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What It Takes to Go Viral
Everyone wants to know why some stories go viral. Brain scans offer an answer. Read more >


My Selfie is Better than Yours
Selfies are fun when you are the one taking them. Others' selfies are another story. Read more >


Bullying's Hidden Damage
Bullying doesn’t just harm kids' self-esteem; it hurts kid’s grades, too. Read more >


Same-Sex Marriage Reduces Teen Suicide
The sexual confusion of the teen years can be brutal for teens questioning their sexuality. Legalizing same-sex marriage has helped. Read more >


E-Cigarettes Aren't Stopping Kids From Lighting Up
Yes, smoking is down, but it has seemingly nothing to do with e-cigarettes. Read more >


The Right -- And Wrong -- Way to Give Kids a Time Out
Time outs are an effective way to discipline bad behavior, but you need to know how to give them. Read more >


A Cure for Fake News
You can inoculate yourself against fake news. It starts with knowing that it's out there. Read more >


Alcohol’s Effects on Memory
Alcohol may make you unable to forget. And this matters for people with PTSD. Read more >


Helping Kids Sidestep Depression
Exercise not only reduces kids' depression, it lowers their chances of becoming depressed as teens. Read more >


Calm and Happy? There's an App for That
Clinicians have designed a set of apps to reduce depression and anxiety. They seem to help. Read more >


Someone to Tell Your Troubles To
It can be hard to get help in a country with only ten psychiatrists. That's where the Friendship Bench comes in. Read more >


The Price of Health
When we shop, we tend to assume more expensive foods are healthier. It's a gold mine for marketers. Read more >


Maybe This Will Help You Quit
Cigarette smoke contains lots of chemicals, not just nicotine. Think ammonia, arsenic, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, lead and uranium. Read more >


Finding More Fun
It's more fun doing something on the fly, improvising, than following a master plan. Keep things loose. Read more >


Dazed and Confused
Giving antipsychotics to ill and aging patients with delusions deepens confusion — and worse. Read more >


Yogic Breathing Practices Lift Depression
People with severe depression who didn't respond to antidepressants were helped by these breathing techniques. Read more >


Fatty Foods' Profound Effect on the Teenage Brain
Fatty foods like chips, burgers and fries can rob teens' brains of a protein key to development. Read more >


A Quick Recovery
A drug commonly used for ADHD seems to make recovering from anesthesia much easier. Read more >


Is Your Computer Spying on You?
Not only are we more connected than ever, our own online devices may be stalking us. Read more >


Is the Time Change Getting You Down?
The end of daylight savings may bring depression along with it. Read more >


The Pounds on Your Body May Be Taking Points off Your Brain
Excess weight brings on inflammation inside your body. That's bad for your brain and mental abilities. Read more >


No, Really, You Look Great
Lying gets easier if you do it enough, British researchers have found. It's like any habit. Read more >


Meditation for Prisoners
Transcendental meditation can help prisoners confront the trauma that helps put so many behind bars. Read more >


Taking the Guesswork Out of Depression Treatment
Finding the right treatment for depression is not easy. Researchers may have found a way. Read more >


Crazy Cats
Is your cat driving you crazy? Two veterinarians and an animal behaviorist have a suggestion that should help. Read more >


Try This, Baby
Parents worried about toddlers' eating habits should be aware that babies are taking in way more than food during mealtimes. Read more >


Fertility Plummets When Women Are Stressed
A 45% reduced conception rate is clear evidence for why women — and men — need to take stress reduction seriously. Read more >


New Neurons, Better Memories
The brain rarely births new cells — except in one very important area. Read more >


Good Dog!
Which pleases your dog more: praise or food? Brain scans tell a surprising story. Read more >


The Hidden Benefits of ADHD Meds
Yes, the drugs used to treat ADHD have side effects; but they also have secondary benefits. Read more >


Should You Trust Your Gut?
When business execs had to evaluate candidates, they thought their instincts would work. Turns out they were wrong. Read more >


Frape — A Prank or Something More Sinister?
When a friend logs on as you and posts content to your social media account, you've been fraped. Read more >


A Recipe for Friendship and Trust
We like people who eat like us even more than we like people who look and dress like us. Read more >


Binge-Eating, Disordered and Not
Binge-eating disorder is not just about out-of-control eating. It takes an emotional toll, too. Read more >


A Global Look At Anxiety
A review of anxiety research from around the world finds who is more likely to be anxious. Read more >


The Art of Stress Relief
Making art helps reduce stress — it doesn't matter whether you are good at it or not. Read more >


Antidepressants for Kids?
An international review study found only one antidepressant was reliably useful for those under 18. Read more >


Emotional Support for Job Seekers
Looking for for work is nobody's idea of a good time. But you can prevent yourself from sabotaging your best efforts. Read more >


How Economics Affects Our Ability to Delay Gratification
Resisting temptation is not always a good thing, at least not when rewards are scarce. Read more >


Antidepressants Not Working?
Certain nutraceuticals — omega-3s and others — can boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Read more >


Fighting Obesity at the Table
Obesity is the product of many influences. The family is one of the best places to counteract them. Read more >


Do Dogs Like Hugs?
An unofficial study is garnering a lot of attention for suggesting that dogs don't like to be hugged. Read more >


Ease Depression, Help the Heart
Depression is not good for your cardiovascular system, but there is a way to erase the risk. Read more >


An Acid Trip to The Self
LSD increases communication among high-level regions of the brain, erasing boundaries. Read more >


What Uncertainty Means for Stress
Would you rather know definitely that something bad is going to happen, or be unsure of it? Read more >


Not All Mind-Wandering Is the Same
There's a big difference between letting your mind wander and having it take off on its own. Read more >


Targeted Ads Tell You Who You Think You Are
Online ads that follow you around the Web offer flattering identities as part of their sales pitch. Read more >


The Bolshoi Path to Enlightenment
It was no particular surprise when a study found meditation makes you wiser, but ballet? Read more >


You Call That Teamwork?
Everyone who works on a team tends to over-estimate their own contribution and under-estimate everyone else's. Read more >


Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sad?
Worried about how much time you spend on your phone or computer? Here's one way to think about it. Read more >


Enraged Mice
New brain research offers more insight into where rage comes from, and how it's kept in check. Read more >


A Non-Prescription Way to Fight Depression
Exercise and meditation, used together, can be an effective one-two punch for depression. Read more >


