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How the brain controls our habits: Neuroscientists identify a brain region that can switch between new and old habits

How the brain controls our habits: Neuroscientists identify a brain region that can switch between new and old habits

ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2012) — Habits are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically Continue reading

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found Continue reading

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found. Continue reading

Recovery of brain volumes with abstinence may vary for different brain regions

Recovery of brain volumes with abstinence may vary for different brain regions

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — Chronic alcohol abuse can severely damage the nervous system, particularly cognitive functions, cerebral metabolism, and brain morphology. Building upon previous findings that alcoholics can experience brain volume recovery with abstinence, this study found that recovery of cerebral gray matter (GM) can take place within the first two weeks of abstinence, but may vary between brain regions. Continue reading

Psychiatric disorders persist after youths leave detention, study finds

Psychiatric disorders persist after youths leave detention, study finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2012) — It was a study everyone thought couldn’t be done — tracking, locating and interviewing nearly 2,000 youths up to five years after they were released from juvenile detention in Chicago to assess their mental health. But a team of intrepid Northwestern Medicine researchers found the young men and women and traveled anywhere necessary to interview them. Continue reading

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2012) — Better adherence to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is associated with significant reductions in blood pressure. However, African-Americans may be less likely than whites to adopt the diet, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center Continue reading

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2012) — Better adherence to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is associated with significant reductions in blood pressure. However, African-Americans may be less likely than whites to adopt the diet, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center Continue reading

Ancestral link places Mexican-Americans at greater risk for metabolic disease

Ancestral link places Mexican-Americans at greater risk for metabolic disease

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Modest weight loss can have lasting health benefits, research shows

Modest weight loss can have lasting health benefits, research shows

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Accelerated resolution therapy significantly reduces PTSD symptoms, researchers report

Accelerated resolution therapy significantly reduces PTSD symptoms, researchers report

ScienceDaily (July 27, 2012) — Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing have shown that brief treatments with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) substantially reduce symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including, depression, anxiety, sleep dysfunction and other physical and psychological symptoms. The findings of this first study of ART appear in an on-line article published June 18, 2012 in the Journal Behavioral Sciences . ART is being studied as an alternative to traditional PTSD treatments that use drugs or lengthy psychotherapy sessions Continue reading