Health-related News

Obese Kids’ Brains Respond More to Sugar

December 14th, 2014
A new study has discovered that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. The study, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and ...

Researchers ID New Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

December 13th, 2014
Researchers have identified a new cluster of preclinical symptoms that may indicate when a young person is at greater risk for developing a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. The researchers also identified several biological processes that typically occur during a person’s transition from minor ...

Memory Lapses Among Well-Educated May Signal Stroke Risk

December 13th, 2014
People with a high level of education who complain about memory lapses have a higher risk for stroke, according to new research. "Studies have shown how stroke causes memory complaints," said Arfan Ikram, M.D., associate professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam in ...

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Gut Bacteria Dysfunction Found in Parkinson’s

December 12th, 2014
People who suffer from Parkinson's disease (PD) have a different set of microbiota in their intestines than those without the disease, according to a new study conducted by the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Central Hospital. The researchers hope that these ...

Research Fails to Support Mindfulness as Weight Loss Technique

December 12th, 2014
A new review finds that there is little documented evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers analyzed 19 studies that promoted the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Although 13 of the studies documented weight loss among participants ...

Some Personality Traits Linked to Health

December 12th, 2014
Emerging research suggests some aspects of our personality appear to be associated with our immune system. The link to the immune system may influence our health and well-being. Investigators found that two key traits -- a person’s degree of extraversion and conscientiousness -- ...

Teen ADHD + Conduct Disorder = Substance Abuse

December 11th, 2014
New research finds that teens diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are more likely to use alcohol and tobacco. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group. Conduct disorder ...

Alcohol Use Can Impair Sleep, Cause Insomnia

December 11th, 2014
Emerging research suggests drinking alcohol to fall asleep may ultimately be counterproductive as the drug interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body’s sleep-regulating mechanism. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine believe that over time, the impairment in normal sleep function can ...

Distracted to Learn?

December 10th, 2014
Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task. Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during ...