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Animals Now Have Comprehensive Health Care as First Veterinary Textbook on Mental Health Published

Animals Now Have Comprehensive Health Care as First Veterinary Textbook on Mental Health Published

Mental health care isn't just for humans anymore. Mental Health and Well-being in Animals, published this month by Blackwell Publishing, is the first textbook to be written on mental health in animals. Recent research has now clearly shown that psychological and emotional issues once believed important only for people-happiness, stress management, the mind-body connection, emotional suffering, mental illness, emotional abuse, and mental cruelty -- are experienced by animals....
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Video Games and Violence — Do they or don’t they?

With the recent media blitz about the "sex patch" in GTA: San Andreas, it's not surprising that the American Psychological Association used the publicity generated by its large annual meeting to release a statement (not a study, as some media are reporting) calling for the reduction in violence in video games (for some reason, referred to as "interactive media" by the APA -- never call something for what it is when you can call it something else and confuse people!).

The actual ...
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APA Thursday

Well, I arrived this afternoon and made my way to the ISMHO booth. There I found DeeAnna, Billie and Kate taking care of things. The booth looks good and we were getting a lot of interest and traffic from folks walking by.

After dinner, our presentation began at 7:00 and went to 8:50pm. This year, the APA decided to experiment with evening sessions. Between this "experiment" and being scheduled on the first day of the meeting, we had a somewhat low turnout, reaching...
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Nose odors and mouth odors: The brain distinguishes

Nose odors and mouth odors: The brain distinguishes

Researchers have found that for smells that are pleasant to us, such as the smell of chocolate, how we smell is just as important as the smell itself. We can smell both through our noses (duh!) and also through the back of our mouth (who knew?!).


Researchers have presented the first clear evidence that olfaction is uniquely a "dual" sense, in that the brain perceives the same odorant molecule differently if it arrives through the nose rather...
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Newer antipsychotics cause movement problems too

Newer antipsychotics cause movement problems too

So-called atypical antipsychotic drugs are just as likely as older antipsychotics drugs to cause movement disorders in older people with dementia, according to a new study.

The findings underscore the importance of discussing the potential side effects of these drugs with patients and their caregivers before they are prescribed, Dr. Philip E. Lee of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver told Reuters Health.

"A lot of people felt that they were much safer to use, with much (fewer) side...
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