World of Psychology

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.


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...

Scrawny Beats Brawny for Women Seeking a Life Mate

When young women look for long-term mates, they really do prefer Ray Romano-types over the Brad Pitts and Arnold Schwarzeneggers of the world. While they're attracted to muscular men for quick flings, female college students surveyed at two campuses said they'd choose scrawnier guys as spouses, according to new research.

While the women surveyed tend to think of muscular men as more attractive and better in bed, they also think of them as "less faithful, less likely to treat them well and be less...

New help for eating disorders

pecialized overnight care is what eating disorder doctors often recommend for their sickest patients, who may suffer from severe psychological and life-threatening medical problems caused by malnutrition. Lack of insurance coverage for extended hospital stays, however, has prompted many facilities to close those units.