Archive for May, 2008

Childhood Lead Exposure Linked to Criminal Behavior

May 28th, 2008
jailResearchers have discovered the first evidence of a direct link between prenatal and early-childhood lead exposure and criminal behavior later in life. University of Cincinnati (UC) researcher Kim Dietrich, PhD, and his team determined that elevated prenatal and ...

Therapies Reduce Post-Stroke Depression

May 28th, 2008
ManNew research discovers administration of medication or participation in a problem-solving therapy group lowers the risk of depression in the year following a stroke. The study is published in the May 28 issue of JAMA. The annual incidence of stroke ...

ADHD Influences Work Productivity

May 27th, 2008
workerAccording to a new World Mental Health Survey, workers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do twenty-two days less work per year than people who do not have the disorder. The study, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) ...

Risk of High-School Victimization

May 27th, 2008
riskA new University of Alberta survey of more than 2300 students aged 12–18 assessed what types of high school students are being indirectly victimized. This includes being involved in emotionally damaging scenarios such as receiving hurtful anonymous notes, being ...

Antipsychotic Meds for Older Adults Could Be Dangerous

May 27th, 2008
woman and doctorA new report discovers older adults with dementia who receive short-term courses of antipsychotic medications are more likely to be hospitalized or die than those who do not take the drugs. The study is found in the ...

Video Games Can Aid Creativity

May 26th, 2008
video gamesNew research discovers video games that energize players and facilitate a positive mood could also enhance creativity. However, the study also finds that players who were not highly energized and had a negative mood, registered the highest creativity. The ...

Are Iraq War Veterans Receiving the Care They Need

May 26th, 2008
A new survey finds that a majority of Americans believe that wounded Iraq war veterans do not receive high quality medical and mental health care. The perception holds true whether care is provided in the military or by Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospitals ...

Infections May Speed Alzheimer’s

May 23rd, 2008
infectionsEmerging evidence suggests a number of chronic diseases are in fact caused by one or more infectious agents. The discovery opens potential lines of prevention by development of anti-viral or anti-bacterial medications. For example, stomach ulcers ...

Biochemical Effects of Betrayal

May 23rd, 2008
biochemicalInvestigators have discovered the neurophysiological basis of human trust and the reaction to it being breached. In the study, scientists were able to prove the hormone oxytocin plays a vital role toward the sentiment of trust, even after ...

Antidepressants Do Not Cause Birth Defects

May 23rd, 2008
pillsA new study finds that expectant mothers can safely use prescribed antidepressants during their first trimester. Dr. Anick Bérard and her team from Montreal University performed a retrospective analysis of over 2000 women and found that antidepressants have ...