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Depression screens needed for teens

All teens should be screened for depression, even if they don’t necessarily show signs of the blues, an influential government panel is recommending, noting that the majority of afflicted teens aren’t diagnosed or treated even though there are effective therapies...

March 30, 2009 — Jordan Lite

What are video games good for? Possibly improving eyesight

People who have difficulty seeing traffic lights or cars at night,  facial gestures, or when a flame is burning on a stove often suffer from poor contrast sensitivity, a condition thought to be correctable, if at all, only by eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery...

March 29, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Psychotherapists trying to "treat" patients for homosexuality

One in 25 British psychiatrists and psychologists say they would be willing to help homosexual and bisexual patients try to convert to heterosexuality, even though there is no compelling scientific evidence a person can willfully become straight, and trying to force them to do so can cause serious psychological damage, researchers report this week in BMC Psychiatry ...

March 26, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

All about me: Ability to read one's own facial expressions may be sign of emotional health

SAN FRANCISCO—We may all have a little bit of Narcissus in us. If the mythological figure were a modern-day pretty boy—say a Brad Pitt or a Matt Damon--a neuroscientist might interpret the infatuation with self not as a tragic flaw, but rather as a normal manifestation of the functioning of the superior temporal sulcus, the inferior frontal gyrus or some other brain structure lifted straight out of TV's Grey’s Anatomy ...

March 23, 2009 — Gary Stix

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