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Can Bad Habits Foster OCD?

April 11th, 2014
Can Bad Habits Foster OCD? Emerging research on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) suggests that a tendency to develop habits -- the compulsive component of the disorder -- may be a central feature of the disorder, ...

Does More Facebook Time Lead to More Negative Body Image?

April 11th, 2014
Does More Facebook Time Use Lead to More Negative Body Image? Researchers in the United Kingdom and United States found that more time on Facebook could lead to more negative feelings and more comparisons to ...

For Many Teens, Indoor Tanning Tied to Weight Control Issues

April 7th, 2014
For Many Teens, Indoor Tanning Tied to Weight Control Issues A new study discovers that high school students who use indoor tanning also have higher rates of unhealthy weight control behaviors, such as taking diet ...

Weight-Loss Beliefs Jeopardize Anti-Obesity Drugs

April 6th, 2014
Weight-Loss Beliefs Jeopardize Anti-Obesity DrugsPsychologists recently have gained new insights into the factors affecting the success of anti-obesity drugs. Dr. Amelia Hollywood of Surrey University, UK, explains, "Weight-loss medication is widely prescribed, but with very mixed ...

How Trusting Instincts Can Mean Trouble for Teens

April 1st, 2014
How Trusting Instincts Can Mean Trouble for TeensA provocative new study suggests making a snap decision following your intuition, or going with your gut, may lead to poor decisions by teenagers. Scientists believe this may ...

Oxytocin Shows Promise in Treating Anorexia

March 23rd, 2014
Oxytocin Shows Promise in Treating AnorexiaOxytocin, sometimes called the "love hormone," could be a promising new treatment for anorexia nervosa, according to two new studies. Researchers found that when patients with anorexia are given a dose of ...

New Tools Aid Treatment of Binge Eating and Obesity

March 20th, 2014
New Tools Aid Treatment of Binge Eating and ObesityCambridge researchers have developed a technological method to objectively measure a person’s desire to eat. The ability to quantifiably record, rather than subjectively assess, an individual’s perception ...

Childhood ADHD Meds May Increase Risk for Adult Obesity

March 19th, 2014
Childhood ADHD Meds May Increase Risk for Adult Obesity New research suggests the longer attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are used in childhood, the greater the risk of adult obesity. Paradoxically, investigators from the Johns Hopkins ...

Some Infant Care Practices May Contribute to Later Obesity

March 18th, 2014
Some Infant Care Practices May Contribute to Later ObesityA new study reveals that many parents partake in infant feeding and activity behaviors that increase a child's risk for obesity later in life. University of North ...

Facebook Tied to Higher Risk of Eating Disorders

March 6th, 2014
Facebook Tied to Higher Risk of Eating DisordersProvocative new research ties high Facebook use to an increased risk of eating disorders. Florida State University investigators studied 960 college women and found that more time on ...