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Study: For good and bad, TV ads promote higher prescribing volume of psychiatric medications

couple_watching_televisionHow Are Direct-to-Con­sumer-Adver­tise­ments Chang­ing Psy­chi­atric Drug Use? (The Dana Foun­da­tion):

Flip on your tele­vi­sion to a com­mer­cial sta­tion and you are like­ly to see ads for cars, snacks, and home appliances—and pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions. Some ads specif­i­cal­ly tar­get psy­chi­atric ill­ness­es Read the rest of this entry »

Brain scan study finds links between adolescent brain development and mental health disorders

– “Brain hubs”, cour­tesy of Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge


Scans reveal how teenage brain devel­ops (BBC News):

The team from Cam­bridge’s depart­ment of psy­chi­a­try scanned the brains of 300 peo­ple between the ages of 14 and 24. While the areas asso­ci­at­ed with the basic func­tion­ing of the body such as vision, hear­ing and move­ment are ful­ly devel­oped by ado­les­cence, the areas asso­ci­at­ed with com­plex thought and deci­sion mak­ing are still chang­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Is Mental Health ready to start transitioning towards measurable brain circuits, away from subjective symptoms?

mental-healthTo Diag­nose Men­tal Ill­ness, Read the Brain (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can):

Although sci­en­tists have learned a lot about the brain in the last few decades, approach­es to treat­ing men­tal ill­ness­es have not kept up. As neu­ro­sci­en­tists learn more about brain cir­cuits, Stan­ford psy­chi­a­trist Amit Etkin fore­sees a time when diag­noses will be based on brain scans rather than symp­toms Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Combining aerobic and mental training can significantly improve mental and cognitive health

mental_physical_training(Edi­tor’s Note: Hat tip to co-author Tj Shors for bring­ing this fas­ci­nat­ing new study to our atten­tion)

It is wide­ly accept­ed that aer­o­bic exer­cise and med­i­ta­tion train­ing are use­ful behav­ioral ther­a­pies for reme­di­at­ing clin­i­cal symp­toms of depres­sion. How­ev­er, no study to date has assessed the com­bined effects of the two behav­ioral inter­ven­tions. Here, we present data indi­cat­ing that Read the rest of this entry »

Study points to growing cognitive gap between high-volume TV watchers and infrequent watchers

watching tv adultToo Much TV And Chill Could Reduce Brain Pow­er Over Time (NPR):

Researchers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cis­co checked in with 3,247 peo­ple for 25 years, start­ing when they were young adults…People who got lit­tle exer­cise or watched at least three hours of TV a day did worse Read the rest of this entry »

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