FTC Invalidating “Light” and “Low-tar” Measurement
Friday, July 11, 2008 By editor
Category:

Cigarette manufacturers have been under pressure for years to better warn the public about health risks. This has forced the manufacturers to make significant changes, such as funding educational camp... more


Fewer Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke
Friday, July 11, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

In a bit of positive smoking-related news, the CDC has found that fewer nonsmokers are being exposed to cigarrette smoke. While in the past, as much as 84 percent of measured populations were fou... more


Maintenance Treatment Aids in Addiction Recovery
Thursday, July 10, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

When receiving maintenance treatment, heroine addicts take increasingly smaller doses of a synthetic or partially-synthetic opiate, usually either methadone and buprenorphine. These drugs do not deliv... more


PTSD Doubles Early-Death Heart Disease Risk
Thursday, July 10, 2008 By editor
Category: Stress

Severe PTSD does far more than rattle the nerves and compromise one’s sense of personal security. It also considerably heightens the risk of early death by heart disease. A recent study found th... more


Schizophrenia Tied to Brain Changes in Teens
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 By editor
Category: Schizophrenia

Normal brain changes that occur during adolescence may play a role in the development of schizophrenia, new research from the July issue of Molecular Psychiatry suggests. As teens move toward adulthoo... more


Food Journals May Boost Weight Loss
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle are essential to losing weight, but research that will be published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that ... more


Vitamins Protect Memory of Diabetics
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

It is well-established that Diabetes II raises the risk of a variety of physical problems, such as heart disease, but less attention has been paid to the cognitive disruption that it can cause. Recent... more


Smoking Rates Linked to School Environment
Monday, July 07, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

In order to prevent teens from smoking, we need to consider the environment where they spend most of their time each day, according to a Scottish study published in the journal BMC Public Health. The ... more


TOL's Monday Session Wrap-Up
Monday, July 07, 2008 By editor
Category: Our Psychology

  The Urge to End It All - In a comprehensive article about suicide in this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine, writer Scott Anderson examines the relationship between impulsivity and suicide... more


Relaxation Response May Protect Against Stress
Monday, July 07, 2008 By editor
Category: Stress

New research appearing in the journal PLoS One may change the way many people view meditation, yoga, and other stress-relieving techniques. In examining the biological effects of relaxation methods, r... more


Population-Based Obesity Recommendations
Wednesday, July 02, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Recent statistics hint that the American obesity epidemic is slowing down, but even if  the trend stops growing entirely, our country will be left with more than half of its population overweight... more


Good Cholesterol May Prevent Memory Loss
Wednesday, July 02, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Past research has indicated that high cholesterol might play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, although results have been inconclusive. When studying this link, researchers have often ... more


Schizophrenic Violence Explored in CATIE Data
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 By editor
Category: Schizophrenia

Anecdotally, it has been understood by mental health practitioners for some time that only a small number of schizophrenic individuals will be violent, and that medication will reduce violence only in... more


Drug Treatment Plan Reduces Prenatal Health Risks
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

Research has long drawn a direct connection between drug, alcohol and tobacco use by pregnant women and subsequent health problems in their newborn children. A new, all-encompassing study in the Jou... more


Cell Death Linked to Sleep Deprivation, Age
Monday, June 30, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Past research has indicated that sleep deprivation can contribute to the accumulation of abnormal proteins in brain cells, and a new study from the Journal of Neuroscience furthers our understanding o... more


TOL's Monday Session Wrap-Up
Monday, June 30, 2008 By editor
Category: Our Psychology

MIT Unlocks Mystery Behind Brain Imaging - A mysterious brain cell called the astroyte has now been explained by researchers at MIT who believe that this star-shaped cell is the missing link ... more


Silent Strokes Common Among Older Adults
Friday, June 27, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

The consequences of a stroke can be devastating for older adults, leading to dementia, physical disability, or death. In a recent study, researchers from Boston University present new findings about a... more


Alzheimer's Plaque Singled Out
Friday, June 27, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Researchers have frequently found a correlation between amyloid-beta plaque in the brain and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). A consensus has thus been growing that amyloid beta is the cause of AD, but... more


Cognitive Decline Exam Could Aid in Prevention
Thursday, June 26, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Older adults often fear strokes, dementia, and other neurological conditions associated with aging, but new research from the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that a brief exam could go a long w... more


Stress Relief Greater from True Nature Scenes
Thursday, June 26, 2008 By editor
Category: Stress

The idea that viewing plants can soothe anxiety goes back hundreds of years, at least as far as Medieval monks planting gardens as visual therapy for the sick who visited their monastery. Modern urban... more


Amphetamine Abuse May Lead to Heart Attack
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

After examining medical records for over 3 million individuals admitted to Texas hospitals between 2000 and 2003, researchers from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have identified a... more


Alcoholism Pill Can Improve Quality of Life
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 By editor
Category: Medication Info

Alcoholism is an incredibly difficult pattern to break out of without help. Therapy has been the traditional treatment, and more recently medication has also shown some promise. Topiramate pills, whic... more


Alcohol Abuse Category Addition Proposed
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

For the millions who often drink a bit more than they should but don’t quite qualify as alcoholics, Finnish researchers call for a new classification preceding abuse and dependenc... more


Hypnosis Effective for Smokers, Study Finds
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

Smoking cessation aids can be invaluable in helping smokers overcome their addiction, and because so many different approaches exist, from medications to counseling to support groups, each individual ... more


Chronic Grief May Trigger Reward Centers
Monday, June 23, 2008 By editor
Category:

All of us will one day lose someone close to us, and we will all be saddened by the loss. While most people eventually move past their grief with the help of time and distance, there are some who cann... more


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