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Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

Internet Addiction Isn’t Just Japanese

  A group of scientists sponsored by Japan’s government recently found that a significant portion of Japanese youths are likely addicted to the Internet, which can cause health problems, including sleep disruptions and negative mental effects. A team of researchers, led by Professor Takashi Oida of Nihon University, distributed a survey to nearly 140,000 students across Japan to find out how they utilize the internet, and how it affects them. A total of about 98,000 student … Read entire article »

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Music Therapy Works Wonders for Alzheimer’s Patients

Music Therapy Works Wonders for Alzheimer’s Patients

Nurses and caregivers are becoming increasingly aware of the effectiveness of music therapy for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, even in its advanced stages. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recommends that the appropriate use of music can have a variety of benefits for Alzheimer’s patients, as music has the ability to “shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.” We all love to listen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Recovery, Research

Crystal Meth Can Cause a Life-Threatening Form of Meningitis

Crystal meth brings a plethora of health problems to its regular users, including decreasing the ability of the immune system to fight off infections. Recent studies have suggested that when users inject crystal meth, the drug accumulates in certain parts of the body; namely the lungs. In a study that examined the relationship between injecting crystal meth and susceptibility to infection, researchers found that users are more likely to become seriously ill from a fungal infection that can cause life-threatening meningitis. Conducted by Long Island University-Post and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, this study used mice to view how immune systems fought off the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans in animals that had been injected with crystal meth versus a control group (Associated Press). Researchers proceeded to inject one group of mice with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Research, Substance Abuse

Can Kids Be Too Religious? Obsessive Behavior May Signify Mental Illness

  One of the roles of parents is to encourage healthy, positive activities in the lives of their children.  Many parents of religious children will encourage their children to partake in religious activity, whether as part of family tradition or because they believe that it brings comfort and improves the overall well-being of the child.  Unfortunately, not all religious activity is healthy, as hyper-religiosity may be a sign of a deeper mental illness issue.  “[Hyper-religiosity] looks positive but could be negative,” says Stephanie Mihalas, a UCLA professor and licensed clinical psychologist (Russo). According to Dr. Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation, practicing religion promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and even the community.  Religion can be a positive force in the lives of both children and adults, according to Dr. Bill Hathaway, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Research, Spirituality

Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

  Women are more likely to develop mental health problems, according to a study by Professor Daniel Freeman of Oxford University. The findings of the study, which is based on data from other epidemiological studies from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, present significant ramifications for public health. According to Freeman’s study, women are almost 75% more likely than their male counterparts to report recent difficulties with depression and about 60% are more … Read entire article »

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Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

  In 1999, the bodies of 3 mummified children from the Inca Empire were discovered in a shrine on the summit of Llullaillaco, a volcano at the border of current day Argentina and Chile, their bodies incredibly preserved due to the cold.  Throughout the subsequent years, these Incan mummies have gained international fame, especially the eldest child, dubbed “The Maiden.”  Since their discovery, scientists have been testing their hair and bodies for more information regarding the … Read entire article »

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Impulsivity a Key Factor in Addiction, Research Shows

Impulsivity a Key Factor in Addiction, Research Shows

  Do you ever find yourself saying it seemed like a good idea at the time? We have all experienced moments where we act on an impulse – a sudden, unpremeditated urge or desire – without thinking logically about the consequences.  Thus, it comes as no surprise then, that impulsivity is often closely associated with the disease of addiction; from its early onset to relapse prevention, and recent neurological research has provided further evidence. In order to … Read entire article »

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Research links Casual Sex in College to Psychological Distress

 College offers an opportunity to further academic studies, but it’s also an environment where students can grow and learn about themselves outside the classroom. It can be a time of personal growth yet also a source of distress for many students. These young adults are learning who they are – they’re finding their path in life, they may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol – perhaps binge drinking, or engaging in casual sex. It’s an exciting time, but also one of hidden dangers; students can develop a substance abuse problem or may struggle with a mental health disorder. Not to mention, college students may also be practicing promiscuous or unsafe sex.  Although this aspect of college life may seem normal to many young students, a new study suggests there is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Mental Illness, Research

Poverty More Influential Than In Utero Exposure to Cocaine

Poverty More Influential Than In Utero Exposure to Cocaine

In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a massive sense of hysteria around the nation concerning the outcome of so-called “crack babies” – babies born to mothers using crack cocaine. Experts at the time predicted that this generation of children would be at a permanent disadvantage, both physically and intellectually. However, the conclusion of a 24-year study of babies born amidst the crack epidemic in Philadelphia suggests that poverty actually influenced these children more heavily than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Research

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

  There are several conceptions regarding poverty, childhood, and parenting that have been regarded as true for many years. One is that children who grow up in poverty are more likely to deal with substance abuse, poverty and poor parental interactions. However, in a new study conducted by Duke University, researchers found that some of these ideas are actually misconceptions. They found that, while children who grew up in poverty are more likely to smoke cigarettes and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research, Substance Abuse

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