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Study Probes Biochemical Basis for Seasonal Depression

October 27th, 2014
As the days get shorter, for many the risk of depression increases. New research from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. The new study ...

Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Aid Schizophrenia Treatment

October 21st, 2014
Emerging research suggests that some anti-inflammatory medicines can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. A group of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands discovered anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin, estrogen, and fluimucil can help improve schizophrenia symptoms. This work was ...

Changes Suggested for Drug-Naming Conventions

October 20th, 2014
European psychiatrists and other health experts are calling for a change in the way mental health drugs are named. The reason for the switch is that the name of the drug you are prescribed may significantly influence the way you respond to the ...

Experts Debate Toddler Access to Digital Devices

October 14th, 2014
Times have changed when it comes to electronic media and the availability and use of digital devices by children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) basic policy statement, published in 1999, discouraged electronic media use by children under two. Given the proliferation of ...

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...

Robots May Help Autistic Kids Learn Life Skills

September 1st, 2014
A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) has found that humanoid robots can help children with autism spectrum disorder learn new skills and improve social behaviors. According to researchers, the robots help children learn by imitating behavior and by providing ...

Childhood Neglect, Not Abuse, Best Predicter of Violence in Teen Boys

August 20th, 2014
Boys who have been physically neglected are at greater risk of becoming violent teenagers than even those who have suffered from physical abuse, according to researchers at Penn State studying incarcerated male adolescents. Examples of physical neglect include not taking a sick or ...

Tinkering With Genes to Prevent Migraines

August 20th, 2014
Two new drugs in promising clinical trials use genetic engineering to prevent migraine headaches, the third most common and seventh most disabling medical disorder in the world. Both use genetically engineered "monoclonal antibodies" attacking a new target in migraine prevention, a small protein known as ...

Examining the Force of Habits, Seen and Unseen

August 12th, 2014
New research is helping scientists figure out the neurobiology behind habit formation. Wendy Wood, Ph.D., a social psychologist at the University of Southern California, said, "much of our daily lives are taken up by habits that we've formed over our lifetime." In a presentation at the ...

Can Reading Fiction Improve Empathy?

August 12th, 2014
An emerging theory suggests exposure to narrative fiction can improve an individual’s ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling. Dr. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, said, "we understand stories using basic cognitive functions, and there is ...