You Couldn't Pay Me to Exercise!
Instead of paying employees to lose weight, it may be better for companies to fine them if they don't. Read more >


Waistlines Never Take a Vacation
People gain an average of just under a pound during a vacation. They rarely take the weight off. Read more >


Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Hookahs’ Hidden Dangers
The water in hookahs cools tobacco smoke, but the pipes deliver huge amounts of tar and nicotine. Read more >


Frozen in the Spotlight
Performance anxiety is all-too-familiar to many. Now scientists know why it occurs. Read more >


Why Eating Out Zaps Your Self Control
Eating out can make dietary self control especially difficult. Restaurant meals tend to be big, and tempt us when we are vulnerable. Read more >


A Profile of College Drug Use
Binge drinking and marijuana use are up, but some other drug use is down on college campuses. Read more >


Your Brain, In the Zone
Understanding the neural mechanisms behind creativity may tell us the conditions under which it is most likely to arise. Read more >


Students Fight Bullying Best
The most powerful way to prevent bullying may be to enlist the influence of popular peers. Read more >


No Parents Necessary
Doctor visits are a prime time for teens to take charge of their health. Parents can be obstacles. Read more >


A One-Stop Treatment for Phobia?
Could phobias be treated in as little as one session? Research is starting to say ‘yes.’ Read more >


Does Your Child Need A Dog?
Dogs aren't for everyone, but they can help anxious kids overcome their fears. Read more >


Mushy Brains On TV
People who watch a lot of TV are less able to plan, problem-solve or process info quickly. Read more >


High Intensity Shoppers
The holidays bring out the best in those for whom shopping is a competitive sport. Read more >


A New Light on Depression
Light therapy appears to help even those with non-seasonal depression. Read more >


A Depression-Diabetes Connection?
People who are insulin resistant and depressed may be helped by treatment with the diabetes drug, pioglitazone. Read more >


Shorter Days, Darker Moods
Seasonal affective disorder is often treated with light, but something else seems to work better. Read more >


Accentuate The Positive?
When it comes to drug trials, study results are often misleadingly upbeat. They're also potentially and dangerously error-ridden. Read more >


Relaxation Puts A Dent In Healthcare Costs
People who meditate or do yoga use far fewer healthcare services than those who don't. Insurers, take note. Read more >


Compulsive Texting And Academic Achievement
Some teens find it difficult to stop texting or ignore texts. Compulsive texting can cause academic problems. Read more >


Antidepressant Found Unsafe for Children, Teens
Another look at the clinical trial data on an antidepressant found unreported dangers. Read more >


Oh No! Where's My Phone?
See how you stack up when it comes to the anxiety some feel when they can't find their phones. Read more >


What Makes You, You?
Your moral compass is a key part of what makes you, you. Read more >


The Dark Side of Perfectionism
It's fine to want to do a really good job, but constant perfectionistic worry about being judged can bring burnout. Read more >


The MIND Diet — Keep More of Your Marbles in Play
When aging adults ate from a group of specific foods, it slowed the decline in their cognitive abilities. Read more >


Mindfulness Training Eases PTSD
Mindfulness-based stress reduction helped ease veterans’ symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Read more >


The Mind of A Millionaire
What makes a millionaire decide to give? Their motives aren't the same as for the rest of us, a study finds. Read more >


Altruism Simplified
Which takes more time — deciding to be generous or selfish? Brain scans tell the story. Read more >


Your Reusable Grocery Bags May Be Making You Fat
When it comes to treating ourselves for good behavior (like remembering our bags) we are pretty resourceful. Read more >


Clogged Hearts and Minds
Trans fats slow your memory just the same way they clog your heart. Read more >


One Reason You May Feel Anxious — Too Much Sitting
When you feel anxious, sitting may seem like a good idea, but it could make it worse. Read more >


The Executive in Your Head Is No Friend to Creativity
The executive in your head — the planner and decider — is no friend to creativity. Read more >


Cynics Earn Less — In Most Countries Anyway
A multinational study finds that in most places, cynics cooperate less and earn less money than their more optimistic peers. Read more >


Stress Really Does Take Years Off Your Life
Post-traumatic stress doesn't just bring on emotional issues. It accelerates physical aging, too. Read more >


Not So Happy for You: Why Bragging Backfires
Self-promotion is everywhere. But its rewards are less certain than braggarts might think. Read more >


There Must Be a Safer Way to Treat Kids’ Depression
Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in some kids. Here's why. Read more >


The Upside of Stress -- Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It

The Spark Behind Creativity May Also Ease Depression
When a mild electrical current is applied to the brain, creativity rises. Read more >


Under Pressure? Try Self-Affirmation
When we want to do a good job, self-affirmations are a good way to counteract our worries about not being able to do well enough. Read more >


Start Now: Recovering from Psychological Trauma
More than half of us will be exposed to some form of a psychological trauma which can lead to PTSD. Read more >


The Perks of Being Invisible
Special glasses tricked people into perceiving their bodies had disappeared. So did social anxiety. Read more >


Anti-Texting Laws: An Early Report Card
When states have laws that are designed to penalize texting, they help save lives. Read more >


Helping Others Can Ease Social Anxiety
When teens with social anxiety help others, they come to feel more comfortable in their own skin. Read more >


Activating Important Memories May Make Us Forget
The act of committing something to memory may make us unable to recall other events. Read more >


Air Pollution Raises Anxiety Levels
Air pollution puts your emotional health as well as your physical health at risk. Read more >


Depression in the Parents Can Trigger Behavior Problems in the Kids
Parents' moods are not lost on their children. A parent's depression can create behavior problems. Read more >


Use of Marijuana May Have Lasting Effects on Memory
Marijuana use in adolescence may have lasting effects on memory. Read more >


Art, Nature, and Spirituality Can Help Protect Against Disease
Experiencing a sense of awe may reduce inflammation – and depression. Read more >


Threats to Privacy on the Internet
Those privacy policies you click on to order apps or purchase goods won't protect privacy. Read more >


Depression Too Common Among Teens
Depression is more common among teens than most people realize. Parents, know the warning signs. Read more >


Body Cameras Can Prevent Violence
Body cameras cut police violence by over 50% and could perhaps have saved Michael Brown's life. Read more >


Virtual Body-Swapping Can Help Address Unconscious Racial Biases
Virtual body-swapping may be the key to reducing racial prejudice. Read more >


Musical Training Improves Language Processing and School Performance
Musical training can make a difference in children's ability to process language and learn in school. Read more >


New Insights into Why Some People Are Resistant to Stress, Depression
Some people are just not affected by stress very much. A new study suggests why and offers hope for new treatments for depression. Read more >


The Science of Choking Under Pressure
Performing our best under pressure is not easy, and people have different reasons for choking. Read more >


Scratching Really Does Make Itches Worse
The urge to scratch an itch is irresistible, but it really does make the itch worse. See why. Read more >


Of All the Emotions, Sadness Lasts the Longest
Of all the emotions, one lasts the longest. Here's why. Read more >


Survey Catalogues Americans' Fears
What do people fear most? A survey finds It is not always rational...or reasonable. Read more >


Researchers Gain Insight into How Stress Debilitates the Brain
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the mind. Now we understand what it’s doing to the brain. Read more >


Multitasking Linked to Changes in the Brain
Multitasking may result in a loss of density in gray matter in a key brain area. Read more >


Curiosity Primes the Brain to Learn
Curiosity literally makes the brain more open to learning. We may be able to use this finding in schools. Read more >


How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

A “Dimmer Switch” for Depression
Some people react more strongly to negative life events than others. It’s all about an overactive “disappointment pathway.” Read more >


A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
Markers in the blood of people who are or will become depressed offer a step forward in early diagnosis and treatment. Read more >


Protein Production Put on Hold During Times of Stress
The misfolded proteins that accumulate in ALS and Alzheimer's appear to be the result of cells' response to stress. Read more >


Gas Disconnects Traumatic Memories, Loosens the Grip of PTSD
Xenon gas may be a better PTSD treatment: It helps disconnect traumatic memories from the pain that can go with them. Read more >


Biochemical Keys to Stress and Resilience Are Uncovered
Some people seem resistant to stress, while others are susceptible to it. Researchers are starting to understand why. Read more >


Young People with Depression Have “Hyper-Connected” Brain Networks
The brains of depressed people have different, more intense patterns of connections. What does that mean for treatment? Read more >


Severe Depression Helped by A Combo of Antidepressants and Talk Therapy
Antidepressants and talk therapy together may be the key to overcoming severe depression. Read more >


Certain Occupations Make Parenthood Even Harder
Certain jobs make being a parent even more stressful. Read more >


Good News at the Wrong Time Isn’t Good News at All
The timing of good news is almost as important as the news itself. Read more >


Stress Is a Recipe for Weight Gain
Stress can add an extra 100 calories day — even if you don't eat more. For those who are depressed, it's even worse news. Read more >


Smoking Increases the Risk of Suicide
Smoking doesn't just harm your heart and lungs. It can bring on serious depression, and make suicide more likely. Read more >


Brain Patterns Predict Stock Market Bubbles
What is it that inspires some investors to leave the market before a crash? They use a different part of their brains than the rest of us. Read more >


Details Emerge on The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease
Chronic stress — the kind faced by doctors in the ICU — increases white blood cells that can cause life-threatening plaques to form. Read more >


What Stress Does to Your Memory
High levels of stress hormones reduce interconnections among cells in the brain, interfering with our ability to remember. Read more >


Synchronized Brain Waves Make Rapid Learning Possible
How are we able to shift from thinking about what's for dinner to what's happening in Iraq? It starts with humming in two brain areas. Read more >


Engineering Memories with Light
Using light, researchers have been able to create, extinguish and re-create a memory. The finding may offer help people with PTSD or memory loss. Read more >


Psilocybin Shows Potential As Treatment for Depression
Psilocybin, found in certain mushrooms, appears to help prevent depression and anxiety by enhancing mood. Read more >


Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >


Depressed Brains Boosted to a More Resilient State
Mice prone to depression became resistant to stress and depression after a jump-start. Read more >


Marijuana's Bad Effects on the Brain
Marijuana may ease the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy, but it also leaves certain brain areas abnormally enlarged. Read more >


Stress Makes Allergies Worse
Stress appears to make allergies worse. Calming the mind can help. Read more >


Childhood Stress Can Prematurely Age Genes
Stress in childhood can have lasting effects that can be seen in children's genes. Read more >


Stress Can Reduce a Woman's Chances of Becoming Pregnant
Stress can greatly reduce a woman’s odds of becoming pregnant. Read more >


New Hints at The Brain Chemistry Behind Anxiety
The brain chemistry of people with anxiety may make it more difficult for them to turn off activity. Luckily, there appears to be a way to change this. Read more >


Can Childhood Memories Be Trusted?
Our memory for childhood events is usually modest. The details we recall are often added later. Read more >


Chronic Stress Disrupts Balance Between White and Gray Matter in the Brain
Chronic stress appears to alter the balance of white to gray brain matter. This may explain several mental disorders. Read more >


A New Brain Region Is Implicated in Anxiety
When we are anxious a brain region long-believed to calm responsiveness actually seems to excite it. Read more >


Neurofeedback: High Tech Mind Control
What if epileptics could learn to prevent their own seizures using neurofeedback? MEG scans may make it possible. Read more >


A Possible Biological Basis for Religiosity
People who are religious have thicker cortices than those who aren't. So which causes what? Read more >


Meditation May Help Relieve Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
Don't Medicate, Meditate Read more >


A Sense of Smell Is Highly Personal
No two people smell the same scent the same way. The difference lies in the cocktail of amino acids your genes produce. Read more >


Physical Brain Injuries Increase Likelihood of PTSD
Physical injury to the the brain also raises the risk of post-traumatic stress. Read more >


Cell Phone Angst
We all love our cell phones, but they can increase anxiety and make us miserable. Read more >


Media Coverage of Traumatic Events and Acute Stress
It's OK to be informed, but binge-watching the news when disaster strikes can cause traumatic stress. Read more >


Sacrosine Shows Promise As a New Way to Relieve Depression
Sarcosine, found in muscles and other body tissues, improved mood better than a popular antidepressant. Read more >


Decision-Making Linked to Motivation, Depression
Decisions, motivation and depression all seem to reside in the same areas of the brain. Read more >


Promising New Treatment for Seizures Related to Liver Disease
A blood pressure medication already approved for human use may prevent seizures. Read more >


Psychobiotics, A Possible New Treatment for Depression
We know probiotics are good for GI heath. They may also affect mental health. Read more >


Monkey Mind, A Memoir of Anxiety

Cell Phones at Meetings: Rules of Engagement for the New Civil War
Cell phones make the business world go round, but they also derail many meetings -- and careers. Read more >


