Could Depression, Obesity and Chronic Pain All Be Treated by Suppression of One Protein?

Major depression, obesity and chronic pain are all linked to the effects of one protein, called “FK506-binding protein 51,” or FKBP51. Until now, efforts to inhibit this target have been hampered by the difficulty of finding something specific enough to do the job and not affect similar proteins. Now a research group has developed a… Continue reading Could Depression, Obesity and Chronic Pain All Be Treated by Suppression of One Protein?

Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

Scientists with the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report motor skills problems in children exposed during pregnancy to plasticizer chemicals known as phthalates that are widely used in personal care products like moisturizers and lipstick, as well as plastic containers and children’s toys. Results… Continue reading Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

The (Worst) Eating Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of

Eating disorders. The very phrase sounds awful. What does it take for one of the essential activities of life to become “disordered?” Doctors, nutritionists, psychiatric and psychological professionals and researchers have been digging in on that very subject for quite a while now. One thing they agree on is that, contrary to the statements of… Continue reading The (Worst) Eating Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of

Physical Activity Has a Positive Effect on Depression: Study

While many studies have found associations between greater levels of physical activity and lower rates of depression, a key question has remained — does physical activity actually reduce the risk of depression or does depression lead to reduced physical activity? Now a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has used a novel research… Continue reading Physical Activity Has a Positive Effect on Depression: Study

Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Talk to most parents and they’ll tell you their teenagers are “pretty normal.” Sure, they might throw in a complaint about moodiness, messiness or even a little recklessness, but other than that, normal. But what if normal isn’t okay? What if the “new normal” for teens is to be at risk of obesity, depression, anxiety,… Continue reading Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study

An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study from UC San Francisco suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious? Anxiety and depression may be leading predictors of conditions ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure… Continue reading Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study

The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you… Continue reading The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study