You said I got something to say. Then you got that look in your eye. You can hear Brad Arnold of the band 3 Doors Down singing “behind those eyes you hide.” The eyes tell a lot about our physical and emotional well-being. You may have heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. Now scientists believe that the eyes can also tell if someone has schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a complicated disorder that affects the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, and perceives reality. This disabling condition leaves its victim frightened and withdrawn. A recent research publication in Biological Psychiatry informs us that eye movements are associated with schizophrenia. Simple viewing patterns can detect abnormalities of eye movement that allow doctors to discriminate schizophrenia from control subjects with surprising precision.
Most people are born with the ability to digest lactose -- the major carbohydrate in milk. But, as they age, many people lose this ability and report lactose intolerance, which can significantly impair quality of life owing to uncomfortable symptoms. A new study reports, however, that, while the inability to adequately digest lactose is a true physiological condition for some, many suffer from symptoms that may be more psychological than physiological.
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.
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