October 31, 2013 Texting terms of endearment seems to shore up relationships. Affectionate affirmations help mitigate hurts and frustrations, a study finds. But men who get flooded with texts from their significant other tend to say the relationship is unsatisfactory. Women tend to say the more texts the merrier.
October 30, 2013 The Internet can offer support and encouragement to teens at risk. Public health authorities should enhance those resources while being on guard for negative information that can jeopardize the health of vulnerable young people.
A brain that can let other thoughts bubble up despite being in pain might help its owner benefit from meditation or other cognitive therapies.
October 29, 2013 Prescription painkillers don't work for many people, and some people are helped by treatments like meditation that don't rely on drugs. The varied responses may stem from fundamental differences in how people's brains react to pain. Some minds can wander away from pain, while others just can't turn away.
October 28, 2013 Humans and other primates have really good vision. One scientist thinks that ability evolved in part to help monkeys and humans quickly recognize venomous snakes. When monkeys see photos of snakes, neurons in a specific part of the brain light up. The neurons respond to photos of the reptiles more than to monkey faces.
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October 25, 2013 What makes someone a psychopath? Can these traits be passed through family lines? Neuroscientist James Fallon, and author of The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain, discusses his scientific and personal exploration into the antisocial mind.
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Hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin and other brand names, may face tighter restrictions on prescribing and use.
October 24, 2013 The painkiller OxyContin is already classified as a Schedule II drug because of the "severe" risk of addiction. Now the Food and Drug Administration wants to move Vicodin and other painkillers containing hydrocodone to Schedule II as well, citing soaring rates of addiction and overdose deaths.
The goals of therapy remain the same, but the business side is undergoing big changes.
October 24, 2013 In the past, many psychotherapists ran their own little businesses. But changes in health care coverage mean that many must start accepting insurance and doing paperwork. That's leading some therapists to form group practices or join large medical groups — and may lead to better care for patients.
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Tyler Engel with his parents, Dave and Jennifer. His doctor and therapist worked with the family to help Tyler recover from a concussion.
October 22, 2013 Many people don't take their doctor's advice to see a psychotherapist, even when they really need to. So Oregon is experimenting with placing clinical psychologists in medical practices. The goal is to improve patient care and save money. But it means that doctors and therapists will have to change how they work.
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Very few girls get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise daily. But physical activity could help with school, a study says.
October 22, 2013 Physical activity has a range of benefits for children, yet many schools have cut back on gym and recess. Now a British study finds that children who were most active at age 11 did better academically through the teenage years. Active girls did particularly well in science, while both boys and girls had better scores in English.
Women's moods can change based on the phases of their menstrual cycle. But does that mean they have a psychiatric disorder?
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October 21, 2013 Earlier this year premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, became a recognized mental disorder. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea. Some researchers worry that medicalizing this unrelenting form of PMS could be used against women, even though only a small percentage of women meet the criteria.
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What's in your neighbor's medicine cabinets may influence overdose risk in the community.
October 18, 2013 Accidental drug overdoses have long been seen as problems more common in neighborhoods that are poor and troubled. But prescription opioids have brought overdose deaths to the middle class, a study in New York City finds. Opioid overdoses were more common in higher-income neighborhoods than heroin overdoses.
Taking care of a family member can be a life-extending experience, a study finds.
October 16, 2013 Taking care of an aging relative is often portrayed as a angst-laden misery. But the evidence on that is all over the map. A new study says that family caregivers actually live longer than their noncaregiving counterparts. Looking after someone with dementia can be stressful, but that's not always the case.
Playing this game won't make you feel older, unless you're already getting up there in age.
October 10, 2013 How old you feel can affect your physical and mental health. Older people who took a memory test said they felt older after they took the test than they did before. But researchers say this age shift effect can be positive when older people are tested on something they're great at, like word puzzles.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., gets help entering the Capitol from Vice President Joe Biden (right) in January 2013, one year after suffering a stroke at age 52.
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October 9, 2013 Doctors know who's had a stroke, but they often know a lot less about those people's quality of life afterward. A study of the long-term effects finds that even people with very mild strokes report declines in their quality of life. Anxiety about another stroke and the need for ongoing medical care are two factors.
October 8, 2013 Sexual violence appears to have roots in adolescence, so researchers asked teenagers and young adults if they'd ever forced someone to have sexual activity against their will. About 1 in 10 had. Psychological pressure was the most common tactic.
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