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


Childhood Aggression Predicts Drinking Problems
Monday, June 23, 2008 By editor
Category: Addiction

A longitudinal study spanning four decades has provided surprising conclusions on the demographics of alcohol abuse. Classic scapegoats like subpar education, dysfunctional family dynamics, and socioe... more


TOL's Monday Session Wrap-Up
Monday, June 23, 2008 By editor
Category: Our Psychology

Weighing Non-Drug Options for ADHD - The New York Times reported last week on parents looking for alternatives to pharmaceutical-based treatments for ADHD. There's a lack of solid data about non-dru... more


Brain Scans Predict Specific Psychotic Symptoms
Friday, June 20, 2008 By editor
Category:

Some progress has been made towards predicting the onset of schizophrenia, but no one has previously developed a way of guessing which symptoms will arris in a given individual with schizophrenia. Sch... more


Early-Detection Alzheimer's Scans Look Promising
Friday, June 20, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that slowly wears away at the central nervous system, and research has established that early detection is a key element of all potential treatment... more


Doctors Urged to Screen for Developing Alcoholism
Thursday, June 19, 2008 By editor
Category:

The rise to prominence of rehabilitation clinics and Alcoholics Anonymous spreads the idea that alcohol problems can only be overcome with a transformational experience at rock-bottom. However, the Na... more


Antipsychotics Found Risky for Dementia Treatment
Thursday, June 19, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Dementia is a progressive condition affecting cognition, emotional stability, and personality, and one of the more common methods used to treat it has come under repeated fire from the FDA. The admini... more


Study Explores Link Between Diabetes, Depression
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Previous studies have found connections between diabetes and depression, but it was not clear if one caused the other or if the correlation was formed of factors that merely happened to be held in com... more


Hunger Hormone May Rise in Response to Stress
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 By editor
Category: Stress

The hormone ghrelin, which has been described as the hunger hormone, has a large influence over eating behaviors, as it sends messages to the brain that signal feelings of hunger. Ghrelin levels rise ... more


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