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Psychotherapy Beats Medication for Social Anxiety Disorder

September 27th, 2014
While antidepressants are the most commonly used treatment for social anxiety disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is more effective and -- unlike medication -- can have lasting effects long after treatment has stopped, according to a new study. CBT is one of ...

Most Women Content After Prophylactic Mastectomy

September 26th, 2014
A study reviewing the decision to have a healthy breast removed to reduce risk of future cancer has found that most women have no regrets. And the choice to have or not to have reconstructive surgery seems to be an individual preference, including ...

Tending To The Emotional Needs of Alzheimer’s Patients

September 26th, 2014
A new University of Iowa (UI) study suggests that Alzheimer’s caregivers have a profound influence -- good or bad -- on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been ...

Perfectionism Linked to Suicide

September 26th, 2014
New research suggests perfectionism may be a bigger risk factor in suicide than experts had previously imagined. Researchers from York University in Canada believe clinical guidelines should include perfectionism as a separate factor for suicide risk assessment and intervention. “There is an urgent need for ...

Teen Sleep Deficits Can Hurt Grades

September 25th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents with sleep problems and poor sleeping habits have lower academic performance when compared to those who enjoy a good night's sleep. Swedish researchers reviewed more than 20,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 from Uppsala County, north ...

Obese Male Teens Earn Less Money in Adulthood

September 25th, 2014
Research findings suggest a behavior change in adolescence can significantly increase a teen’s adult earning potential. Swedish researchers found that men who are obese as teenagers earn up to 18 percent less in adulthood than their peers of normal weight. Economists and researchers Drs. ...

Healthy Foods Tied to Better Mental Health

September 25th, 2014
New findings suggest mental health is correlated to the consumption of fruits and vegetables with a magic number of five portions a day associated with high mental well-being. Researcher from the University of Warwick discovered 33.5 percent of respondents with high mental wellbeing ...

Changing Harmful Social Norms to Combat Gender-Based Violence

September 24th, 2014
A new study discusses the challenge of developing effective strategies to change traditional, but inequitable and harmful community norms that can lead to gender-based violence. In the review, Georgetown University researchers acknowledge that gender-based violence affects the physical and mental health of girls ...

Many Single Parents Have Active Sex Life

September 24th, 2014
New research counters the notion that a single parent of a child younger than five has a limited social life, if a social life at all. Researchers from the Kinsey Institute discovered single parents of children younger than five date and are sexually ...

Oregon Program Breaks Up School Day with Brief Exercise

September 24th, 2014
A new survey finds that an exercise DVD that adds short breaks of physical activity to the daily routine of elementary school students was very popular with both students and teachers, and offered clear advantages for overly sedentary educational programs. Called “Brain Breaks,” the DVD ...