Psychology Newswire Archive
Ways to boost happinessSeptember 19, 2014, CNN
Science shows happy people live longer and healthier lives.
One in five workers has left their job because of bullyingSeptember 18, 2014, Forbes
Study shows nearly one third of workers report having felt bullied at work.
Former addicts may be at lower risk of new addictionsSeptember 18, 2014, Fox News
Research shows people who get clean after being addicted to drugs are at lower risk of becoming addicted to something else than people who never overcame the first substance use disorder.
PTSD is linked to food addiction in womenSeptember 18, 2014, Time
Study shows that women who suffer from the worst symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are twice as likely to be addicted to food than those who do not.
Boys struggle with body image, tooSeptember 17, 2014, Huffington Post
Body image issues often go unreported or undiagnosed for boys, which may explain varying statistics.
The most important ingredient for a happy retirementSeptember 15, 2014, Huffington Post
Study reveals the overwhelming key to a satisfying retirement is having your health.
Can looking at food photos make you feel full?September 15, 2014, NPR
Research indicates that looking at images of food might have the effect of making people feel more satisfied.
Study questions Alzheimer's treatmentsSeptember 15, 2014, The Boston Globe
Research shows that more than half of patients with advanced dementia who are in the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease continue to receive drugs that have questionable benefits.
Walking, biking to work seems to have mental health benefitsSeptember 15, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
Daily commuters who stopping driving to work and started walking or riding a bike were under less stress and were able to concentrate better.
A texting driver's educationSeptember 13, 2014, The New York Times
Technology distraction is an issue that scientists say is playing out in many aspects of life — not just behind the wheel, but also at work and at home.
Brain trauma to affect one in three NFL playersSeptember 12, 2014, The New York Times
Data shows nearly a third of retired football players will develop long-term cognitive problems which are likely to emerge at much younger ages than in the general population.
Happy wife, happy life?September 9, 2014, Fox News
New research shows that for married couples, when the wife is happy with the marriage, the husband has a higher life satisfaction.
Frequent teen marijuana use linked to issues later in lifeSeptember 9, 2014, CNN
The study found daily adolescent users were more likely to become dependent on marijuana, more likely to attempt suicide, and more likely to use other illegal drugs in the future.
Early treatment may decrease autism signsSeptember 9, 2014, Los Angeles Times
New research suggests intervention during infant years may improve autism symptoms by age three.
Couples on different sleep schedules can expect conflict—and adaptSeptember 9, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Researchers found spouses who go to bed at different times report significantly less relationship satisfaction than those on the same schedule.
Happy reunions can obscure the challenges that military families face after deploymentSeptember 8, 2014, The Washington Post
Military families face challenges that don’t get the same attention as reunion “Hallmark moments,” experts say.
How trauma can help you growSeptember 8, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
Survivors of traumatic events can learn to cope with their pain through a phenomenon called “post-traumatic growth.”
Are antidepressants safe for pregnant women?September 7, 2014, Fox News
The latest research shows what pregnant women should consider before taking anti-depressant medications.
CDC: Nearly 1 in 5 women have been rapedSeptember 5, 2014, The Washington Post
Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that it is very likely that their results actually underestimate the prevalence of sexual violence in American society.
Weight loss may not improve mood, study saysSeptember 5, 2014, Fox News
Advertisements for weight-loss programs usually show cheery dieters, but a new study finds that in the real world, weight loss may be linked with worsening mood.
Lack of sleep may shrink your brainSeptember 4, 2014, CNN
Researchers found that individuals with sleep problems had a more rapid decline in brain volume or size over the course of their study than those who slept well.
Why flunking exams is actually a good thingSeptember 4, 2014, The New York Times
Pretesting, a new development in learning-science, raises performance on final-exam questions by an average of ten percent.
More evidence happiness doesn't come from buying new thingsSeptember 3, 2014, Huffington Post
Research shows that there is something intrinsically unpleasant about anticipating the purchase of a material good, which may put shoppers on edge and help create the conditions for violence.
Childhood diet habits set in infancySeptember 2, 2014, The New York Times
Research indicates that efforts to improve what children eat should begin before they even learn to walk.
The problem with getting too much light at nightAugust 31, 2014, Huffington Post
Research shows artificial light exposure at night is associated with depression and other negative symptoms.
KKK recruits with candies and fliersAugust 31, 2014, CNN
The Ku Klux Klan may be seizing on a time when race and immigration are dominant issues.
There's a cure for those end-of-summer bluesAugust 29, 2014, USA TODAY
Psychologist suggests ways to view the change in seasons in less all or nothing terms.
Researchers find way to turn bad memories into happier onesAugust 29, 2014, Fox News
Neuroscientists have found a way to use light to rewrite a mouse's memories to reduce the feelings of a bad memory or stress they have had.
How to cope when kids fly the coopAugust 28, 2014, Chicago Tribune
Several experts share tips for how to deal with life with an empty nest.
President plans more measures to improve health care for veteransAugust 26, 2014, The New York Times
Among other actions, new legislation devotes money to hire more providers to shorten waiting times.
Sensors let Alzheimer's patients stay at home, safelyAugust 25, 2014, CNN
Technology can help caretakers monitor people with Alzheimer's and dementia from afar.
Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to try tobaccoAugust 25, 2014, The Washington Post
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study showing that adolescents who vape say they are much more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes.