A Promising New Route to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The “hunger hormone” ghrelin may help short-circuit PTSD. A vaccine may be possible. Read more >


Memory and Forgetting: It's All about the Networks
Memory and forgetting go hand-in-hand. Now we know that network coordination is more important than brain activation. Read more >


Shining A Light to Turn Off Anxiety
When MIT researchers flipped the switch connecting two brain regions, anxiety vanished. Read more >


The Color of Light at Night's Effect on Mood
The color of light at night affects mood. Blue is depressing. Read more >


The Message of A Messy Desk
Disorderly environments can foster creativity. Read more >


Treating Post-Traumatic Stress and Alcoholism Simultaneously
Post-traumatic stress and alcoholism often go hand-in-hand. Treatments coincide, too. Read more >


Scientists Succeed in Creating a False Memory
It's not quite "Inception," but scientists have invaded the brains of mice and made fake memories. Read more >


Veterans with Multiple Brain Injuries Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
Veterans who sustain more than one head trauma are at much greater risk of suicide. Read more >


The Power of Good Habits
We all fall back on our habits; the trick is to make them healthy. Read more >


Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Many types of talk therapy work for depression; the important thing is to get started on one. Read more >


Exercise As a Treatment for Depression
Exercise is a valuable treatment for depression, especially for those who have trouble with antidepressants. Read more >


The Genes Behind Circadian Patterns and Major Depression
If the genes behind our body's clock fall out of sync, depression can be the result. Read more >


Our Fear of Missing Out
The fear of missing out — we all suffer from it at times, but social media is making it worse. Read more >


Affirming Our Priorities Helps Offset the Mental Effects of Stress
Self-affirmations can help you through periods of chronic stress. Read more >


Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >


There's Earning, and Then There's Overearning
Having more than we can possibly use can put dent in happiness. Read more >


It's Not How Close You Feel, It's How Close You Want to Be
Not everyone desires the same level of intimacy. What matters is whether you and your partner have the same need. Read more >


The Myth of Multitasking
To the guy checking his mail as he talks on the phone: you aren't efficient; you're distracted. Read more >


Yoga May Help Mental Health Disorders, from Depression to Schizophrenia
Yoga can help ease certain mental health disorders. Read more >


Resource Center: Stress

Surprise! You Won't Be Who You Think You Are
As we age, we tend to think we are pretty much done changing. But the truth is there is more to come. Read more >


Nature Ignites a Creative Spark
Spending time in nature spurs creativity. Read more >


Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Antidepressant-Resistant Depression
Antidepressants don't help everyone. A new study finds that one kind of psychotherapy can improve the odds. Read more >


Taking Early Control of Traumatic Memories May Help Treat PTSD
A new treatment for PTSD helps prevent memory from running amok. Read more >


Treating ADHD with Medication Reduces a Person's Risk of Criminal Behavior
Crime and medication? People with ADHD are less likely to commit crimes if they take medication. Read more >


How Our Brain Gets Us Motivated
Tracking the brain circuits involved in motivation and depression. Read more >


A Ball by Any Other Name: How Dogs Process Language
When your dog hears a human word, he processes it his own way. This could be helpful for training. Read more >


A Spray to Keep Your Man from Straying
A spritz of "love" hormone kept men's eyes from wandering. Is this a new form of chemical warfare or a set-up for a sitcom? Read more >


Meditation: Changing the Mind for the Better
Meditation changes the brain differently, depending on the type of meditation you practice. Read more >


Why Teenage Fear Lingers
Problems with anxiety often show up in adolescence. A study shows why, and why it's hard for teens.. Read more >


Are You Teflon or Velcro When It Comes to Stress?
Some people find it pretty easy to shed a stressful day, but for others, it lingers... Read more >


Puzzle Interviews Unpopular with Job Applicants
As if looking for work wasn't hard enough: now interviews feature "trick" questions designed to... Read more >


Ketamine Research Leads to the First New Depression Drugs in Decades
Ketamine is a pediatric anesthetic, a club drug, and now, the most promising antidepressant... Read more >


An Experimental Drug May Address the Cognitive Problems of PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder is more than anxiety. A new drug may help the cognitive problems... Read more >


Glial Cells
Glia were completely overlooked until it was discovered that Einstein's brain was packed with them. Read more >


The Things We Forget to Do: How to Remember Them
Forgetting to do what we intend to do is common. There are ways, however, to remember the milk... Read more >


Study of Rituals Provides Insight Into Human Logic and Reasoning
Rituals tend to provide a level of comfort, a sense of control. They also tell us a bit about... Read more >


Researchers Discover A Massive "Plumbing" Network in the Brain
We thought we knew how the brain cleans itself out. Then a completely unexpected... Read more >


Let it Shine: New Window Coating Lets in More Light
A new window coating lets in more light at the blue end of the spectrum. This shift could improve... Read more >


Lying Eyes: Just a Myth?
A widely accepted method for telling if someone is telling the truth just went out the window... Read more >


The Power of Good Deeds
When faced with uncertainty, we are more likely to believe in the power of good deeds.... Read more >


A Brain Chemical That Makes Bad Memories Disappear
Researchers discover why anxiety can persist for months or years after a stressful event. It's all about a brain chemical. Read more >


Texting Raises Truthfulness, Accuracy
People tend to be more thoughtful, honest, and accurate when texting than over the phone... Read more >


What Your Facebook Photo Really Says about You
What does your Facebook photo say about you? A recent study suggests it is a cultural indicator... Read more >


The Mainstreaming of Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 2: Meditation
Meditation increases the size of brain areas associated with memory and reduces our vulnerability to stress. Read more >


A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with... Read more >


Rhythmic Neural Patterns Drive Movement
Neurons firing in the brain produce organized movement in the body. But how? It may take a neural... Read more >


The Biology of Kindness and Well-Being
Everyday experiences change the brain. Researchers consider the effects of well being and kindness.. Read more >


Being Aware of Your Own Mortality Can Make for a Better Life
Being aware of our mortality can actually help us live richer, fuller lives. Read more >


A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >


Study Illuminates How We Categorize Information and Make Decisions
Quick categorization is a skill that streamlines thought. Now we know more about how it occurs. Read more >


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain
Certain brain centers are less active in chronic fatigue syndrome patients, suggesting a new... Read more >


A Positive Outlook Helps the Heart
Having a positive outlook has been associated with improved cardiovascular health and recovery. It's about healthy behaviors. Read more >


Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren't.. Read more >


Death and Taxes: Road Fatalities Rise on Tax Day
The stress of doing taxes can distract us on the road. Traffic fatalities rise every tax day... Read more >


Dogs In the Workplace Can Reduce Stress
Taking your pup to work can reduce stress and may increase workers' productivity... Read more >


Brain's Wiring Resembles 3D Street Map
Remarkable scans of a monkeys' brain completely change our understanding of how the brain is wired.. Read more >


Brain Cells Benefit from the Company of Others
Brain connections that form when we learn something new are strengthened when there are friends near Read more >


The Stress-Immunity Connection
Stress can lead to reduced immune system function. Reduce stress, reduce your odds for illness. Read more >


A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
Antidepressants can literally be lifesavers for people with depression. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
One in five Americans suffers from mental health problems. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about seeking help. Read more >


At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
A top medical journal questions whether the move to classify grief as depression has merit. Read more >


The Internet as Matchmaker
Internet dating is one of the top methods for finding love, whether the pros outweigh the cons... Read more >


Gossip Can Be Good
Some kinds of gossip may actually benefit your health. Read more >


Oxytocin Could Help Introverts Feel More Outgoing
The mother-baby bonding hormone, oxytocin, made introverts feel more outgoing and trusting. Read more >


Uncovering Why Marijuana Has Opposing Effects on the Brain
Smoking pot can make people calm, anxious, or even psychotic. A study reveals the chemical culprit.. Read more >


Depression: Paving the Road to Recovery
People who suffer from depression can learn to overcome their tendency to overgeneralize and ruminate about difficulties. Read more >


Understanding the Roots of Social Prejudice Could Help Us Counteract It
A new look at prejudice finds it may mostly exist just because we're afraid of germs. Read more >


Brain Tsunamis Increase Head Trauma Destruction
Brain tsunamis increase head trauma destruction the way their watery counterparts wipe out homes... Read more >


Important Link in the Stress Response Could Mean Better Treatment
Researchers discover an important step in the stress response, which, if blocked, could stop... Read more >


A Better Way to Reduce Prejudice
When people are told to be less prejudiced, they are often more so. There's a better way. Read more >


Nanomembrane Probe Provides a New Window into the Brain
A new ultra-thin probe enables scientists to gather information about brain activity without invasiv Read more >


The "Rich Clubs" Make up an Elite Network in the Brain
"Rich Club" clusters of highly influential regions of brain cells do serious collaboration. Read more >


How Your Health Choices Can Change Your Genes
Genes are not just static building blocks. Health choices and the environment influence them. Read more >


Stressful Life Events Can Up Death Risk: But There's a Limit
Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. Read more >


Seasonal Affective Disorder: Coming Out of the Cold
Seasonal affective disorder occurs when a lack of sun disrupts the body's circadian and serotonin cycles. It a real form of depression. Read more >


Movies of the Mind
Brain scans taken while researchers all watched the same film were used to reveal what they saw... Read more >


The Brain Can Form New Connections between Cells into Young Adulthood
Contrary to popular belief, the brain can form new connections into adulthood... Read more >


Embarrassment is Linked to Dependability, Generosity
People who become embarrassed more readily are also more dependable and generous. Read more >


The Mind's Eye

Researchers Show that "Paying Attention" May Distort Reality
The mind is notorious for playing tricks, but researchers discover paying attention can mislead us.. Read more >


Everybody Thinks They're Typical
What does a typical American or European or African look like? It depends on whom you ask... Read more >


Impulsive Children Become Impulsive Adults
The brains of impulsive people are different from those who can delay gratification. Read more >


How We React to Stress Influences Performance
How you interpret your stress can influence how you perform on tests. Read more >


The Cost of the Economy: How to Recover Health and Happiness in the Face of Financial Crisis
What you can do to cope with the stress of financial hardship – emotionally and practically. Read more >


Researchers Unravel How Stress Leads to Depression
Stress can lead to depression, but new brain cells may be responsible for stopping the process... Read more >


Can Unexpected Panic Attacks Be Predicted?
Subtle cues precede most attacks. The trick is listening to them and preventing them. Read more >


Generalized Anxiety and Interpersonal Relationship Problems Deeply Intertwined
People with anxiety often have problematic social relationships, partly as a result of their worries Read more >


Blue Again: Antidepressants May Lead to Future Depression
For all the good they do, antidepressants may lead to another bout of depression. Here's why... Read more >


Risk-Taking Behavior: It's Complicated
Teens are surprisingly risk-aversive in some situations, while women are apt to take more risks... Read more >


Learning to Be Positive May Help Beat Depression
Positive activity intervention (PAI) such as writing letters of gratitude or performing acts of kindness, may help mild depression. Read more >


Pets Are Good For Everyone, Not Just "Pet People"
Pet owners score higher on a variety of measures of healthy adjustment... Read more >


The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory and the Brain

Eight Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Your Performance
Doing your best is a balancing act involving practice, calmness and drive. What research has found. Read more >


Scientists Gain Clues into How Imagination Affects Actions
New research shows how our ability to imagine affects our reactions and our ability to plan... Read more >


Stressful Events Lead to Unexpected Reaction in Panic Patients
You might think people with panic disorder would fall apart in a crisis, but that's not the case... Read more >


New Approach Increases the Usefulness of Brain Scans
A new technique enables researchers to view patterns of activity within the whole brain... Read more >


The Roots of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
People with body dysmorphic disorder have problems in the brain's visual processing system. Read more >


The Color Red Boosts Speed and Intensity of Performance
Looking at the color red actually boosts the strength and speed of our physical reactions. Read more >


Dogs Can Make Medical Procedures Less Threatening
The presence of a therapy dog can help reduce the anxiety of patients waiting for an MRI - unless... Read more >


The Agony of Ecstasy: Permanent Brain Changes
The club drug Ecstasy produces changes in brain chemistry. But these may not be the type of changes. Read more >


Cooperation and Guilt Linked in the Brain
Do we cooperate with others to experience positive feelings or avoid the bad ones? Read more >


Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Prevent Antidepressants from Working
Taking anti-inflammatory drugs while on SSRI antidepressants can interfere with the SSRIs' effectiveness. Read more >


Liberal or Conservative? It's All in the Head
Conservatives and liberals really are different. It's not just their beliefs. It's their brains. Read more >


Cortisol May Ease Fear of Heights
A dose of cortisol, the stress hormone secreted when we are afraid or stressed, helped acrophobics.. Read more >


