Eating disorders cover a range of conditions that involve either too much or too little food intake. Many cases of eating disorders are associated with mental health and psychiatric conditions and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among mental illnesses. Unfortunately, many eating disorders go unrecognized and undiagnosed – and untreated. Now, a new study sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that teenagers and young adults with eating disorders present to the emergency department (ED) at higher rates than previously thought. This provides an opportunity for emergency physicians to identify risk factors and symptoms associated with eating disorders and offer early intervention and treatment.
Nature is full of wonder and splendor. Its beauty enriches the senses, calms the spirit, and challenges the mind. Once believed to have more subjective than objective benefits, scientists are beginning to quantify the tangible benefits of being exposed to the environment. According to a new study, "take a hike" may become a clinical, rather than an insulting, directive.
You need to pass a test to drive a car. You must obtain a license to engage in many professional activities and occupations. You must fill out what seems like reams of paperwork just to get your mail delivered to a new address. But, want to have a child? No problem. No test, no license. No experience necessary. Still, parents are undoubtedly the most significant influences in a child’s life. A new study evaluated parents’ knowledge of child development and effective parenting and concluded that the more parents know, the better off their children are.
No cognitive state has been more misunderstood over the course of human history than dreaming. Dream science is affected by medical, psychological, social, and sleep variables, and the methodologies used to study dreams are inconsistent, at best. Still, dreaming is an important component of the human experience and the more we learn about dreaming, the more we can unlock the mysteries of the mind.