Pediatricians say school should start later for teens' healthAugust 25, 2014, NPR
The nation's pediatricians say that making middle and high schoolers start classes too early threatens children's' health, safety and academic performance.
Talk less, listen more to be the friend of a person with depressionAugust 25, 2014, Wall Street Journal
The most well-intentioned words or gestures can seem to do more harm than good.
Teens who skimp on sleep may face later obesity riskAugust 21, 2014, Huffington Post
Sleep deprivation has been shown in past research to affect the health of teens in a number of ways.
Attention is drawn to the prevalence of suicide among vetsAugust 21, 2014, USA TODAY
Combat-related guilt is the most significant predictor of suicide attempts and of preoccupation with suicide after discharge from the military.
Charm the pants off of everyone, all the timeAugust 20, 2014, Forbes
Making a great first impression at social functions can be a daunting task, but there are ways to make it easier.
To boost your odds of a successful marriage, have a big weddingAugust 20, 2014, Los Angeles Times
Study shows couples who had at least 150 guests at their weddings were more likely to go on to have successful marriages.
Virginia same-sex marriage ruling is placed on holdAugust 20, 2014, Washington Post
The action stops Virginia officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least for now.
More people going to Switzerland for assisted suicideAugust 20, 2014, The New York Times
A study has found an increase in the number of people from other countries traveling to Switzerland to end their lives under the auspices of right-to-die organizations.
Kids' brains reorganize when learning math skillsAugust 18, 2014, Fox News
How well kids make the shift to memory-based problem-solving is known to predict their ultimate math achievement.
The power of the peer group in preventing campus rapeAugust 18, 2014, NPR
Prevention efforts are exploring the idea that having male friends who object to violence against women can be a powerful antidote to rape on college campuses.
The tough transition to middle schoolAugust 18, 2014, CNN
Many parents and teens are anxious about the start of middle school.
Parent-reported cases of disability in children riseAugust 17, 2014, USA TODAY
Study shows that more parents, especially upper-income ones, are reporting that their children have a physical, developmental or mental health disability.
Cleaning up Internet bullyingAugust 15, 2014, USA TODAY
The death of actor Robin Williams brought the subject of Internet bullying to the forefront.
Maternal singing calms preemies and lowers anxietyAugust 15, 2014, Fox News
Study shows the combination of a mother's voice softly singing while holding a preemie calms both the baby and the mother.
An unintended consequence of border crisisAugust 15, 2014, MSNBC
School districts are bracing for the thousands of unaccompanied minors who are expected to join classrooms this upcoming fall.
To know suicideAugust 15, 2014, The New York Times
The most important risk factor for suicide may be mental illness, especially depression or bipolar disorder.
A new key to understanding depressionAugust 14, 2014, TIME
New research looks at the possible link between inflammation and depression.
Vitamin D tied to Alzheimer's riskAugust 14, 2014, The New York Times
Low vitamin D is associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Parkinson’s disease and depression often go hand in handAugust 14, 2014, The Washington Post
Both conditions are associated with a shortage of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate movement and control the brain's pleasure center.
What American parents fear mostAugust 12, 2014, MSNBC
School violence and gun-related injuries ranked among American families’ top worries, along with child obesity, teen pregnancy and drug abuse.
How to make positive changes in your lifeAugust 12, 2014, CNN
Changing your sleep schedule is just one of the ways to make a positive change in your life.
The benefits of lucid dreamingAugust 12, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Researchers decipher clues from those with greater awareness and control of behavior in dreams.
A good IT person needs to be half technologist, half psychologistAugust 11, 2014, NPR
Getting machines to work is an essential part of an IT job, but so is making the customer feel better.
Tactic in Alzheimer's fight may be safeAugust 11, 2014, The New York Times
Study finds that missing a gene, when present in one form, greatly increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Counselors say men are more willing to try couples therapy when it focuses on resultsAugust 11, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Strategies to get a reluctant partner to try couples therapy involves discussing positive outcomes and avoiding ultimatums.
Computer games beneficial in treating elderly depressionAugust 6, 2014, Fox News
Research shows computer games could help in treating older people with depression who haven't been helped by antidepressant drugs or other treatments.
Why are people addicted to certain exercise workouts?August 6, 2014, TIME
Among several theories, research shows taking control of exercise helps balance the loss of control people feel in other areas of their lives.
Depression can start as young as preschoolAugust 6, 2014, CBS News
Research shows that preschoolers who are depressed are more likely to experience symptoms throughout childhood.
Scientists say child's play helps build a better brainAugust 6, 2014, NPR
Play appears to initiate lasting changes in areas of the brain used for thinking and processing social interactions.
Obamacare helping more youth to get mental health treatmentAugust 5, 2014, MSNBC
Provision allows young people to stay on their parents' health plan until they turn 26, making mental health care more affordable.
One question reveals: Are you a narcissist?August 5, 2014, USA TODAY
Study shows the answer to just one question had the same result as a 40-item questionnaire about narcissism.
Left behind: LGBT homeless youth struggle to survive on the streetsAugust 3, 2014, NBC News
Despite the gains made for gay rights in recent years, homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth are struggling to find safe shelter.
How virtual therapy could help the military fight PTSDJuly 31, 2014, NBC News
A recent study found that patients were more willing to open up to a virtual therapist than to a human therapist, mostly because they felt like they were not being judged by the computer program.