Brain Areas Take On New Functions
Brain scans show how the visual cortex of blind people is recruited by the brain to help process... Read more >


The Larger the Society, the More Outstanding Its Members
A study has found that the larger the society, the more distinctive its members tend to become. Read more >


"Talk Therapy" May Rewire the Brain
Anxious? Cognitive behavior therapy can help. The changes it brings can be seen in the brain itself. Read more >


Can Trans-Fats Cause Depression?
Trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils seem to raise the risk of depression. Read more >


Pencils Better Than Pixels When It Comes to Learning
Writing by hand promotes learning far more than pressing a key. So what are we to do? Read more >


Meditation Changes the Cells of the Brain
Meditation changes the brain, with areas related to learning and memory expanding and areas related to anxiety, contracting. Read more >


How to Beat Test Anxiety
Writing about your anxiety may help release some of its grip and enable you to perform more in line with your ability. Read more >


New Research Shows Us Why We Should Listen to the Heart
Do people listen to their bodies have better instincts when it comes to making intuitive decisions? Read more >


New ESP Study Has Scientific Community Up In Arms
New study reports evidence of ESP and stirs debate. Critics say we need reevaluate before believing. Read more >


Research Pinpoints Brain Site of Fear Response
The amygdala, a tiny almond-shaped structure in the brain, appears to strongly influence our fear response. Read more >


Making Changes: Resolutions You Can Stick To
There is an art to making resolutions you can actually keep and use to make changes in your life. Read more >


New Drinks for the New Year
Think before you drink. Not only is alcohol a risk factor for cancer and injury, it contains quite a few empty calories. Read more >


The Mind Works Better When It's Happy
We tend to think more creatively and flexibly when we are happy. Read more >


Can Sleep Deprivation Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Scientists have found a way to disrupt upsetting memories of traumatic events: sleep deprivation. Read more >


Antidepressant Use Climbs as Talk Therapy Rates Drop - But Is Mindfulness the Key?
More people are seeking treatment for depression. But the type of treatment they choose may not be.. Read more >


Is a Wandering Mind an Unhappy Mind?
What are you thinking of right now? Was your mind wandering? Happier people tend to have minds focused on the present moment. Read more >


When One Half of the Brain Is Damaged, the Other Half Compensates
When part of the brain is damaged, it often gets an assist from undamaged areas to pick up the slack Read more >


Close Friends "Light Up" The Brain
Close friends activate "social" areas of your brain more than strangers do. Read more >


Alcohol and Violence: An Earlier Last Call May Help
An earlier last call at bars can lower the number of assaults and other alcohol-related violence. Read more >


Been There, Done That, Didn't Happen
"Observation inflation" occurs when we think we've done something we haven't. Read more >


New Evidence that Stress Kills
Look at the hair of cardiac patients and you can see that in the months before the attack... Read more >


Ketamine Effective at Treating Bipolar Disorder
Ketamine quickly reduced depression in some treatment-resistant bipolar patients, offering hope... Read more >


Early-Onset Parkinson's Disease
Early-Onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD) can be difficult to diagnose. Genes play a role. Read more >


The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science

People's Brains "Coupled" to Each Other in Good Conversation
The better we understand another, the closer our brain patterns resemble theirs, neutral coupling... Read more >


Putting Meditation to the Test
Science is putting the ancient practice to the test. It appears that being mindful can change your brain and your behavior. Read more >


Don't Throw Out the Rabbit's Foot: Good Luck Charms May Just Work
Have a good luck charm? It may actually help performance by boosting confidence Read more >


Is a Little Stress Good for The Body? New Research Shows It Might Help Fight Cancer
Mice "stressed" by living in stimulating environments fought cancer better than those not stressed. Read more >


Scanner Predicts Behavior Better than People Do
A study using MRI scans of subjects' brains found that scan results can predict behavior better... Read more >


Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >


Magnet Therapy May Help Treat Depression When Drugs Don't Work
Administering magnetic pulses to patients with intractable depression seems to be effective... Read more >


Nerve Block May Help Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A promising experimental treatment for intractable PTSD involves anesthetizing the nerves of the stellate ganglion. Read more >


Side Effects of Antidepressants More Common Than Previously Thought
Antidepressant medications have many side effects. Too often these go unreported by doctors and patients. Read more >


Do Brain Games Make You Smarter?
Playing computer games may improve the specific mental skills the game calls for, but doesn't seem to improve mental capacity. Read more >


Exercise as Mental Health Treatment
Exercise is a useful component of any mental health treatment plan. Read more >


Packing up Your Troubles Really Works
Sealing up a reminder of an unpleasant experience and throwing it or putting it away may help you move on. Read more >


Stressed Out, Part II: Managing Stress
Stress is a fact of life, but you can learn to manage it better, both mentally and physically. Read more >


Don't Worry, Be Active
Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >


Mild Depression Should Not be Left Untreated, Researchers Say
People who believe they may be depressed should not ignore the symptoms. Untreated symptoms raise the odds of full-blown depression. Read more >


Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >


Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychosis
Study finds omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help prevent youth psychosis. Read more >


Taking a Break May Help You Remember What You Just Learned
Taking a break after absorbing new information may help you retain it better by making it easier to move into long-term memory. Read more >


Antipsychotic Users Not Being Tested for Side Effects
Second generation antipsychotic drugs, like clozapine, olanzapine, and risperidone, can raise the risk of diabetes and heart problems. Read more >


Children Left On the Home Front When Moms and Dads Go to War
Kids and caregivers left behind during deployment have to shoulder a heavy burden. A study looks at what can help. Read more >


Yoga Begins to Reveal Its Secrets
Yoga appears to help the body by reducing its inflammatory response to stress. Read more >


Is Green Tea an Antidepressant?
The more green tea elderly subjects drank in a day, the less likely they were to be depressed... Read more >


England Gets Serious about Penalty Kicks
England has lost three World Cups on penalty kicks, so researchers came up with a new strategy. Read more >


Therapy Brings More Happiness than Money, Study Finds
Therapy is a more cost−effective way of finding happiness than is money. Read more >


Depressed Patients' Physical Ailments Often Untreated
Depressed patients' physical symptoms are often underestimated, a fact that is detrimental to their overall health. Read more >


Newly Retired Feel Younger and Healthier
Retirement is good for your health. In fact, if your work life has been stressful, you are likely to feel much better after you retire. According to one study, it's like turning the clock back eight years Read more >


