Melatonin Doesn’t Curb Delirium After Surgery

September 2, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Melatonin supplements did not reduce delirium in seniors who had surgery for hip fractures, a new study found.
Many older hospital patients experience the sudden, severe confusion known as delirium due to disruption of their normal sleep-wake cycle. A lack of the hormone melatonin may be one factor that [...]

‘Pot Addiction’ May Be Real, Study Suggests

September 2, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) — Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but a new study challenges that theory.
“As more people are able to obtain and consume cannabis legally for medical and, in some states, recreational use, people are less likely to perceive it as addictive or harmful,” study co-author John Kelly, a [...]

You May Be Able to Train Your Brain to Crave Healthy Food

September 2, 2014

You may be able to convince your brain that healthy foods taste better than unhealthy ones, new research suggests.

Family Meals May Defuse Cyberbullying’s Impact, Study Says

September 1, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Having regular family meals may help protect teens from the harmful mental health effects of “cyberbullying,” a new study suggests.
Online abuse can lead to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to experts.
“One in five adolescents experience cyberbullying,” Frank Elgar, a professor at the Institute for Health and Social [...]

Parents’ Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids

August 28, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Arguments between parents may damage their relationships with their children, a new study indicates.
Parents in more than 200 families were asked to make daily diary entries for 15 days. At the end of each day, mothers and fathers rated the quality of their marriage and their relationship with [...]

Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21

August 28, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn.
The study authors analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 Americans when they were aged 16 and 21. Nearly one-fifth of them got less than six [...]

Overconfident People Are Viewed As More Talented

August 28, 2014

The idea of “fake it till you make it” is legit. Plus, what it means for people who underestimate themselves.

Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study

August 28, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people’s memories, for up to a day.
In a small study of healthy young adults, researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to fire up certain networks involved [...]

Scientists ‘Rewrite’ Bad Memories in Mice

August 27, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Someone who has been mugged in a dark alley will likely never want to return there, having associated that location with a fear of being attacked.
But neuroscientists working with mice say they’ve discovered the brain circuit that controls how memories are linked with positive and [...]

Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

August 27, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.
Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers [...]


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