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Autistic Adults at Higher Risk of Sexual Victimization

August 15th, 2014
A new study has found that adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization, due to a lack of sex education. “Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain more of their sexual knowledge from external sources such as the Internet ...

Poor Sleep Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in Older Adults

August 15th, 2014
Older adults who suffer from sleep difficulties are at greater risk of dying from suicide than well-rested adults, according to new research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study confirmed the already established link between depression and suicide risk, while also ...

How You Think of God Impacts Prayer’s Effect on Mental Health

August 14th, 2014
New research suggests that individual expectations appear to influence how prayer impacts mental health. For example, when it comes to easing symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn't have the same effect for everybody. Baylor University researchers found that what seemed to matter more ...

Taking Meds to Work Night Shift May Do More Harm than Good

August 14th, 2014
Nearly 15 million Americans work the night shift and many struggle with the assignment experiencing restlessness, sleepiness on the job, fatigue, decreased attention, and disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm. As a result, many workers take drugs to help them stay awake or ...

Tracking Eye Movements Can Diagnose ADHD

August 14th, 2014
A novel method to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be in plain sight. In a new study from Tel Aviv University published in Vision Research, involuntary eye movements accurately reflect the presence of ADHD, as well as the benefits of stimulants used to treat the ...

Jet’s Near-Disaster Sparks Study on Who Is Vulnerable to PTSD

August 14th, 2014
A first of its kind study explored how a life-threatening traumatic event, and the memory of the event, influences the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers studied a group of Air Transat (AT) passengers who experienced 30 minutes of unimaginable terror over ...

Wanted: Just the Right Amount of Exercise

August 14th, 2014
More than half of all American fail to obtain the minimum recommended amount of physical activity (>150 minutes/week of moderate exercise), a factor that increases risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Emerging research, however, warns that individuals can overdo exercise increasing the ...

Balancing Proportion of Food ‘Vices’ May Be Key to Right Diet

August 13th, 2014
New research finds that it may be OK to eat unhealthy food even when trying to lose or maintain weight. The key is keeping the "bad" food at the right level. Vanderbilt University researchers call the strategy a balance of “vice-virtue bundles” combining ...

Computer Literacy May Support Cognition in Elders

August 13th, 2014
Emerging research suggests minimal levels of digital competency can help to reduce cognitive decline in older adults. The new study is the first to show the ability to engage, plan, and execute digital actions, such as web browsing and exchanging emails, can improve ...

Similar Brain Deficits Impact ADHD, Addiction, Conduct Disorder

August 13th, 2014
Emerging research has discovered that many common behavioral problems stem from the same neurocognitive deficits. The finding suggests that disorders may be detected, and cared for early in the spectrum of care by focusing on a few critical behaviors. Investigators from the University of ...
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