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Archive for December, 2010

Animal Study Suggests Link Between Immune Response and Depression

December 21st, 2010
Animal Study Suggests Link Between Immune Response and Depression  Researchers have found tantalizing evidence as to how flu can trigger depression symptoms. Vanderbilt scientists believe depression may be triggered by the same mechanisms ...

Music Fires Up Emotions in the Brain

December 21st, 2010
Music Influences Brains EmotionsIn a new study using brain imaging, researchers have identified how key aspects of musical performance cause emotion-related brain activity. Edward Large, Ph.D., the study's principal investigator, and Heather Chapin, Ph.D., the ...

Panic Treatment Targets Breathing Symptoms

December 21st, 2010
New Approach for Panic DisorderA new treatment program helps individuals who suffer from panic disorder, using breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and other symptoms. The method has proved better than traditional cognitive therapy at reducing ...

Is It Alive? The Eyes Have It

December 21st, 2010
The Eyes Make the DifferenceA new study finds that an individual’s eyes are the distinguishing factor that separates humans from inanimate subjects. For example, the face of a doll is clearly not human; the face of ...

Air Pollution May Tie Highway Proximity to Autism

December 20th, 2010
Being Born Near Highway Linked to Higher Risk for AutismChildren born within just one-fifth of a mile of a  highway appear twice as likely to have autism, according to a team of researchers from Children's ...

Caffeine Can Harm Children

December 20th, 2010
Caffeine Can Harm ChildrenA new study finds that parents need to be more diligent regarding their children's caffeine consumption. Caffeine consumption in children is often blamed for sleep problems ...

Study IDs Brain’s Fear Region, May Improve Treatment for Anxiety

December 20th, 2010
Detection of Brain's Fear Region May Improve Care for AnxietyScientists have confirmed the precise area of the brain that causes people to experience fear. Experts believe the discovery could improve treatment of post-traumatic stress ...

e-Bay Improves Consumer Business Skills

December 20th, 2010
e-Bay Improves Consumer Business SkillsA new study suggests customers of eBay who participate in the company's online communities become more conservative buyers and more selective and efficient sellers. The study from Rice University's Jones Graduate School ...

Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD Fall Short

December 20th, 2010
Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD Fall ShortThe ongoing debate about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) tackles a number of different aspects of the illness, and defining it is first and foremost. In that vein, a new study suggests ...

Hypersomnia Costly for Sufferers, Society

December 20th, 2010
Hypersomnia Costly for Sufferers, SocietyA Danish study of the sleep disorder hypersomnia (excessive sleep) finds the syndrome has far-reaching consequences for both the individual and society as a whole. Sleep researchers at the University of ...