Advocacy and Policy News

Mental Exhaustion Increases Risk of Heart Disease

November 18th, 2014
New research suggests psychological factors can elevate the risk of heart disease among healthy men and women by 36 percent. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers discovered fatigue, increased irritability, and feeling demoralized were associated with the increase in risk for first-time cardiovascular ...

Cookie Monster Helps Kids Learn Self-Control

November 17th, 2014
An innovative study has determined that watching the Sesame Street video featuring the Cookie Monster can help children improve their executive skills. Deborah Linebarger, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, discovered that when a group of preschoolers watched videos of ...

Adults With Autism Find It Hard to Recognize Facial Clues

November 17th, 2014
A new study finds that adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often struggle when they need to use facial clues to help perform a task. Investigators from Brunel University London, found that while adults with ASD are able to recognize static faces, they ...

Facebook Use Not Tied to Homicides

November 17th, 2014
A new study investigated whether homicides involving social networking sites were unique and worthy of labels such as "Facebook Murder." As a component of the study, researchers studied the way in which perpetrators had used social media sites in the homicides they had ...

Weight Loss Pills Counterproductive

November 14th, 2014
American culture is dominated by quick fixes -- or “have an app for that” mentality. Similarly, we have a belief that technology can cure all ills, even obesity. Experts note that the sale and use of weight loss pills and remedies ...

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...

Avatars Can Improve Self-Compassion

November 13th, 2014
A new UK study discovers self-compassion can be learned and enhanced by using avatars in an immersive virtual reality environment. Researchers believe this inventive approach can help to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. Investigators believe ...

‘Smart Drugs’ May Have Negative Effects

November 13th, 2014
A new study suggests so-called "smart drugs" such as modafinil (brand name Provigil) may have negative effects in healthy people. Currently, it is claimed that one in five students have taken modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam ...

Employers Urged to Improve Depression Interventions

November 13th, 2014
A new survey may motivate employers to consider proactive strategies to address depression in the workplace. Researchers found nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of U.S. respondents indicated they have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime and two in five (nearly 40 percent) of ...

Federal Laws Fail to Recognize Civilian PTSD

November 12th, 2014
Researchers believe federal legislation pertaining to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has an inordinate focus on the needs of military personnel and veterans. Drexel University researchers believe the failure of legislation to recognize PTSD in the civilian population is an issue because PTSD is ...