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Efficacy of herbal remedies for managing insomnia
Over-the-counter herbal remedies are often used to treat insomnia, but surprisingly, very little research has been done to study their efficacy, according to an article in Alternative and Complementary Therapies. (2012-07-18)

Study reveals 'secret ingredient' in religion that makes people happier
While the positive correlation between religiosity and life satisfaction has long been known, a new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review reveals religion's (2010-12-07)

'Quality of life' therapy improves health during cancer treatment, Mayo Clinic finds
Therapy to ease stress, fatigue and other quality of life issues significantly improves patients' sense of well-being during cancer treatment, new Mayo Clinic research shows. Patients who kept to their standard routines showed a decline in quality-of-life measures, the study found. The findings are published this month in Cancer. (2013-02-18)

Lee M. Silver to discuss new book, Challenging Nature, at Stevens
The Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology presents a talk by Professor Lee M. Silver, Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. (2006-02-23)

Jumping to your death? Motivations of extreme sports
Researchers have debunked the myth that extreme sportsmen and women are adrenalin junkies with a death wish, according to a new study. The research has been published in the latest edition of Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice by QUT Adjunct Professor Eric Brymer, who is currently based at Leeds Beckett University in the UK, and QUT Professor Robert Schweitzer. (2017-05-09)

Media alert: press briefings and special sessions at the GSA's Annual Meeting
The Gerontological Society of America will hold its 2002 Annual Meeting in Boston, November 22-26. In the 400+ conference sessions, experts will present new research on the hot topics of aging. This multidisciplinary meeting will draw more than 3,000 students, researchers, and practitioners in biological sciences, clinical medicine, behavioral and social sciences, and social research, policy, and practice. (2002-11-14)

Why pilgrims flock to the Holy Land
'Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage' (NYU Press, 2014) is the first in-depth study of the cultural and religious significance of American Holy Land pilgrimage after 1948, and the book sheds new light on a multi-billion-dollar industry that shapes how many American Christians practice their faith. (2014-08-26)

A reunion between science and spirituality
An internationally renowned group of visionaries and scientists join with the renowned systems theorist, Ervin Laszlo, in a new book, (2006-04-20)

Humans naturally cooperative, altruistic, social
A quick glance through today's news headlines seems to support the idea that humans by nature are aggressive, selfish and antagonistic. But researchers featured in a new book, (2011-09-08)

Study: Messages of stewardship affect Christians' attitudes about climate change
Christians' attitudes toward the environment and climate change are shaped by whether they hold a view of humans as having stewardship of the Earth or dominion over the planet, and reading material from religious sources advocating a stewardship interpretation can increase their concern for environmental issues, a new study found. (2019-03-11)

Video games can power up from merely fun to meaningful experiences
It may be game over for critics who claim that video games are nothing more than a fun diversion. A team of researchers suggests that many games can be meaningful entertainment experiences for players. (2015-04-15)

Happiness in schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is among the most severe forms of mental illness, yet some people with the disease are as happy as those in good physical and mental health according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. (2014-08-18)

Religion benefits traumatic brain injury victims, Wayne State University research finds
Brigid Waldron-Perrine, Ph.D., a recent graduate from Wayne State University, and her mentor, Lisa J. Rapport, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Wayne State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, found that if traumatic brain injury victims feel close to a higher power, it can help them rehabilitate. The study was recently published in Rehabilitation Psychology. (2011-06-28)

Study finds vaping prevention program significantly reduces use in middle school students
In response to the youth vaping crisis, experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) developed CATCH My Breath, a program to prevent electronic cigarette use among fifth - 12th grade students. Research published in Public Health Reports reveals the program significantly reduces the likelihood of e-cigarette use among students who complete the curriculum. (2020-01-30)

Latina women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer need more stress management tools
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers, along with collaborators at the University of South Florida, recently published a study about the attitudes and cultural perspectives of Latinas undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. The article also discusses their cancer experiences and the ways they manage stress associated with cancer. (2015-06-19)

CWRU study examines family struggles with anger and forgiveness when relative is dying
Watching a loved one die tests some family members' relationships with God or the higher being of one's faith. And the spiritual anger and resentment grow with the level of pain and suffering their family member endures, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University. (2013-02-18)

From the ethics of Dr. Frankenstein to preventing cardiovascular disease
More than 6,000 internists (adult medicine specialists), subspecialists, medical students and allied health professionals will meet in Philadelphia for Internal Medicine 2009, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians, April 23-25, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (2009-04-02)

Religion shown to steer adolescents away from pornography
Young people who attend religious services less likely to view porn. Sociology researchers Kyler Rasmussen and Alex Bierman examine impact of religion on pornography consumption habits. (2016-07-05)

Brief intervention reduces symptoms of depression
Taking a page from the treatment book on alcohol abuse, researchers from the University of Washington have successfully tested a brief, low-cost intervention to deal with depression, the No. 1 mental health problem in the United States. (2006-06-19)

