Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

Football has taken a beating in recent years. Scandals, questions and deep-seated fears revolve around concussions and CTE, mental health and cognitive disorders that are believed to occur as a result of those concussions. By extension other youth contact sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey and even soccer have come under fire for the… Continue reading Do Youth Contact Sports Lead to Cognitive and Mental Health Problems?

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Infection Risk Doubled In PTSD Sufferers

PTSD is most commonly associated with military personnel returning from the battlefield or combat situations. However, with symptoms of PTSD being recognized in adults and teens with chronic stress, it is important to understand all the ramifications to the mind and body of the sufferer. To that end, a new study was undertaken by the… Continue reading Infection Risk Doubled In PTSD Sufferers

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Is it possible that maternal stress both during and before pregnancy can have a negative effect on the brain development in the baby? Yes, says new research from King’s College London. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, a research team headed by Alexandra Lautarescu, MRC Doctoral Researcher and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging Professor Serena… Continue reading Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Your Kids, Their Smartphones, Depression and Loneliness

Most people with functioning brains realize that excessive smartphone use isn’t good for your mental health. It seems like inherent wisdom that this is especially true for kids. Now, research out of the University of Arizona tells us what most of us “know” is true: an increased risk of depression, isolation and loneliness exists for… Continue reading Your Kids, Their Smartphones, Depression and Loneliness

Veterans Mental Health Issues Put Them At Higher Stroke, Heart Disease Risk

Many veterans face enormous stress while deployed. Even those not in the heat of battle are faced with significant performance challenges. Those challenges can negatively impact their mental and emotional health. Many veterans feel the effects of this long after their tours of duty end. Now new research from the Uniformed Services University School of… Continue reading Veterans Mental Health Issues Put Them At Higher Stroke, Heart Disease Risk

Stress and Anxiety Aren’t Always Bad For You

Stress. Anxiety. Ugh! We’ve been conditioned as human beings to believe that stress and anxiety are bad things, dangerous to mental, emotional and even physical health. But what if stress and anxiety had a brighter, more positive side? What if, at some level, both of these demons of modern life were actually good for us?… Continue reading Stress and Anxiety Aren’t Always Bad For You

Routine Football Hits Cause Damage to the Brain: Study

Football just can’t seem to catch a break. It seems like almost daily that another research study comes out warning of the dangers of football to the brain. We’ve learned to accept that big, crushing hits may cause concussions and other brain injuries. We’ve changed the rules, the helmets and our approach to blocking, tackling… Continue reading Routine Football Hits Cause Damage to the Brain: Study

Can Eating Dark Chocolate Help Prevent Depression?

Eating dark chocolate may positively affect mood and relieve depressive symptoms, finds a new UCL-led study looking at whether different types of chocolate are associated with mood disorders. The study, published in Depression and Anxiety, is the first to examine the association with depression according to the type of chocolate consumed. Researchers from University College… Continue reading Can Eating Dark Chocolate Help Prevent Depression?

Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 5 – Some Straight Dope on Weed and Your Teens

Everywhere you turn, it seems that someone is trying to convince you that marijuana – weed, cannabis, etc., – is not only not dangerous, but somehow good for you. I’m not talking about medical marijuana here. This is about recreational and casual marijuana. Government, media, lobbyists and those who will profit from legal cannabis are… Continue reading Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 5 – Some Straight Dope on Weed and Your Teens

Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

For many years, there has been debate about which kinds of programs offer the highest psychosocial benefits to kids – physical fitness programs or those geared toward art, music and relaxed social interaction. With youth depression, anxiety and obesity on the rise, this debate is now both timely and time-sensitive. Now, a study from the… Continue reading Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids