brain and behavior

Growth Hormone Therapy Can Ease Symptoms in Brain Injury Patients

Growth Hormone Therapy Can Ease Symptoms in Brain Injury Patients

More than 2.5 million people in the United States experience a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, each year. Many deal with health issues for years after their head injury, such...
Hot Flashes Can Hinder Verbal Memory

Hot Flashes Can Hinder Verbal Memory

A new study shows that if you are having difficulty finding the right word to express yourself clearly or can’t remember a story correctly, you can blame the hot flashes...
The Allure of Horror Movies

The Allure of Horror Movies

Why are we drawn to horror movies? Humans are fascinated by what scares us, be it skydiving, roller coasters, or true-crime documentaries — provided these threats are kept at a...
Maternal Stress May Harm Babies’ Brains

Maternal Stress May Harm Babies’ Brains

New research has found that severe maternal stress, anxiety and depression may be associated with impairment in key fetal brain regions before birth. Researchers from the Children’s National Hospital
Mix of Air Pollution and Stress Tied to Cognitive Problems in Kids

Mix of Air Pollution and Stress Tied to Cognitive Problems in Kids

Children exposed to air pollution in the womb and who subsequently experience heightened levels of stress in early life show greater symptoms of attention and thought problems, according to a...
Brain Imaging May Improve Outcomes for Those With Mental Disorders

Brain Imaging May Improve Outcomes for Those With Mental Disorders

Brain imaging may one day lead to better diagnoses and treatments for those struggling with mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, according to a new study from the University...
Depression Around Menopause Often Goes Undetected

Depression Around Menopause Often Goes Undetected

New research suggests a high number of women experience symptoms of depression during perimenopause yet the mental health issue is not detected and as a consequence, untreated. Investigators
Move Into Adulthood Seen As Critical Time for Obesity

Move Into Adulthood Seen As Critical Time for Obesity

Two new studies reveal that weight again associated with leaving adolescence and moving into adulthood reflects a decrease in physical activity and changes in diet. Researchers at the University of...
Study: Most Canadians With Anxiety Disorder Show Ample Recovery

Study: Most Canadians With Anxiety Disorder Show Ample Recovery

New research from the University of Toronto provides good news to those with a history of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the most common type of psychiatric illness. Investigators reviewed
Is It Time to Teach Teens ‘Safe’ Sexting?

Is It Time to Teach Teens ‘Safe’ Sexting?

A new paper suggests that fear-based messages to prevent teen sexting is the wrong approach as the strategy will fail. A better tactic, say researchers from Florida Atlantic University and...
Health Concerns a Major Issue for Recently Discharged Military Personnel

Health Concerns a Major Issue for Recently Discharged Military Personnel

New research finds that in the months after separating from military service, most veterans are less satisfied with their health than with their work or social relationships. The Veterans Affairs...
Healthy Cooking Shows for Kids Can Promote Better Eating Habits

Healthy Cooking Shows for Kids Can Promote Better Eating Habits

A new study finds that children who watched a kid-oriented cooking show featuring healthy food were 2.7 times more likely to make healthy food choices than kids who watched a...

Brain Imaging Finds Altered Synapses in Schizophrenia Patients

For the first time, a brain scan study of living schizophrenia patients reveals reduced protein levels in the brain’s synapses (the connection points between two neurons where nerve signals are...

Communicating with Dad After Divorce Is Important for Teen Health

New research confirms the importance of sustaining a strong relationship between teenagers and both parents after a divorce. Maintaining a close association with the father is especially important;
Does It Matter What We Eat for our Mental Health?

Does It Matter What We Eat for our Mental Health?

A new expert review confirms a link between a poor diet and mood disorders. However, researchers in the new field of nutritional psychiatry caution that the evidence for many diets...
Lithium Monitor Could Improve Drug Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Lithium Monitor Could Improve Drug Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

In a laboratory proof of concept study — pilot research that shows a drug or project is likely to succeed — investigators have created a wearable device that can detect...
Finding Strategies to Overcome Loneliness As We Age

Finding Strategies to Overcome Loneliness As We Age

A new study, which looked at loneliness in residents of a senior housing community, has identified several strategies to overcome feeling lonely and isolated. “Loneliness rivals smoking and obesity
Women With High-Risk Pregnancy May Need Professional Support

Women With High-Risk Pregnancy May Need Professional Support

New evidence suggests that a woman with a high-risk pregnancy needs strong psychosocial support. If the support is not available, women may struggle with fears and concerns while feeling isolated...
Most People Consider Themselves More Environmentally Friendly Than Others

Most People Consider Themselves More Environmentally Friendly Than Others

A new study that included residents from Sweden, the United States, England, and India found that most people are convinced they are more environmentally friendly than average. For the study,...
Cardio Exercise Tied to Brain Health Via Increased Gray Matter

Cardio Exercise Tied to Brain Health Via Increased Gray Matter

New research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds that cardiorespiratory exercise such as fast walking, running, biking or any activity that elevates heart rate, is linked to an increase in