Jan 29, 2015

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study

When patients with Parkinson’s disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday. Underlining the power of expectations, the motor improvements, measured ...

Jan 27, 2015

Planning may start in the brain's amygdala, study finds

Thinking of a new career? Buying a home? Have you consulted your amygdala? These almond-shaped clusters of neurons deep in the brain may play a vital part in long-term planning, said a study published on Monday. Experiments conducted on lab monkey amygdala may also ...

Mother accused of setting newborn on fire in a road

Jan 18, 2015

Mother accused of setting newborn on fire in a road

A New Jersey woman who authorities say put her newborn girl in the middle of a road and set her on fire was charged Saturday with murder. Burlington County prosecutors said Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, of Pemberton Township, was jailed on $500,000 bail. Police responded ...

Jan 16, 2015

Impact of social media on stress is complicated, study says

Using digital technologies doesn’t directly cause stress, but social media can increase awareness of problems facing friends and family, and this stress is “contagious,” researchers said on Thursday. A report by the Pew Research Center and Rutgers University researchers concluded that the stress facing ...

Woman hopes Internet fame translates to TV

Jan 9, 2015

Woman hopes Internet fame translates to TV

A 170-kg North Carolina woman whose dancing video was seen by more than 6 million people online last year is trying to be the next reality TV star. The TLC network will premiere “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” on Tuesday. It is about Whitney ...

Jan 9, 2015

Indian official sacked for pulling 24-year sickie

An Indian public official has been sacked for taking leave 24 years ago and never returning to his desk in the country’s notoriously work-shy bureaucracy, the urban development ministry said Thursday. Assistant executive engineer A.K Verma went on leave in 1990 after joining India’s ...

Jan 8, 2015

Post-traumatic stress doubles diabetes risk in women

Women who suffer from post-traumatic stress are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women not affected by the disorder known as PTSD, a U.S. study said Wednesday. The research in the journal JAMA Psychiatry was led by public health scientists ...

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Dec 12, 2014

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist ...