Archive for December, 2010

Insights and Tips on Cyber-Bullying

December 31st, 2010
Better Understanding Cyber BullyingCyber bullying is on the rise, but parents and schools often have little idea what they can do proactively to reduce the effects of cyber-bullying in their family or group. Two out of ...

Team Approach Works Best Fighting Depression with Diabetes, Heart Disease

December 31st, 2010
Team Approach Works Best Fighting Depression with Diabetes, Heart DiseaseWith many chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease come additional challenges -- such as depression. But more often than not, depression is either ...

Amygdala May Contribute to Humans’ Social Life

December 30th, 2010
Amygdala May Contribute to Humans' Social LifeScientists have determined that the amygdala, a small almond-shaped structure deep within the temporal lobe, is important to a rich and varied social life among humans. The ...

In Study, Initial Bipolar Diagnosis Missed 60 Percent of Time

December 30th, 2010
Initial Bipolar Diagnosis Missed 60 percent of TimeOnly 40 percent of clinicians make a correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder when presented with a definitive case and are subject to heuristic (problem-solving by trial and error) ...

‘Real World’ Executive Function Test Proposed for Schizophrenia

December 30th, 2010
A test that assesses schizophrenia patients' ability to do grocery shopping is a good measure of cognitve processes such as planning, rule acquisition, and inhibition, collectively known as executive function, in a ...

NIMH Names Top 10 Paths to Progress in 2010

December 29th, 2010
Among its top 10 research advances of the past year, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) points to two medications that hold out promise for new approaches to combating depression; important strides in understanding autism, specifically brain structure and connections; and ...

Placebos Work, Even When We Know They’re Placebos

December 27th, 2010
Placebos Work, Even When We Know Theyre PlacebosTaking a placebo appears to be effective even  when the patient is fully aware it’s not a working drug, according to researchers at Harvard ...

Brain Scans May Predict Schizophrenia

December 25th, 2010
A new study suggests brain scans could be used to predict the onset of schizophrenia in young people with a family history of the disease. University of Edinburgh researchers discovered the brains of people who later develop schizophrenia shrink at an accelerated rate ...

Smart Pen Detects, Helps to Reduce Stress

December 24th, 2010
Move over smart phones, a new device -- a pen -- is said to measure if an individual is stressed-out and provide individual biofeedback for assisting self-regulation. Researcher and designer Miguel Bruns Alonso has developed a pen which can measure the stress levels of ...

When Gift-Giving Goes Against Who We Are

December 24th, 2010
Holiday shoppers beware: A new study suggests purchasing a gift for someone that threatens our own identity can lead us to buy another item to reaffirm identity. For example, if a vegetarian has to buy a steakhouse gift certificate for a friend, her discomfort may well ...