Mental Health

Dim lighting while you sleep linked to depression

October 1, 2012

` Sleeping in a room with even dim artificial light, such as the glow of the television or a night light, can cause depression, a study published July 24 suggests. But the good news: you can reverse the effects by simply switching off the lights.The new research adds to a growing body of evidence that finds that […]

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Poor Sleep May Age Your Brain

September 21, 2012

Evidence is building that poor sleep patterns may do more than make you cranky: The amount and quality of shuteye you get could be linked to mental deterioration and Alzheimer’s disease, four new studies suggest. Too little or too much sleep was equated with two years’ brain aging in one study. A separate study concluded […]

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Why Stress Makes You Miserable

August 17, 2012

Stress really does mess with your mind. A new study has found that chronic stress can create many of the brain changes associated with mood disorders by blocking a gene called neuritin-and that boosting the gene’s activity can protect the brain from those disorders. The results provide new insight into the mechanisms behind depression, anxiety, […]

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‘Bad’ Fat May Hurt Brain Function Over Time

July 6, 2012

Women who eat a lot of “bad” saturated fat may hurt their overall brain function and memory over time, Harvard University researchers report. In contrast, eating more “good” monounsaturated fat improved brain function and memory, suggesting that fats may have the same effect on the brain as they do on the heart, the researchers added. […]

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Widely used antioxidant supplement curtails some autism symptoms

June 28, 2012

A widely used antioxidant supplement can reduce some of the symptoms of autism in children, a pilot study has found. The supplement — N-acetylcysteine, or NAC — lowered irritability in the children and reduced repetitive behaviors, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine reported in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The team cautioned, however, that […]

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You’re never too old to reduce Alzheimer’s risk with exercise

May 7, 2012

Even if you’re 80 or older, it’s not too late for daily exercise to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. And if hitting the gym isn’t quite your style, here’s more good news: You can also benefit by doing housework, researchers say. Plenty of research has suggested that people […]

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New View of Depression: An Ailment of the Entire Body

May 1, 2012

Scientists are increasingly finding that depression and other psychological disorders can be as much diseases of the body as of the mind. People with long-term psychological stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder tend to develop earlier and more serious forms of physical illnesses that usually hit people in older age, such as stroke, dementia, heart […]

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Youngest kids in class more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD

March 23, 2012

Children who are the youngest in their class are more likely than their older classmates to be diagnosed and given medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — suggesting that immaturity may be part of the problem, not ADHD. The finding is from a study of more than 900,000 Canadian children aged 6 to 12, and […]

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Study: Vitamins, Omega-3s may keep brain from shrinking – USA Today – (Thursday, December 29, 2011) –

January 9, 2012

Older adults with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D and E in their blood performed better on certain measures of thinking abilities, and also tended to have larger brain volume, a new study finds.   Seniors with high levels of trans fats in their blood fared worse on certain thinking tests […]

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CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years – USA Today – By Janice Lloyd – (Thursday, October 20, 2011) –

October 27, 2011

Use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988, making the medication the most frequently used by people ages 18-44, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.  Eleven percent of Americans ages 12 years and older took antidepressants during the 2005-08 study period, the authors write. They add that though […]

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