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Many with First Psychotic Episode Don’t Get Right Meds

December 27th, 2014
Many patients with first-episode psychosis are given medications that do not comply with the recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. First-episode patients have different treatment needs than those with multi-episode psychosis. Current guidelines ...

Strong Neighborhood Ties Can Protect Against Gun Violence

December 27th, 2014
Strong neighborhood ties can help protect a community from gun violence, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJF CSP). "Violence results in chronic community-level trauma and stress, and undermines ...

Police Body Cams Can Change Behavior With Self-Awareness

December 26th, 2014
New research from a landmark crime experiment using police body cameras shows that the technology is most effective at preventing escalation of violence, both by the police and towards the police. Researchers from the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology (IoC) say the ...

Fast Food Tied to Slower Academic Growth

December 26th, 2014
The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, according to a new study. Researchers from Ohio State University discovered that the more frequently children reported eating fast food in fifth grade, the lower their ...

Cost of Cancer Care Can Impact Quality of Life

December 26th, 2014
The heavy burden of financial stress from accumulating medical bills can lower the quality of life for cancer patients, even for those who have completed treatments and are cancer-free, according to a new study by Duke Medicine. The study, published in the Journal ...

Music Training May Improve Attention, Cut Kids’ Anxiety

December 26th, 2014
Musical training may help children focus their attention, control their emotions, and lower their anxiety, according to a new study by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & ...

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

December 25th, 2014
A new study has found that older adults who have greater heart and lung health also have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities. For the new study, researchers at Boston University Medical Center compared 33 young adults between the ages of 18 and ...

Smartphone Use Can Alter The Brain

December 25th, 2014
The finger movements we use to control our smartphones can actually change brain activity, according to a new Swiss study. Researchers at the University of Zurich teamed with colleagues at the University of Fribourg to research the day-to-day plasticity of the human brain based ...

Targeted Brain Stimulation Helps Anxious People Control Their Thoughts

December 24th, 2014
When a certain type of brain stimulation, known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), targets the brain’s dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (involved in the control of attention), it allows a person to more easily adjust his attention to threat, according to a new ...

Physical Violence Tied to Disruption of Stress Hormone in Women

December 24th, 2014
A new study links physical violence against women by their male partners to disruption of a key stress hormone, which could lead to a variety of negative health effects. The study by the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center looked ...