June 5, 2013 |
Experts estimate that up to 20% of U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that can be stubbornly difficult to treat. But what if PTSD could have been prevented in the first place? Scientists have done something similar in traumatized mice. Days after a harrowing experience being restrained on wooden boards, they were given a drug that triggers a brain receptor thought to be involved in how mice - and people - respond to fear.
May 20, 2013 |
Having childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could lead to a life of obesity, even if ADHD symptoms disappear in adulthood, a new study shows. The study, which followed up on 207 middle-class men who had been diagnosed with ADHD as children, found that some 33 years after their diagnosis, their body mass index was significantly higher than those without ADHD. Their propensity to become obese was twice that of adults who were never diagnosed with ADHD, according to the study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
May 17, 2013 |
Go to a busy street in your community and count the next 25 adolescents who walk, bike, skateboard, stroll or saunter past. Odds are that two of those 25 kids (8.3% to be exact) would own up to having experienced 14 or more days in the last month that he or she considered "mentally unhealthy," according to a comprehensive report on the mental health of American youth issued Thursday. Between 2005 and 2010, roughly 2 million American adolescents between 12 and 17 acknowledged that for more than half of the previous month, they routinely had felt sad, angry, disconnected, stressed out, unloved or possibly willing to hurt themselves -- or others.
April 30, 2013 |
Catherine Zeta-Jones has gone back into treatment for her bipolar II disorder, her rep confimed Monday. "Catherine has proactively checked into a healthcare facility," the actress' rep told the Ministry in a statement. "Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner. " But no need to panic! There was no inciting incident, just a break in the Oscar-winner's schedule that will allow doctors to check in on her medications, a source told People.
April 21, 2013 |
Do you know who Reese Witherspoon is? If not, prepare to be sassed. That was the lesson one police officer learned late Friday night, as the Oscar-winning actress became agitated after her husband, CAA agent Jim Toth, was arrested for driving under the influence in Atlanta. After he was observed driving a Ford Focus in the wrong lane, Toth was pulled over by cops; Witherspoon was apparently so frustrated with the situation that she began mouthing off to the police and was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct.
April 18, 2013 |
Dick Van Dyke is suffering from an as-yet "undiagnosed neurological disorder" and has been advised to rest and avoid plane travel until doctors know what the veteran showman is dealing with, according to his rep. "My head bangs every time I lay down," the 87-year-old said Wednesday on Twitter . "I've had every test come back that I'm perfectly healthy. Anybody got any ideas?" The tweet sparked dozens of responses, some serious and others joking. Comic Elayne Boosler advised him against sleeping on the drum kit. VIDEO: Dick Van Dyke reflects on his career One immediate effect of doctors' advice was the nixing of a trip to New York next week to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Bettering Humanity Through Comedy from the 92nd Street Y . The cancellation was because of "fatigue and lack of sleep resulting from symptoms of a yet-to-be diagnosed neurological disorder," his rep told " Entertainment Tonight ," which first reported the news. "Dick is otherwise in good physical condition but the fatigue factor has become acute," his rep told USA Today in a statement that included the caution against air travel.
April 5, 2013 |
Amanda Bynes went on quite the Twitter rant late Thursday, claiming she has an eating disorder and once again threatening to sue "certain blogs and magazines" for saying she has "a mental illness. " "They take pictures anytime I've gained weight then write a fake story!," Bynes complained, adding, "I have an eating disorder so I have a hard time staying thin. " And to think, most stories lately have mentioned anything but her weight, choosing instead to focus on tidbits like the once-blond 27-year-old's insistence (in tweets since deleted)
March 3, 2013 |
Childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder frequently persists into adulthood, bringing heightened risks of additional psychiatric issues and nearly five times the risk of suicide, according to a 20-year study that followed children diagnosed with the disorder. The study, to be published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, is the most extensive to date establishing links between childhood and adult ADHD, and between adult ADHD and other mental health diagnoses. Only about 38% of those who had ADHD as children made it to age 27 without either continued ADHD symptoms or at least one other psychiatric disorder, according to the study, which was based on a sample of more than 5,000 people born between Jan. 1, 1976, and Dec. 31, 1982.
February 15, 2013 |
PHOENIX - His face is shadowed under an oversized baseball cap. His gaze is often averted to the ceiling or floor. His handshake is distant, his voice is small, his sentences trail off into awkward silence. The first impression of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke is that, despite having just signed a $147-million deal with a team in baseball's second-largest market, he simply wants to run away and hide. It is a daily act of courage that he does not. "I didn't think there was anything wrong with me," he said Friday.
February 12, 2013 |
Mothers who took folic acid supplements around the time they became pregnant were less likely to have children with an autism spectrum disorder, a new study has found. Researchers in Norway examined health records of more than 85,000 children born there between 1999 and 2009 to see whether they had some kind of autism diagnosis. They also looked at questionnaires completed by their mothers to see how much folic acid they were consuming in the month before they became pregnant and during the first eight weeks of pregnancy, a critical period of embryonic brain development.