Archive for June, 2014

How Sweet Talk Emotionally Engages The Brain

June 28th, 2014
New research shows that taste-related words, such as describing something as “sweet” or “bitter,” engage the emotional centers of the brain more than literal words with the same meaning. For their study, researchers from Princeton University and the Free University of Berlin had ...

Heavy Alcohol Use Tied to 1 in 10 Deaths of Working-Age Adults

June 28th, 2014
Excessive alcohol use is linked to one in 10 deaths among adults ages 20 to 64 years of age in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death ...

More Women Than Men With Chronic Illness Seek Mental Health Services

June 27th, 2014
New research finds that women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses. Moreover, they also seek out mental health services six months earlier than those same men. "Chronic physical illness can lead to depression," ...

Unhappy Marriage Tied to Higher Risk for Heart Disease

June 27th, 2014
Emerging research suggests a conflictual marriage is associated with greater risk of cardiovascular illness. “Growing evidence suggests that the quality and patterns of one’s social relationships may be linked with a variety of health outcomes, including heart disease,” said Dr. Thomas Kamarck, professor ...

The Way We Speak Mimics the Way We Feel

June 27th, 2014
Ground-breaking European research has uncovered a link between language and emotions. Psychologist Dr. Ralf Rummer and phoneticist Dr. Martine Grice were able to demonstrate that the articulation of vowels systematically influences our feelings and vice versa. The researchers looked at the question of whether and to ...

‘Ringing in the Ears’ Alters Processing of Emotion

June 27th, 2014
More than 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, a condition that causes individuals to hear noises that are not really there. Sounds like whooshing, train whistles, cricket noises, or whines may be heard with the severity often varying on a day to day basis. Research ...

Substantial Weight Loss = Better Mood, Improved Sleep

June 27th, 2014
New research has documented that when obese adults lose at least fives percent of their body weight they sleep better and longer. In addition, the study found that weight loss at six months improved sleep quality, as well as mood, regardless of how ...

Study Finds No Link Between Insomnia, High Blood Pressure

June 26th, 2014
As more than 30 percent of Americans deal with difficulty falling asleep, at least they don't have to worry that their insomnia being associated with high blood pressure. The new findings should relieve concerns of the medical consequences of insomnia on the cardiovascular ...

Older Moms More Likely to Live Longer

June 26th, 2014
According to a new study, women who had their children at an older age have a better chance to live to an unusually old age. The case-control study has been published online in the journal Menopause. Researchers evaluated data from the Long Life Family ...

More Benefits Found In Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s

June 26th, 2014
While it is well-recognized that deep brain stimulation (DBS) improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), new research finds that DBS also reduces the number and severity of non motor symptoms. "Non-motor features are common in PD patients, ...