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Violent Video Games Shut Down Teenagers Reasoning while Increasing Emotional Arousal

Violent Video Games Shut Down Teenagers Reasoning while Increasing Emotional Arousal

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Adolescents that played violent video games had a lasting effect on the way their brain worked. They had a sustained increase in activity in the area of the brain that is responsible for emotional arousal. The teens also had a decrease in activity in the area of the brain that is used in executive function which is related to control, focus, and concentration. The study was first presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"Our study suggests that playing a certain type of violent video game may have different short-term effects on brain function than playing a nonviolent—but exciting—game," said Vincent P. Mathews, M.D., professor of radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Parenting Teenagers – Teen Eating Disorders

Parenting Teenagers – Teen Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders have long been a serious problem among people of all ages. However, this disease usually begins somewhere in the pre-teen stages of life, and although many adolescent boys suffer with this disorder, it usually affects and is much more severe in young girls.

People who do suffer from an eating disorder like to place blame on factors such as television and family life-styles. Although these situations do influence eating disorders, the basis for this disease lies within the person whom it is affecting.

Most girls and boys who suffer from an eating disorder usually are unhappy with themselves and their own performance in life. With girls, eating disorders may arise if they do not succeed in activities such as cheerleading or gymnastics, or if they do not seem to attract the attention of boys. Many girls believe that they cannot be beautiful unless they are thin, sometimes due to naturally thin girls that surround them both in real life and in fashion. For boys, causes may also result from sports that are weight orientated like wrestling.

Nerve Damage – Polymer with Dopamine could aid in regrowth and reconnection of Damaged Tissue

Nerve Damage – Polymer with Dopamine could aid in regrowth and reconnection of Damaged Tissue

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Researchers from Georgia Tech / Emory have found a novel way to reconnect and regrow damaged nerves with the use of polymers with dopamine. By integrating dopamine into the polymer it could be implanted to stimulate nerve tissues to send out new connections. The final goal would be to implant the new polymer into patients that have neurological disorders which could coax the body into repairing the damaged nerves. The research was first reported in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scinces (PNAS).

Yadong Wang, a chemist and assistant professor at the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University thought of the idea to reconnect neurotransmitters that communicate with the brain and the rest of the body by repairing the broken circuit with an implanted polymer. He then found that he could incorporate the dopamine into the polymer which caused the nerve tissue to regrow and reconnect with the target organ.

5 Tips For Successful Meditation

5 Tips For Successful Meditation

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Meditation is an art that takes a certain degree of consistency, but almost anyone can find time to meditate, no matter how busy your days may be. Meditation takes little to no preparation time if you follow a few rules, so in less than a half hour, you can meditate and continue on with your normal daily schedule. Remember, meditation is all about being relaxed.

First, find a convenient and appropriate place and time for meditation. Many people choose to participate in a class or meditate with a more experienced person (commonly known as a guru). However, if this is not possible, you can still meditate and achieve great results. The place you select for meditation should be away from wherever you typically do your work—i.e., don’t meditate at your desk if you can help it. Also avoid any areas that are noisy or otherwise distracting. Not all outside distractions can be cut from your life, but try to keep them to a minimum.

Forest Labs Bogged Down With Celexa Legal Woes

Forest Labs Bogged Down With Celexa Legal Woes

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According to Forest Laboratories Annual Report for the year ending March 31, 2006, the company's antidepressant franchise, consisting of Celexa and Lexapro, accounted for 68% of the company's sales.

But the flip-side of the coin is that Forest Labs is currently facing a wide variety of legal problems involving civil lawsuits and government investigations that could result in fines and damage awards that will off-set the profits from its top selling drugs for many years to come.

Celexa and Lexapro belong to the relatively new class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Celexa was developed by the Danish pharmaceutical firm, H. Lundbeck A/S and was introduced into the US market by Forest Laboratories and Parke-Davis in September 1998.

According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC on June 14, 2006, Forest Labs is a defendant in approximately 25 active product liability lawsuits, with most of the complaints alleging that Celexa or Lexapro caused or contributed to persons committing or attempting suicide.

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