November 2012 Research to Help Live and Feel Better

Social Bullying Prevalent in Children’s Television 

A new research study led by an Indiana University professor has found that social bullying is just as prevalent in children’s television as depictions of physical aggression. 

Over 65s at Increased Risk of Developing Dementia With Benzodiazepine, Study Suggests 

Patients over the age of 65 who begin taking benzodiazepine (a popular drug used to treat anxiety and insomnia) are at an approximately 50% increased risk of developing dementia within 15 years compared to never-users, a study published today on bmj.com suggests. 

Marathon Runners May Be at Risk for Incontinence 

While many marathon runners may be preoccupied with shin splints, chafing and blisters come race day, one thing they may not consider is their bladder health. 

Testosterone Increases Honesty, Study Suggests 

Testosterone is considered THE male hormone, standing for aggression and posturing. Researchers working with Dr. Armin Falk, an economist from the University of Bonn, have now demonstrated that this sex hormone surprisingly also fosters social behavior. In play situations, subjects who had received testosterone clearly lied less frequently than individuals who had only received a placebo. 

Neuroimaging Technique Captures Cocaine’s Devastating Effect On Brain Blood Flow 

Researchers from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University have developed a high-resolution, 3D optical Doppler imaging tomography technique that captures the effects of cocaine restricting the blood supply in vessels — including small capillaries — of the brain. The study, reported in Molecular Psychiatry, and with images on the journal’s October 2012 cover, illustrates the first use of the novel neuroimaging technique and provides evidence of cocaine-induced cerebral microischemia, which can cause stroke. 

Science Reveals the Power of a Handshake 

New neuroscience research is confirming an old adage about the power of a handshake: strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting. 

Drug Used to Treat Glaucoma Actually Grows Human Hair 

If you’re balding and want your hair to grow back, then here is some good news. A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal shows how the FDA-approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. It’s been commercially available as a way to lengthen eyelashes, but these data are the first to show that it can actually grow human hair from the scalp. 

Steroid Injection Linked to Increased Risk of Bone Fractures 

Patients treated with an epidural steroid injection for back pain relief are at increased risk of bone fractures in the spine, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. 

Advanced Cancer Patients Overoptimistic About Chemotherapy’s Ability to Cure, Study Finds 

Findings from a nationwide study led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute suggest that patients with advanced lung or colorectal cancer are frequently mistaken in their beliefs that chemotherapy can cure their disease.

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