Advocacy and Policy News

Service Dogs Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

December 23rd, 2014
Service dogs can significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in veterans, according to the preliminary findings of a Kaiser Permanente study. The dogs were also found to improve veterans' relationships and lower their substance abuse. Researcher Carla Green led the ...

Seniors’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Bolstered by Knowledge, Experience

December 23rd, 2014
New research has found that a lifetime of acquired financial expertise and knowledge offsets older people’s declining ability to efficiently process information when making financial decisions. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Columbia University ...

Brain’s Reward System Begins Normalizing a Few Months Into Opioid Remission

December 23rd, 2014
A few months into recovery, patients who have successfully stopped taking prescription opioids show signs that their brains’ natural reward systems are starting to normalize, according to a new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The researchers assessed changes in the ...

Those Prone to Guilt May Be Hardest Workers

December 23rd, 2014
New research shows that employees who are highly prone to feel guilty for disappointing their co-workers are among the most ethical and hard-working partners. However, the study from researchers at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business also suggests that these ...

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Cousin: Lewy Body Dementia

December 22nd, 2014
A new symptom comparison chart has just been issued by the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) that helps people recognize the differences between Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Alzheimer’s disease. LBD is a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease that is often ...

Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher Depression Risk

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found that, among high-socioeconomic-status black ...

Early Sensitive Caregiving Has Lasting Influence on Child’s Development

December 19th, 2014
Emerging research discovers sensitive caregiving in the first three years of life is a strong predictor of an individual’s future social competence and academic success. A new study -- designed to replicate an earlier study that showed early maternal sensitivity has lasting ...

Innocent Parenting Style May Harm Kids in Adulthood

December 19th, 2014
As the Holidays are upon us, new research reminds parents that using gifts or presents to reward certain behaviors, may not be the correct approach. A recent study from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois at Chicago found that ...

Fine Particle Air Pollutants Linked to Autism

December 19th, 2014
New research suggests that women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter air pollution during pregnancy may experience double the risk of having a child with autism. Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) says the risk is greatest when the exposure occurs ...

Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

December 19th, 2014
Experts define Internet addiction as an impulse-control problem distinguished by an inability to inhibit Internet use. This addiction can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships, reports a new study. Researchers, however, did not find an association between high levels ...