LA BioMed researcher to receive Courage to Teach Award
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education will honor Christian de Virgilio, M.D., a principal investigator at LA BioMed, with its Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. (2010-11-08)

Meaningful leisure can mean many things
No matter what form your summer break takes, the benefits of leisure can be powerful. And, to get the maximum benefits, you don't have to take the ultimate holiday, said Temple University's Yoshi Iwasaki, who explores leisure and quality of life across cultures in the June issue of Social Indicators Research. Iwasaki compared Western leisure to non-Western and found that meaningful leisure that contributed significantly to quality of life, did not resemble popular Western ideas of leisure. (2007-06-21)

July/August 2004 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
The July/August 2004 Annals of Family Medicine focuses on patient safety. (2004-07-28)

Social support key to remission from suicidal thoughts for disabling chronic pain sufferers
A new nationally representative study from the University of Toronto found that almost two-thirds of formerly suicidal Canadians (63%) with chronic pain were free from suicidal thoughts in the past year. (2019-04-17)

Concussions in high school athletes may be a risk factor for suicide
Concussion, the most common form of traumatic brain injury, has been linked to an increased risk of depression and suicide in adults. Now new research published by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) suggests high school students with a history of sports-related concussions might be at an increased risk for suicide completion. (2019-11-25)

New ecopsychology journal will premiere in spring 2009
Ecopsychology -- an emerging field that explores the psychological origins of environmental issues and ways in which ecology and psychology interact on individual, societal and global levels -- is the focus of a new online peer-reviewed journal, Ecopsychology to be launched by publisher Mary Ann Liebert Inc. this spring. (2009-03-20)

Survey reveals misperceptions about Alzheimer's among African-American and Hispanic caregivers
African-American and Hispanic caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease are significantly more likely than caregivers of other races to consider the disease a normal part of the aging process and dismiss its symptoms as part of getting older, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's second ICAN: Investigating Caregivers' Attitudes and Needs survey. (2007-03-14)

Young black children's development affected by messages on race
How young black children learn about race may affect their cognitive and behavioral development, suggest study results. (2002-09-17)

Support for adjunctive vitamin C treatment in cancer
Serious flaws in a recent study, which concluded that high doses of vitamin C reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapeutic drugs in the treatment of cancer, are revealed in the current issue of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, a journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. (2009-03-05)

Religious service attendance associated with lower suicide risk among women
Women who attended religious services had a lower risk of suicide compared with women who never attended services, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-06-29)

Why are children at higher risk for negative health effects of environmental toxins?
Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental toxins and a detailed look at how and why, and what can be done to protect children's health, is presented in a two-part article published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies. (2013-01-09)

The forever war on terror: Dilemmas and choices
Sens. John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all presented their plans to fight the (2008-06-10)

Songs in the key of colonialism
A UCSB historian's new book reveals the role of music in the subjugation and liberation of African culture. (2016-01-28)

The role of spirituality in treating postpartum depression in mothers of color
Churches and other faith-based communities are an untapped resource that health-care providers should consider when suggesting treatment options for African-American and Latina mothers who have histories of postpartum depression (PPD), according to the findings of a newly published study by a University at Buffalo-led research team. (2016-12-06)

Regularly attending religious services associated with lower risk of deaths of despair
People who attended religious services at least once a week were significantly less likely to die from 'deaths of despair,' including deaths related to suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2020-05-06)

Risks of mixing drugs and herbal supplements: What doctors and patients need to know
Herbal, dietary, and energy or nutritional supplements may offer specific health benefits, but they can also have harmful and even life-threatening effects when combined with commonly used medications. (2012-05-01)

UTSA researcher studies the impact religion has on sleep quality
Christopher Ellison, in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Sociology, Terrence D. Hill, associate professor of sociology at the University of Arizona and Reed T. Deangelis '15 '17, a UTSA alumnus and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published a study analyzing how religious practices impact sleep quality in Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. (2018-06-13)

Brain images reveal first physical evidence that AA prayers reduce cravings
Members Alcoholics Anonymous who recited AA prayers after viewing drinking-related images reported less craving for alcohol after praying. (2016-05-12)

Study: Memory problems, emotional stress result in early readmissions of heart patients
Heart patients' mental state and thinking abilities may help predict whether costly and potentially dangerous early hospital readmission will follow their release after treatment, according to the results of a significant new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers. (2013-09-17)

Moffitt researchers: African-American couples have unmet needs when affected by prostate cancer
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have found that in African-American families where men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, they have unmet psychosocial needs that affect their survivorship, as well as family and social relationships. (2012-06-11)

Scientific societies support teaching evolution
Executive Committees of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) are concerned by President Bush's support for teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in K-12 science classes and have issued a position statement in support of teaching evolution. (2005-08-15)

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