Sheri Van Dijk

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Sexual Health:

    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In books and movies, plots involving older men chasing much younger women abound.

    Now, new research suggests that the stereotype may be grounded in fact.

    In the study, psychologists looked at data on more than 12,000 people from Finl...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking nature walks with other people may lower your stress levels and reduce your risk of depression, a new study suggests.

    The study included nearly 2,000 participants from the Walking for Health program in England, which organizes nearly 3,0...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressants are commonly used to treat social phobia, but a new report argues that "talk therapy" is the better first option.

    In a review of 101 clinical trials, researchers found that "cognitive behavioral therapy" often helped people with s...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test may help identify people at risk for psychosis, a new study suggests.

    Psychosis, which includes hallucinations or delusions, is caused by severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, according to background information from the s...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A particular brain chemical may help people with Tourette syndrome suppress the disorder's characteristic "tics," scientists report. They hope their discovery paves the way to new therapies for the developmental neurological disorder.

    Tourette...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For people mired in grief after a loved one's death, a specially designed therapy may work better than a standard treatment for depression, a new study finds.

    The debilitating condition, known as complicated grief, is often mistaken for depress...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Allergy / Immunology:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people become more physically vulnerable during bereavement, new research shows.

    That's because the balance of stress hormones during bereavement changes with age, British researchers say. As a result, older people who are grieving are mo...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests.

    The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better understanding...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Imaging technology has shed new light on how certain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest in the brain, according to a new study.

    PTSD is a mental health condition that can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms, suc...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Positive messages about the health benefits of quitting smoking may help some people kick the habit, a new study suggests.

    Although smokers who think quitting will be difficult responded better to "loss-framed" messages about the harmful effec...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have the largest number of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are almost three times more likely to develop an addiction to food, a new study suggests.

    The findings don't prove a direct link between PTSD and women overeating or...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims.

    The test measures the levels of nine genetic indicators (known as "RNA markers") in the blood. The blood test could also determine...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims.

    The test measures the levels of nine genetic indicators (known as "RNA markers") in the blood. The blood test could also determine...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Mental Health:

    FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research involving stem cells may provide clues about the chemical basis for schizophrenia, scientists report.

    Brain cells of people with this chronic and disabling brain disorder give off higher amounts of three neurotransmitters linked to a...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sunny days may be linked to suicide rates, but in a complicated way, new research suggests.

    In a study of more than 69,000 suicides spanning 40 years, Austrian researchers found two distinct correlations between sun-filled days and suicide rates....Full Article