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Yogurt Can Affect Brain Function, UCLA Study Finds

Do you usually eat yogurt for breakfast? If you do, it’s likely because you know it will keep you regular. Many people eat yogurt for the probiotics, the healthy bacteria, which helps keep the digestive tract functioning well. Your gut is full of bacterial cells. These little organisms are there helping you to break down …

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Psychopathy vs. Antisocial Personality Disorder

Psychopathy is a common term used to describe a grouping of personality traits that includes such things as impulsive behavior, lack of regard for others, lack of a normal range of emotional responsiveness, and frequent deception or manipulation of others. People who have these traits are known as psychopaths or sociopaths. However, the American Psychiatric …

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Reducing the Impact of Obesity on Mental Health

Doctors use the term obesity to describe levels of body weight that are high enough to seriously endanger one or more aspects of a person’s health. Specific problems linked to the presence of obesity include type 2 diabetes, strokes, hypertension, arthritis, high cholesterol, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Obesity is also frequently a …

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fMRI Brain Scans May Diagnose Mental Illness

Problems with the heart have long been diagnosed using tools like electrocardiograms, otherwise known as EKGs. Scans of the brain can already help doctors determine physical and physiological problems, and now researchers think they could improve the accuracy of mental illness diagnoses. The idea holds a lot of promise. If doctors can order a simple, …

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Anxiety: Quieting a Noisy, Troubled Mind

To look at Jude’s fingernails, you’d think she had an unfortunate disorder, something that affected nail growth and left only jagged bits of rough and misshapen keratin on the ends of her fingers. She chewed at them mercilessly when she thought no one was watching, and though she’d tried everything to quit what she believed …

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Treating Insomnia Alone Doesn’t ‘Fix’ Underlying Disorder

Millions of people in the U.S. struggle to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.  In some cases, insomnia is caused by physical ailments, such as seasonal allergies or chronic pain.  For many others, however, sleep disturbances are directly linked to mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety.  Unfortunately, frequent or chronic …

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