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Mental Health of New MDs Often Tied to Nature of Internship

Mental Health of New MDs Often Tied to Nature of Internship

The mental health of new doctors during their first year of residency — called the intern year — may be significantly affected by the nature of the program they enter, according to...
Leaky Blood Vessels in Brain May Signal Dementia Early On

Leaky Blood Vessels in Brain May Signal Dementia Early On

Leaky capillaries in the brain may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Medicine. These leaky blood vessels, which represent...
Fear & Anger May Affect Conservatives and Liberals Differently

Fear & Anger May Affect Conservatives and Liberals Differently

Fear and anger related to the 2016 presidential election and climate change — one of the campaign’s major issues — had different effects on the way conservatives and liberals processed...
Recalling Happy Memories in Adolescence Can Cut Depression Risk

Recalling Happy Memories in Adolescence Can Cut Depression Risk

In a new study, University of Cambridge researchers found that recalling positive events and experiences can help young people build resilience against depression in later life. Depression is now
Military Wives May Have Greater Risk of Perinatal Depression

Military Wives May Have Greater Risk of Perinatal Depression

Women whose partners are away on military deployment are at greater risk of developing depression during pregnancy and just after giving birth, according to a new U.K. study published in...
Analytic Model May Better Predict Who Will Develop PTSD

Analytic Model May Better Predict Who Will Develop PTSD

A newly developed analytic model can predict with significant accuracy which trauma victims are most likely to develop chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings are published in the
Patient Survey: Many ER Workers Lack Knowledge of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Patient Survey: Many ER Workers Lack Knowledge of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In the first known study to look at how chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is handled in the emergency department (ED), researchers found that many health care workers have a profound...
Targeted Cognitive Training Can Aid Those With Severe Schizophrenia

Targeted Cognitive Training Can Aid Those With Severe Schizophrenia

A new study shows that targeted cognitive training (TCT) benefits patients with severe schizophrenia, improving verbal learning and auditory perception while lessening the severity of auditory
Connection to Nature Can Ease Distress, Hyperactivity in Kids

Connection to Nature Can Ease Distress, Hyperactivity in Kids

A new Hong Kong study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, finds that when preschoolers are connected to nature, they have fewer behavioral and emotional difficulties, show improved prosocial
Victims of Bullying, Sexual Abuse Often Have Lower Quality of Life

Victims of Bullying, Sexual Abuse Often Have Lower Quality of Life

Victims of sexual abuse or bullying tend to have a lower quality of life similar to people living with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, depression or severe anxiety,...
Assessing Psychological Flexibility May Help Tailor Therapy to Individual Patient

Assessing Psychological Flexibility May Help Tailor Therapy to Individual Patient

In a new study, U.K. researchers have analyzed degrees of psychological flexibility and identified three distinct classes: high, moderate and low. Delineating psychological flexibility provides
Excessive Body Fat Around Abdomen Linked to Shrinking Brain

Excessive Body Fat Around Abdomen Linked to Shrinking Brain

Carrying extra body fat, especially around the middle of the body, may be linked to brain shrinkage, according to a new study. For the study, researchers determined obesity by measuring...
Sex May Initiate Romantic Attachment

Sex May Initiate Romantic Attachment

A series of studies suggest that sex can help to initiate romantic relationships between potential partners. Researchers believe sexual desire may provides a magnetism that keeps partners together
Child Abuse History Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide

Child Abuse History Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide

Adults with a history of childhood physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse or neglect are at least two to three times more likely to attempt suicide, according to a new large-scale...
Similar Decision-Making Traits Found in Facebook Addicts and Substance Abusers

Similar Decision-Making Traits Found in Facebook Addicts and Substance Abusers

A new study shows a link between excessive social media use and risky decision-making, a trait commonly found in substance addiction. “Around one-third of humans on the planet are using...
UK Study: How Cat Owners Feel About Pets’ Hunting Behaviors

UK Study: How Cat Owners Feel About Pets’ Hunting Behaviors

In a new U.K. study, researchers interviewed cat owners about their pets’ roaming and hunting behaviors, what worries them, and what they feel is their responsibility. The findings show that...
Can Some Common Drugs Also Benefit Mental Health?

Can Some Common Drugs Also Benefit Mental Health?

Medications used for high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol may also provide significant benefit to people with serious mental illness (SMI), say researchers at University College London. The
New Research Finds 1 in 4 Suicide Attempts Linked to Perceptual Difficulties

New Research Finds 1 in 4 Suicide Attempts Linked to Perceptual Difficulties

A new study finds that one-quarter of suicide attempts are associated with a dysfunction in how the brain interprets basic perceptual information, such as what we see, hear and think....
Breastfeeding Study Sheds Light on How Babies Becomes Right- or Left-Handed

Breastfeeding Study Sheds Light on How Babies Becomes Right- or Left-Handed

A new study of about 60,000 mother-infant pairs finds that left-handedness in babies is less common among those who were breastfed as compared to those who were bottlefed. The findings,...
Unconventional Approach for PTSD May Expand Treatment Options

Unconventional Approach for PTSD May Expand Treatment Options

In a pilot study, German and Swedish researchers discover playing a specific video game in association with a behavioral intervention program reduced the number of flashbacks associated with