World of Psychology


We're heading down the road to Walden Pond this afternoon to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our engagement. (We're married now, but since I proposed to her at Walden Pond, it just seems like a beautiful spring-day chance to go revisit it...

Drug Firms Withheld Negative Data

Drug companies withheld information showing antidepressants were ineffective and could be harmful to children and should have issued warnings on their products, researchers said on Friday.

Health authorities in Britain and the United States have voiced concern or advised doctors not to prescribe the drugs...

Study finds doctors prescribe pricey drugs

Doctors often prescribe newer, more expensive drugs for high blood pressure instead of the ones recommended under medical guidelines, and the practice is costing the nation more than $1 billion a year, researchers say. The researchers did not examine why, exactly, doctors go with the costlier drugs, but they speculated that aggressive drug-company advertising may be one reason.

This isn't just true for high blood pressure, but for nearly every disease and disorder out there. Doctors will more often than usual prescribe a newer...

Study: Chocolate, BBQ addiction may be real

People who say they are addicted to chocolate or pizza may not be exaggerating, scientists said Tuesday. A brain scan study of normal, hungry people showed their brains lit up when they saw and smelled their favorite foods in much the same way as the brains of cocaine addicts when they think about their next snort.

"Food presentation significantly increased metabolism in the whole brain (by 24 percent) and these changes were largest in superior temporal, anterior insula, and orbitofrontal cortices," they wrote.

Finally...

Nearly 1.3 million Americans abuse prescription drugs

Nearly million Americans 12 and older abuse prescription drugs and require treatment for their problem, a new study concludes. Older adults, women, individuals in poor health and those who drink alcohol daily are most likely to develop a prescription drug habit, according to Linda Simoni-Wastila, , of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and colleagues. Their findings appear in the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers did not find a link between prescription drug abuse and use of illegal drugs like marijuana...

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