Mental Health


counselingstudent-112414.jpg Those who have attempted suicide in the past may be less likely to make another attempt if they undergo short-term psycho-social counseling, according to a new study from researchers at John Hopkins University. For the study the researchers examined the health records of 65,000 Danish citizens who had attempted suicide between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 2010.

Aspirin-072111.jpg Daily low doses of aspirin may not offer significant heart health benefits for the elderly, according to research conducted at the University of Shin-Oyama City Hospital in Tochigi, Japan. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed data on over 14,000 Japanese people aged 60 to 85.

iphone-111214.jpg Those who use mobile phones may be at a greater risk for certain types of brain cancer, according to research conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The study, published in the journal Pathophysiology, surveyed 1,380 patients with malignant brain tumors, and a similar group of people without tumors, then compared cell phone usage.

chronicfatiguesyndrome-103014.jpg A new study shows that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have significant brain differences from healthy people. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine used three types of scanning technologies to scan the brains of healthy patients and those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. The findings are published in the October 28 issue of "Radiology."

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Brain injuries in adults 55 and older may result in an increased risk of dementia, according to research conducted at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, surveyed data on nearly 52,000 emergency room patients in California from 2005 to 2011. They found that 8.4 percent of those suffering a traumatic brain injury went on to develop dementia.

purplerbeanspowder-102714.jpg A compound found in cocoa may help reverse the effects of aging-related memory, according to research conducted at Columbia University Medical Center. The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, gave high doses of a cocoa drink, prepared by Mars, Inc., to study participants in the 50 to 69 age range.

depression-090613.jpg Anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease depressive symptoms along with antidepressants, according to a new study. The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, found that the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could be linked to people having better responses to antidepressants without a higher risk of side effects.

Medicine-102114.jpg Drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, known as dopamine receptor agonist drugs, may increase the incidence of compulsive behaviors, according to research conducted at George Washington University. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reviewed ten years of records from the FDA. The research team looked at data on 2.7 million adverse drug events reported from 2003 to 2012.

depression-101414.jpg A new study has revealed that physical activity may not help teens cope with depression symptoms nor does it stop them from developing depression. Researchers at the University of Cambridge tracked the physical activity of 736 participants with an average age of 14.5 for three years. They found that there was no link between physical activity and a lower incidence of depression symptoms.

broccoli-082813.jpg A new study has found that a compound in broccoli sprouts may help improve the behavioral symptoms of autism. Researchers examined the effects of giving sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli sprouts, to a group of 44 boys and men with autism between the ages of 13 and 27. Some received the compound and others a placebo.

Brain-101314.jpg The FDA has warned against the use of dietary supplements that claim to prevent and reduce recovery time for concussions. The agency release an official statement on the topic earlier this month stating that there is no evidence to support the products' claims of effectiveness. "We're very concerned that false assurances of faster recovery will convince athletes of all ages . . ."

brain-101112.jpg Certain brain cells called astrocytes help the brain create new neurons after a stroke, according to research conducted at Lund University and Karolinska Istitutet in Sweden. The animal study saw the team induce stroke in mice to observe the behavior of astrocytes. They found that the astrocytes in the injured part of the brain formed immature nerve cells.