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Youth Suicide Prevention Program Shows Promise
Wide-ranging suicide prevention funding appears to have successfully prevented suicide attempts among young people in certain areas of the United States, a new study suggests. The study authors said that the suicide prevention funding may have averted as many as 79,000 suicide attempts between 2008 and 2011. Although the preventive effect seems to be temporary, the researchers believe they re onto something. It is important to know that suicide behavior am ...
Healthday - Sun. Oct 18
U.S. Report Urges End to 'Conversion' Therapy for LGBT Youth
Less than a year after the Obama Administration came out against so-called conversion therapies for gay and lesbian youth, a new government report calls for the practice to be eliminated nationwide. No evidence supports the efficacy of such interventions to change sexual orientation or gender identity, and such interventions are potentially harmful, said the authors of the report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA . E ...
Healthday - Sun. Oct 18
Brain Inflammation May Be Linked to Schizophrenia
Researchers say they ve found a link between brain inflammation and schizophrenia. British investigators used PET scans to assess immune cell activity in the brains of 56 people. Some had schizophrenia, some were at risk for the mental disorder, and others had no symptoms or risk of the disease. The results showed that immune cells are more active in the brains of people with schizophrenia and those at risk for the disease. Our findings are particularly ex ...
Healthday - Sun. Oct 18
Depression: not a normal part of aging
Health problems, reduced income and the death or a partner or loved one are just some of the difficulties often faced in older age. With this in mind, it is perhaps unsurprising that around 7 million American adults aged 65 and older experience some form of depression. What is surprising is that depression among seniors is often overlooked and untreated.
Medical News Today - Fri. Oct 16
Novel technique shows how autism affects social brain
Brain areas linked to social behaviors are both underdeveloped and insufficiently networked in youths with high functioning autism spectrum disorder, according to research published in the journal Brain and Behavior .
Medical News Today - Fri. Oct 16
Five Reasons Why Americans Don’t Often Leave America
I just returned to the United States after an incredible, 7-month sojourn with my family of six on the tropical island of Fiji while teaching psychology. It was incredibly enriching and mind-expanding, and fulfilled a longtime dream of mine to live abroad with my family. It seems to me that many Americans similarly dream of traveling the world, but never seem to get around to it. While traveling in Fiji and during my travels in several other countries, I h ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Oct 16
The "False Creation" of Body Image Distortions
The sentiment Beauty is in the eye of the beholder originates from Plato s Symposium , an exposition on love written about 360 B.C., where Socrates speaks of beholding beauty with the eye of the mind. For those with body image distortions, they see not beauty in themselves but imperfections and overt dissatisfaction with their body or parts thereof. Rather, what captures the mindset of these people is a verse from Lord Byron s early 19th century narrative ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Oct 16
Why Do Employees Most Often Quit?
The more companies can learn about why employees leave them, the better off they are. Turnover, of course, is one of those management problems with a myriad of subtle costs from lost productivity to training time to uncertainty that the new hire will work out. Total costs are often estimated from a third of annual salary to numerous multiples of salary for executive positions. And as anyone who s ever hired employees knows, the process is seldom as simple ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Oct 16
Green public housing may reduce health risks from environmental pollutants
Boston, MA -- Low-income housing residents who live in green buildings that are built with eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient features appear to have fewer sick building symptoms SBS than residents of traditionally constructed low-income housing, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Asthma outcomes--hospitalizations, attacks, and missed school days due to asthma--were also significantly lower fo ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 16
Young Latinos experience discrimination when obtaining health care, research s...
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Young Latinos living in rural areas say they face discrimination when they obtain health care services - a factor that could contribute to disparities in their rates for obtaining medical care and in their health outcomes, a new study from Oregon State University has found. Perceived discrimination is considered a barrier to obtaining health care services for underrepresented populations, including Latinos, according to lead researcher Da ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 16
Excessive alcohol use continues to be drain on American economy
Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC . Excessive drinking cost the U.S. 249 billion in 2010, or 2.05 per drink, a significant increase from 223.5 billion, or 1.90 per drink, in 2006. Most of these costs were due to reduced workplace productivity, crime, and the cost of treating people for health problems caused by excessive drinking. Binge ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 16
FSU researchers find weight discrimination is linked to increased risk of mort...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In recent years, Florida State University College of Medicine researchers Angelina R. Sutin and Antonio Terracciano have found that people who experience weight discrimination are more likely to become or remain obese, to develop chronic health problems and to have a lower satisfaction with life. Now they ve found that people who report being subjected to weight discrimination also have a greater risk of dying. Not because they may be ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Oct 16
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