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Study: Feeling stress about finances leads some Black adults to rate health more poorly

Feeling stress about finances leads some Black adults to rate their health more poorly, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior. While lower income and education among minorities have been linked to poor health for decades, this study focused just on the connection between financial worries and poor health. [More]
African American youths who experienced discrimination during adolescence may develop chronic diseases

African American youths who experienced discrimination during adolescence may develop chronic diseases

African American youth who report experiencing frequent discrimination during adolescence are at risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke in later years, according to a new study. [More]
Research shows how emotional similarity reduces stress

Research shows how emotional similarity reduces stress

Does giving a speech in public stress you out? Or writing a big presentation for your boss? What about skydiving? One way to cope, according to a new study from Sarah Townsend, assistant professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, is to share your feelings with someone who is having a similar emotional reaction to the same scenario [More]
Anxiety, depression and meditation: an interview with Dr Madhav Goyal, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Anxiety, depression and meditation: an interview with Dr Madhav Goyal, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

We wanted to be broadly inclusive of any kind of meditation program, so we defined a meditation program to be any kind of structured meditation program that involved at a minimum 4 hours of training, with instructions to practice outside the classroom. [More]
Hebrew University research could lead to efficient and fast-acting antidepressant drugs

Hebrew University research could lead to efficient and fast-acting antidepressant drugs

​The World health Organization calls depression "the leading cause of disability worldwide," causing more years of disability than cancer, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases combined. [More]
Nociceptin in brain naturally moderates effects of stress

Nociceptin in brain naturally moderates effects of stress

Collaborating scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Camerino in Italy have published new findings on a system in the brain that naturally moderates the effects of stress. [More]

New study finds that Americans had more health concerns during the recession

We ring in the New Year with hopes of being healthy, wealthy, and wise. A new study led by San Diego State University School of Public Health research professor John W. Ayers suggests that from a public health standpoint, health and wealth may be connected. [More]

Good mood reduces stress-induced effects in musicians

Even professional orchestra musicians suffer from particular stress on the day of the concert and release more cortisol. [More]
GRADE study evaluates four new medications for Type 2 diabetes

GRADE study evaluates four new medications for Type 2 diabetes

The GRADE study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham had a special visitor in November. Red suit. Black boots. White beard. Belly that shook like a bowl full of jelly. A V.I.E. (Very Important Elf) visited this national clinical trial for Type 2 diabetes. [More]
Studies suggest that stress-related disorders may be associated with hippocampal volume loss

Studies suggest that stress-related disorders may be associated with hippocampal volume loss

​Depression has been associated with reduced volume of the hippocampus in magnetic resonance imaging studies in humans. A new study just published in Biological Psychiatry now clarifies the cellular basis of these volumetric changes, which have been unclear until now. [More]
Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD affects underlying biology of the disorder

Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD affects underlying biology of the disorder

A new paper published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder not only reduces symptoms but also affects the underlying biology of this disorder. [More]
New evidence shows probiotics offer enormous potential for treatment of depression

New evidence shows probiotics offer enormous potential for treatment of depression

Probiotics are not new, but their status as a nutritional buzzword is. Most folks have now heard and seen the term countless times in commercials and advertisements, as yogurt, dietary supplement, natural food product, and even cosmetic companies promote their probiotic-containing products. [More]

Research findings may offer clues to help prevent stress-related health problems

Researchers hope to discover why some people struggle with their spirituality or religious beliefs and practices in the face of life's challenges while others don't. [More]
Research reveals unexpected roles that sex hormones may play in cognitive function

Research reveals unexpected roles that sex hormones may play in cognitive function

Research released today demonstrates unexpected roles that sex hormones may play in the cognitive function of females, including memory and interpreting social cues. [More]
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announces recipients of NARSAD Investigator Grants

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announces recipients of NARSAD Investigator Grants

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly known as NARSAD, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression), under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, President & CEO, has announced the latest recipients of its NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants. [More]
Endocrine Society announces winners of organization's prestigious 2014 Laureate Awards

Endocrine Society announces winners of organization's prestigious 2014 Laureate Awards

The Endocrine Society today announced it has selected 15 accomplished endocrinologists as winners of the organization's prestigious 2014 Laureate Awards. [More]
Generic drug gabapentin appears to be safe, effective in treating alcohol dependence

Generic drug gabapentin appears to be safe, effective in treating alcohol dependence

The generic drug gabapentin, which is already widely prescribed for epilepsy and some kinds of pain, appears to be safe and effective in the treatment of alcohol dependence. The finding comes from a 150-patient randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind clinical trial conducted by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. [More]
Glutamergic agents may be used as novel treatment for mood and anxiety disorders

Glutamergic agents may be used as novel treatment for mood and anxiety disorders

Glutamergic agents may one day be used as a novel treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, new research presented at the 26th ECNP Congress suggests. [More]

Self-medication is key reason for prescription drug abuse in docs

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Report: Doctors who abuse prescription drugs often do so for "self-medication"

Doctors who abuse prescription drugs often do so for "self-medication"—whether for physical or emotional pain or stress relief, reports a study in the October Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. [More]