Study Proves Runner's High More Than a Myth
Thursday, March 27, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Most of us have experienced the manner in which physical exercise improves our motor function, but only relatively recently have scientists been able to show that it also improves cognitive function. ... more


Abdominal Fat in Mid-Life May Contribute to Dementia Later On
Thursday, March 27, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Numerous health problems accompany obesity, from heart disease to diabetes, and these conditions also contribute to an individual's chances of developing dementia. Previous research has indicated that... more


Playing Prepares Children for Life Challenges
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Observe the average preschool classroom in the moments when the teacher gives up direct supervision. You are sure to see make-believe battles and competitions with rules that cannot be read in any... more


In Depression, Conflict May Accompany Thoughts of a Reward
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

A diminishment in positive emotions in often one of the most difficult aspects of depression, a symptom signifying that a depressed individual's experience of positive stimuli may differ substantially... more


Unrelieved Anger Creates Big Problems
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Stress

The common perception of the modern citizen, especially he of the urban male variety, as a seething cesspool of accumulated fury may not be so far from the truth. A United Kingdom study reveals that m... more


Protection From Mental Illness Not Uniform for Immigrant Groups
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Researchers have long been aware that immigrants to the United States, particularly Latinos, seem to have some protection against mental illness. Latinos face a lower risk of developing all psychiatri... more


Longitudinal Study Finds Those Who Eat Breakfast To Be Thinner
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

It may seem a trite truism to many that breakfast is an important part of a healthy day, but a 5-year study conducted by the University of Minnesota adds new credence to the idea. Published this month... more


Study Investigates Link Between Social Competency
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

When a child or teen struggles with the symptoms of depression or anxiety, their social interactions and peer relationships may also be adversely affected, and difficulty with peer... more


Student Privacy Laws May Be Curbed in Response to Shootings
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

When played on 24/7 news-cycle repeat, isolated acts of extreme violence like the shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University may seem like evidence of a widescale societal collapse.... more


For Teens, Chronic Insomnia Leads to Unstable Moods and Behaviors
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

The crucial role that a regular night's sleep plays in facilitating mental, physical and emotional regeneration is well established. The body is a resilient thing and it can quickly recover from a... more


Privately Marketed Bipolar Test Raises Questions
Monday, March 24, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Bipolar Disorder

Last week, we discussed the role of genetic counselors in preparing the public to emotionally and intellectually handle the results of mail-in genetic tests. While such tests were recently only avai... more


Extracurricular Activities May Protect Against Delinquency
Monday, March 24, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Extracurricular activities may seem like an ideal place for troubled students, those involved in violence or drugs, to develop healthy peer relationships and more socially-acceptable... more


Gallup Survey: Income Influences Smoking Behavior
Monday, March 24, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Addiction

Gallup, the influential polling institution, released data last week from a recent poll conducted in concert with new partner Healthwaysa collaboration called the Well-Being Index. In the data ... more


Better Living Through Philanthropy
Monday, March 24, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Our Psychology

Money, to the chagrin of many an aspiring MBA, does not make you happy. Those who don't have to worry about paying their bills and affording a decent meal are more satisfied on the whole than those wh... more


AADT Session Wrap-Up
Monday, March 24, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Our Psychology

Doctors Urged to Ask Heart Patients about Cocaine - In the ER, individuals presenting with heart problems should be asked about recent cocaine use so as to avoid incorrect and potentially fatal treatm... more


Smokers Not Swayed By Regret Over Missed Opportunities
Friday, March 21, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

The dangers of cigarettes have been recognized for decades, but smokers are still extremely resistant to admonitions that they should quit. Doctors and therapists who try to intervene are often igno... more


Fathers-To-Be Who Quit Substance Use May Also Benefit Their Partners
Friday, March 21, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

Prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs can raise the risk for premature birth, cause fetal alcohol syndrome, and result in many other developmental pro... more


Seniors' Executive Functioning Plays Key Role in Behavior, Suicidality
Friday, March 21, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

The latest issue of Psychiatric News draws attention to two important studies that examined the potential negative outcomes of degrading executive function in older individuals. Both of these studie... more


Genetic Counselors May Prepare Us for Bad News
Friday, March 21, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Our Psychology

While the science of genetic predictions is still in its infancy, more than 1,100 tests are currently marketed as tools that can assess the risk of a variety of health problems. The New York Times h... more


Substance Abuse Treatment Crucial for Former Inmates
Thursday, March 20, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

The most important issue for recently released inmates seeking to avoid future incarceration may not be housing or employment opportunities but a lack of treatment programs to address the subst... more


Hyperactivity in Girls May Be a Sign of Difficulties in Adulthood
Thursday, March 20, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Research into attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has traditionally focused mainly on boys, but researchers are beginning to more closely examine this disorder and its effects on girls and... more


Our Access to Information May Give Way to Separation Anxiety
Thursday, March 20, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Stress

The internet is everywhere, and the influence of our greatest information technology will only continue to grow, re-shaping our lives in mostly positive ways. More than 70% of the United States is now... more


Twin Study Provides More Evidence of Gray Matter, PTSD Link
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Stress

Doctors have noticed that the brains of individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have less gray matter than the average brain. While many speculated that stress was destroying neurons, t... more


Alcohol Prevention Program Succeeds in Rural Areas, Fails in Cities
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Parenting

In the quest to lower alcohol usage rates among young teens, researchers from the University of Minnesota have been looking to develop an education program targeted specifically at that group. In ea... more


Study Links Autism to Gene Involved in Neural Connectivity
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Although the causes of autism remain unclear, research has demonstrated that many factors likely play a role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The elements that contribute to an ASD could be complex... more


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