Archive for June, 2008

Family Stress Ups Child’s Risk of Distress

June 23rd, 2008
boyA new Norwegian study suggests small children who grow up in a stressful environment are more vulnerable than others to develop emotional problems. Researchers discovered maternal distress symptoms, family stress and lack of social support in the child's pre-school ...

New Insights on Grief Recovery

June 23rd, 2008
womanGrief is a difficult emotion that most will experience as a component of life. Typically the feeling is encountered as we cope with the death of a loved one. In time, we move on, accepting the loss. But ...

Link Between Diet and Memory Loss

June 20th, 2008
A provocative new research study suggests memory loss may be linked to a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Loss of memory with advanced age is a significant problem within most societies, and appears particularly severe in advanced industrialized nations. Researchers from ...

Obese Individuals Feel Discrimination

June 20th, 2008
A new Australian study finds that obese people feel "a culture of blame" against them, which they say has been made worse by media reports about the health risks of obesity. Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne conducted one-hour personal interviews with 76 ...

Insights On Long-Term Memory

June 20th, 2008
A new study by UCLA cellular neuroscientists illuminates the mechanisms that underlie long-term memory. Scientists believe the research, centered on an unusual subject, has the potential to aid the treatment of long-term memory disorders. "The more we know about how long-term memory ...

Normal Brain Activity May Explain Psychotic Behavior

June 20th, 2008
A new study suggests analysis of brain activity among normal adults may provide clues as to how individuals might behave during a psychotic episode. The study, in the The Journal of Neuroscience, related the brain activity of healthy participants to how they behaved ...

Childhood Stress Influences Adult Health

June 19th, 2008
New research discovers stressful events during childhood play a major role in the later development of significant health conditions. German researchers found dramatic life events such as the death of a family member, serious illnesses of a family member or the separation ...

Psychosocial Challenges When Living With AIDS

June 19th, 2008
A new study focuses on the psychosocial influences such as stress, depression and trauma among people infected with HIV. According to background information, these issues have been neglected in biomedical and treatment studies yet they are now known to have significant health impacts ...

Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Transcends Race

June 19th, 2008
New research discovers a commonly recognized gene that places one at risk for Alzheimer's disease does not discriminate between blacks and whites. Florida State University Psychology Professor Natalie Sachs-Ericsson and graduate student Kathryn Sawyer found that the gene APOE epsilon 4 allele is ...

Brain Response When Healthy Adults Take Stimulant Meds

June 19th, 2008
A new trend on college campuses (and in some professions) is the use of stimulant medications such as methylphenidate (MP)--either legally or illegally--to improve attention and focus. However, the effect of the medications on the brain of healthy subjects has not been ...