Health-related News

Mouse Study: Oxytocin Regulates Female Sexual Behavior

October 11th, 2014
The "cuddle" hormone oxytocin may play a particularly strong role in regulating female sexual behavior, according to a new mouse study by scientists at Rockefeller University. Oxytocin is released naturally during moments of relational bonding, such as breastfeeding, childbirth, and sex. The research, ...

Redefining Active Aging Beyond Exercise

October 11th, 2014
As the population ages, health officials around the world are encouraging the elderly to lead active and healthy lifestyles. But there's more to "active aging" than exercise and fitness, according to new research. “Thirty years ago, the elderly were not expected to be ...

Gender Impacts Art Appraisals

October 10th, 2014
The value given to a work of art may depend more on the gender of the appraiser than the beauty of the work, according to a new study. Men seem to focus more on the artist’s background and authenticity, while women pay more ...

Stress May Underlie Teen Girls’ Risk of Depression

October 10th, 2014
While adolescence often brings a mixed bag of emotional events, new research suggests girls have more interpersonal challenges, increasing their risk for depression. Temple University researchers believe frequent exposure to stressful events causes girls to ruminate, or overly contemplate their emotional affairs, which ...

Kids’ Eating Problems Could Warn of Mental Issues

October 10th, 2014
A new study warns parents that childhood eating problems could predict underlying psychological issues. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that eating disorders can appear before puberty. "Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our studies indicate that the problem can ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

Family Support Helps Gay, Bisexual Youth Succeed

October 9th, 2014
A “modern family” setting in which gay and bisexual youth receive the blessing and love of family members can help kids avoid unhealthy behaviors. Rutgers investigators found that gay and bisexual youth who are supported by their family and feel comfortable talking to ...

For Seniors, It’s Sleep Quality Not Quantity That Counts

October 9th, 2014
A new study from the University of Chicago finds that older adults' insomnia may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that patients get. Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the ...

Binge Drinking Can Amplify Liver Damage

October 9th, 2014
Emerging research suggests binge drinking can lead to changes in liver proteins that may result in cirrhosis and cancer. University of Missouri researchers discovered binge drinking or over-consumption of alcohol is especially dangerous among those who already drink a lot. “We know that chronic ...

Food Deserts Hinder Even Motivated Dieters

October 8th, 2014
Researchers discover that much like real estate, where location matters, the need to have healthy food a short distance away makes a difference in staying on a diet and losing weight. University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health ...