Archive for June, 2007

Subtypes of Alcoholism Discovered

June 29th, 2007
Blue womanAnalysis of a national sample of individuals with alcohol dependence (alcoholism) revealed five distinct subtypes of the disease. This finding should help dispel the myth that alcoholism is easily categorized and that an individual can be classified ...

Course Work May Improve Child Behavior

June 29th, 2007
A recent study suggests children who were taught a curriculum that focused on self-control and awareness of their own and others’ emotions display greater social competence and fewer behavioral or emotional problems. Researchers report their findings in the Annals of the New ...

New Hope for Body Image Disorder

June 29th, 2007
An obsession with body image affects at least three million Americans. Individuals often go to great lengths to hide from the world, often altering their appearance through plastic surgeries, while wrongly perceiving themselves to be ugly or having a hideous physical ...

Maternal Exposure to Smoke Linked to Child Mental Health Issues

June 28th, 2007
A new report suggests children whose mothers were exposed to second-hand smoke while they were pregnant have more symptoms of serious psychological problems compared to the offspring of women who had no prenatal exposure to smoke. The study, by University of Washington researchers ...

Sexual Desire Explored

June 28th, 2007
A new survey tool by Spanish researchers is designed to provide a reliable and valid evaluation of sexual desire. The inventory measures both solitary sexual motivation and the interest in having sexual intercourse with another person (didactic sexual desire). According to the ...

Antidepressants OK During Pregnancy

June 28th, 2007
Medical authorities have struggled over the potential risk for newborns when a certain class of depression medications is taken during pregnancy. New research suggests use of certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants do not appear to increase the risk for most kinds ...

Keeping Your Wits Sharp May Keep Alzheimer’s At Bay

June 28th, 2007
Want to keep Alzheimer's disease at bay? The conventional wisdom of keeping your brain engaged, such as by playing games that tax your mental energies or reading the newspaper, has been found to significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in later ...

Vitamin Fortified Bread for Depression?

June 27th, 2007
Depression currently affects between 5-10 percent of individuals and is the third most common reason for health consultation. Worldwide, the disorder will soon become the second leading cause of disability. Tantalizing new research finds a link between depression and low levels of folate, ...

Rx Pain Killer Abuse

June 27th, 2007
Increasingly, the new source for "getting high" is found in medicine cabinets. Authorities report more than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs with one in 10 teenagers admitting to abusing painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. Painkillers cause more overdoses than cocaine ...

Catching Up On Sleep

June 27th, 2007
According to some estimates more than 60 percent of women fail to regularly obtain the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. As sleep debt mounts, physical and mental health consequences increase. Experts from Harvard say that it may take ...