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World of Psychology


TV Time, Unlike Child Care, Ranks High in Mood Study

TV Time, Unlike Child Care, Ranks High in Mood Study

A team of psychologists and economists is reporting today what many Americans know but do not always admit, especially to social scientists: that watching television by oneself is a very enjoyable way to pass the time, and that taking care of children - bless their little hearts - is often about as much fun as housework.

Those findings, published in the journal Science, run contrary to previous research about what makes people happy and...

Almost Half of Americans Use at Least One Prescription Drug Annual Report on Nation’s Health Shows

Almost Half of Americans Use at Least One Prescription Drug Annual Report on Nation's Health Shows

The Nation's medicine cabinets are more crowded than ever, with almost half of all people taking at least one prescription medicine and one in six taking three or more medications, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' annual check-up on Americans' health.

"Americans are taking medicines that lower cholesterol and reduce the threat of heart disease, that help lift people out of debilitating depressions, and that...

Antidepressants May Increase Bleeding Risk

Antidepressants May Increase Bleeding Risk

New users of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a type of antidepressant) have an increased risk of being admitted to the hospital for abnormal bleeding, according to an article in the November 22 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

According to the article, case reports and observational studies have shown a relationship between SSRI use and abnormal bleeding. It is believed that serotonin plays a role in blood clotting, and because SSRIs affect serotonin...

Discrimination against gay men, lesbians and bi-sexuals could lead to mental health problems

Discrimination against gay men, lesbians and bi-sexuals could lead to mental health problems

A team of researchers have discovered that high levels of discrimination could lead to an increase in mental health problems among gay men, lesbians and bi-sexual men and women.

In a report published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the team from Imperial College London, University College London and the University of Brighton found that high levels of discrimination including physical attacks and bullying could be linked to high levels of...

Brain Abnormality Linked to Hyperactivity Disorder

Brain Abnormality Linked to Hyperactivity Disorder

Brain scans of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder show abnormalities in the fiber pathways along which brain signals pass, scientists said on Monday.

The finding indicates the disorder may be more than just a chemical imbalance, they added.

Using an imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging, researchers found subtle anatomical differences in children diagnosed with ADHD that may affect communication between key areas of the brain -- the frontal cortex, basal ganglia, brain stem and cerebellum.

"These...

Health Privacy at Taylor University

Health Privacy at Taylor University

Wow. Apparently Taylor University doesn't much care for how they handle the privacy of their students' healthcare records. Which appears to be in direct violation of the Federal privacy standards guaranteed by HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (definition). It's sad to read someone who has to deal with this from their own university,...

Medical-Pot Fight Goes to Justices

Medical-Pot Fight Goes to Justices

Angel Raich, a 39-year-old mother of two, smokes marijuana eight times a day in her Oakland home.

She does it to relieve pain from a brain tumor and more than a dozen other maladies. And she does it with her doctor's blessing and the permission of the state of California, which allows medical patients to use the otherwise illegal weed if recommended by a physician.

Since 1996, California and 11 other states have passed laws that ease or eliminate sanctions for...