Health News

Just the Blues or Depression?
You don't have the energy for much of anything - work or fun. Nothing seems exciting. Food either doesn't interest you or offers only a few minutes of comfort.
Protein May Increase Risk of Inherited Bipolar Disorder
A brain protein known as PCLO (pronounced piccolo) may increase risk of inheriting bipolar disorder, according to a new study.
Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicine
Laughing -- and laughing at others -- is a universal phenomenon. So, too, is the fear of being laughed at, according to a study from the University of Zurich.
Women Better at Letting Bygones Be Bygones
According to a new study from the University of the Basque Country, women are more apt to forgive than men, and parents are more likely to forgive than their children.
Off the Deep End
In patients with severe, treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), deep brain stimulation (DBS) may work, according to new research from Brown University.
Slippery Slope of Emotions
A new study explores the psychological impact of the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill last year that resulted in millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico for more than five months.
Not-so-Single and Loving It
A recent survey of couples who are married or cohabiting in the United Kingdom indicate they are paired up and loving it.
Getting By with a Little Help from Friends
Programs in which volunteers and patients share information about their depression symptoms appears to work as well as one-on-one cognitive behavioral therapy.
Changing Anxious Minds
Social anxiety -- a condition marked by heightened fears of interacting with others and of being harshly judged -- responds to psychotherapy, changing the way the brain looks in medical scans.
Risk Assessments
Children of alcoholics face a steep uphill battle -- against their at-home environment, their families, even their genetics. Fortunately there is more awareness and research devoted to alcoholism's effects on children than ever before.