Blood test could predict risk of suicideJuly 30, 2014, The Washington Post
A simple blood test could determine a person’s risk of suicide and provide a future tool of prevention to stem suicide rates.
Problem drinking in midlife linked to memory trouble laterJuly 30, 2014, NPR
Adults with a midlife history of drinking problems were more than twice as likely as those without alcohol problems to suffer severe memory impairment decades later.
Study finds humble bosses are bestJuly 30, 2014, USA TODAY
The best bosses are humble bosses, those who empower and appreciate their employees, are open to feedback and care about the greater good.
Study identifies why some deal with stress betterJuly 29, 2014, USA TODAY
A specific electrical pattern in the brain of otherwise genetically identical mice can predict how well they will cope with stress.
Women are getting smarter faster than menJuly 29, 2014, Huffington Post
When it comes to smarts, women are catching up to men in some areas and outpacing them in others, new research has found.
Could an hour less sleep be better?July 25, 2014, Fox News
Several sleep studies suggest that seven hours of sleep may be the ideal amount.
Hard-to-watch commercials make quitting smoking easierJuly 24, 2014, The New York Times
Research shows the threat of chronic disease is more effective than the threat of a shortened lifespan.
Teaching kids to be nice without getting bulliedJuly 23, 2014, The Washington Post
Psychologist discusses strategies to use to respond to bullies without becoming a target.
Spanking's effect on kids' brainsJuly 23, 2014, CNN
Researchers say physical punishment can negatively alter children's brains.
Genetics play a bigger role than environmental causes for autismJuly 22, 2014, CNN
New research shows that more than half of autism risk comes from common genes, while only a small percentage are attributed to spontaneous mutations caused by environmental factors.
Native American activists seek to eliminate 'redface'July 21, 2014, USA TODAY
Activists campaign against Indian team names in sports on multiple fronts.
Smokers at higher risk for suicideJuly 17, 2014, CBS News
Startling new research is finding that smokers may actually be more likely to take their own life.
Mild traumatic brain injury may cause cognitive problems, lasting brain damageJuly 16, 2014, Fox News
Researchers have found that mild TBI may impact patients’ cognition and brain matter.
Humans 'bad at detecting lies'July 16, 2014, BBC News
Planned experiment hopes to uncover the science behind lying.
Coping with a co-worker's body odorJuly 16, 2014, NPR
It isn't easy to tactfully inform co-workers that they stink and need to address it.
Can running help autistic children?July 16, 2014, The Washington Post
Evidence shows that running helps people with autism improve their emotional and physical health.
Small changes, and hopes, for preventing dementiaJuly 15, 2014, The New York Times
Preventing dementia might be as simple as making everyday changes toward healthier lifestyles, behavior modification and stress reduction.
Friends have more DNA in common than strangersJuly 15, 2014, Fox News
Findings suggest that choosing friends who share similar genes is a behavior that may have contributed to human evolution.
Playing games boosts your brain volumeJuly 15, 2014, CNN
Studies show games like checkers can boost your brain strength.
Stress eating linked to 11-pound weight gain a yearJuly 14, 2014, Fox News
It’s not just the calories consumed during stress eating that negatively impact one’s weight as stress itself could be throwing off metabolism, too.
Sex addiction and drug addiction linked in the brainJuly 14, 2014, Huffington Post
Study shows people with so-called "sex addictions" may have patterns of brain activity similar to those of people with drug addictions.
What parents and kids should know about selfiesJuly 14, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
Social media use can turn into a problem when a teen's sense of self worth relies on peer approval.
Sleep disorders may raise the risk of Alzheimer'sJuly 14, 2014, The Washington Post
Studies suggest that sleep plays a critical role in the aging brain’s health, perhaps by allowing the body to cleanse itself of Alzheimer's-related compounds during down time.
Extreme obesity shortens your life more than smokingJuly 11, 2014, CNN
Researchers compared normal weight smokers to extremely obese non-smokers and found that the smokers lived longer on average.
Women see other gals dressed in red as a sexual threatJuly 11, 2014, ABC News
Study shows female onlookers, when shown photos of another woman wearing red, jumped to the conclusion that she would be a sexual threat.
Evidence of HIV found in a child said to be curedJuly 10, 2014, The New York Times
New report is a serious setback to hopes for a cure for AIDS.
Math nerd or bookworm? The same genes may shape both abilities.July 10, 2014, NPR
A study of twins shows why being a good reader and a good math student may go hand in hand.
When you fall in love with your therapistJuly 10, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
Telling your therapist about your affection for him or her may feel awkward, but you should be able to say anything in therapy.
Vets fight to overcome PTSDJuly 10, 2014, Fox News
The increasing number of those in the military suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is raising concern.
Stress causes health problems, which then cause more stressJuly 8, 2014, NPR
Health plans and health-care providers need to integrate stress management into routine care.
Teen turns 'hurtful' graffiti into empowering body image messageJuly 7, 2014, Today.com
New Jersey teenager saw opportunity to make a difference and show support for anyone being bullied.
Alcohol remains a leading killerJuly 7, 2014, The New York Times
Excessive drinking is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, after smoking, poor nutrition and physical inactivity.
Children of same-sex couples healthy, well-adjustedJuly 7, 2014, CBS News
Study shows children of same-sex couples may enjoy equal or better health and well-being than kids in the general population.
