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Chronic Insomnia Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure

January 28th, 2015
New research discovers insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension. The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia taking longer to fall asleep -- called physiological hyperarousal -- ...

Teen ‘Pharming’ Is a Rising Concern

January 28th, 2015
A new review suggests new initiatives are needed to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers. Teens often believe the drugs are harmless with the abuse of prescription medications now the second-most commonly abused drug ...

Mindfulness Can Boost Kids’ Math Scores, Kindness, Likability

January 28th, 2015
A new social and emotional program with mindfulness techniques, called MindUp, has been shown to successfully help children become more caring and optimistic, improve their math scores and lower their stress levels. The program, founded by Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn, was recently ...

Culture Influences Creativity

January 28th, 2015
A new study examines if a nation’s culture would influence the expression of creativity or the quality of the new output. Investigators compared nearly 300 individuals from Taiwan, a collectivist society, and Canada, a more individualistic country. Researchers from Canada’s Concordia University discovered that ...

Economic Benefits from Team Hospital Care for Violence

January 28th, 2015
A new model of clinical care incorporates a team-based public health approach to care for and manage violent injuries. The innovative strategy which empowers health care professionals to prevent violent events, not just treat them, is used in more than 25 hospitals across ...

Fermented Food Linked to Mental Health

January 27th, 2015
Recent research has investigated the intriguing link between mental health and the activity of the human gut's microbiome, or the microorganisms that share our body space. These organisms outnumber our own cells by ten to one. A team led by Eva M. Selhub, ...

Sleep Rules and Routine Improve Kids’ Slumber

January 27th, 2015
New research finds household rules and regular sleep-wake routines help kids get better and more age-appropriate sleep. Pennsylvania State researchers found that well-established rules for getting good sleep, such as limited caffeine and a regular bedtime, led to sufficient sleep quantity and adequate sleep ...

Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

January 27th, 2015
A first of its-kind-study shows that brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are significantly different as compared with typically developing children. Researchers from Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations among brain ...

Management Strategies Reduce Mental Health Stigma

January 27th, 2015
A new Canadian survey finds that nearly 40 percent of workers would not tell their managers that they have a mental health problem. However, approximately half of those surveyed report they would help a coworker if the worker has a mental health ...

Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

January 27th, 2015
A large study finds that a certain group of medications may increase the risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered medications that have strong anticholinergic effects may increase the risk for dementia if the drugs are taken at higher doses or for ...