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Loneliness Linked to Chronic Illness

February 12th, 2015
A new study finds that the onset of a chronic illness results in people feeling lonelier, even for those who have had a steady partner for 50 years or more. A chronic illness is a health condition expected to last all one's life, ...

Higher Risk of Depression, ADHD among Preemies

February 10th, 2015
A new Canadian study has found that extremely low birth weight babies may have a higher risk of psychiatric problems in adulthood than other infants born at normal birth weights. Low birth weight infants, however, are less likely than others to have alcohol ...

Behavioral Therapy Keeps Autistic Kids from Ingesting Inedible Items

February 10th, 2015
New research shows that intensive behavioral intervention can be effective at eliminating pica in children with autism spectrum disorder. Pica is the repeated ingestion of inedible substances. Researchers say a subset of children with developmental and intellectual disabilities display pica, which can lead to ...

Many Insecure Folks Seek Facebook Feedback

February 10th, 2015
New research suggests Facebook is a busy venue for those who are generally insecure in their relationships. Investigators found insecure people are often very active on the social media site, frequently posting on walls, commenting, updating their status or "liking" something, in hopes of ...

Bad Driving Linked to Less Empathy

February 8th, 2015
Individuals with a history of dangerous driving show relatively less activation in brain areas associated with social cognition and empathy compared to their safe-driving counterparts, according to new research published in the journal NeuroImage. Psychological scientists in the Czech Republic monitored the brain ...

How Do Motives Affect Cooperation?

February 8th, 2015
How can you tell what motivates someone to cooperate? It’s a question many have wrestled with for years, including researchers at Harvard University, who developed “the envelope game.” The game is designed to help researchers understand why cooperation evolved, as well as why people ...

Brain Marker May Predict Later Stress-Related Depression

February 7th, 2015
Monitoring activity in the amygdala -- the part of the brain that detects and responds to danger -- can help determine who will become depressed or anxious in response to stressful life events, according to a new study. More importantly, the research could lead ...

Modern Families Challenge Stepfathers’ Mental Health

February 6th, 2015
New research suggests the complexity of raising a modern family can increase the risk of depression in mothers and fathers. New parental roles -- be it biological, stepparent, cohabitating, or non-cohabitating -- place new forms of stress on parents. Scholars at Brigham ...

Stress Influences the Perception of Pain

February 6th, 2015
New research finds that acute psychosocial stress dramatically reduces the body's ability to control pain. Tel Aviv University researchers applied acute stress tests on a large group of healthy young male adults to evaluate the behavior of the body's pain management systems prior ...

Study of Retired NFL Players Shows Concussion-Related Brain Damage

February 5th, 2015
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered signs of accumulated brain damage in former NFL players that may be connected to specific memory problems experienced decades after they stopped playing football. The study involved nine former NFL players who underwent a variety of imaging and ...