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On-Campus Suicide a Hidden Killer

On-Campus Suicide a Hidden Killer

Approximately 1,100 college students take their own lives each year. Nobody's sure if that number is rising or falling -- according to Gibori, a steep increase in on-campus suicides has been charted over the past 40 years, but that could simply reflect a more honest reporting of an event that's been too long cloaked in shame.

"Suicide is still an unexplored social taboo in our society today," Gibori said. Breaking that taboo is the key goal of The...
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Positive Thinking the Key to a Longer Life?

Positive Thinking the Key to a Longer Life?

The short answer is, yes, of course! Research has already tied positive thinking with more positive surgical outcomes, so it's not such a leap to imagine that thinking positively in general could also more generally help us out in life.

Of course the challenge is how to keep a positive attitude when so many of us are dealing with very unhappy or bad things happening to us. There's no easy answer to that one.


A growing mountain...
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Family caregivers lack mental health help

Family caregivers lack mental health help

Caring for a family member with advanced cancer can take a heavy mental health toll, but many caregivers may fail to get any psychiatric help, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among 200 caregivers of patients with advanced cancer, 13 percent met the criteria for a significant psychiatric disorder --including panic disorder, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety. But less than half of them had received any professional help.

Past studies have found that caring for a...
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MIT explains why bad habits are hard to break

MIT explains why bad habits are hard to break

Apparently, habits may form familiar neural pathways which makes it more difficult to break the pattern of behavior. This makes a lot of sense, given people's difficulties with trying to break a habit they want to be rid of.


Habitual activity--smoking, eating fatty foods, gambling--changes neural activity patterns in a specific region of the brain when habits are formed. These neural patterns created by habit can be changed...
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Can Brain Scans See Depression?

Can Brain Scans See Depression? - New York Times (free reg. req'd.)

They seem almost alive: snapshots of the living human brain.

Not long ago, scientists predicted that these images, produced by sophisticated brain-scanning techniques, would help cut through the mystery of mental illness, revealing clear brain abnormalities and allowing doctors to better diagnose and treat a wide variety of disorders. And nearly every week, it seems, imaging researchers announce another finding, a potential key to understanding depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety.

Yet for a variety...
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