Archive for July, 2007

Treatment For Depressed Teens

July 23rd, 2007
treatmentdepressedteens.jpgA new European study finds that cognitive behavioral therapy in conjunction with antidepressants does not provide additional benefit to adolescent patients. The finding is contrary to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines which advocate CBT for ...

Study Investigates Parkinson’s Roots

July 23rd, 2007
A UK researcher has received funding for a five-year study of Parkinson's disease that seeks to expand a new model on how and why nerve cells die. Dr. Lynn Bedford, of the University of Nottingham will also take a closer look at ...

Why Placebos Help Some People

July 23rd, 2007
A new University of Michigan study attempts to nail down why some people experience a positive effect when they receive a 'sham' treatment while others fail to respond to the same intervention, or even feel worse. Using two different types of brain ...

Children with ADHD Benefit from Any Treatment

July 21st, 2007
young boyContrary to popular belief, not all children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are treated with medications. And according to a study released on Friday, most children treated for ADHD show significant ...

Theater Aids Emotional Development

July 20th, 2007
Researchers report high school theater programs can strengthen adolescent emotional skills. In a unique study, researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign conducted open-ended interviews and observations to gain an in-depth understanding of one setting—a high school theater program. Ten teenagers were ...

Bipolar May Shrink Brain

July 20th, 2007
small brainResearchers discover people with bipolar disorder -- or manic depression -- suffer from an accelerated shrinking of their brain. The study shows for the first time that bipolar disorder -- a condition characterized by periods of depression and ...

TB Med Helps OCD

July 20th, 2007
pillsUniversity of Minnesota researchers discovered a drug originally developed to fight tuberculosis may help people with obsessive-compulsive disorder make more progress in therapy sessions. Now they want to see if this drug could have a similar effect on people ...

Natural Brain Chemical Manages Despair

July 20th, 2007
BrainScientists have identified a brain chemical that appears to help animals cope with 'behavioral despair' caused by inescapable stress. Researchers studying the brains of mice identified a gene-regulating protein that triggers the animals' ability to cope with anguish hopelessness ...

Pediatric Ritalin–A Cause for Concern?

July 19th, 2007
young boyA recent laboratory study suggests use of the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Ritalin by young children may cause long-term changes in the developing brain. Although the changes were observed to gradually disappear when the drug was no longer ...

Medication May Reduce Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

July 19th, 2007
Statins are a class of pharmaceuticals known for effectiveness in lowering cholesterol and stabilizing the cardiovascular system lowering the risk for disease. New research suggests a particular statin, simvastatin, reduces the incidence of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease by almost 50 percent. This ...