Archive for July, 2008

Happiness Wanes As Women Age

July 30th, 2008
New research suggests the difficulty in achieving life goals cause women to end up unhappier than men later in life -- even though they start out happier. The study, authored by Anke Plagnol of the University of Cambridge, and Richard Easterlin of the ...

Brain Response to Addictive Substances

July 29th, 2008
A new research finding gives scientists insight on how brain cells process antidepressant drugs, cocaine and amphetamines. The novel discovery could prove useful in the development of more targeted medication therapies for a host of psychiatric diseases, most notably in the area of ...

New Alzheimer’s Risk Factor for Women

July 29th, 2008
A hormone that affects thyroid gland function and thyroid hormone levels may cause women to have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The report, found in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests women with low or high levels of the hormone thyrotropin ...

Cholesterol Drug May Reduce Dementia

July 29th, 2008
A new study finds a commonly used cholesterol-fighting class of drugs may protect against dementia and memory loss. "After accounting for other key predictors of dementia, we found that statin users were about half as likely to develop dementia as those who did ...

Rx Drugs + Street Drugs + Alcohol = Deadly Combo

July 29th, 2008
In the first large-scale study of home medication consumption, researchers discovered the number of deaths from taking alcohol and/or street drugs in combination with prescribed medications have skyrocket. The tragedy has gained significant press as of late as a recent victim was actor ...

Antidepressant Use Is Up

July 28th, 2008
A new report from the federal government shows that prescriptions for antidepressant medications rose from 154 million scripts in 2002 to 170 million in 2005. The written prescriptions were filed after patients talked with physicians in-person or over the phone and did ...

Hormone Aids Memory of Positive Moments

July 28th, 2008
Emerging research suggests oxytocin, a hormone traditionally associated with lactation, also plays an important role in social bonding and maternal behaviors. A new study scheduled for publication in the August 1st issue of Biological Psychiatry now shows that one way oxytocin promotes ...

Some Blood Pressure Meds Decrease Dementia

July 28th, 2008
Researchers have found that angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)—a particular class of anti-hypertensive medicines—are associated with a striking decrease in the occurrence and progression of dementia. Scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report the finding as the first study that ...

Older Adults May Need Less Sleep

July 25th, 2008
Although sleep deprivation is a condition approaching epidemic proportions, a new study suggest that changes accompany the aging process may include a need for less sleep. The report, published online in Current Biology, finds healthy older people lose some capacity for sleep. ...

Unraveling the Aging Process

July 25th, 2008
A new study reveals how a class of highly reactive molecules inflicts cellular damage for diseases ranging from heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and Alzheimer's disease. According to the report published in the journal Cell, researchers have developed a tool that ...
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