When It Comes to Learning New Skills, A Little Stress Is Worth It
As stressful as learning a new skill can be, the happiness we gain from our new level of competence more than makes up for it. Read more >


Bullies and Victims Both At Risk for Future Mental Health
Both bullies and the victims of bullies may suffer from mental disorders in later life. Read more >


Researchers Find Link Between Sleep and Weight
According to findings presented earlier this month at the American Thoracic Society’s conference in San Diego, there may be an intimate – and somewhat complex – connection between how well one sleeps and his or her body weight. Read more >


Multitaskers Strike Out at Mental Abilities
People who multitask – doing several things at once – tend to have trouble filtering out distractions. Read more >


Depression's Effect on the Brain is Visible with fMRI
The areas of the brain responsible for processing pleasure and rewards are notably inactive in depressed people. This is likely no news to them... Read more >


Well Informed
Well Informed is a two-part series designed to help you evaluate health information and understand the different kinds of scientific studies behind it. Read more >


Stress Rewires the Brain, Unstressed Times Bring Relief
Stress appears to rewire the brain, making it respond in an obsessive, repetitive rather than creative fashion. The good news is... Read more >


Antidepressant Nation: A Good Thing?
Antidepressant use has doubled over the last decade according to a recent study. Is this a good thing or a sign that the drugs are being. Read more >


For Veterans, the War Lingers
It is no surprise: there is an epidemic of mental disorders among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A lack of social support... Read more >


Effective Schizophrenia Drug Under-Prescribed?
Clozapine, a highly effective anti-psychotic, is rarely prescribed because of its dangerous side-effects. But a new study finds...More Read more >


These Are The Good Times
Appreciating even the smallest positive moments in your life builds emotional strength, and wards off stress and depression. Read more >


Anxious People Need to Work Harder to Keep Up
People who are anxious may have a hard time ignoring distractions. Read more >


If You Have a Problem, Sleep on It
If you have a problem that needs some creative problem solving, a good solid nap can be very helpful. Read more >


Revenge of the Cell Phones: Cell Phone Elbow
Cubital tunnel syndrome, or cell phone elbow, results from the compression of the ulnar nerve. Read more >


Lowering Job Stress May Reduce Risk for Major Depression
Job stress can raise the chances a person will experience major depression. Read more >


Be Smart, Sleep More
Sleep on! The brain may prune redundant nerve connections for faster processing while you sleep... Read more >


Beginning Exercise in Middle-Age Offers Same Benefits as Long-Term
Beginning exercise -- even in mid-life -- can have a profound effect on your health. Read more >


Does Alcohol Cause Cancer?
A recent study of over one million middle-aged women suggests that drinking even small amounts of alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer. Read more >


Mood and Impulsive Behavior
One good way to curb impulsive behaviors like shopping and overeating is to find a way to delay the behavior. Read more >


The World's Most Dedicated Video Gamer
Always take breaks when you're playing video games for a long strength of time, your hands will thank you. Read more >


Pick a Guideline, Any Guideline
Exercise guidelines differ on particulars, but in generally, they agree that 30 minutes a day, four or five days a week is the goal. Read more >


Beta Blocker Diminishes Fear Memories, New Study Reports
The amygdala is the brain structure associated with emotion. Read more >


Shedding Pounds May Be Best Done Alone, New Study Finds
Successful losers generally follow the same sort of diet and exercise plan that people who have never had a weight problem do. Read more >


Exercise Suppresses Appetite Hormones, New Research Finds
Exercise (particularly aerobic) can suppress ghrelin, the hormone that makes us feel hunger. Read more >


For a Rational Decision, Let Your Subconscious Do the Thinking
If we let our subconscious make decisions, we are more likely to make the correct ones, according to new research. In fact most... Read more >


Exposure to Alcohol in the Womb Leads to Altered Connections in the Brain
It is not clear that drinking any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Read more >


Happy Feet Keep Exercise Resolutions on Track
Have your feet measured before you buy athletic shoes. Exercising in tight shoes can cause a neuroma, or a pinched nerve. Read more >


Fear Reaction Different in Anxious and Depressed Adolescents and Adults
The neurotransmitter serotonin is important in regulating the fear response. Read more >


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy asks people to observe their thoughts and to focus on the physical sensation of breathing. Read more >


Happiness Is Contagious, New Study Finds
People who rate themselves the happiest tend to be at the center of their social networks. Read more >


Bad Managers Raise Risk of Heart Disease
Stress at work from a bad boss can increase your risk of heart disease. Read more >


Sleep on It: Napping Helps Form Complex Memory
Short naps have the power to help form a complex form of memory known as relational memory. Read more >


Keeping Those Pounds Off
When it comes to maintaining weight loss, telephone counseling appears to be just as effective as face-to-face counseling. Read more >


Magnetic Stimulation May Be Best Hope For Depressed Patients
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an entirely different, FDA-approved approach for the treatment of depression. Read more >


Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
Patients often misinterpret or completely misunderstand the medical questionnaires given to them at doctors' offices. Read more >


Ingredient in Red Wine May Help Fend Off Fatty Liver Disease
The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to such diseases as cirrhosis and fibrosis. Read more >


Take 12 Bars and Call me in the Morning: Music, Mood and Illness
Listening to music you like (it does not matter what kind) can lower anxiety, reduce pain and improve mood. Read more >


Why the Brainy May Pack on the Pounds
Glucose and insulin levels fluctuate much more during mental work than during periods of relaxation. Read more >


ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >


Fatal Medication Errors at Home on the Rise
Asking your doctor more questions and disclosing recreational drug use about your medication might help prevent a terrible accident. Read more >


Fine Young Moralists
Keep in mind that your seven-year old has a pretty good idea of the difference between right and wrong. Read more >


Our Sense of Smell
The sense of smell is vital to humans and other animals, and it makes life more interesting. Read more >


School Environment Affects Likelihood of Student Smoking
Students at schools that promote a caring environment among the students and teachers are less likely to smoke. Read more >


A Social Life Is a Long Life
People who need people are not only the luckiest people in the world, but also the healthiest, according to a new study that measured how a person's sense of being part of a community affects physical and mental wellbeing. Read more >


Rats on the Wagon
Researchers have found that injecting a new drug into the brains of rats causes them to lose interest in drinking alcohol almost immediately. Read more >


A Bad Night's Sleep
According to a new study, people with sleep apnea experience physical damage to parts of the brain involved in memory. Read more >


