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Nearly 3 in 5 Pregnant Teens Have Used Drugs or Alcohol

February 24th, 2015
Many teenagers, especially younger teens, may not be getting the message about the risks of using alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, nearly three in five pregnant teens reported ...

Mice Study Suggests ‘Love Hormone’ Mitigates Effects of Alcohol

February 24th, 2015
New research finds that the hormone oxytocin appears to prevent some of the physical effects of alcohol, at least in rats. Oxytocin is often referred to as the “love hormone” as the chemical plays a vital role in social and sexual behavior and ...

Daydreams May Improve Cognition

February 24th, 2015
Repetitious, monotonous tasks often result in a wandering mind. This daydreaming behavior is frequently criticized as a lack of discipline and an action that hinders future performance. New research now suggests daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom as the behavior can ...

Telephone Support Can Help Ease Postnatal Depression

February 24th, 2015
Emerging research discovers telephone-based peer support helps to reduce postnatal or postpartum depression in new mothers. The new study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, also found that social support from peers may be effective for maternal depression up to two years ...

Stress Influences Confidence, Can Lead to Inequalities

February 24th, 2015
A new study looks at the way in which stress influences our confidence in competing with others. European scientists say the behavioral investigation is the first to show how stress actually affects our degree of confidence. They believe stress can even be a ...

LGBT Teens Who Come Out Early Have Less Depression as Young Adults

February 23rd, 2015
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens who disclose their orientation at school have higher self-esteem and lower levels of depression as young adults, compared to LGBT youth who keep their identity a secret, according to new research at the University of ...

Mice Study Suggests Some Disorders May Be Tied to 4-Hour Cycles

February 23rd, 2015
A new animal study finds that four-hour cycles driven by the neurotransmitter dopamine may be implicated in the disturbed sleep-wake cycles of some mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The study, led by Kai-Florian Storch, Ph.D., of the Douglas Mental Health ...

YouTube Videos Tend to Glamorize Intoxication

February 23rd, 2015
A new analysis discovers that the 70 most popular videos depicting drunkenness on YouTube account for more than 330 million views. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health (CRMTH) discovered the videos rarely portray the negative ...

Voice Influences Perception of Intellect

February 23rd, 2015
A new study suggests verbal communication is more powerful than written words when a person is trying to sell themselves. University of Chicago researchers found that when hypothetical employers and professional recruiters listened to or read job candidates' job qualifications, they rated the ...

Preteens Who Experiment May Have Different Brain Processes

February 22nd, 2015
Preteens who experiment or explore new things may have brain processes that work differently, according to a new study. "The beginning of adolescence is associated with seeking new experiences and increasing exploratory behaviors, but little research has been done to measure that increase ...