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Cost of Cancer Care Can Impact Quality of Life

December 26th, 2014
The heavy burden of financial stress from accumulating medical bills can lower the quality of life for cancer patients, even for those who have completed treatments and are cancer-free, according to a new study by Duke Medicine. The study, published in the Journal ...

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

December 25th, 2014
A new study has found that older adults who have greater heart and lung health also have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities. For the new study, researchers at Boston University Medical Center compared 33 young adults between the ages of 18 and ...

Physical Violence Tied to Disruption of Stress Hormone in Women

December 24th, 2014
A new study links physical violence against women by their male partners to disruption of a key stress hormone, which could lead to a variety of negative health effects. The study by the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center looked ...

Seniors’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Bolstered by Knowledge, Experience

December 23rd, 2014
New research has found that a lifetime of acquired financial expertise and knowledge offsets older people’s declining ability to efficiently process information when making financial decisions. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Columbia University ...

The Psychology of Gift Giving

December 22nd, 2014
Giving gifts can reveal how people think about others, what they value and enjoy and how they build and maintain relationships. Researchers are exploring several different aspects of gift-giving and receiving, such as how givers choose gifts, how gifts are used by recipients, ...

Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher Depression Risk

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found that, among high-socioeconomic-status black ...

‘Technoference’ Tied to Lower Relationship Quality

December 16th, 2014
In a new study, couples who allowed technology to frequently interrupt their time together (even when it's unintentional) also reported lower relationship satisfaction, more depressive symptoms, and lower life satisfaction overall. There is a word for this new phenomenon: "technoference." The term, coined ...

Safe, Walkable Neighborhoods Enhance Mental Health in Older Latinos

December 10th, 2014
Older Latinos living in the U.S. who feel that their neighborhoods are safe and walkable exhibit fewer symptoms of depression, and the effect may be long-term, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. “Many times we look at individual-level factors ...

Laughing Gas for Depression?

December 10th, 2014
A new study finds that a drug that makes people laugh may also reduce their depression. A pilot study has found that nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas," may be a potential treatment option for treatment resistant severe depression. Researchers at Washington University School of ...

Summer Jobs Program Linked to Less Youth Violence

December 7th, 2014
A summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study. The study evaluated the impact of Chicago's One Summer Plus program, which offers eight ...