New Genetic Autism Link Discovered
Thursday, May 07, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

The latest in a series of discoveries regarding the genetic roots of autism makes for another fascinating piece of the ASD (autistic spectrum disorders) puzzle. The numbers behind the report are impre... more

Alzheimer Memory Prioritization Problems
Thursday, May 07, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Last week, we discussed an eye-tracking test that could detect incipient dementia by assessing memory defects. Another new study, this time from the Washington University in St. Louis Alzheimer's Dise... more

Depression Can Increase Visceral Fat Levels
Tuesday, May 05, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Clinical evidence continues to reveal a close relationship between chronic depression and declining physical health, specifically that caused by increased body fat. A recent study found that levels of... more

Link Between Alcoholism and Impulsivity Is Genetic
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 By editor
Category: Addiction

Previous research found a strong correlation between impulsivity and alcohol abuse, but did not discern whether this link was caused by social factors, genetics, or chemical changes resulting from alc... more

Devices Help Autistic Kids Communicate
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

Nearly every young autistic child experiences trouble communicating his or her most basic desires at a time when the ability to tell one’s caregivers about pains, irritations and physical needs ... more

Online Drug Treatment Plans Show Promise
Thursday, April 23, 2009 By editor
Category: Addiction

According to a new Johns Hopkins study, online treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse may be effective in the short term. Their numbers, in fact, rival or equal those of more traditional in-per... more

Autistic Savants More Common Than We Thought
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

Was da Vinci autistic? Van Gogh? Aristotle? We’ll never know for sure – and it matters little to the world today. But a recent research project confirms that autistic savants, or ASD indiv... more

Alzheimer’s Predicted With Eye-Tracking
Monday, April 20, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Until recently, the only way to reliably predict Alzheimer’s Disease was to wait until the symptoms became tragically obvious. A new test, developed at Emory University’s Yerkes National P... more

CBT Effective For Anxious, Depressed Seniors
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Senior citizens suffering from generalized anxiety disorder most often seek treatment with general practitioners, but a new study suggests that they would probably fare better under traditional cognit... more

More Atypical Antipsychotics Used For Depression
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Despite the best efforts of researchers, practitioners and drug companies, a significant share of depression cases require a trial and error period involving several different treatment plans before... more

Autism Symptoms Linked to Stress Hormone Shortage
Wednesday, April 08, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

The crucial stress hormone cortisol has long played a role in the ongoing autism conversation. But a new study comes closer to clarifying the biochemical differences between control subjects and those... more

House Bill Aims to Fix Child Psychiatrist Shortage
Tuesday, April 07, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

This country now faces a critical shortage of specialists trained to identify and treat mental health issues in children and adolescents. The gap between the number of young people who need treatmen... more

Beverages Influence Body Mass More Than Food
Thursday, April 02, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

The newest trend in weight-loss theory is a bit of a golden oldie: drink more water. Soda-and energy drink opponents stand vindicated by a new study suggesting that, contrary to popular opinion, the... more

Autistic Infants Lack Social Impulses
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

The latest development in autism research concludes that autistic children display a lack of basic social instincts very early in their lives and that their long-term development is affected according... more

Routine Depression Tests for Teenagers
Monday, March 30, 2009 By editor
Category: Primary Care Physicians

The United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of medical experts charged by the government with formulating recommendations for primary care clinicians, has just published a n... more

Thinning Cortex Linked to Depression Risk
Thursday, March 26, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Researchers conducting a large-scale brain imaging study found clear physical signs of a familial tendency toward depression. This most recent paper to arise from a 27-year old study aiming to uncov... more

Red Meat, Obesity Lower Life Expectancies
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

The stream of bad news on obesity continues unabated: independent studies have confirmed the common sense conclusion that obesity and the overconsumption of processed meats (particularly red meat) l... more

Longer Tours Linked to Military Suicides
Thursday, March 19, 2009 By editor
Category: Our Stories

A top military spokesman recently attributed the statistical spike in suicides among American servicemen and women to the stresses of extended overseas deployments. Testifying before a Senate Armed ... more

Teletherapy Pioneer Ian Alger Passes Away
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 By editor
Category: Our Stories

Ian Alger devoted his life to updating and enhancing therapy with technology. As early as 1965, when Sony came out with its reel-to-reel video recorder, Dr. Alger saw the potential of new technology t... more

Most Accurate Alzheimer's Test Developed
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

U Penn researchers have developed what is certainly the most accurate Alzheimer’s disease test to date. Their discovery carries major implications for the future of related research and treatmen... more

More Seeking Treatment During Recession
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

A fortunate few remain untouched by the current economic crisis. But most have felt its influence threaten their financial and emotional security, anxieties have increased and mental health treatmen... more

Kids of Bipolar Parents Face Greater Risks
Friday, March 06, 2009 By editor
Category: Bipolar Disorder

Authors of the large-scale Pittsburgh Bipolar Offspring Study have determined that the children of individuals with bipolar disorder are considerably more likely to develop both the condition itself a... more

One Medication for Alcohol and Nicotine Addiction
Thursday, March 05, 2009 By editor

Unhealthy drinking and smoking behavior frequently occur together. This combination is quite dangerous, as tobacco-related diseases are the most frequent cause of death among alcoholics, but it also m... more

Heart Disease: Depression Stronger Than Genetics
Thursday, March 05, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Researchers have determined that major depression increases the risk of heart disease more than any genetic or environmental factor. The connection between chronic depression and cardiovascular malfun... more

Lexapro Maker Charged Over Teen Prescriptions
Monday, March 02, 2009 By editor
Category: Medication Info

 In what will almost certainly prove to be a controversial case, the United States Justice Department charged drug maker Forest Laboratories with fraud for paying doctors to market major antidepr... more

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