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Probes of MDs Can Lead to Severe Depression, Anxiety

January 18th, 2015
Physicians who are being investigated because of complaints tend to suffer from high rates of severe depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to a new U.K. study published in the journal BMJ Open. The researchers suggest that by causing psychological ill health and encouraging ...

Closing Your Eyes Boosts Memory

January 18th, 2015
A new study from the U.K. has found further evidence that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more accurate details when they close their eyes. The researchers also discovered that building a rapport with witnesses helped them to remember more. For the study, published in the ...

Many Prisoners Suffer From Untreated Mental Illness

January 17th, 2015
Many individuals in state and federal prisons who suffer from mental illness get no treatment, according to new research by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The study is published in American Journal of Public ...

Little Evidence Opioid Drugs Work for Chronic Pain

January 17th, 2015
New research has found little to no evidence that opioid drugs are effective for long-term chronic pain, despite explosive growth in their use, according to a new paper released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings reveal that many of the ...

Stress Influences Ability to Display Empathy

January 16th, 2015
New research seeks to answer the question of how people can at times be very empathetic to others while at others times present a short fuse with little compassion? Researchers believe stress is a major factor in the observational paradox. As published in ...

Subtypes of Postpartum Depression Require Specific Care

January 16th, 2015
A new study finds that postpartum depression is a disorder that actually includes three distinct subtypes of clinical presentation. Subtypes classification is determined by timing of symptom onset, severity of symptoms, history of mood disorders, and medical complication during pregnancy. Saliently, each subtype of ...

Difficult Kids May Have Challenges Later in Life

January 16th, 2015
The belief that a child will outgrow a tendency to display disruptive behavior may be the wrong tactic for a parent. While it is normal for a young child to have tantrums and be otherwise disruptive, researchers have found that ...

Physical Inactivity more Dangerous than Obesity

January 16th, 2015
New research suggests that a lack of physical activity is twice as deadly as being obese. Scientists from the University of Cambridge discovered a brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual's risk of early death. Researchers studied ...

Positive Childhood Experiences Tied to Healthy Adult Heart

January 15th, 2015
Positive psychosocial experiences during childhood are linked to better cardiovascular health in adulthood, according to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. In fact, those with the most psychosocial advantages scored higher on an ideal cardiovascular health index in ...

Long Work Hours Can Lead to Alcohol Risk

January 15th, 2015
New research from the U.K. suggests that employees who work more than 48 hours per week are more likely to engage in risky alcohol consumption than those who work standard weeks. Risky alcohol consumption is considered as more than 14 drinks per week ...