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Archive for April, 2008

Genes Drive Transition From Social Drinker to Alcoholism

April 24th, 2008
WomanThe debate between the role of nature and nurture on the transition from taking a first drink to becoming addicted is clarified in a new study of young women. A team of researchers at Washington University School ...

Memory Research Improves Knowledge of ADD

April 24th, 2008
BrainsA new study finds that the average person can keep just three or four things in their "working memory" or conscious mind at one time. Researchers believe this finding may lead to better ways to assess and help people ...

Omega-3s Uncertain for Bipolar

April 23rd, 2008
Omega 3sA new review of existing studies finds that there is still not enough evidence to say whether omega-3s are useful treatments for people with bipolar disorder. The summary comes despite intriguing findings that omega-3 fatty acid supplements ...

75 Percent of Women Have Disordered Eating

April 23rd, 2008
womanA new survey of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 suggest sixty five percent have behavioral issues regarding food intake and an additional 10 percent report symptoms consistent with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia ...

Bullying in Childhood Can Damage Young Adults

April 23rd, 2008
young manChildren who are the target of rumors and gossip are at risk of depression and anxiety in early adulthood, finds a new University of Florida study. Investigators studied 210 college students and discovered the link between what psychologist ...

ADHD Meds Could Have Cardiac Risks

April 22nd, 2008
medsAccording to the American Heart Association, children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should get careful cardiac evaluation and monitoring -- including an electrocardiogram (ECG) -- before treatment with stimulant drugs. Current pediatric and psychiatric practice typically includes a ...

Vitamin D May Aid Brain Function

April 22nd, 2008
Vitamin DA new scientific investigation suggests vitamin D supplementation may be indicated for high-risk groups to improve development and function of the brain. Vitamin D has long been known to promote healthy bones by regulating calcium levels in the ...

Family Support After Teen Suicide

April 22nd, 2008
personSadly, teenage suicide is often perceived as the result of rejection of family, significant others and of society. Unequivocally, families affected by teenage suicide look back for warning signs and clues in order to make sense of the ...

Research Targets Anxiety

April 21st, 2008
MarijuanaCurrently, initial pharmaceutical treatment for anxiety disorder has about a fifty percent chance of success. And doctors have no definitive way to predict who will, and who will not, benefit from each anti-anxiety prescription they write. Accordingly, ...

Unraveling the Stigma of Depression

April 21st, 2008
manNew research suggests men and the less educated often have a negative attitude about depression. For individuals suffering from depression the negativity associated with the disease often impedes diagnoses and treatment. The findings highlight the importance of developing programs ...