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Easing Depression Without Drugs

Easing Depression Without Drugs

Depression affects approximately million adults in the and is the nation's leading cause of disability. Yet mental health experts say the front-line treatment for serious cases, antidepressant drugs, works only about half the time and can have troubling side effects, such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and even suicidal behavior. As a result, there has been renewed interest in finding nonpharmacological approaches to treating depression other than psychotherapy, which psychiatrists say is often ineffective by itself.

It is both...
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Distracting visuals clutter TV screen; viewers less likely to retain content

Distracting visuals clutter TV screen; viewers less likely to retain content

No matter which channel you turn to on television, you are likely to find some kind of visual element that seems to overpower the screen -- making it difficult to focus on one thing.

In the past few years, television stations have begun to reformat their screen presentations to include scrolling screens, sports scores, stock prices and current weather news. These visual elements are all designed to give viewers what they want when they...
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Rule change may allow suicide barrier on span / ‘Total effectiveness’ requirement likely to be tossed today

Rule change may allow suicide barrier on span / 'Total effectiveness' requirement likely to be tossed today

Golden Gate Bridge District directors are expected to remove a building requirement today that many believe stands in the way of plans for a suicide barrier on the span.

The district's building and operating committee approved criteria Thursday for the development of a suicide deterrent system, eliminating the requirement that a barrier "must be totally effective."

The full board is expected to ratify new criteria today requiring only that...
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Participants needed for generalized anxiety disorder study at UT Southwestern

Participants needed for generalized anxiety disorder study at UT Southwestern

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers in Dallas, Texas are looking for participants for a nationwide study of an investigational medication for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a type of mental illness characterized by excessive and persistent worry about everyday events and activities.

More than 4 million Americans suffer from GAD, which often manifests itself as restlessness, fatigue, irritability, muscle tension, headaches, nausea, insomnia or poor concentration. People with GAD experience constant and extreme worry and tension,...
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Women more financially vulnerable post break-up

Women more financially vulnerable post break-up

After the dissolution of cohabiting unions, men's economic standing is only moderately affected whereas women experience a significant decrease in their economic standing--a substantial portion end up in poverty. This income loss is particularly pronounced for African American and Hispanic women with nearly half living below the poverty threshold at the end of a cohabitating relationship. An article published in the latest issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family is one of the first to document the...
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Emails ‘pose threat to IQ’

Emails 'pose threat to IQ'

The distractions of constant emails, text and phone messages are a greater threat to IQ and concentration than taking cannabis, according to a survey of befuddled volunteers.

Doziness, lethargy and an increasing inability to focus reached "startling" levels in the trials by 1,100 people, who also demonstrated that emails in particular have an addictive, drug-like grip.

Respondents' minds were all over the place as they faced new questions and challenges every time an email dropped into their inbox. Productivity at...
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Side Effects of Antipsychotics Are Known, But Rarely Monitored

Side Effects of Antipsychotics Are Known, But Rarely Monitored

Psychiatrists are doing a "modest" job of monitoring for weight gain, diabetes and other metabolic problems that may result from use of the newer antipsychotics for schizophrenia, researchers say.

Nearly all of the 258 members of the American Psychiatric Association in Georgia, Ohio and Iowa responding to a survey said they considered metabolic side effects serious or very serious, said researchers from the Medical College of Georgia, University of Iowa and Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Ohio.

However,...
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Study: Radical Diets Can Lead to Obesity

Study: Radical Diets Can Lead to Obesity

Adolescent girls who are depressed or try radical dieting like vomiting are more likely to become obese than those who eat high-fat foods or sometimes gorge themselves, a four-year study suggests.

Researchers said harsh weight-control methods - including skipping meals and using laxatives - can promote weight gain more than weight loss.

"A lot of these behaviors that adolescent girls are turning to are not effective in controlling obesity," said Eric Stice, research professor of psychology at the University...
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Why Reliance on Technology is a Bad Thing

With the recent merger announcement of the New York Stock Exchange with Archipelago Exchange, pundits seem to agree that this merger signals the beginning of the end of the last human-mediated trading floor amongst large international exchanges. Predictions are that the NYSE will become fully automated and computerized, ending the famous trading floor scene of frantic brokers trading shares and deals with one another face-to-face. In its place, computers will take the stage, becoming the new electronic middleman between those who have shares...
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Women more collaborative in work teams

Women more collaborative in work teams

When it comes to leadership in the workplace, work teams made up mostly of women tend to share leadership roles more than teams dominated by men, says a University of Toronto organizational behaviour expert.

"Women tend to prefer egalitarian norms in work groups whereas men favour hierarchical structures," says Jennifer Berdahl, business professor at U of T's Rotman School of Management and lead author of the study published in the March issue of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice....
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Amish Community Builds Mental Health Home

Amish Community Builds Mental Health Home

On the grounds of a private psychiatric center, a modest two-story house with light gray siding is being built by Amish carpenters.

Their labor is creating a service currently unavailable to members of this area's Old Order Amish and conservative Mennonite communities who suffer from mental illness.

The house known as Green Pastures will allow the Amish to live among their own people and maintain a lifestyle that eschews modern conveniences — no television or radio — while receiving...
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