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  • Risk of developing grief-related illnesses increases with age

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 01-22-2015 Category: Mental Health
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    Although bereavement has long been thought to cause stress that can affect the immune system, no formal studies have been carried out on the topic in the past. However, a study conducted by researchers at Birmingham University in the U.K. investigated the link between stress and immune function across different ages. Looking at participants who…

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  • Study finds fast-paced TV OK for children

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 01-21-2015 Category: Mental Health
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    Television has been accused of leading to behavioral problems in children practically since its inception, being associated with seizures, ADHD and violent behavior. One of the biggest concerns in recent years has been its effect on children’s ability to concentrate, allegedly leading to poor academic performance and attention disorders. A study presented at the annual…

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  • How contagious are emotions?

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 01-20-2015 Category: Mental Health
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    Sometimes, despite a person being charming and positive in nature, we still feel an unexplainable amount of unease around them. Many psychologists believe that, in many cases, this is due to our subconscious perception of their non-verbal communication. Most of our ability to feel empathy is due to body language and facial expressions, something that…

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  • Childhood trauma activates PTSD gene

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 01-15-2015 Category: Mental Health
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    While it has been known for some time that traumatic events in childhood are generally more damaging than ones experienced later in life, new research suggests that childhood adversity may influence them on a genetic level, leaving them more prone to developing post traumatic stress disorder in adulthood. The study found that the changes in…

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  • Take care when making New Year’s resolutions

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 12-30-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    It’s that time of year again: it is almost New Year’s Eve. After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, all anyone really needs to focus on usually is finding out what to do on New Year’s Eve and to sit down with a pen and paper and plan their New Year’s resolutions. Many…

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  • New software profiles mindset of leaders

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 12-19-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Personality profiles have been used in the past for employment screenings and online dating profiles, but not so much for leadership positions so far. Now, a software program developed by researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) has offered a new way to understand the personality of military and political leaders. Published in the American Intelligence Journal,…

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  • Can alcohol consumption improve memory? It can for senior citizens, study says

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 12-12-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Historically, the most celebrated benefit of alcohol on memory was its ability to erase it. Now, a recent study may have found moderate alcohol consumption to lead to higher episodic memory, or the ability to recall memories of past events. Published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, the researchers focused on…

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  • Brain study shows promise in personalizing PTSD treatment options

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 12-08-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Considering that post-traumatic stress disorder has only been recognized as a mental health disorder since the 1980s, it is not that surprising that it has seen relatively few studies in the past. However, a recent study utilizing brain scanning has found a link between certain opioid receptors and symptoms of trauma such as sadness and…

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  • Domestic violence is more common among same-sex couples, study says

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 12-05-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Domestic violence is a growing social epidemic that affects more than a third of the country’s population. Although its prevalence may not be that surprising, what is are the results of a recent study that found domestic violence to most likely be more common in same-sex couples. Conducted by researchers at Northwestern Medicine and published…

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  • Treating body and mind: Enhancing mental health treatment through primary care physicians

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 11-19-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    During an annual physical examination with a family practitioner, the medical staff takes blood pressure and pulse readings, notes medications taken, measures height and weight and notes the reason for the visit. Rarely do family physicians ask questions about patient mental health. Since a mental health disorder does not necessarily reveal physical ailments like one…

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