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Archive for July, 2009

Improved Definition of Depression

July 24th, 2009
Improved Definition of Depression A group of researchers proposes the definition for major depressive disorder (MDD) should be shortened to include only mood and cognitive symptoms. If accepted, the 35-year-old definition found in the Diagnostic ...

Brain Scans of the Future

July 24th, 2009
Brain Scans of the FutureThe ability to view the brain in a multidimensional, active perspective (functional MRI) has revolutionized the way neuroscientists and medical professionals study cerebral activity. Still, how far can brain imaging ...

Blood Pressure Med Protects Memory Decline

July 24th, 2009
Blood Pressure Med Protects Memory DeclineNew research discovers a common class of blood pressure medication could protect older adults against memory decline and other impairments in cognitive function. Wake Forest University School of Medicine scientists ...

A Little Stress Helps Memory

July 24th, 2009
A Little Stress Helps MemoryDay after day stress suppresses mental and physical health. In fact, chronic stress can have an effect on learning and emotion. However, a new research study using an animal model ...

Seung Hui Cho’s Missing Mental Health Records Surface

July 23rd, 2009
Seung Hui Cho's Missing Mental Health Records SurfaceSeung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech student who murdered 32 of his fellow classmates two years ago on campus, has had ...

Slippery Slope For Abused Women

July 23rd, 2009
Slippery Slope For Abused WomenSpousal abuse seems to be a no-brainer -- leave the guy and walk out the door, right? According to a new University of Illinois journal article, an abused woman actually goes ...

Smelling the Roses Relieves Stress

July 23rd, 2009
Smelling the Roses Relieves StressA novel technique to relieve stress is an age old naturopathic remedy. New research demonstrates the scent of lemon, mango, lavender, or other fragrant plants are beneficial for stress reduction. Scientists ...

The Mechanism Behind Placebos

July 23rd, 2009
The Mechanism Behind Placebos For centuries medical professions have struggled with the placebo effect, an event that occurs when a individual obtains benefit following treatment that involves a ruse, rather than the expected intervention. ...

Cognitive Training for Kids with ADHD

July 23rd, 2009
Cognitive Training for Kids with ADHDA new study reviews how cognitive training and stimulant medication address working memory impairments in children with ADHD. Working memory is the brain's ability to hold and process critical ...

Selective PTSD Intervention Is Best

July 22nd, 2009
Wide-Ranging PTSD Intervention Not BeneficialUnfortunately large disasters, campus shootings and tragic catastrophes on a large scale seem to be part of our 21st century existence. The incidents are horrific for the participants and potentially ...