Brain study switches a woman's consciousness on and offJuly 7, 2014, CBS News
Research demonstrates that it may be possible to turn someone's consciousness on and off like the switch of a light.
Has your teen tried hookah?July 7, 2014, CNN
Experts say hookah can be just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.
Sexting and sex go hand in hand for middle schoolersJune 30, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
A new study finds middle schoolers who reported receiving a sext were six times more likely to report being sexually active.
Teen drivers safer when parents improve teaching skillsJune 30, 2014, Boston Globe
Study shows teens whose parents were given instructional tools on how to teach driving to their kids were less likely to fail a rigorous on-road driving assessment.
Demons inside: Teens at risk can hide mental illnessJune 29, 2014, NBC News
Teens with mental illness often suffer from social stigma, leading to shame, secrecy and social isolation.
Why teenagers act crazyJune 28, 2014, The New York Times
Because of a quirk of brain development, adolescents, on average, experience more anxiety and fear and have a harder time learning how not to be afraid than either children or adults.
Black men can be emotional eaters, tooJune 27, 2014, NPR
Stress eating or emotional eating seems to be something people seem to expect only women to do.
Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis useJune 24, 2014, Reuters
Genes that increase the risk of a person developing schizophrenia may also increase the chance they will use cannabis.
It's time to get your brain in shapeJune 24, 2014, CNN
In honor of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, learn how exercising your neurons can improve memory and stave off dementia.
The Internet has changed how we curseJune 23, 2014, The Washington Post
Most swear words are used to convey emotion and not for their literal meaning.
New study may explain why stress can cause heart attacksJune 22, 2014, Time.com
Stress can cause an overproduction of white blood cells, which can contribute to blockages.
Why driving slowly and responsibly can actually be funJune 20, 2014, The Washington Post
Car manufacturers are taking steps to make driving smart actually enjoyable and competitive.
Obsessing over your relationship may be bad for your sex lifeJune 20, 2014, Huffington Post
People in relationships who constantly question whether their partner loves them may have a condition known as relationship obsessive-compulsive disorder.
How new grads can cope with depressionJune 20, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
Many young people experience panic or depression following college graduation, especially if they don’t have set employment plans.
Parents of children with autism less likely to have more kidsJune 19, 2014, Huffington Post
Parents of children with autism may be concerned about having another child with autism, or may not have the resources to care for more children.
Would you want to know if you’re likely to get Alzheimer’s disease?June 19, 2014, The Washington Post
Researchers struggle to recruit volunteers for promising drug to treat widely-feared disease.
Study: Less-structured time correlates to kids' successJune 19, 2014, Time.com
Research found that young children who spend more time engaging in more open-ended, free-flowing activities display higher levels of executive functioning.
Brazil takes advantage of World Cup crowds to test for HIVJune 16, 2014, Fox News
Brazilian health officials are handing out condoms to World Cup fans in Sao Paulo and are taking advantage of festivities in the city to test people for HIV.
New findings shed light on maternal mental illnessJune 15, 2014, The New York Times
Recent studies show that the range of disorders women face is wider than previously thought.
'Happy for today': Carrying on when Alzheimer's strikes earlyJune 13, 2014, Today.com
Younger-onset Alzheimer's affects an estimated 200,000 people a year.
When a stressful hospital stay makes you sickJune 12, 2014, The New York Times
Beeping machines, frequent needle sticks, unpredictable waits and sleep deprivation are among the barrage of stressors that some doctors say contribute to post-hospital syndrome.
Teens are drinking, smoking and fighting less, but screen time is upJune 12, 2014, The Washington Post
The government’s latest study of worrisome behavior shows that teens are texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers.
Gun violence and mass shootings — myths, facts and solutionsJune 11, 2014, The Washington Post
An objective review of larger patterns and trends offers strategies to reduce gun violence in the United States.
Teaming up with Google to find autism causeJune 10, 2014, CNN
The cause of autism is still unknown, but researchers hope harnessing the power of Google will help them solve this neurodevelopmental puzzle.
The five most stressed states in AmericaJune 9, 2014, Fox News
The Midwest may be the least stressful place to live in the United States.
Red wine compound may improve memoryJune 9, 2014, Fox News
Study shows a substance found in red wine and dark chocolate that has been touted for its supposed anti-aging effects may also improve people's memory.
More and more, young women are being diagnosed with ADHDJune 9, 2014, NPR
According to a recent report, the biggest spike in ADHD medication is among young women between the ages of 19 and 34.
Patients' end-of-life wishes grantedJune 9, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Study finds that patients who document their end-of-life wishes using a special medical form get the specific care they want in their final days.
Born this way: Stories of young transgender childrenJune 8, 2014, CBS News
Many children are grappling with the very grown- up issue of gender identity.
RU ready to quit smoking? Texting can helpJune 6, 2014, NPR
Getting counseling through text messages doubled the odds of kicking the habit compared with those who relied on Internet searches and basic information brochures.
Iowa revamps harsh HIV criminalization lawJune 4, 2014, MSNBC
Advocates hailed the bill signing as a historic victory that culminated after years of lobbying on the behalf of convicted Iowans.
Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein, study findsJune 4, 2014, Fox News
After a night of no sleep, even a healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the protein that forms the signature tangles in Alzheimer’s disease.
