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June 17, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hong-Chih Kuo , who has spent the last five weeks on the disabled list dealing with an anxiety disorder, said he's ready to pitch in the major leagues again. Back at Dodger Stadium from a minor league rehabilitation assignment, Kuo said Friday that his mental health has improved. Of how he used to be overcome by nervousness when taking the mound, the reliever said, "It's better, so we'll see. " He said one way he could tell is by how he feels about his impending return.
September 6, 2000
An anxiety clinic has opened at Cal State Northridge to serve the community and provide hands-on training for psychology students. The clinic is staffed by six to eight graduate students in the Psychology Department's master's program in clinical health. It plans to serve up to 50 clients a semester. The students will be under the supervision of professor Ronald Doctor, a clinical psychologist who has worked in the area of anxiety disorders for 30 years.
February 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a lingering psychological response to a major traumatic event. And researchers studying the condition now have a clue about its development. Hint: Women and men are different. Their study, conducted in part at Emory University in Atlanta, was published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers tested 64 people who had experienced significant trauma in noncombat settings. In women but not men, they found a link between PTSD and high levels of a hormone called pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide produced in response to stress.
August 5, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Frightening or painful memories may be calmed or even erased by marijuana-like chemicals produced in the brain, according to a study of mice chronicled in Thursday's issue of Nature. Mice bred to be unresponsive to the chemicals, called cannabinoids, couldn't control their reaction when they heard a reminder linked to pain. Normal mice eventually stopped flinching at the reminder.
January 10, 2005 | From Reuters
Shy children tend to have muted reactions to joy or anger in the facial expressions of others, inhibitions that may lead to the anxieties many experience later in life, researchers have found. Shy children seem to miss emotional cues that are "socially relevant," wrote study author Marco Battaglia of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, Italy.
May 14, 2001 | Linda Marsa
Discovery Health Channel Begins May 20, 7 p.m. * Mental illness strikes one in every five Americans in any given year. Yet despite the high incidence, serious mental disorders are still profoundly stigmatized. "Fires of the Mind," a well-made four-segment series that premieres Sunday on the Discovery Health Channel, attempts to dispel some of the frightening myths that cloud the public's perception of four severe mental conditions: schizophrenia, depression, autism and anxiety disorders.
October 20, 1997 | SHARI ROAN
Longtime users of hormone replacement therapy had a higher risk of localized, but not metastatic, breast cancer, according to an expansive report published in the Oct. 11 issue of the Lancet. British researchers reanalyzed 51 epidemiological studies of 52,705 women with breast cancer and more than 108,000 women free of the disease to better pinpoint the risks associated with use of hormones.
October 16, 2008 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Scientists have confirmed what poets have long known: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Working with mouse-like rodents called prairie voles, scientists have found that close monogamous relationships alter the chemistry of the brain, fostering the release of a compound that builds loyalty but also plays a role in depression during times of separation.
November 5, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Scientists studying the degree to which brain function, parental involvement and environment determine antisocial outbursts in children have found that social support and intervention can successfully moderate misbehavior. Researchers at the University of Michigan studied the amygdala - the part of the brain that processes fear and impulsive reactions - for clues about extreme behavior in children. The amygdala is associated with aggressive behavior, anxiety disorders and depression.
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