It's Not Just Your Skin — Protecting Eyes from the Sun
You know that when you go to the beach you have to put on sunscreen and put up the umbrella. Read more >


Virtual Reality Therapy as a Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
A new study of has found a surprising use for virtual reality technology — as a therapeutic method for helping people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Read more >


A Weight Loss Surgery Guide
With obesity on the rise, more and more people are considering bariatric (weight loss) surgery... Read more >


Burying the "Graveyard Shift"
Simple work schedule adjustments can help ease the physiological stress of shift work... Read more >


The Down Side to Exercise: Stopping
When people stop doing any regular physical activity, they begin to lose any accrued health benefits almost immediately, according to a new study. Read more >


Fitness: Where You Live Can Make a Difference
Where you live has a lot to do with how much you exercise, according to a study of Chicago neighborhoods. Read more >


Spring Allergies: End the Suffering
The arrival of spring may be a happy occasion for birds, poets and baseball fans, but for millions of people with allergies, it is no cause for celebration. Read more >


The Teen Diet: Breakfast Every Day
It doesn't have to be bacon and eggs, but teens who want to lose weight are better off starting the day with a healthy meal. Read more >


Failing the Smell Test?
Aromatherapy, the idea that scent can have a healing effect on the body, is a catchall category. Read more >


Understanding Scientific Studies
It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >


Schizophrenia and Stress

Smoking and Sleep
Regular smokers go through nightly nicotine withdrawal, which may contribute to a restless sleep and fatigue the next day. Read more >


Scratch that Itch
New research provides insight into why scratching an itch feels so good. Read more >


Look, Ma — No Cast!
For many of us, winter is ski or ice skating season. Read more >


The Chemistry of Calm
Why do some people seem to weather life's catastrophes better than others? We all know people who handle horrific experiences — violence, war or natural disaster — and move on, while others become emotionally bogged down. Read more >


Days Off
According to a new study, American workers took over a billion days off for mental health reasons. Read more >


Can't Carry a Tune?
This may come as a shock to anyone who has listened to pop music recently but true tone deafness, or amusia, as it is known to medical experts, is rare. Read more >


Pot Worse for Lungs than Cigarettes
Of all the nonsense believed by members of the drug culture, among the most ridiculous is the idea that smoking marijuana has no effect on the lungs. Read more >


Parkinson's Disease and the Environment
A new study has shown that combining two toxic substances commonly found in the environment damaged neurons associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) in mice. Read more >


Is Freedom From Pain a Right?
There is a growing international consensus in favor of the latter, according to a special article in the July 1007 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official publication of the International Anesthesia Research Society. Read more >


ECT — Fact and Fiction
It is hard to think of a medical treatment that has received worse press in recent decades than electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), once known as electro-shock. Read more >


Smell: the Underrated Sense?
New research shows that the brain can learn to distinguish between very small differences in smell, to a degree far beyond what was previously thought. Read more >


A New Memory Aid: Sleep
Sleep both protects and strengthens memories, according to a new study. Read more >


Good News About Coffee and Cigarettes?
People suffering from Parkinson's disease are less likely to smoke or consume high doses of caffeine than family members who do not have the disease. Read more >


Dealing with Chronic Pain: The Mind Body Solution

Blood Alcohol and Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury victims who have been drinking moderately may be less likely to die after arriving at the hospital than those with no alcohol in their bloodstream, according to a surprising new report. Read more >


Childhood Trauma Linked to Adult Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In recent years, researchers have learned more and more about how stress and psychological trauma can effect the brain and overall health. Read more >


An "Old" New Treatment for Seizures
Although it has been used for other purposes for decades, a sugar substitute may turn out to be a potential cure for epilepsy. Read more >


Another Reason Not to Do Meth
Everybody knows that methamphetamine (meth, crank, crystal and speed) is a dangerous and powerfully addictive drug. Read more >


Born to Drink?
It is well known that the children of alcoholics are more likely to develop difficulties in thinking, learning and memory. Read more >


Autism and the Over-40 Dad
Children born to men age 40 and older are more likely to develop autism, according to a new study. Read more >


Marry — or Die?
Contrary to some popular wisdom — and quite a few ancient one-liners — people who never marry appear destined to die younger than married persons. Read more >


Two Ways to Quit — One New, One Old
In a tale of two anti-smoking drugs, two new aids to quitting smoking have emerged — one from the laboratory and one from the library. Read more >


You Gotta Believe — or Not
Religion may appear to be a key component of addiction recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous but a new study suggests that these programs are just as effective for believers as they are for non-believers. Read more >


Autism and the Brain
People with autism have fewer neurons in the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in emotion and memory. Read more >


Direct From Brain to Screen
Can an implanted computer chip help paralyzed people move? Read more >


OCD: In Your Genes
Genes appear to play a key role in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Read more >


Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention

Stress and Allergy
Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you're having a really tough day, you sneeze a lot and your skin feels itchier? It's not a coincidence, your emotions may have been the trigger. Read more >


Depression in the Elderly
Insomnia, weight loss, rapid emotional swings, or slow walking and reduced physical activity may be signs of depression in the elderly. Read more >


A Case of Nerves: Genetics and Schizophrenia
A possible genetic clue to the sensory confusion of schizophrenia. Read more >


Brain Changes and Teen Depression
Adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder tend to have a small hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with motivation, emotion, and memory formation. Read more >


IQ Versus PTSD?
Studies of Gulf War veterans and other soldiers have taught us a lot about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Read more >


The Dangers of Severe Stress and Trauma
By now most of us are all-too-aware that severe stress and trauma, such as from the recent terrorist attacks, can cause what doctors call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more >


Pain Free: Modern Drugs and Neuropathic Pain

Vertigo: Its Causes and Treatment

A Body to Die For: The ABC's of Eating Disorders
Recovering bulimics should protect their teeth by NOT brushing vigorously. Read more >


Treating Anxiety and Depression
Even small amounts of caffeine in some at-risk individuals can precipitate or exaggerate anxiety. Read more >


Anxiety Disorders
Psychodynamic therapy works best with those who are curious to learn more about themselves and their inner thoughts. Read more >


A Fate Worse than Debt: Credit Cards and Stress
Most Americans know from personal experience that high credit card debt is bad for their financial health. Read more >


The Neurobiology of Depression

The Response to Stress
What do we mean when we say we are "stressed out"? We may just be having a bad day, or feeling pressured by too many things to do and too little time to do them. Read more >





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