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Study disputes link between abortion and mental health problems

Study disputes link between abortion and mental health problems

By Rob Stein  | December 13, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Abortion, Alcohol and Drugs, Mental Health  
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Hallucinogen salvia has no short-term dangers, study says

A hallucinogenic drug that is apparently becoming increasingly popular is extremely powerful but does not appear to produce any adverse effects in the short term in healthy people, according to what researchers say is the first careful study examining the substance.

By Rob Stein  | December 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Drug Abuse, Mental Health, Neurological disorders, Psychology  
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Is that right? Facebook triggers asthma attacks?

If this all sounds a bit Shakespearean to you, note that there's a take-home message: Because stress is well known to exacerbate asthma, especially among people who are depressed, and as Facebook can be a source of social and emotional stress for so many, doctors treating people with asthma should be aware of Facebook's (and other social networks') potential role in triggering asthma attacks.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 19, 2010; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Asthma, Mental Health, Social Media, Teens  
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The downside of day-dreaming

We've all heard about how "living in the moment" is one of the keys to happiness. Well, some new research supports that idea, showing that people tend to be less happy when they let their minds wander. Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University are conducting an unusual study...

By Rob Stein  | November 11, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mental Health  
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Do abortions cause depression?

Teenagers who have abortions do not appear to be at increased risk for depression or low self-esteem, according to the first nationally representative study to examine the issue. Jocelyn T. Warren of Oregon State University and her colleagues analyzed data collected from 289 teenage girls who reported having at least...

By Rob Stein  | September 24, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Abortion, Kids' health, Mental Health, Motherhood, Pregnancy, Psychology, Reproductive Health, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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What's the key to happiness? Middle age, study says

Many people look forward with dread to their 50th birthday. That, of course, is when we officially become middle-aged. But some recent research has uncovered something that might be surprising about middle-aged people: They're actually happier.

By Rob Stein  | July 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Aging, Mental Health, Psychology  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Weight gain hurts memory, research says, Rob Stein , July 21, 2010
Is moving a lot bad for kids? , Rob Stein , June 16, 2010
Which comes first, depression or weight gain?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 15, 2010
Are allergies linked to depression?, Rob Stein , May 26, 2010
Dads get postpartum depression too , Rob Stein , May 19, 2010
On Shakespeare, medicine and modern nutrition, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 29, 2010
Chocolate and depression linked, but how?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 26, 2010
Big study questions 'brain training', Rob Stein , April 21, 2010
Wars' toll on military kids, Rob Stein , April 14, 2010
Do IVF babies grow up healthy? , Rob Stein , February 17, 2010
Which diet makes you happy? , Rob Stein , November 11, 2009
Sneezes spread paranoia , Rob Stein , November 4, 2009
In pain? Look at photos of your children, Rob Stein , October 28, 2009
The Health Hazards of Pessimism, Rob Stein , August 13, 2009
Is IQ Linked to Longevity?, Rob Stein , July 2, 2009
Can Your Marriage Make You Sick?, Rob Stein , March 5, 2009
Can Tetris Treat PTSD?, Rob Stein , January 8, 2009
A Dangerous Web, Frances Stead Sellers , April 11, 2008
 
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