Research News

Older Girls in Middle School Can Contribute to Body Image Issues

September 19th, 2014
New research finds middle schools that include fifth through eighth grades may set the stage for dissatisfied body image among younger girls. Researchers found that although the media is highly criticized for contributing to body image issues in adolescents, the source for body ...

Fighting Parents Harm Child’s Emotional Balance

September 19th, 2014
New research suggests combative parents may impair a child’s ability to recognize and control emotions. Investigators discovered the effect of protracted household tension is cumulative as prolonged exposure to marital aggression takes a substantial toll on the emotional adjustment of young children. Moreover, ...

New App Monitors Students’ Mental Health

September 19th, 2014
Researchers have developed a smartphone application that passively monitors a student’s mental health and compares their mental status to academic performance and recent behavior. Dartmouth researchers say the StudentLife app, compares students' happiness, stress, depression, and loneliness to their academic performance. They say the ...

Survey Finds Promise in Yoga for Bipolar Disorder

September 18th, 2014
A new survey takes the first steps toward assessing the value of yoga for people with bipolar disorder (BD). As reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice,  the survey finds generally positive results, with a few exceptions. “There is no scientific literature on hatha yoga ...

More Features for Fitness Apps Not Necessarily Better

September 18th, 2014
Wearable electronic activity monitors hold promise in helping people to improve their fitness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses. This information is organized into companion computer programs and mobile apps. But thus far, few studies have looked at whether fitness monitors actually ...

Smart Teen Peers May Make College More Likely

September 18th, 2014
Hanging out, playing sports, or joining clubs with smart friends, intelligent teammates, or brainy group members can double a high school student’s odds of going to college, according to new research. The new study of high school activities bears this message for incoming high ...

Blood Tests Can ID Depression, Predict Best Therapy Approach

September 18th, 2014
For years, researchers have been trying to find a reliable "biomarker" for diagnosing depression. That quest may now be a reality, with the development of a blood test that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression -- and who may benefit from a ...

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- response, are ...

Brain Scans to Screen for Potential Reading Problems

September 17th, 2014
Reading problems are slow to detect often setting children back and placing them at a disadvantaged position during critical school years. In a new study, University of California, San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read. The tactic ...

Early Intervention Can Curb Aggression in Kids

September 17th, 2014
Timely new research discovers aggressive children are less likely to become violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults if they receive early school and home-based interventions. The Fast-Track Project study, by researchers at Duke, Pennsylvania State, Vanderbilt universities and the University of Washington, began ...