Health-related News

Perception of Control Helps Women Rebound from Trauma

March 3rd, 2015
New research suggests women who believe they have control over life circumstances and have strong social support experience better psychological recovery after an assault. Investigators studied 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related, potentially traumatic event. They found that ...

Anxious Folks Struggle with Decisions In Face of Uncertainty

March 3rd, 2015
New research finds that highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life's uncertainties. Experts say the anxiety can lead to off-based or unfounded beliefs. For example, individuals may interpret a lovers' tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace ...

Female Veteran Heart Patients Tend to Be Younger, Obese, More Depressed

March 2nd, 2015
Female veterans who have gone through the Veterans Administration (VA) system to receive cardiac catheterization tend to be younger, more obese, more depressed and more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than their male counterparts, according to a new study ...

Low Self-Esteem Hinders Intimate Partner Communication

March 2nd, 2015
New research from Canada suggests people with low self-esteem are more likely to stay in unhappy relationships. University of Waterloo investigators found that sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection. This finding was somewhat contrary ...

New Suggestions to Encourage Healthy Eating

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research challenges strategies that have historically been used to encourage healthy eating. Four new perspectives were presented in a symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice," presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference. To begin, a study ...

Does Money = Happiness ?

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research looks at the relationship between money and well-being and finds conflicting evidence on the link between money and happiness. Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases -- money spent on doing -- may provide more enduring ...

More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies

March 1st, 2015
New moms who experience high levels of social stress (economic problems or feeling less in control over their own housing situation) are 2.5 times more likely to have no restriction or only a partial restriction on smoking in their homes, which may ...

Aggressive Boys Tend to Develop into Physically Stronger Teens

February 28th, 2015
Boys who are aggressive tend to develop into physically stronger teens than boys who are not aggressive, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. “This work was motivated by a long-standing controversy over the relationship between physical development and ...

Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

February 28th, 2015
New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder. According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's ...

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...