Archive for March, 2009

Brain Marker for Familial Depression

March 24th, 2009
One of the largest-ever imaging studies of depression indicates that a thinning of the right hemisphere appears to be linked to a higher risk for depression. Published in the upcoming early online edition ...

Romance Stirs Individuality, Fear Runs in Crowds

March 24th, 2009
Each day people are confronted with innumerable pieces of information and hundreds of decisions. Not surprisingly, people seldom process each piece of information deeply, instead relying on quick mental shortcuts to guide their ...

Physical Abuse Raises Health Costs

March 24th, 2009
A new long-term study reveals women experiencing physical abuse from intimate partners spent 42 percent more on health care per year than non-abused women. And the costs don’t end when the abuse does. The ...

Risk of Dementia May Be Overstated

March 24th, 2009
According to a new UK study, people with memory problems are less at risk of developing dementia than previously thought. A five-year review analyzed data from 41 studies and dovetails with a government focus ...

Genetics Aid Treatment of Mental Disorders

March 23rd, 2009
Researchers have taken a step forward in understanding the genetics of illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The study, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, found that a gene called DISC1 -- known to play a role in the development of mental ...

An Outside Perspective on Happiness

March 23rd, 2009
Want to know what will make you happy? Then ask a total stranger -- or so says a new study from Harvard University, which shows that another person's experience is often more informative than your own best guess. The study, which appears in ...

Daily Drinking Harms Liver More Than Binges

March 23rd, 2009
A new study discovers long-term daily drinking, rather than weekly binge drinking, is by far the biggest risk factor in serious liver disease. The University of Southampton study is published in the journal Addiction. Scientists conclude that increases in UK liver deaths are ...

Chronic Pain Clients Respond to Vitamin D

March 23rd, 2009
Mayo Clinic research shows a correlation between inadequate vitamin D levels and the amount of narcotic medication taken by patients who have chronic pain. This relationship is an important finding as researchers discover new ways to treat chronic pain. According to the ...

New Spinal Stimulator for Parkinson’s

March 20th, 2009
A new treatment approach uses stimulation of the spinal cord, rather than the brain to relieve Parkinson symptoms. The pre-clinical data is published in the journal Science by researchers at Duke University Medical ...

Social Factors Influence Elder Health

March 20th, 2009
Although not having many close friends contributes to poorer health for many older adults, those who also feel lonely face even greater health risks. Researchers from the University of Chicago also found older people ...