Archive for January, 2009

Teen Smokers Risk Adult Depression

January 30th, 2009
A new study discovers teenagers who smoke could be setting themselves up for depression later in life. Psychology Professor Carlos Bolanos and a team of researchers from Florida State University found that nicotine given to ...

Motor Effects of Parkinson’s Explored

January 30th, 2009
People with Parkinson's disease commonly suffer a slowing or freezing of movement caused by the death of neurons that make dopamine, a key chemical that allows brain cells to send and receive messages ...

New Clues on Alzheimer’s

January 30th, 2009
How are neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's initiated, and why is age the major risk factor? A recent study of a protein called MOCA (Modifier of Cell Adhesion), carried out at the Salk Institute ...

Help for College Drinkers

January 29th, 2009
The college years are a time when many experiment with alcohol. For drinkers concerned that their alcohol use might be spiraling out of control, a personalized self-help program can curb dangerous drinking habits in ...

Lexapro and Zoloft Top Treatments for Depression

January 29th, 2009
In a new meta-analysis published today, Lexapro (escitalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline) were found to be the most effective and best tolerated antidepressants available. The study, published in the medical journal Lancet, reviewed 117 studies ...

Fertility Treatments Not Influenced By Mood

January 29th, 2009
Anxiety and depression before and during fertility treatment does not affect the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant or of her canceling her treatment. The surprising revelation was discovered by Dr. Bea Lintsen, a ...

Omega-3s for Menopausal Depression

January 29th, 2009
A new study from Quebec suggests omega-3 fatty acids ease psychological distress and depressive symptoms often suffered by menopausal and perimenopausal women. The study, by researchers at Universite Laval's Faculty of Medicine is published in ...

Study Confirms Memories Change Over Time

January 29th, 2009
A new brain imaging study illustrates what happens to memories as time goes by. The study shows that distinct brain structures are involved in recalling recent and older events. The findings support earlier studies of ...

Stress Disrupts Thinking But Brain Is Resilient

January 28th, 2009
A brain neuroimaging study on stressed-out students suggests that male humans, like male rats, don't do their most agile thinking under stress. The findings, published this month in the Proceedings of the ...

Diabetes Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

January 28th, 2009
Researchers have discovered diabetics have a significantly greater risk of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The findings emanate from a study of twins that found the risk of dementia is ...