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Weight Loss May Improve Symptoms of Depression

Depression can be a complicated condition. It can cause weight gain, while weight gain can cause depression. For those who struggle with depression or weight gain, the other challenge is likely to soon follow. Science Daily published a release highlighting research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of …

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Nicotine Addiction Can Cause Darker Skin

A new study determined that African Americans may be more predisposed to developing nicotine addiction than those with paler skin. The research also reveals that obtained darker skin (that obtained from prolonged sun exposure, not through genetics) is especially linked with tobacco addiction. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University also said they identified a statistical correlation …

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Babies Can Remember Traumatic Events for Years

Most people are under the impression that infants younger than six months old do not remember traumatic events that happen to them or to their loved ones; however, this has recently been disproved. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich of the Jerusalem Post reports that a professor of infant mental health announced to an audience of 300 at a …

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New Insights into Anorexia Discovered

Science Daily reports that new technology provides insights into brain abnormalities in patients with anorexia nervosa that may contribute to the symptoms found in people with the disorder. Walter Kaye, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues describe dysfunction in certain neural …

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Mental Disorders Can Be Prevented in Young People

About one in five young people in the US currently suffer from a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder. About half of all adults with mental disorders recalled that their problems started in their mid-teens, and three-quarters said they started by their mid-twenties. Early onset of mental health problems have been associated with poor outcomes such …

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Childhood Adversities, including Parental Alcoholism, Play a Role in Peptic Ulcers

New research shows that childhood adversities such as long-lasting financial difficulties, serious family conflicts, and a seriously or chronically ill family member have a predictive role in peptic ulcer. Adjusting for smoking, heavy drinking, stress, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use had no further influence. Science Daily reports that smoking and NSAID use are the …

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Study on Eating Habits in Obese Women Shows Links to Drug Addicts

Millions of women and men throughout the world struggle to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with the food they eat. For those who are considered obese, the struggle could be one originating much deeper than merely the food eaten. A new report shows that obese and non-obese women respond to high-energy, high-density snacks in …

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Link Between Depression and Asthma

Depression and asthma can often go hand in hand, to the detriment of the patient suffering from both. In young people with asthma, they have nearly twice the incidence of depression as compared to their peers without asthma. Studies into the area have found that depression is associated with increased asthma symptoms. In some cases, …

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Food Found to Affect the Brain’s Reward System

New research shows that exposing rats to a context associated with eating chocolate activates a part of the brain’s reward system known as the orexin system; this helps explain why eating can be triggered by environmental cues even in the absence of hunger. The findings could help scientists develop new drug treatments for overeating. As …

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