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Why Elderly Can Die from a Broken Heart

September 21st, 2014
Grief affects people over the age of 65 more severely, weakening their immune systems and making infection more likely, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Birmingham (UB) in the UK. This may explain why some grieving elderly ...

Habitual Facebook Users More Likely to Be Scammed

September 20th, 2014
A new study has found that people who habitually use Facebook are more susceptible to being victims of online scams. For his study, Arun Vishwanath, Ph.D., an associate professor of communication at the University at Buffalo–State University of New York, subjected 150 college ...

New App Monitors Students’ Mental Health

September 19th, 2014
Researchers have developed a smartphone application that passively monitors a student’s mental health and compares their mental status to academic performance and recent behavior. Dartmouth researchers say the StudentLife app, compares students' happiness, stress, depression, and loneliness to their academic performance. They say the ...

Blood Tests Can ID Depression, Predict Best Therapy Approach

September 18th, 2014
For years, researchers have been trying to find a reliable "biomarker" for diagnosing depression. That quest may now be a reality, with the development of a blood test that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression -- and who may benefit from a ...

Job Stress Only One Issue Contributing to Work Burnout

September 17th, 2014
In today’s faced-paced economic environment, worker burnout is a relatively common occurrence as nearly 50 percent of all U.S. workers feel overwhelmed by job demands. New research suggests burnout is often a combined function of job stressors and an absence of support ...

Mental Illness Diagnosis Puts Family Members at Emotional Risk

September 16th, 2014
When a family member receives a diagnosis of a mental illness, there is an emotional cost, often in the form of anxiety, that is often felt by family caregivers. In a new study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing found ...

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective ...

‘Fat Shaming’ Linked to Weight Gain, Not Weight Loss

September 14th, 2014
"Fat shaming" does not encourage weight loss in overweight adults; in fact, those who experience this type of discrimination tend to gain more weight, according to new research by University College London (UCL). In a four-year study of 2,944 UK adults, those who ...

Happy Wife, Happy Life

September 13th, 2014
A new study finds that for older adults, the more content the wife is with her marriage, the happier the husband is with his life -- no matter how he feels about their relationship. “I think it comes down to the fact that ...

Collective Pain Can Have a Benefit

September 12th, 2014
The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us that even the most horrific circumstances can have a positive effect, in some cases by bringing together a community, a city, or an entire nation. New research suggests that, despite its unpleasantness, pain may actually have positive social ...