Archive for May, 2007

Laws Aid Kids Mental Health Coverage

May 23rd, 2007
Although many view state regulations to require equal insurance coverage for children's mental and medical illness as mostly a token gesture, a new study suggests the laws do provide benefit. The Yale School of Medicine study discovered state regulations requiring ...

Predisposed to PTSD

May 23rd, 2007
A recent study of nearly 2500 Vietnam combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suggests a link between ambidexterity and the likelihood that they will experience the disorder. Investigators discovered combat veterans with an extreme level of mixed handedness were nearly twice ...

Slow Dementia With A Daily Toddy

May 22nd, 2007
Slowing the progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia may be accomplished by enjoying a drink of alcohol a day. Mild cognitive impairment is a transitional stage between normal aging and dementia that is used to classify people with mild memory or ...

Stop Smoking, Lower Depression Risk

May 22nd, 2007
Although the link between smoking and depression has been recognized for years, new research suggests long-term smokers may be at higher risk to become depressed -- as compared to never smokers. Based on a Finnish study, smokers who quit also have an ...

Yoga For Depression

May 22nd, 2007
Researchers have discovered practicing yoga may increase brain substances that when low, are linked to disorders including depression and anxiety. Currently, pharmaceutical treatment of mood disorders elevates the level of neurotransmitters called gamma-aminobutyric (GABA). The findings, which appear in the May ...

Bully Behavior Among Children with Disorders

May 21st, 2007
Although it is never appropriate to stereotype particular behavioral traits, researchers have discovered that children with both autism and ADD or ADHD are four times more likely to bully than children in the general population. The finding is reported in the journal, ...

Sleep Disorder Increase Risk of Diabetes

May 21st, 2007
Researchers discover individuals who experience obstructive sleep apnea are at increased risk for developing of type II diabetes. In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper airway narrows, or collapses, during sleep. Periods of apnea end with a brief partial arousal that may disrupt ...

Early, Quality Child Care Linked to Less Depression

May 21st, 2007
Children of low income families benefit from quality educational child care as the involvement appears to protect children against the negative effects of their home environments. The early intervention, for young children from infancy to age 5, appears to make a difference ...

Children Reach Adult Brain Levels Sooner Than Previously Thought

May 19th, 2007
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Contrary to previous belief, children appear to approach adult levels of performance on many basic cognitive and motor skills by age 11 or 12. This is according to a new study coordinated by the National Institutes of Health ...

Learn to Make Good Decisions

May 18th, 2007
New research suggests a method to improve an individual's quality of life is to teach them better decision-making skills. People who do well on a series of decision-making tasks involving hypothetical situations, tend to have more positive decision outcomes in their lives, ...