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Suicide Risk Plummets After Talk Therapy

November 23rd, 2014
Repeated suicide attempts and deaths by suicide were about 25 percent lower among a group of Danish people who participated in voluntary talk therapy after a suicide attempt, according to a new study. The study is believed to be the first to show ...

Boosting Self-Regulation Helps At-Risk Kids

November 22nd, 2014
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills -- such as paying attention, following directions, and learning to stay on task -- has been shown to help prepare at-risk children for kindergarten. These skills are critical to a ...

Early Puberty May Put Teens at Risk for Depression

November 20th, 2014
New research suggests kids who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression. Both genders are at risk, although depression typically develops differently in girls than in boys, said University of Illinois researchers. "Investigators believe their findings show that early ...

Herpes Simplex Virus May Up Risk of Alzheimer’s

November 20th, 2014
A person who carries certain antibodies of the herpes simplex virus may be at double the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to two new Swedish studies. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is a breakthrough," ...

Creativity Spurred by Small Feelings of Entitlement

November 20th, 2014
New research finds temporary feelings of privilege or entitlement can boost creativity. The perception of entitlement is usually considered a negative trait similar to narcissism or conceit. Prior studies have found that those who feel entitled are less likely to help others or apologize. ...

Mindfulness + Cognitive Therapy = Less Prenatal Depression Risk

November 20th, 2014
Mindfulness techniques combined with cognitive therapy have been shown to reduce the risk of depression relapse among pregnant women. Mindfulness approaches include meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga while cognitive therapy challenges and alters maladaptive thoughts and feelings. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers found pregnant ...

Night Shift May Lead to Weight Problems

November 19th, 2014
New research discovers people who work the night shift are likely burning less energy during a 24-hour period than those on a normal schedule. The imbalance in caloric energy expenditure may increase night workers risk for weight gain and obesity. Researchers have known that ...

Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the ...

Social Network Games Can Enhance Family Ties

November 19th, 2014
Playing games on a social media site may actually improve communication among family members of all ages. In a new study, researchers discovered online games like CityVille are being played multi-generationally within families. "These interactions prove social networks are tools that break down ...

Financial Incentives Help Socially Disadvantaged Smokers Quit

November 18th, 2014
Small financial incentives appear to provide a great dividend in helping socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers just say “no.” Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) found that providing an incentive in the form of weekly cash gift cards improved ...