For new college grads, finding mental health care can be toughJune 4, 2014, NPR
Young adults with a mental health condition who don't have steady jobs or stable paychecks find it difficult to find and pay for mental health providers.
Losing weight may require some serious funJune 3, 2014, The New York Times
Study suggests that people’s attitudes toward physical activity can influence what they eat afterward and, ultimately, whether they drop pounds.
Study pinpoints when people are most likely to commit suicideJune 3, 2014, CBS News
Suicides are more likely to happen after midnight, a finding that suggests the people who suffer from nightmares and insomnia could be at risk, according to a new study.
Can mental health care reform help stop mass killings?June 3, 2014, The Washington Post
Discussion about gun violence has shifted away from changing firearm laws to reforming mental health programs.
Prison officers need help, but they won't ask for itMay 27, 2014, Newsweek
Corrections staff work in particularly challenging environments and are exposed to repeated high stress experiences, such as those involving violence, injury, and death.
Experts say violence by loners is difficult to predictMay 27, 2014, The Washington Post
Scholars say there’s no way to predict who has deadly intentions, let alone who will reach a breaking point and take action.
How to turn any enemy into a friendMay 26, 2014, CNN
Cut the enemy smack-talk, says one expert; it's unhelpful to harbor negativity.
Anxious parents can learn how to reduce anxiety in their kidsMay 26, 2014, NPR
Some children are more vulnerable to anxiety because of the way their anxious parents "parent."
Little children and already acting meanMay 26, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Special programs in elementary schools teach empathy as a means of stemming relational aggression, a psychological term to describe using the threat of removing friendship as a tactical weapon.
Debate over gun control, mental health starts anewMay 26, 2014, CBS News
A growing list of mass killings highlight the complicated intersection of mental illness and access to guns.
Brain changes in college football players raise new concernsMay 21, 2014, The New York Times
A new study found subtle differences in the brains of college football players when compared to other students.
The psychology of loves that last a lifetimeMay 21, 2014, Huffington Post
Science supports the idea that romantic love can last, and more than our culture gives it credit for.
Mating rituals: Why certain risky behaviors can make you look hotMay 21, 2014, NPR
Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal.
Researchers to study whether mobile phones affect teenage brainsMay 20, 2014, Reuters
British researchers are launching the largest study in the world to investigate whether using mobile phones and other wireless gadgets might affect children's brain development.
Study gives e-cigarettes edge in helping smokers quitMay 20, 2014, The New York Times
A large study in England found that smokers trying to quit were more likely to succeed if they used electronic cigarettes than over-the-counter therapies such as nicotine patches or gum.
Austism is growing upMay 20, 2014, CNN
Scientist highlights how adults are underrepresented in autism research.
Is higher-education policy making inequality worse?May 19, 2014, NBC News
The current higher-education system may actually deepen inequality and further disadvantage those at the bottom of the American economy.
U.S. youth activity report card gives poor grades to adultsMay 19, 2014, Reuters
American children are scoring failing marks in fitness because of the lure of the Internet, time-pressed parents and the culture of the car, fitness experts say.
Chronic sleep deprivation linked to childhood obesityMay 19, 2014, CBS News
A new study suggests chronic sleep deprivation during infancy and early childhood may increase the risk for obesity by age seven.
Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaignersMay 18, 2014, BBC News
Consumer organizations call for more stringent rules claiming obesity poses a greater global health risk than cigarettes.
Judge to rule on Oregon gay marriage banMay 18, 2014, USA TODAY
A federal judge says he will issue a decision on a constitutional challenge to Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.
Obesity may affect cancer patients' outcomesMay 16, 2014, CNN
Study shows being obese may increase the chance that some patients' cancers will come back, and may increase the likelihood that those patients will die from cancer.
Driving while pregnant is riskier than you might thinkMay 12, 2014, NPR
The risk is the greatest during the second trimester, when a woman's chance for getting into an accident is about the same as someone with sleep apnea.
Exercising the mind to treat attention deficitsMay 12, 2014, The New York Times
Research shows that strengthening cognitive control, usually with exercises in mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder.
Bullying linked to increased inflammationMay 12, 2014, Reuters
According to a new study, the physical consequences of being bullied might be explained by an increase in low-grade inflammation throughout the body.
Rams draft pick could impact Missouri lawMay 12, 2014, USA TODAY
Many in Missouri are hopeful The choice of Michael Sam will lead to law changes regarding those who are openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual.
UK troops face 'growing mental health cost' of Afghan warMay 12, 2014, BBC News
There has been a "significant increase" in the number of UK veterans of the Afghanistan conflict seeking mental health treatment.
ADHD drugs not linked to increased tobacco useMay 12, 2014, USA TODAY
Studies find that adolescents who take stimulant medications to treat ADHD are less likely to smoke than those with ADHD who are not treated with the drugs.
Anti-aging hormone could make you smarterMay 8, 2014, NPR
A hormone associated with longevity also appears to boost cognition.
Therapy dogs help returning troops deal with postwar stressMay 8, 2014, Fox News
Therapy dogs can be effective in getting soldiers to seek out therapy and consistently attend appointments.
Do you need a friend break?May 8, 2014, Fox News
There are ways of coping with a friendship-gone-south.
Early fitness can improve the middle-age brainMay 7, 2014, The New York Times
The more physically active you are at age 25, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age, according to a large-scale new study.
