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Behavior: Young Marijuana Users Pay Cognitive Price

Behavior: Young Marijuana Users Pay Cognitive Price By Ronni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, November 22, 2010 Marijuana smoking often starts in adolescence — and the timing could not be worse, a new study suggests. Young adults who started using the drug regularly in their early teens performed significantly worse on tests assessing brain […]

A Prescription for Abdominal Pain: Due Diligence

A Prescription for Abdominal Pain: Due Diligence by Perri Klass, The New York Times, November 22, 2010 The diagnostic term for this common and perplexing condition is “functional abdominal pain”: recurrent stomachaches, as the American Academy of Pediatrics put it in 2005, with no “anatomic, metabolic, infectious, inflammatory or neoplastic disorder” to explain them…. The […]

Behind the Facade, Post-Traumatic Stress

Behind the Facade, Post-Traumatic Stress by Karen Barrow, The New York Times, November 22, 2010 The disorder — in which a traumatic experience leaves the patient suffering from severe anxiety for months or years after the event — is often associated with battlefield combat and natural disasters. But as Dr. Frank Ochberg, a clinical professor […]

Genes as Mirrors of Life Experiences

Genes as Mirrors of Life Experiences by Benedict Carey, NY Times, November 8, 2010 For decades, researchers have ransacked the genetic pedigrees of people with mental illness, looking for common variations that combine to cause devastating conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The search has stalled badly; while these disorders may involve genetic disruptions, no […]

Risks: Smokers Found More Prone to Dementia

Risks: Smokers Found More Prone to Dementia By Roni Caryn Rabin, October 29, 2010, NY Times Middle-aged smokers are far more likely than nonsmokers to develop dementia later in life, and heavy smokers — those who go through more than two packs a day — are at more than double the risk, a new study […]