Health-related News

Risk Factors for Sexual Assault May Help Prevent It

October 16th, 2014
A new Danish study identifies risk factors associated with sexual assault and finds that most women were in their late teens or early 20s and knew their attacker before the incident. Many of the assaults were not associated with physical injury, but alcohol often played ...

Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

October 16th, 2014
A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme. Accordingly, a genetic analysis may be able to predict children who will be a high risk for ADHD. If ...

Good Luck Finding a Shrink

October 16th, 2014
A new study finds that scheduling an appointment with an outpatient psychiatrist is a grim challenge -- even those with private insurance or willing to pay cash have poor odds of actually seeing one. Harvard researchers attempted to access private outpatient psychiatric care ...

Neglect Hinders Brain Development, Influences ADHD

October 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that when infants and children are raised in a sterile environment of psychosocial neglect, cortical development is slowed, increasing the risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Over the past decades, the world has observed tragic examples where the failure of ...

Teen Health Better If Parents Understand Daily Challenges

October 15th, 2014
New research suggests the better a parent understands the daily experiences of their teen, the better the mental health of the teen. Moreover, having a parent who “gets” a teen’s daily life may influence the way a teen’s body responds to stress on ...

Neurosis Linked to Later-Life Alzheimer’s In Women

October 15th, 2014
A Swedish suggests women who worry and have poor coping skills for stress have increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Middle age mood swings also place a women at higher risk for Alzheimer’s. The study, published in the journal Neurology, started in ...

Emotional Mindset Can Impact Consumer Decisions

October 15th, 2014
A new study suggests the emotions of guilt and shame make a difference in the way a person makes decisions. Researchers found that guilt is more associated with concrete actions while shame leads to a global or holistic view. For example, perhaps you splurged ...

Physical Activity May Not Protect Teens from Depression

October 14th, 2014
Although evidence suggests physical activity can help adults relieve depression and suppress depression relapse, a new study finds that physical activity is not associated with a reduction in adolescent depression. Prior studies have shown that major depressive disorder is the second leading cause ...

Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

October 14th, 2014
A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys ...

Role of Stress in Heart Disease Varies by Gender

October 14th, 2014
New research suggests we still have a lot to learn on the way mental stress influences heart disease. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was a part of a larger review on the impact of escitalopram (Lexapro) ...