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Pfizer Launches 'Zoloft for Everything' Ad Campaign
Don't know how I missed this when it first came out, but Pfizer Launches 'Zoloft For Everything' Ad Campaign back in May, 2003. Smile when you read it.
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Depression in African-American men may be barrier to high blood pressure control
A new study from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing concludes depression may sabotage efforts to control high blood pressure in urban, African-American men. The researchers found no direct link between depression and high blood pressure, but the depressed men were five times more likely to abuse alcohol, leading to behaviors that counteract efforts to control blood pressure.
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On vacation this week
Hi folks! I'm on vacation this week while my nephews are in town visiting. I've been taking pictures on my new camera phone, but Sprint doesn't have an easy way to share them with the world (only specific folks, darnit). I also was able to find a used, but not-too-old notebook to replace my broken one, which will get me back into business. Thank you eBay!! (If you know exactly what you're looking for, and are patient enough, you can find anything on eBay.) More later...
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Two new findings about headaches
In the first study, they found that headaches are devastating to children's quality of life. The quality of life of children with headaches is comparable to that of children with such serious conditions as cancer and rheumatic diseases, according to a new study by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In fact, the study shows that children with headaches appear to be more affected in emotional functioning and school performance than children with other serious, chronic medical conditions.
Here's something else you can get mad about. Holding that anger in can give you a headache, according to new research from a Saint Louis University faculty member. "We found that holding in anger is the biggest predictor of headaches, among the group of patients we studied," says Robert Nicholson, Ph.D., assistant professor of community and family medicine at Saint Louis University and principle investigator for a study recently published in the medical journal Headache. "Anger might be one of the many things that interact to trigger headaches."
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Nodding or shaking your head may even influence your own thoughts, study finds
When you nod your head to signal approval or shake your head to show disapproval, it's not just sending a message to others - you may also be influencing yourself. A new study showed that these simple movements influenced people's agreement with an editorial they heard while nodding or shaking their head. Researchers found that other body movements - such as writing with a non-dominant hand - can also influence attitudes, even about important issues such as self-esteem.
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Did you catch this...?
In Sunday's New York Times, Maureen Dowd wrote an op-ed piece entitled, Ritalin in America, where she mentions the Adult ADD Quiz from our site. Maybe it is an ADD sort of world...
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UCLA-led Study Challenges Bipolar Depression Treatment Guidelines
A study led by a UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute researcher challenges standard treatment guidelines for bipolar depression that recommend discontinuing antidepressants within the first six months after symptoms ease.
Study participants treated under the guidelines relapsed at nearly twice the rate of those who continued taking antidepressants in conjunction with their mood stabilizer medication during the first year after remission of acute bipolar depression. The researchers found no increased risk of manic relapse in those who continued the medication for one year. The findings appear in the July 2003 edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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Gender preferences in 'comfort' foods stem from childhood
Perhaps men are from Mars and women from Venus, at least in the eating department. When it comes to foods that bring them psychological comfort, men like hearty meals, while women look for snacks that require little or no reparation, though they may cause pangs of guilt. The psychological underpinnings of people's food preferences have been a continuing source of study at the Food and Brand Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Happy Independence Day!!
Here's to wishing you and your family a happy July 4th for all of my American readers! I hope you enjoy the holiday and take a break from the hectic day-in, day-out of everyday life. I know I will.
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By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on
13 Jul 2007
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson