Posts made in May, 2013

Parents DO Influence Teen Use of Illicit Substances

»Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A new report finds that more than 20 percent of parents believe — perhaps wrongly — that they have little influence on whether or not their teen uses drugs, tobacco or alcohol. In fact, studies have shown that teens do listen to parents; substance use is significantly lower among teens whose believe their parents strongly disapprove of substance use. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discovered one in 10 parents said they did not talk to their teens about the dangers of using tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. That is despite the fact that 68 percent of these parents who had not spoken to their children thought they would influence whether their child uses drugs if they spoke to them. Despite the significant...

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Anxiety Can Hobble Men in Job Interviews

»Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

New research suggests that anxious people perform poorly in job interviews, with men having much more trouble than women. “Most job applicants experience interview anxiety prior to and during interviews,” said University of Guelph psychology professor Dr. Deborah Powell, who conducted the study with Ph.D. student Amanda Feiler. Anxiety often shows up as nervous tics, difficulty speaking and trouble coming up with answers, all of which are known to influence hiring outcomes, she said. While men are no more anxious than women during job interviews, they experience significantly greater impairments from anxiety, find the authors. The study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, involved 125 undergraduate students who participated in a...

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Study Supports Insomnia as Risk Factor for Depression

»Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Emerging research suggests a link between insomnia and dysfunctional emotional regulation. Investigators discovered neurobiological evidence for dysfunction in neural circuitry, a finding that may have implications for relationship between insomnia and depression. As many as 10 to 15 percent of adults have an insomnia disorder with distress or daytime impairment, and nearly 7 percent of the U.S. adult population suffers from major depressive disorder. Both insomnia and depression are more common in women than in men. “Insomnia has been consistently identified as a risk factor for depression,” said lead author Peter Franzen, Ph.D. “Alterations in the brain circuitry underlying emotion regulation may be involved in the pathway for depression, and these...

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Home-based Sensory Exercises Can Benefit Autistic Kids

»Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

New research suggests performing simple sensory exercises at home may improve the behaviors of children with autism. The treatment, known as environmental enrichment, led to significant gains in behaviors among autistic boys between the ages of 3 and 12. Parents used everyday items such as scents, spoons and sponges to perform the sessions, said researchers from the University of California – Irvine. Study co-authors Drs. Cynthia Woo and Michael Leon randomly assigned 28 boys to one of two groups, balanced for age and autism severity. For half a year, all subjects participated in standard autism therapies, but those in one group also had daily sensory enrichment exercises. Parents of these children were given a kit containing household products to increase...

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Abuse of Anabolic Steroids Tied to Mental Health Problems

»Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A new study of elite male strength athletes finds a link between use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and mental health problems later in life. This is the main conclusion of a new University of Gothenburg study recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study included almost 700 former Swedish wrestlers, weightlifters, powerlifters and throwers who competed at the elite level sometime between 1960 and 1979. Twenty per cent of them admitted using steroids during their active careers. The purpose of the study was to look for links between AAS use and mental problems. “We found a clear link. AAS users were more likely to have been treated for depression, concentration problems and aggressive behavior,” said researcher and...

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