Health-related News

Placebo Treatment Activates Brain in Parkinson’s

November 27th, 2014
Researchers have learned that simply the expectation of learning stimulates brain activity among individuals with Parkinson’s. For individuals with Parkinson's disease, the placebo effect activates the brain, providing a response similar to that experienced after the administration of actual medications. Researchers say the study ...

Testosterone Spike Does Not Convey Competitive Advantage

November 27th, 2014
A new study dispels the notion that a higher surge of testosterone in competition, the so-called “winner effect,” influences performance success. Dr. David Edwards, a professor of psychology at Emory University, and his graduate student Kathleen Casto studied intercollegiate cross-country runners. They found ...

Sleep Apnea Tied to Poor Oxygen Intake During Exercise

November 27th, 2014
Individuals with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may have limited oxygen capacity while participating in strenuous aerobic exercise, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which a person’s breathing ...

Arterial Plaque Can Lead to Cognitive Impairment

November 27th, 2014
While it is well known that plaque buildup in the arteries can increase the risk of heart disease, new research discovers the condition can also compromise mental acuity. In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in ...

Gambling Issues Often Linked to Personality Disorders

November 26th, 2014
A new review suggest that individuals receiving treatment for gambling problems should also be screened for personality disorders. The recommendation comes after researchers from Monash University in Australia discovered treatment for gambling problems is often complicated because an individual may also suffer from ...

Breast Asymmetry Can Impact Teen Mental Health

November 26th, 2014
A new study by plastic surgeons finds that differences in breast size have a significant mental health impact in adolescent girls. Researchers discovered breast asymmetry affects self-esteem, emotional well-being, and social functioning. The study has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official ...

Teens Report Less Loneliness, More Isolation

November 25th, 2014
New research suggests self-esteem and confidence among American high school and college students is growing. But the new report is mixed as researchers learn that while that subjective isolation has declined, social network isolation has increased. Researchers posit that modernization is fueling the emotional ...

Rat Study Suggests Schizophrenia May Stem from Surplus Brain Protein

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers a gene associated with schizophrenia also plays a role in brain development. The finding may help to explain the way the disease originates. Bonnie Firestein, Ph.D., a Rutgers professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much ...

Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Drugs to Teens Comes with Abuse Risk

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers prescription of an anti-anxiety or sleeping medication to a teen comes with a risk of illegal abuse of medications by the teen. Experts say the findings suggest substance abuse assessments should be performed before the drugs are prescribed. University of Michigan ...

Early Exposure to Verbal Conflict Can Aid in Coping with Adult Stress

November 25th, 2014
While the holiday season is a time to reconnect with family and friends, it can also be a time of stress. Although the opportunity to be in close contact with family and friends is welcomed, the environment may result in heated debates, or ...