Medications cut violence among mentally illMay 7, 2014, Wall Street Journal
Mentally ill people are substantially less likely to commit a violent crime if they are taking psychiatric medication, according to a large new study of the mentally ill in Sweden.
Obesity by age 25 increases risk of severe obesity later in lifeMay 6, 2014, Fox News
The study also noted that current weight is a stronger indicator for cardiovascular and metabolic risk than duration of obesity.
What not to do when you're angryMay 5, 2014, Huffington Post
Anger can compromise your ability to perform everyday tasks in ways that could be dangerous for you or the people around you.
How (and why) we should celebrate Mother's DayMay 5, 2014, NPR
Research confirms that while raising children, a variety of factors can influence the perception of time, including emotion and attention.
Transfused blood rejuvenates old miceMay 4, 2014, Wall Street Journal
Research may point to ways to reverse some effects of human aging.
Bullying victims may be more likely to bring a weapon to schoolMay 4, 2014, CBS News
A new study says thousands of kids who say they're the victims of bullying are bringing some kind of weapon to school.
Environment as important as genes in autismMay 3, 2014, Reuters
Study shows environmental factors are more important than previously thought in leading to autism.
U.S. military suicides fall among active duty, rise in reservesApril 28, 2014, Reuters
Recent figures unveiled by the Pentagon show suicide still outpaces combat deaths among all U.S. military personnel.
Twitter selfies may reveal our moodsApril 28, 2014, NBC News
Researchers plan to measure the "moods" of some American cities by analyzing one million photos tweeted over a period of a year.
Superheroes help kids soarApril 28, 2014, CNN
Research shows superheroes can help build self-esteem and inner strength.
How to be happier with your reflectionApril 28, 2014, Today.com
Women, in particular, are constantly looking for what they can change to make themselves look prettier, thinner or more perfect.
Walking may spark creative thinkingApril 28, 2014, Fox News
Researchers say studies will eventually find the complex pathway from the physical act of walking to the cognitive changes in the brain.
The inner workings of the executive brainApril 28, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
New research shows the best business minds make decisions very differently than we thought.
Rowdy friends may be more dangerous than phonesApril 23, 2014, CBS News
Teen drivers distracted by passengers' loud talking and fooling around are more likely to be involved in serious incidents than those distracted by technology such as cell phones.
Women and stressApril 23, 2014, CNN
Women's brains are more wired to worry than men's.
Lower-income teens aren't getting enough sleepApril 22, 2014, Chicago Tribune
Research shows African American high school students and boys in low- to middle-income families reported short, fragmented sleep, which could play a role in their health risks.
Retirees who use the Internet less likely to be depressedApril 22, 2014, Reuters
Study shows older Americans who regularly spend time online were about a third less likely to suffer from depression.
Personality research says change in major traits occurs naturallyApril 22, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Studies show that a person's personality naturally changes over the course of adulthood.
For the children's sake, put down that smartphoneApril 21, 2014, NPR
Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.
Is sexual harassment a new normal for girls?April 20, 2014, MSNBC
Experts discuss new report on how young women view sexual violence and harassment.
Research shows nearly half of all jailed youths in New York City have brain injuryApril 18, 2014, Huffington Post
Experts say findings could lead to better training for correction officers on how to deal with the possible symptoms of such trauma.
Stress may make allergy symptoms worseApril 18, 2014, CBS News
Study suggests that stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies.
Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptomsApril 18, 2014, Reuters
Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction of post traumatic stress disorder after a series of yoga classes.
How a hobby could help you get a promotionApril 17, 2014, NPR
Study suggests that workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job.
Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealthApril 17, 2014, Reuters
The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists.
The psychology of being firedApril 17, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
The emotional and physical, but still normal, side effects of losing your job.
Apathy in older folks could signal shrinking brainApril 16, 2014, CNN
Scientists believe that an elderly person’s lack of emotion and indifference to the world could be a sign his or her brain is shrinking.
New SAT adopts real-world questions, jettisons obscure wordsApril 16, 2014, Chicago Tribune
The new model aims to show students' mastery of concepts taught in high school rather than measure skills and words they might rarely or never use in real life.
Key brain networks may differ in autismApril 16, 2014, WebMD
Neural systems tied to gauging social cues appear 'over-connected' in children with the disorder.
Lawmakers say e-cigarette marketing targets kidsApril 15, 2014, CBS News
A Congressional report sounds the alarm on marketing of electronic cigarettes, especially efforts made by companies to sell their products to young people.
New fathers may need help with depressionApril 15, 2014, Reuters
Becoming a father may raise a young man's risk of depression, according to a new U.S. study that suggests helping men at this stage could improve the wellbeing of entire families.
Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalitiesApril 15, 2014, Fox News
Researchers found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.
Gene linked to Alzheimer's poses a special threat to womenApril 14, 2014, NPR
A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.
A snack might help avoid fight with a spouseApril 14, 2014, The Seattle Times
Study finds a link between blood-sugar levels and marital harmony, indicating that a sweet snack could prevent couples from getting “hangry.”
Why we keep losing our keysApril 14, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Everyday memory lapses hit at any age.
Gay marriage appeals move issue back toward high courtApril 10, 2014, USA TODAY
For the first time since the Supreme Court issued two major rulings last June, federal appeals courts are hearing cases on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Using tablets to reach kids with autismApril 10, 2014, CNN
Tablets are popular with parents and educators, but not being used to full potential yet.
