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Archive for November, 2007

Response to Stress Is Gender Specific

November 20th, 2007
man and womanA new study finds the area of the brain that activates in response to stress varies among men and women. The inherent neurobiological difference may help explain why the incidence of mood disorders such as anxiety ...

Never Too Old To Learn

November 19th, 2007
WomanNew research shows that doing the right kind of brain exercise can enhance memory and other cognitive abilities of older adults. The discovery stems from the IMPACT study (Improvement in Memory with Plasticity-based Adaptive Cognitive Training) – the largest ...

Sexual Disorder Associated With Mental Distress

November 19th, 2007
womanA new study suggests women suffering from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), a condition marked by unprovoked, intrusive and persistent sensations of genital arousal that are unrelieved by one or several orgasms, are likely to experience a variety ...

Potential Method to Block Alzheimer’s

November 19th, 2007
brainAlthough the genesis of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, scientists acknowledge the formation of toxic plaques in the brain kill neurons which result in the progressive neurocognitive disorder. New research finds intervention with a protein can block plaque development ...

Depressed Young Adults Prone to Substance Abuse

November 16th, 2007
Young person smokingTeens and young adults who suffer from depression are at a higher risk of initiating substance use including cigarette smoking and utilization of alcohol or illicit drugs. The new report, based on the largest national survey on ...

Mild Value, Some Depression Risk From Obesity Drugs

November 16th, 2007
pillsA new study reports that patients taking anti-obesity drugs will only see "modest" weight loss and many will remain significantly obese or overweight. Moreover, adverse effects including the risk of mood disorders such as depression or anxiety can ...

Stable Family Slows Onset of Puberty

November 16th, 2007
familyNew research suggest that girls who grow up with supportive parents who themselves have a strong relationship, are more likely to delay the onset of puberty. Early puberty in girls has been found to negatively affect teenagers’ health in ...

Stress Effects from Social Isolation Explained

November 15th, 2007
neuronNew research suggests the effects of social isolation, namely anxiety, aggression and memory impairment result from altered levels of an enzyme that controls production of a brain hormone. The study, done in mice by researchers at the University of ...

Alzheimer’s Life Span Varies By Ethnicity

November 15th, 2007
elderly woman in hospitalNew research discovers that Latinos and African Americans with Alzheimer's disease live longer than white people who have the disease. The findings were the same even after researchers adjusted for education level, age when symptoms began, ...

Mental Disorders and Appendicitis

November 15th, 2007
surgeryEmerging research suggests people with mental illness suffer more than just psychological problems. In a new study, researchers discover people with schizophrenia are more likely to suffer from a ruptured appendix than others. Unfortunately, most studies of healthcare provision ...