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Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Maltreatment during childhood can lead to long-term changes in brain circuits that process fear, researchers say. This could help explain why children who suffer abuse are much more likely than others to develop problems like anxiety and depression later on.<p>Brain scans of teenagers revealed weaker …

High Concern About Physique, Thinness Linked With Risky Behaviors For Teen Boys

A new study sheds some light on the number of teen boys who are highly concerned with their appearance and physique.<p>Nearly one in 10 teen boys are highly concerned about their muscularity, according to a new study, with some turning to steroids, growth hormone derivatives and supplements to bulk up.<p>…

For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both

For all of us nearing middle age, or slogging through it, yes, there is a benefit in eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruit.<p>A new study published in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> finds that women who followed this pattern of eating in their 50s were about 40 …

10 Decisions That Will Make You Happier and Healthier

We can create health and happiness by choice. Those choices are in how we think, act and react to the things we cannot control. These 10 decisions are choices we can make to lead happier and healthier lives -- no matter what comes our way.<p><b>1. I am going to be nicer to myself.</b> Our thoughts can be our …

Mindfulness Could Make You Less Swayed By Immediate Rewards

Mindfulness could help you to be less swayed by immediate rewards, a new study suggests.<p>A study in the journal Emotion shows that people high in mindfulness have less brain activity in response to positive feedback. Mindfulness is the act of nonjudgmental focus on the present moment.<p>"These findings …

So This Is Why Children Are Craving That Fast Food Burger

Over the past few years, fast food chains have touted the benefits of their healthier options, especially for children. But are all those McDonald's Apple Dippers and Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets actually making a difference in terms of what kids eat? A new report from the Yale Rudd Center for Food …

The ADHD Blame Game

The first mother to arrive at my office last Tuesday brought me a copy of the latest <i>New York Times</i> article regarding ADHD. She said she was both hurt and angry, as the newspaper heavily suggested that most ADHD results from problems with the educational system. She added, "It took me a while to …

Keeping Your Heart and Brain Healthy: The Prevention of Heart Disease and Alzheimer's

Part of the job of the physician is to inspire, educate and advise patients on health. We don't do this off the cuff, however. We don't base our recommendations on the latest magazine article or fitness fad. We base our recommendations on long-standing population-derived analytical trials …

Alzheimer's Disease

How stressed are you?

<b>Stress is part of everyday life and can be beneficial. But high levels over a long period can be seriously bad for our health.</b><p>The following test has been created with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for National Stress Awareness Day. It has been designed to help you spot …

Psychotherapy

The One Time You Shouldn't Text Your Partner

No, we're not talking about sexting<p>If you're in a relationship, try and remember the last time you went <i>a day</i> without texting your partner—whether it was "Thinking of you :)" or even just "Can you pick up paper towels?"<p>In a new study out of Brigham Young University, researchers looked at the texting …

Relationships

14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control

If you've ever cried about getting a B+ or ending up in second place, there's a good chance you're a perfectionist.<p>As a culture, we tend to reward perfectionists for their insistence on setting high standards and relentless drive to meet those standards. And perfectionists frequently <i>are</i> high …

Did Trauma Cause My Diabetes?

What caused killer t-cells to attack the beta cells in my pancreas, preventing them from producing insulin, making my blood sugar skyrocket and triggering my Type 1 diabetes? That was in 1962. No one has come up with a convincing explanation yet. Scientists aren't even close to figuring out the …

Disabled people win Independent Living Fund case

Five disabled people have won their legal case challenge to the government's decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF).<p>The £320m ILF currently provides financial support which enables nearly 19,000 severely disabled people in the UK to live independent lives in the community.<p>The High …

Disability

IVF Doesn't Raise Overall Risk For Childhood Cancers

Children who were conceived with in vitro fertilization have the same overall chance of developing childhood cancers as those conceived naturally, scientists reported Wednesday.<p>"It's a reassuring finding," says pediatrician Alastair Sutcliffe of University College London, who led the study. "It's a …

How to Write a Condolence Letter: 5 Suggestions

After my book <i>The Tiffany Box, a memoir</i> was released, I received many emails from readers expressing how grateful they were that I included several condolence letters that were sent to me after my mom passed away in my book. Each reader liked seeing examples of sympathy cards.<p>Who knows what to say …

Depression: 'Second biggest cause of disability' in world

<b>Depression is the second most common cause of disability worldwide after back pain, according to a review of research.</b><p>The disease must be treated as a global public health priority, experts report in the journal PLOS Medicine.<p>The study compared clinical depression with more than 200 other diseases …

Mental Health

Following Wave Of Homophobia, Zambia's First Lady Steps Out To Oppose Sexual Orientation Discrimination

"Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation," Christine Kaseba-Saba said in a statement human rights activists have hailed as a "miracle."<p>Zambia's first lady, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, …

When migrants crossing the US-Mexico border get into trouble, 911 is there

Workers at 911 dispatch centers say most calls from migrants typically begin the same way: "I’m lost in the desert and I haven’t had water in days."<p>The callers are usually Spanish speakers and their cell phone reception can be poor.<p>One man, who said his name was Joel, called for help in the middle …

Associated Press News

Speaking a second language delays dementias, even in the illiterate, study finds

There’s more evidence that speaking a second language can delay the onset of dementia later in life — this time in a population where even illiterate people reaped the benefits of being bilingual.<p>Conducted in Hyderabad, India, the largest study of its kind so far found that speaking two languages …

Dementia

Florida pastor Terry Jones arrested on way to burn Qur'ans

A Florida pastor was arrested on Wednesday as he drove to a park to set fire to nearly 3,000 Qur'ans to mark the September 11 terrorist attacks.<p>Sheriff's deputies in Mulberry, Florida, arrested Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr, 44, on felony charges of unlawful conveyance …

Texas: Put Creationism in Every Textbook