Why do we eat, and why do we gain weight?April 10, 2014, The New Yorker
Recent studies show that our physical level of hunger does not correlate strongly with how much hunger we say that we feel or how much food we go on to consume.
Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisisApril 10, 2014, Fox News
Mental health advocates say training can help police spot when someone is in crisis and adjust their tactics accordingly.
'Pretty' Facebook friends may make us feel worseApril 10, 2014, Today.com
Fixating on the bikini selfies of Facebook friends can make a young woman feel worse about her own body, a new study suggests.
Be thankful and make better long-term decisionsApril 9, 2014, Boston Globe
Stamping out emotional responses seems like the best path to making wiser and more logical decisions.
How rock star overcame bullyingApril 8, 2014, Forbes
KISS's Paul Stanley transcended his situation to become the front man of one of the world's longest lasting and most successful bands.
U.S. childhood obesity rates have increased since 1999April 7, 2014, Reuters
Study casts doubts on a recent analysis by government health researchers that found a sharp drop in preschool obesity rates over the past decade.
Sizing up your children is a tricky businessApril 7, 2014, NPR
Researchers propose that mothers are susceptible to a "baby illusion" that makes them underestimate the size of their youngest child.
Want people to think you’re smarter? Smile more.April 7, 2014, The Washington Post
People can't tell how smart you are by how good you look, but they think they can.
Inside the mind of a child with autismApril 7, 2014, The New York Times
Researchers have put together a clinical trial based on the idea that some children can develop social and emotional instincts through the characters they love.
The power of the earliest memoriesApril 6, 2014, Wall Street Journal
Studies show what you can remember from age three may help improve aspects of your life into adulthood.
Vets, docs worry Fort Hood shootings will deepen PTSD stigmaApril 3, 2014, NBC News
Many worry that post-traumatic stress will again be misrepresented and misunderstood as a condition that sparks public, violent outbursts.
Party drug could help treat severe depressionApril 3, 2014, Fox News
Researchers have discovered that ketamine works, even for a short period, giving hope to many with severe depression.
Britain may make firms standardize cigarette packetsApril 3, 2014, Reuters
A government review shows that standardizing packages would help cut smoking rates.
Why three is the new terrible twoApril 3, 2014, ABC News
As a child grows and changes, parental expectations may stay the same causing more conflict.
Young and fit? You'll be old and sharpApril 2, 2014, NBC News
New research shows that people who were the fittest in their 20s were sharper thinkers 25 years later.
New maps may hold clues to brain mysteriesApril 2, 2014, CNN
Brain map studies can have implications for autism and other conditions.
Report details dramatic racial gap among U.S. childrenApril 1, 2014, CBS News
White and Asian children are better positioned for success, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge racial gaps.
Bullying happens to popular teens, tooApril 1, 2014, Today.com
Research suggests a previously overlooked group of bullying victims: the kids who are popular, but not quite at the top of the school’s hierarchy.
Can you die of a broken heart?March 31, 2014, BBC News
The evidence that extreme emotions can impact the heart goes back decades.
Vitamin D may help prevent Alzheimer's diseaseMarch 31, 2014, Chicago Daily Herald
Vitamin D deficiency exists in 70-90 percent of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Schools increasingly check students for obesityMarch 31, 2014, Fox News
No consensus exists on the usefulness school based-measurement programs or the effect they have on attitudes, and behaviors of youth and their families.
Child 'leashes': Are they helpful or humiliating?March 31, 2014, Today.com
Staying connected with the kids takes on a literal meaning for many parents who turn to child safety harnesses to keep their children close.
Optimistic women more likely to have healthy habitsMarch 28, 2014, Fox News
Women with a sunny disposition may also have an easier time adopting healthy habits, according to a new study.
Are you a food addict?March 28, 2014, CNN
Experts disagree on whether food cravings rise to the level of addiction.
1 in 68 Kids Has Autism, CDC SaysMarch 27, 2014, ABC News
Advocacy groups say the one in 68 figure is likely an underestimate, but hope it translates into better access to services.
Self injury information available online, but rarely accurateMarch 27, 2014, Reuters
Researchers analyzed websites related to nonsuicidal self-injury and found less than 10 percent of the sites were endorsed by health or academic institutions.
Study: Migraines triggered by stress relief?March 27, 2014, Boston Globe
Those who suffer from migraines have likely heard that stress can be a powerful trigger, but new research suggests that it’s the comedown after the craziness that brings on the pain.
Autism 'begins long before birth'March 26, 2014, BBC News
Scientists say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.
NFL hopes camp for moms will prevent concussions in kidsMarch 24, 2014, CBS News
The NFL believes if mothers know how to tackle properly, they can make sure their kids do, too.
Activity levels in mothers and children 'directly linked'March 24, 2014, BBC News
Study suggests policies to improve children's health should be aimed at mothers.
High levels of long-term stress linked to two-fold increased risk of infertilityMarch 24, 2014, Fox News
Long-term stress may reduce a woman’s ability to conceive by as much as 29 percent, a new study reports.
Study shows violent video games may be tied to aggressive thoughtsMarch 24, 2014, Reuters
Kids who often play violent video games may show more aggression later on, and more often believe hitting is acceptable, than kids who don't play them.
