August 19, 2010

Early Intervention Is Best

1 Children with a Squint Less Socially Accepted

Six year olds with strabismus, a condition that causes the eyes to squint or appear misaligned, are less likely to be asked to birthday parties, finds new research. For the study, scientists digitally altered photos of identical twins to create the appearance of a squint. One hundred eighteen children, ages 3 to 12, were asked to select one of the photos of the twins they’d invite to a party. Children under the age of six didn’t distinguish between the photos but older children routinely chose the photo of the twin without the squint. In addition, almost half of children, ages 6 to 8, said they noticed the squint. Study authors found that children with strabismus are less accepted by their peers and they recommend that corrective surgery be performed prior to the age of six.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Eye Popping Circle Lenses May Be Dangerous

Tags: Eyes, Strabismus, Squint, Peer Discrimination, Childhood

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Mind, Body, Spirit

2 Study Finds Positive Connection Between Yoga, Mood

Yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise when it comes to uplifting one’s mood and reducing anxiety, finds a new study from Boston University’s School of Medicine. The study is the first to examine yoga postures, gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain, and anxiety levels. Researchers compared two groups. The first practiced yoga three times a week for one hour sessions while the other spent time walking during the 12-week course of the study. The findings indicate that healthy individuals who practiced yoga increased GABA levels and reported a significant decrease in anxiety and improvements in mood. Study authors say the promising research warrants additional study but that yoga might be beneficial for individuals with certain mental health disorders.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Boston University School of Medicine, Depression, Mental Health, Mind Body Connection, Yoga, Gamma-Aminobutyric, GABBA

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A Night Out May Be Your Last

3 Binge Drinking Dangerous for Men with High BP

Binge drinking dramatically raises risk of death for men with high blood pressure, say South Korean researchers. A fun night out may not be worth it! The research, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that risk of cardiovascular death in males with a blood pressure reading at least 168 /100 millimeters of mercury was three times higher overall than that for non-drinkers with normal blood pressure. For binge drinkers, that risk is four times higher. For heavy binge drinkers, the risk of death is 12 times higher! Researchers defined a binge drinker as someone who consumes at least six or more drinks on one occasion, while a heavy binge drinker consumes 12 or more drinks on one occasion.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, Heavy Binge Drinkers, Binge Drinker, Death Risk of Drinking, Death Risk of Binge Drinking, High Blood Pressure and Alcohol Deadly, Men with High Blood Pressure, Normal Blood Pressure

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She Really Looks Like What?!

4 Guys Misinterpret Women When Drinking Beer

It's difficult enough for most men to understand women, but when beer is involved men can not only misunderstand a woman's signals, but also think an average-looking gal is a smoking hottie. The phenomenon known as "beer goggle" was the subject of two new studies, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Alcohol. Beer can diminish a dude's ability to detect facial symmetry, which is a key element in beauty, reports MSNBC. That dulled sense could make a guy think he's making out with a beauty queen who is actually just average looking. On a less humorous note, men drinking beer are also more likely to think women are into them, despite a woman's true feelings. However, beer doesn't diminish a guy's ability to tell whether a woman is dressed conservatively or more seductively.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Low Sex Desire

Tags: Beer Goggle, Men Drinking Beer, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Misunderstand a Woman's Signals, Dressed Conservatively, How to Tell If a Woman Likes You, Beer Drinking Effects, What Beer Does to Guy's Head, Journal Alcohol

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Fear Is the Enemy in Falls

5 Fear of Falling Linked to Real Falls in Elderly

The fear of falling has been linked with increased fall rates in older people, prompting researchers to suggest that doctors consider the fear of falling as a risk factor for falls. The researchers, reporting online in British Medical Journal say that the fear of falling is likely to lead to future falls among the elderly, notwithstanding their actual fall risk. The one-year study involved 500 people ages 70 to 90 who underwent an extensive neuropsychological and medical assessment. The fear of falling is often seen in older people who've had previous falls and those suffering from poor balance, anxiety or depression. Researchers say that reducing the fear of falling among older people isn't likely to increase fall risk by making them overconfident.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Your Brain in Middle Age Is Smarter

