Mental Health


TV-012915.jpg Binge watching of television shows may be a tell-tale sign of depression and loneliness, according to a new study from researchers at International Communication Association. For the study the researchers surveyed 300 people between the ages of 18 and 29, asking them about their medical background and viewing habits.

football-012915.jpg A new form of eye-tracking technology could help medical trainers diagnose potential concussion symptoms in athletes, according to a new study from researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. For the study the researchers examined 75 brain trauma patients and 64 patients without head injuries. They followed each participant's eye movements using a new eye tracking technology.

brain-012915.jpg Those who suffer from severe depression may also experience increased swelling of the brain, according to a new study from researchers at Duke University. For the study the researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) scans to look at the brains of 20 healthy individuals and 20 severe depression patients.

emotion-012215.jpg The emotions associated with some memories may have an impact on their recall, according to a new study from researchers at New York University. For the study the researchers tested 119 volunteers by showing them a series of photos including animals and tools. The test subjects were connected to an electrode on one wrist and received a shock with some of the images.

woman-laptop-012015.jpg Some women who carry the common stomach bacteria known as H. pylori may be at a decreased risk for multiple sclerosis, according to researchers at the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (WANRI). For the study the researchers reviewed data from the Perth Demyelinating Disease Database. This data specifically looked at the presence of H. pylori in women diagnosed with MS.

Sleepproblems-012015.jpg Those who have poor sleeping habits during adolescence may be more likely to develop drinking and drug problems later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Idaho State University. For the study the researchers examined reported sleep habits, drug use and alcohol consumption in a nationwide survey carried out between 1994 and 2002.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg A human-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and other mental capabilities in adults with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new pilot study. The study, published online in advance of the February issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, featured 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild to moderate Alzheimer's dementia (AD).

guns-010515.jpg Teens suffering with mental health issues may often have easy access to firearms in their homes, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine's Harborview Medical Center. For the study the researchers pulled data on roughly 10,000 teens collected as part of the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement.

depression-010515.jpg Children of people who attempted suicide are at four to five times the risk of attempting to take their own lives, according to a new study. For the study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers followed the children of people with mood disorders for a longer period to look at the possible connections between parental suicide attempts, the offspring's suicide attempts and mood disorders.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg A new combo pill has been approved by the FDA to treat Alzheimer's disease in people being treated by both drugs. The pill, called Nanzaric, is taken once a day and can be sprinkled on food for patients who have trouble swallowing. It is meant to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease and combines memantine hydrochloride extended-release (Namenda) and donepezil hydrochloride (Aricept).

children-with-diabities-122914.jpg Children with type 1 diabetes may experience delayed brain development, according to new study from researchers at Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. For the study the researchers performed brain scans on kids between four and nine years old. They found that compared to children without diabetes, those with the condition showed significantly slowed growth of grey matter.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Alzheimer's patients who lose memories may be able to have them restored, according to research conducted at UCLA. The animal study, published in the journal eLife, found that memories are not necessarily stored at the synapses, which Alzheimer's deteriorates. The research team studied the method whereby a marine snail called Aplysia was able to increase its long term memory.

brain-101112.jpg Damage from a stroke can be decreased with a dose of blot clot busting medication, according to research sponsored by the Dutch Heart Foundation. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, surveyed data on 500 stroke patients, 90 percent of whom were given the clot-busting medicine. After three months, 33 percent of those treated with the meds were able to live independently.

SmogNY-121814.jpg Exposure to smog during pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of autism in children, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health tracked 1,800 women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, charting their exposure to air pollution during pregnancy. The study's results are published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

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