Archive for June, 2007

Vaccines for Drug Addiction

June 22nd, 2007
Pursuant to a series of new studies, a pair of new vaccines designed to combat cocaine and methamphetamine dependencies not only relieve addiction but also minimize withdrawal symptoms. Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) report the vaccines stimulate the body to produce ...

The Science of Mindfulness Meditation

June 22nd, 2007
A fascinating new study by UCLA researchers combines modern neuroscience with ancient Buddhist teachings. The scientists believe they have discovered the first neural evidence for why "mindfulness" — the ability to live in the present moment, without distraction — seems to produce ...

How Psychotherapy and Journaling Help

June 22nd, 2007
Writing in my journal
A new study using brain imaging quantifies the benefits of putting feelings into words when talking with a therapist or friend, or writing in a journal. UCLA psychologists report differenct areas of brain are active when ...

New Approach for Autism

June 21st, 2007
The existing theory on development of stereotypes may need modification as researchers discover children with autism can identify with conventional stereotypes based on a person's race and sex. The discovery was surprising because autistic children are classically unable to grasp the mental ...

Estrogen Therapy May Be Indicated For Younger Women

June 21st, 2007
The debate over the benefits or detriments of estrogen hormone therapy has taken a different track with experts now reporting that younger postmenopausal women who take estrogen-alone hormone therapy have significantly less risk for future coronary disease than their peers who did ...

Divorce Ups Chance of Ritalin Rx.

June 20th, 2007
A provocative new study finds that divorce puts children at higher risk of Ritalin use compared to kids whose parents stay together. However, the authors caution that this does not necessarily mean that divorce is harmful to a child. The research by a ...

Passive Smoke Harms Young Kids

June 20th, 2007
A new study reveals that children who have at least one parent who smokes have 5.5 times higher levels of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, in their urine. According to the authors, nearly 40 percent of children under the age of ...

Psych Central and Mental Health America Announce Revolutionary Partnership

June 20th, 2007
Mental Health America
Mental Health America, the nation's leading non-profit mental health organization, and Psych Central today announced that the two organizations are partnering to create the first comprehensive online mental health social and information network. Planned for ...

Genetic Risk for Parkinson’s

June 19th, 2007
The reason some people develop Parkinson's disease while others do not, may at least in part, be hereditary. So finds a new Mayo Clinic study that provides strong evidence that the joint effects of common DNA variations in several genes influence why ...

Preadolescent Doping

June 19th, 2007
The pressure to perform has spiraled down as more than one per cent of eleven year olds admit to using performance enhancing drugs to do better in sports. Perhaps a result of the admiration and obscene amounts of money paid to professional athletes ...