Something else for women to fret about: A greater risk of Alzheimer'sMarch 22, 2014, Los Angeles Times
More women than men suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
Coping when not entering retirement togetherMarch 21, 2014, The New York Times
Either by choice or because they lost their jobs in the economic downturn, many couples must coexist, if only temporarily, in different phases of life.
As military sex cases end, more calls for changeMarch 21, 2014, ABC News
Advocates for women said the results of two recent cases were more proof the military justice system needs an overhaul.
Is homework making your child sick?March 21, 2014, CNN
Children on both ends of the economic spectrum may face health risks, including depression and anxiety.
The scientific quest to prove bisexuality existsMarch 20, 2014, The New York Times
People are using science to show that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman.
Justices may decide if vendors can snub gay weddingsMarch 20, 2014, USA TODAY
A photography case pits two constitutional rights against each other: freedom of speech and equal protection.
Mindfulness meditation may reduce drug user relapseMarch 20, 2014, Fox News
New study suggests that meditation techniques may help prevent addiction relapses.
Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cellsMarch 19, 2014, BBC News
Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, research suggests.
Medical marijuana research for PTSD clears major hurdleMarch 18, 2014, USA TODAY
A researcher at the University of Arizona is a step closer to studying how medical marijuana affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Efforts to close the achievement gap in kids start at homeMarch 17, 2014, NPR
By the time children are three years old, those from professional families have heard about 30 million more words than children from lower-income households.
States urge top retailers to stop selling tobaccoMarch 17, 2014, MSNBC
More than two dozen states joined forces urging Walmart and four other retail giants to stop selling tobacco products at their pharmacy chains.
A plunge in preschool obesity?March 17, 2014, Fox News
Despite recent claims, scientists conclude that there have been no significant changes in obesity in youth or adults in the past decade.
Autism disorders greatly linked with environmental factors, study claimsMarch 14, 2014, Fox News
Many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame.
Fight to let transgender soldiers serveMarch 13, 2014, MSNBC
A recent report concludes that the policy banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces should be ended, arguing there is “no compelling medical reason for the ban.”
What role do sibling struggles play in adult relationships?March 13, 2014, Psych Central
Sibling relationships play a major role in choices children make relating to friends and will affect the type of relationships they create throughout their lives.
You can predict 'the marrying type'March 13, 2014, The Atlantic
A new study looks at how attractiveness, personality, and grooming influence the likelihood that someone will get married.
High mortality from Alzheimer's diseaseMarch 12, 2014, The New York Times
A new study has suggested that Alzheimer's disease causes six times as many deaths as the official statistics would indicate.
Emotions vented online are contagiousMarch 12, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Research shows feelings posted on Facebook can spread to others.
How dangerous is sleep deprivation, really?March 11, 2014, CNN
Sleep deprivation affects your reaction time, cognition and emotions.
Light drinking 'is preterm risk'March 11, 2014, BBC News
Even moderate drinking during the earliest months of pregnancy may be damaging, according to researchers.
Ugandans petition court over controversial anti-homosexuality lawMarch 11, 2014, Reuters
Fear of violence, imprisonment and loss of jobs means few gays in Africa are open about their sexuality.
Parents often glued to cellphone while kids eat, study showsMarch 11, 2014, Fox News
Researchers learning how this behavior affects parent-child interactions and child development.
Is substance abuse coverage as equal as required?March 10, 2014, USA TODAY
Insurance plans are supposed to cover substance abuse treatment at the same level of care and cost sharing as other medical issues, but some argue they don't.
Do brain workouts work?March 10, 2014, The New York Times
Scientists question whether an intervention that challenges the brain can really raise intelligence or stave off normal memory loss.
Blood test may predict early Alzheimer's DiseaseMarch 9, 2014, ABC News
Study links substances found in blood to mental decline three years later.
Lack of sleep tied to more health risks for obese adolescentsMarch 7, 2014, Fox News
For overweight and obese adolescents, a lack of sleep may be linked to to a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
California’s quiet reproductive rights revolutionMarch 7, 2014, MSNBC
The state is bucking a nationwide trend as a wave of new restrictions is forcing abortion providers across the country to shut their doors.
For women to thrive, men should lean outMarch 6, 2014, USA TODAY
Fewer women than men feel confident they will make it to the top of their companies.
Helping teen girls get on the 'write' pathMarch 6, 2014, CNN
Writing gives at-risk girls the confidence to speak up and reach out for help in school, in their relationships and at home.
Alzheimer's toll may rank with cancer, heart diseaseMarch 5, 2014, CNN
A new study suggests Alzheimer's may be the third-leading U.S. cause of death.
Exposure to bomb blasts may cause brain injury in vets -- without symptomsMarch 4, 2014, Fox News
Veterans exposed to intense explosive blasts are still at risk of damage in their brain’s white matter – even when symptoms do not present.
Angry outbursts may raise risk of stroke and heart attackMarch 3, 2014, CNN
Study finds people who experience severe anger outbursts are more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those who remain calm.
A good sex life can help older couples cope with illness and other difficultiesMarch 3, 2014, The Washington Post
Study finds sexual intimacy can make older couples feel positive even while facing problems.
Suicidal tendencies are evident before deploymentMarch 3, 2014, The New York Times
Researchers report that most of the Army’s enlisted men and women with suicidal tendencies had them before they enlisted.
Why students need more than ‘grit’March 2, 2014, MSNBC
An overemphasis on grit directs attention away from other factors that also affect student success.