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Penn research: An FDA-approved Alzheimer's drug could help smokers quit
Despite several safe drug therapies available to help smokers quit, three-quarters report relapsing within six months of a quit attempt. University of Pennsylvania researchers Rebecca Ashare and Heath Schmidt saw potential for a permanent cessation solution in a class of FDA-approved medications used to improve cognitive impairments from Alzheimer s disease. In a study consisting of a rat trial and a human trial, Ashare and Schmidt studied the effects of t ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 19
Binge drinking dangerous for young adults
This news release is available in French . Montreal, February 19, 2016 - Having an occasional drink is fine, but binge drinking is a known health hazard and now high blood pressure may need to be added to the list of possible consequences. Young adults in their twenties who regularly binge drink have higher blood pressure which may increase the risk of developing hypertension, concludes a study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal Hospita ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 19
Does sexual aggression alter the female brain?
Rutgers scientists have taken a step toward understanding how sexual aggression alters the female brain. In a recent study in Scientific Reports , lead author Tracey Shors, professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience in the School of Arts and Sciences, discovered that prepubescent female rodents paired with sexually experienced males had elevated levels of stress hormones, could not learn as well, and expressed reduc ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Feb 19
A sigh of relief: new discovery could aid breathing problems
We all do it - that long, deep breath known as a sigh in order to express our sadness, relief or exhaustion. But you might be surprised to learn that sighing is actually crucial to lung function, and scientists have now pinpointed the brain cells that are responsible for it.
Medical News Today - Thu. Feb 18
Grief in Later Life
Case Conference hosted by Jeffrey Deitz MD Hello everyone. I am so pleased to be hosting Case Conference blog for Psychology Today. Case Conference will present real stories of real-life dilemmas details changed to preserve confidentiality, of course that everyone can to relate to. You ll see psychiatric care unfolding and are encouraged to comment on the issues and suggest solutions. I ll be sharing each case with colleagues as well as Case Conference s r ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Feb 18
Exploring Our Endless Obsession With the End
Explore the shelves of any typical bookstore today and one finds many books that touch upon humanity s demise in one way or another. The fall of civilization, economic failure, pandemics, environmental collapse, nuclear war, and human extinction are all hot topics. Even Young Adult sections are well stocked with novels about teenagers struggling against various versions of the end. I recently found no less than three visually impressive magazines catering ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Feb 18
Study: Getting Patients Out of Bed Soon After Stroke Is Good Medicine
It may be good for hospitalized stroke patients to be taken out of bed for frequent but short periods of movement, researchers report. The study authors from Australia looked at more than 2,100 patients in a hospital stroke unit and found that getting them out of bed and moving around soon after their stroke benefited them. The more often this was done, the better their physical recovery and their chances of regaining their independence three months after ...
Healthday - Thu. Feb 18
Smoking's Grip Adds to Misery of the Homeless
Smoking is common among the homeless, and it s costing them a large share of what little money they have, a new study finds. The research, surveying over 300 homeless adults who smoked, found that on average, they spent 44 on tobacco in the past week. Meanwhile, their average income for the month was around 500, and one-third or more said they had difficulty finding shelter, food, clothing or a place to wash, the research showed. What does 44 in a week mea ...
Healthday - Thu. Feb 18
Spiders' Size Exagerrated in Minds of Those Who Fear Them
If you re frightened of spiders, in your mind s eye they may seem much bigger than they really are, a new Israeli study finds. The research included female university students. They were divided into two groups, depending on whether they were afraid or unafraid of spiders. Each of the women was then shown pictures of spiders, birds and butterflies. Unsurprisingly, both groups said the spider pictures were more unpleasant than the other pictures. However, o ...
Healthday - Thu. Feb 18
How Business Leaders Can Help Foster Mental Health In The Workplace
The United Kingdom is taking a proactive approach to promoting mental health in the workplace. Prime Minister David Cameron met with British business leaders earlier this week to discuss how to better foster a work culture that encourages people to take care of their mental well-being.
Huffington Post - Thu. Feb 18
National hospital hand-washing campaign effective but expensive
Many hospital patients were protected from a dangerous bug and at least 96 years of life will be saved each year, said Professor Nicholas Graves from QUT s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation IHBI . Professor Graves conducted an NHMRC-funded evaluation of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative in 50 Australian hospitals across all states and territories from 2009 to 2012, published this week in PLOS One . The initiative promoted the five moments of ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 18
Young people with mental problems should receive help in their own environment
Young people with mental problems - especially those with psychotic-like symptoms - should receive help as early as possible and in their own environment. This was the conclusion of a joint study of the University of Helsinki, the Helsinki University Hospital Department of Psychiatry and the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland. The purpose of the study was to determine the effectiveness of treatment provided to young people seeking help for ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Feb 18
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