety Presages Alcohol Abuse in College

November 27th, 2007
girl drinkingAlthough college is a time for young adults to expand knowledge and often push boundaries, alcohol abuse is a persistent problem that leads to risky behavior. A new intervention based on motivational interviewing and behavioral therapy holds ...

New Insights on Memory

November 26th, 2007
brainResearchers have identified a key brain protein responsible for learning and memory. The substance, called Kalirin-7, is critical for helping you learn and remember what you learned, according to scientists from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. ...

Molecular Therapy May Reduce Parkinson’s

November 26th, 2007
MoleculeLaboratory researchers have successfully reversed biochemical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson's disease (PD), and report success in preventing the disease from progression. Rush University scientists, supported by grants from Michael J. ...

Magnetic Stimulation for Depression

November 26th, 2007
Magnetic MoleculeA new large-scale study suggests transcranial magnetic stimulation may be an option for individuals who do not respond to conventional care for depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), is a non-invasive technique that excites neurons in the ...

Youthful Binging Has Long-Term Consequences

November 21st, 2007
teen drinkingA new study discovers heavy binge drinking by adolescents and young adults is associated with increased long-term risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and other metabolic disorders. The risk is lower in people who ...

Sub-Clinical Changes from Trauma

November 21st, 2007
womanIt is well known that psychological trauma can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression and that the disorders can influence how a person responds to subsequent stressful situations. New research suggests the traumatic event may also result ...

Telecommuting Lowers Job Stress

November 21st, 2007
man on computerAn analysis of nearly 50 studies on telecommuting discovers the work arrangement has a beneficial effect as employees report less stress and higher morale. Employers also gain from the relationship as lower turnover is experienced. The win-win ...

Older Workers Manage Work Demands Better

November 20th, 2007
workersA new study suggests older workers generally report lower levels of work-related stress and appear to enjoy life better than younger individuals who struggle with the demands of raising a family and job security. The University ...

Stress Hormone Can Speed Cancer

November 20th, 2007
neuronOhio State University researchers have shown that in cell cultures, the stress hormone norepinephrine appears to promote the biochemical signals that stimulate certain tumor cells to grow and spread. The finding, if verified, may suggest a way of ...

Choice of On-line Social Networks Influenced by Ethnicity

November 20th, 2007
onlineA new study from Northwestern University finds that college students' choice of social networking sites is related to race, ethnicity and parents' education. The review included social network sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Xanga. According to ...