Archive for March, 2014

Brain Differences in Some Drug Users May Signal Risk of Addiction

March 29th, 2014
Brain Differences in Some Drug Users May Signal Risk of AddictionResearchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered differences in the brains of college-aged students who only occasionally use ...

Face Recognition is Possible Through Specific Brain Mechanism

March 29th, 2014
Face Recognition is Possible Through Specific Brain MechanismHumans are extremely adept at recognizing faces. But why is this? Some scientists believe that our brains have unique functions that specialize only in face recognition. Others say that ...

Clusters of ‘Broken Hearts’ Linked to Natural Disasters

March 29th, 2014
Clusters of 'Broken Hearts' Linked to Natural DisastersNew research has discovered dramatic spikes in cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called broken heart syndrome, in Vermont and Missouri after major natural disasters. The researchers say that ...

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Tied to Preterm Birth

March 28th, 2014
Antidepressants During Pregnancy Tied to Preterm BirthA new systematic review of published literature discovers use of antidepressant medications during pregnancy can increase the risk of preterm birth. This finding solidifies the recommendation to avoid antidepressants ...

Many U.S. Kids Lack Secure Attachment, Face Future Hurdles

March 28th, 2014
Many U.S. Kids Lack Secure Attachment, Face Future HurdlesA somber new study of some 14,000 U.S. children finds that 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds with parents and are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems ...

Sleep May Play Key Role in Easing Chronic Pain

March 28th, 2014
Sleep May Play Key Role in Easing Chronic Pain  A new research study discovers efforts to improve sleep have a dual benefit for those who have sleep issues because of chronic pain. In addition ...

Risk for Bipolar Disorder Linked with Creativity

March 28th, 2014
Risk for Bipolar Disorder Linked with Creativity A new study suggests that inspiration, or the idea to spawn creative works, is associated with people at higher risk of developing bipolar disorder. Researchers from Lancaster University ...

Can Online Gaming Improve Your Social Life?

March 28th, 2014
Can Online Gaming Improve Your Social Life? A new research study suggests that online gaming may actually broaden players’ social lives. “Gamers aren’t the antisocial basement-dwellers we see in pop culture stereotypes, they’re highly social people,” ...

Environment Can Affect Gene Expression in Autism

March 27th, 2014
Environment Can Affect Gene Expression in AutismRecent findings suggest that certain environmental factors can influence the development of autism spectrum disorder. About one in 100 people have a form of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. These ...

Peer-Group Approach Helps Teens Limit Sugary Drinks

March 27th, 2014
Peer-Group Approach Helps Teens Limit Sugary DrinksConsumption of sugary soft drinks is a behavioral trait often associated with overweight and obese younger adults. A new study finds teens can be persuaded to cut back on sugary ...