Advocacy and Policy News

Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

October 22nd, 2014
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it is an ...

Positive Subliminal Messages Boost Elders’ Physical Performance

October 21st, 2014
A new study discovers positive subliminal messages that flip negative stereotypes of aging can improve physical functioning among the elderly. Yale School of Public Health researchers say the novel intervention method was designed to examine whether exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken ...

Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Aid Schizophrenia Treatment

October 21st, 2014
Emerging research suggests that some anti-inflammatory medicines can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. A group of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands discovered anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, estrogen, and fluimucil can help improve schizophrenia symptoms. This work was ...

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

October 21st, 2014
A new European study suggests that panic attacks may be associated with an aversion to bright light. Although the finding does not imply a cause-and-effect relationship, the discovery of an association may lead to development of new therapies for panic disorder. Panic attacks occur ...

Social Media Can Connect Those with Severe Mental Illness

October 20th, 2014
People with severe mental health issues are willing to go online and share stories to provide support for others with similar conditions. Researchers found people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder are comfortable using a social media website like YouTube to provide ...

Action Video Games Improve Sensorimotor Skills

October 20th, 2014
A new study discovered people who play action video games such as "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" were able to learn a new sensorimotor skill quicker than non-gamers. University of Toronto researchers believe the study shows that action video games strengthen sensorimotor ...

Changes Suggested for Drug-Naming Conventions

October 20th, 2014
European psychiatrists and other health experts are calling for a change in the way mental health drugs are named. The reason for the switch is that the name of the drug you are prescribed may significantly influence the way you respond to the ...

Breakfast Boosts Dopamine, Helps Regulate Overeating and Cravings

October 18th, 2014
A new study has found that eating breakfast, especially foods rich in protein, increases the levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which can help reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. “Our research showed that people experience ...

Study Looks at Way to Reduce Youth Suicides

October 17th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that early detection of mental health issues and better exchange of health information can reduce youth suicides. Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University studied 67 suicide completers ages 25 and under and matched ...

Circadian Rhythms of Gut Microbes Tied to Obesity

October 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that messing with the biorhythms of our gut bacteria can cause obesity. Researchers studied gut microbes in mice and humans and discovered the bacteria have circadian rhythms controlled by the biological clock of the host in which they live. Investigators ...