Health-related News

Little Knowledge, Lots of Overdose Risk for Young Opioid Users

September 7th, 2014
A new study explores for the first time the relationship between non-medical prescription opioid (PO) use in young adults, their knowledge and experience of overdose, and the likelihood of overdose. Opioid-involved overdoses have become a growing public health concern in the last ...

Better Sleep Equals Better Brain

September 7th, 2014
A new study shows a link between poor sleep quality and faster rates of decline in brain volume. According to researchers, sleep is the “brain’s housekeeper,” working to repair and restore the brain. The study from researchers at the University of Oxford in the ...

E-Cigarettes Give Boost to Quitting Smoking

September 6th, 2014
E-cigarettes dramatically boost smokers' chances of successfully quitting, according to recent research. Professor Robert West, Ph.D., of University College London, UK, said, "E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking." The deaths ...

Middle-Aged Diabetics Twice As Likely to Suffer Mild Cognitive Impairment

September 6th, 2014
A German study has found that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurs twice as often in individuals diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 2. However, the study also found that this strong association was only observed in middle-aged people — those between 50 and 65 ...

Rat Study: Females More Sensitive to Cannabis

September 6th, 2014
Due to higher estrogen levels, females are at least 30 percent more sensitive to the pain-relieving effects of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) compared to males, according to a new rat study at Washington State University (WSU). Females are also more susceptible ...

Parental Sleep Aids for School Kids

September 5th, 2014
Now that school has resumed for most school-aged children, parents face the challenge of overcoming summer sleep habits. Sleep, or lack thereof, and technology often go hand in hand when it comes to such kids, say researchers. Nearly three out of four children (72 ...

Parent Training + Meds Shown to Help Kids with ADHD, Aggression

September 5th, 2014
A new approach that includes stimulant and antipsychotic medication, along with parent training on behavioral management techniques, has been found to reduce aggressive and serious behavioral problems in aggressive children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The approach is welcomed as finding a safe ...

Musical Training Improves Youth Brain Functions

September 4th, 2014
New research provides hard evidence that community music programs can enhance brain function in at-risk children. The Northwestern University study provides the first direct evidence that a community music program for at-risk youth has a biological effect on children's developing nervous systems. Researchers discovered ...

Comparing Adverse Effects of Marijuana, Alcohol

September 3rd, 2014
The emerging debate about whether marijuana is "safer" than other substances has led to a new study documenting how alcohol and marijuana use impacts the psychosocial well-being of high school seniors. Researchers affiliated with New York University published the study online ahead of ...

Family Dinner with Teen Provides Protection from Cyberbullying

September 2nd, 2014
As simple as it sounds, making family dinner with your teen a routine provides a double benefit as the support helps adolescents cope with cyberbullying and improves their overall mental health. Researchers from McGill University studied the association between cyberbullying and mental health ...