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Alzheimer’s Disease: Dutch Village Doubles as Nursing Home

Alzheimer’s Disease: Dutch Village Doubles as Nursing Home

Isabel van Zuthem(AMSTERDAM) — A Dutch village dubbed “The Truman Show” for dementia patients is getting praise from Alzheimer’s experts in the U.S.The tree-lined streets of Hogewey, a tiny village at the edge of Amsterdam, boast shops, restaurants, a…

A New Way to Detect Alzheimer’s?

A New Way to Detect Alzheimer’s?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new drug may help doctors give patients suffering from Alzheimer’s-like symptoms some clarity they desperately want: a conclusive diagnosis.On Friday, the FDA approved Eli Lily’s Amyvid to help doctors …

Happiness Isn’t Always What It’s Cracked Up to Be

Happiness Isn’t Always What It’s Cracked Up to Be

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — “Don’t worry, be happy” may seem like good advice, but studies show that being too happy can actually backfire on you.Yale University psychology professor June Gruber pulls no punches in re…

Cancer Diagnosis Ups Risk of Suicide, Cardiovascular Death

Cancer Diagnosis Ups Risk of Suicide, Cardiovascular Death

Monkey Business/(BOSTON) — The shock of a cancer diagnosis can have deadly consequences, according to a new study that linked the diagnosis to an increased risk of suicide, heart attack and stroke.The Swedish study followed more than 6 million adult m…

JetBlue Pilot Rage Likely Not Panic; Drugs or Brain Tumor Possible

JetBlue Pilot Rage Likely Not Panic; Drugs or Brain Tumor Possible

Scott Olson/Getty Images(AMARILLO, Texas) — Clayton Osbon, the pilot who was subdued aboard JetBlue flight 191 after going into a rage, may have had a toxic reaction to infection, drugs or even an encephalitic event caused by a brain tumor.On a routin…

What’s the Happiest Age of All?

What’s the Happiest Age of All?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new survey by Friends Reunited, a website in Britain, finds that the age of 33 seems to be just the time when people have it all together, at least according to folks over 40.Seventy-percent of the 40 and older cro…

‘Almost Alcoholic’: Close to the Real Thing, Says New Book

‘Almost Alcoholic’: Close to the Real Thing, Says New Book

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Many people live with physical conditions such as prehypertension or prediabetes that are not quite full-blown illnesses, and a new series of books argues that the same is true of mental health conditions.Millions of peo…

Psych Patient Charged with Murder After Roommate Dies

Psych Patient Charged with Murder After Roommate Dies

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Charges against a psychiatric patient who allegedly stabbed his hospital roommate have been upgraded to murder after the victim died of his injuries.Robert King, 53, died Saturday, a week after he was found bloody at t…

How to Memorize a Deck of Cards … and Other Brain-Training Tricks

How to Memorize a Deck of Cards … and Other Brain-Training Tricks

Digital Vision/ThinkstockBy ABC News’ Bill Weir(NEW YORK) — They say dogs have a short-term memory of about 20 seconds. Honestly? Mine is worse.Beyond the missing keys and repeated calls to directory assistance, that fact became even more evident when…

Denver Woman Accused of Faking PTSD to Dodge Jury Duty

Denver Woman Accused of Faking PTSD to Dodge Jury Duty

KMGB/ABC News(DENVER) — A Denver woman is facing felony charges for allegedly faking post-traumatic stress disorder to dodge jury duty.Susan Cole, 57, arrived for jury selection in June looking purposefully disheveled, wearing curlers in her hair and …

New Mom Charlize Theron Is Example of Parenting with OCD

New Mom Charlize Theron Is Example of Parenting with OCD

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — New mother Charlize Theron may have a tougher time than other new moms adjusting to her first child. That’s because she’s admitted to suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.”I have OCD, which is not fun…

‘Thinspiration’ Boards on Pinterest Encourage Eating Disorders

‘Thinspiration’ Boards on Pinterest Encourage Eating Disorders

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pictures of jutting bones, concave stomachs and toothpick thighs are sprinkled throughout a handful of boards on the visually-driven social networking site Pinterest, providing “thinspiration” for men and wome…

Online Grieving: Support a Keyboard Away

Online Grieving: Support a Keyboard Away

Zach Whiteman via Reddit(KOKOMO, Ind.) — On March 8, a young man marking a painful anniversary went to Reddit.com and posted three short sentences and a photograph depicting a heartbreaking story of young love nipped in the bud by cancer.”A year ago t…

Ashley Judd Keeps a ‘Psychological Support’ Dog to Help Deal With Her Depression

Ashley Judd Keeps a ‘Psychological Support’ Dog to Help Deal With Her Depression

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ashley Judd, who has re-emerged in a new role with a television series on ABC called Missing, opened up about dealing with her depression, her registered “psychological support” dog named Shug at her s…

Likelihood for Mental Health Problems Greater in Deaf People

Likelihood for Mental Health Problems Greater in Deaf People

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LINZ, Austria) — Seven per 10,000 people all over the world are severely deaf, according to The Lancet. Of students who suffer from hearing impairment, 25 percent have other disabilities such as learning or developmental issue…

Laughter Yoga: Smiling for Better Health?

Laughter Yoga: Smiling for Better Health?

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — Laughter yoga instructor Dawn Thurmond in Texas says laughter yoga techniques reduce stress and counteract depression.  Watch Here:

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Survey Reveals Most Optimistic US Metro Areas

Survey Reveals Most Optimistic US Metro Areas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When it comes to the 190 metro areas in the U.S., do you know whose residents are the most optimistic about where they live?If you picked Provo-Orem, Utah, you’d be correct. It ranked No. 1 with 76 percent of i…

Mental Health ‘Bible’ Criticized for Financial Conflicts of Interest

Mental Health ‘Bible’ Criticized for Financial Conflicts of Interest

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Controversy continues to swell around the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as DSM-5. A new study suggests the 900-page bible of mental health, scheduled for publica…

Could US Soldier’s Afghan Killing Spree Have Been Prevented?

Could US Soldier’s Afghan Killing Spree Have Been Prevented?

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Whether it was a psychotic break or an underlying mental illness that led a United States Army soldier to allegedly massacre 16 Afghan civilians — including women and children — is still unclear.But as military investigators rep…

Nearly Half of Children of Hoarders Fight Guilt, Depression

Nearly Half of Children of Hoarders Fight Guilt, Depression

Little sad girl (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — Life as a teenager is often chaotic and confusing. When the home — usually the most controllable, supportive place in teens’ lives — is bursting with piles of clutter, it can get…

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