Archive for October, 2008

Teens in Poor Neighborhoods at Greater Risk for Suicide

October 27th, 2008
teenA new Canadian study finds that youth in their late teens who live in poor neighborhoods are four times more likely to attempt suicide than peers who live in more affluent settings. Researchers also found youth from poor neighborhoods ...

Improved Medical Education on Addiction

October 27th, 2008
doctorsResearchers have found that education on addiction is inadequate during medical training, resulting in suboptimal medical care for those at risk. However, the research also found a program offered by Boston Medical Center is an effective "train the ...

Depression Ups Pregnancy Risk

October 27th, 2008
womanA new study discovers depressed pregnant women have twice the risk of a pre-term delivery than pregnant women with no symptoms of depression. The study found that pregnant women with symptoms of depression have an increased risk of ...

Physical Warmth Associated With Trust

October 24th, 2008
manA new theory suggests people trust others more when they experience physical warmth. According to researcher Lawrence E. Williams, simply handling a hot cup of coffee can change one's attitude toward a stranger. In a paper published in the ...

The Search for Anxiety Genes

October 24th, 2008
dnaThe evolution of genetic research has allowed scientists to explore and identify genes involved in particular types of behavior, such as fear. A new genetic association study used a mouse model to evaluate genes that may be associated ...

Spirituality Tops Religion for Depression

October 24th, 2008
manThose who worship a higher power often do so in different ways. For some, an active religious community is preferred while for others, praying or meditating are methods to connect. New research out of Temple University suggests that ...

Depression Influences Severity of Lung Disease

October 24th, 2008
stethescopeAlthough experts have acknowledged a link between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and depression and anxiety, new research suggests the mood disorders may actually exacerbate COPD and cause increased hospitalizations.. "This is an important and revealing finding, indicating that ...

ADHD Increases Nicotine Dependence

October 24th, 2008
smokingA new study finds young people with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) are not only at increased risk of starting to smoke cigarettes, they also tend to become more seriously addicted to tobacco and more vulnerable to environmental ...

We Vote For People Who Look Like Us

October 23rd, 2008
People Vote for People That Look Like ThemHow superficial are we when it comes to voting for a political candidate? Apparently, more than we might realize. Researchers Jeremy Bailenson and Shanto Iyengar of Stanford University say that people ...

Steroids for PTSD?

October 23rd, 2008
pillsCortisol helps our bodies cope with stress, but its effect on the brain remains controversial. A new study suggests the administration of corticosteroids may be an indicated treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In an animal model ...