Mental Health and Wellness News

Fermented Food Linked to Mental Health

January 27th, 2015
Recent research has investigated the intriguing link between mental health and the activity of the human gut's microbiome, or the microorganisms that share our body space. These organisms outnumber our own cells by ten to one. A team led by Eva M. Selhub, ...

Sleep Rules and Routine Improve Kids’ Slumber

January 27th, 2015
New research finds household rules and regular sleep-wake routines help kids get better and more age-appropriate sleep. Pennsylvania State researchers found that well-established rules for getting good sleep, such as limited caffeine and a regular bedtime, led to sufficient sleep quantity and adequate sleep ...

Autistic Kids Have Different Brain Activity during Play

January 27th, 2015
A first of its-kind-study shows that brain activation patterns and stress levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are significantly different as compared with typically developing children. Researchers from Vanderbilt University examined social play exchanges on multiple levels, revealing associations among brain ...

Management Strategies Reduce Mental Health Stigma

January 27th, 2015
A new Canadian survey finds that nearly 40 percent of workers would not tell their managers that they have a mental health problem. However, approximately half of those surveyed report they would help a coworker if the worker has a mental health ...

Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

January 27th, 2015
A large study finds that a certain group of medications may increase the risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered medications that have strong anticholinergic effects may increase the risk for dementia if the drugs are taken at higher doses or for ...

Reducing Work-Family Conflicts Improves Employees’ Sleep

January 27th, 2015
Workers who took part in an intervention designed to reduce conflicts between their work schedules and their family lives got an extra hour of sleep each week and reported greater sleep satisfaction than workers who did not participate, according to a new ...

For Some Parents, Kids Are College-Bound From Day One

January 26th, 2015
New research suggests parents’ beliefs that a child will attend college is strongly associated with academic success beginning in prekindergarten. Studies have shown that success in kindergarten is often associated with a number of socioeconomic factors. Children whose parents are more educated and ...

Fruit Fly Study Suggests All-Nighters Hamper Memory

January 26th, 2015
Researchers have associated sleep deprivation to problems with memory and learning for several years. Most animals, from flies to humans, have trouble remembering when sleep deprived, and studies have shown that sleep is critical in converting short-term into long-term memory, a process known ...

‘Honeycomb’ Brain Damage Afflicts Some Vets Who Survive Blasts

January 26th, 2015
Researchers have discovered honeycomb-shaped patterns of broken and swollen nerve fibers in the brains of some veterans who survived an improvised explosive device (IED), according to a new study at Johns Hopkins University. These hidden brain injuries may be the physical evidence behind ...

Mouse Study Complicates Role of Inflammation in Alzheimer’s

January 26th, 2015
The role of inflammation in the development of Alzheimer’s disease just got more complicated. University of Florida (UF) researchers discovered an anti-inflammatory process might actually facilitate the build-up of sticky clumps of protein that form plaques in the brain. These plaques block brain cells' ...