Tags: British Medical Journal, Fear of Falling, Elderly Fall Risk, Fall Risk Assessment, Fear or Falling Can Make Elderly Fall, Health Risks for Elderly, Dangers of Falling, Risk Factors for Falls, Neuropsychological

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Onscreen Tobacco Bad Influence

6 Smoking in Movies Still a Problem

A new CDC report estimates that almost half of the top-grossing movies of 2009 included depictions of tobacco use. Observing others smoking in popular movies is potentially dangerous for teens, insists the CDC. They believe that greater exposure to cigarette smoking in films leads to more teens taking up the habit. A previous study by the National Cancer Institute revealed that kids greatly exposed to smoking onscreen were two to three times more likely to start smoking. The CDC thinks that films including tobacco imagery should have an R-rating. They also recommend that anti-tobacco ads precede films containing tobacco use onscreen. The CDC also wants a ban on tobacco brand placements in movies. In addition, they call for prohibiting smoking in movies rated PG-13.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: National Cancer Institute, Ban on Tobacco Brand Placements, Smoking Onscreen, Top-Grossing Movies of 2009, Dangers of Smoking in Movies, Tobacco Imagery in Films

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Avoiding the Freshman 15

7 Stress of College Can Trigger Eating Disorders

Almost everyone has heard of the Freshman 15, or the propensity for college freshman to gain weight. A study from University of Alabama at Birmingham has found that starting college can be an event for some that has the opposite effect. “To keep from gaining weight”, says Professor Mary Boggiano PhD, “some students engage in risky behaviors such as excessive dieting or purging food.” Moving to a different environment, meeting new people, and the stress of college studies, can make some more susceptible to the development of an eating disorder. The two most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, where a person stops eating or eats very little in an effort to control weight, and bulimia nervosa, where a patient vomits or uses laxatives to get rid of food consumed.

More at Newswise | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Potential Biologic Factor for Eating Disorders Found

Tags: Anorexia, Bulimia, Eating Disorder, Eating Disorders, College Students

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Water Aerobics Is Best

8 ExercIse Is Key Component for ArthritIs Relief

Although many people who suffer the daily pain of arthritis may not want to hear this, physicians are now recommending a more active lifestyle to manage the symptoms of the condition. Dr. Brian Parsley, assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, says that staying active is key in preventing and treating osteoarthritis by maintaining range of motion in the joints. It may also help with weight reduction, as there is a direct relationship between obesity and the presentation of knee arthritis that can result in the need for knee replacement surgery. Water aerobics is considered one of the best forms of exercise because of the weightless, low-impact environment. It can help with flexibility, muscle tone, general strength, and cardiovascular health.

More at Red Orbit | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Glucosamine Ineffective for Low Back Pain Due to Arthritis

Tags: Arthritis, Exercise, Fitness, Osteoarthritis, Water Aerobics, Weight Reduction

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Feel Good Anesthetic

9 Ketamine is a Very Effective Anti-Depressant

An anesthetic commonly used in kids and animals is a very effective anti-depressant at low doses, according to a study at Yale University. It was tested in people with suicidal thoughts as what is known as rapid treatment. An anti-depressant usually takes weeks to take effect if it works at all and people often have to try different ones, while ketamine was able to fight off depression in a matter of hours. In rats, connections between neurons injured by long term stress were restored by ketamine. A study done by the National Institute of Mental Health showed that 70 percent of people for whom other types of anti-depressants did not work improved within hours of receiving ketamine. Drawbacks to using it are intravenous administration and sometimes short-term psychotic behavior occurs.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Antidepressant Use May Lead to Birth Defect

Tags: Depression, Ketamine As Anti-Depressant, Anti-Depressant, Ketamine, Treatment of Depression

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