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 Friday, February 28, 2003

Borderline personality disorder prognosis looks good
US researchers have found that symptomatic improvement among patients with borderline personality disorder is both common and stable. The team, led by Mary Zanarini, from McLean Hospital in Belmont, Maryland, followed the rates of remission and recurrence in 290 patients with borderline personality disorder, and 72 who met DSM-III-R criteria for other axis II disorders over a 6-year period.

Among those with borderline personality disorder, 34.5% were in remission after 2 years. This status was also achieved by 49.4% of patients after 4 years, and by 68.6% after 6 years, resulting in a total 73.5% remission rate for the entire follow-up period. "This finding suggests that the majority of borderline patients experience substantial reductions in their symptoms far sooner than previously known," the researchers comment.

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 Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Variety of casual acquaintances affects success and health
Knowing many kinds of people in many social contexts improves one's chance of getting a good job, developing a range of cultural interests, feeling in control of one's life and feeling healthy. Many know how important networking is, says researcher Bonnie Erickson, but the critical matter is the variety of acquaintances and not the mere number.

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Internet Use May Benefit Survival Of Minority/Ethnic Breast Cancer Patients
A researcher from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found in a recent study that minority breast cancer patients' use and perception of breast health information from Internet sites differs from that of white patients. This perceived benefit may be beneficial for minority patient survival. Joshua Fogel, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mental Health, is the study's lead author.

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TaxAct is a Class Act
Believe it or not, this is the first year I've filed federal income tax returns using a computer program. I've always appreciated doing it by hand in the past, and last year, because of my house purchase, I went to an accountant in town. But this year, I wanted to try something different to see if it made a difference. It did!

I chose not to use the popular TurboTax because of privacy concerns about how it installs itself on your computer and communicates back to the company. Ick. Don't like that. So I found a program called TaxAct which is free! Online filing costs $8, and the state version to file with your state is an extra $12. But all in all, I found the program so easy to use and easy to install on my aging desktop computer at home (Pentium II 266!), I can do nothing but highly recommend it. It walked me through the whole 1040 form (including deductions) asking me simple, plain-English questions about my situation and income. It allowed me to go back and correct mistakes, and even double-checked the whole form for me at the end to ensure I didn't make any mistakes which would cause a red-flag at the IRS. Nice!

So there it is, if you need a tax program this year, give TaxAct a try. After all, you can't beat free!

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 Friday, February 14, 2003

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope you have a nice warm one this year...

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 Thursday, February 13, 2003

New hope for people crippled by obsessive, repugnant thoughts
Imagine being tortured by repeated thoughts of stabbing your child or having sex with your minister - thoughts that won't go away no matter how hard you try to suppress them. In the largest study of its kind ever conducted in North America, University of British Columbia researchers will spend four years treating 120 people suffering from this disorder, previously thought to be untreatable.

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Classes may be effective treatment for ADHD patients, parents
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and their parents may benefit from group classes that teach behavioral and social skills as a supplement to their medical treatment, a new study of 100 children suggests. Compared with those not enrolled in the class, the researchers found that parents enrolled in the behavioral and social skill class reported significantly fewer ADHD symptoms in their children and more consistent use of discipline practices with their children. The study results are published in the February 2003 issue of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

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New study shows narcissism plus social rejection equals aggression
A new study by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of Georgia reveals that people with narcissistic personalities who experience social rejection are more aggressive than those who are not so self-absorbed, a finding that may help explain why some teens resort to violence while others do not.

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 Friday, February 7, 2003

Stanford studies online self-management for people with chronic diseases
People who have been diagnosed with heart disease, lung disease or type-II diabetes are invited to join a six-week Stanford University Medical Center study that teaches self-management skills. Called Self Management @ Stanford, Healthier Living with Ongoing Health Problems, the online workshop helps participants learn skills to manage their chronic disease and to maintain or increase their level of activity. The two-year study will focus on how effective the Internet can be in helping people with chronic conditions live better, more active lives. Since the study will be conducted online, any U.S. resident is invited to participate. Read more about the project here.

Participants need to have Internet access and an active e-mail account. They will be enrolled in an online workshop with 15 to 20 other people who have also been diagnosed with heart disease, lung disease or type-II diabetes. The workshops are facilitated by two leaders, one or both of whom also has a chronic condition. Participation is free. Participants are asked to log on two to three times a week for a total of one to two hours. They can work at their own pace, and have a week to get through each subject area.

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 Thursday, February 6, 2003

Chronic self-doubters likely to face wide range of problems, study finds
People who chronically doubt their judgments lead psychologically impoverished lives in a variety of ways, a new study suggests. Such individuals often feel anxious, are prone to sadness and mood swings, and are likely to procrastinate and avoid thinking about difficult problems. "People who are dubious about their judgment are highly vulnerable," said Herbert Mirels, primary author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University. "They see every important decision they make as a trial in which they are likely to find themselves deficient or to be found deficient by others."

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Depression related to poor health after bypass surgery
Men who are depressed before their coronary artery bypass graft surgery are more likely to be re-hospitalized or suffer pain and reduced quality of life six months after their bypass operation, compared with men who are not depressed before the surgery, according to new research. Full physical and mental recovery also eluded many of these patients, who reported continued surgical pain and failure to return to their normal activities six months after the surgery.

(Posted at 01:36:23 PM EST.) Discuss this...

Dad's coochy coos leave baby guessing
Women really are better at baby talk than men. When talking in the coochy-coo baby-speak that parents often use with their infants, researchers from California have found that women use less ambiguous sounds than men to convey to babies what they mean. Their study suggests that infants may find their mothers easier to understand.

(Posted at 01:13:30 PM EST.) Discuss this...

Brain images reveal effects of antidepressants
The experiences of millions of people have proved that antidepressants work, but only with the advent of sophisticated imaging technology have scientists begun to learn exactly how the medications affect brain structures and circuits to bring relief from depression. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW Medical School recently added important new information to the growing body of knowledge. For the first time, they used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)--technology that provides a view of the brain as it is working--to see what changes occur over time during antidepressant treatment while patients experience negative and positive emotions.

(Posted at 01:10:46 PM EST.) Discuss this...


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