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Good doctors feel their patients' pain, literally


In a new study that helps illuminate why a good doctor-patient relationship is so important, researchers have found that doctors' brains respond to patients' experiences the same way they would respond to their own. The study was conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Early birds are healthier and happier than night owls, study finds


Several peer-reviewed studies have established that night owls tend to be more creative and independent-minded than early birds - a phenomenon that scientists have linked to the adaptation of living 'outside the norm.' However, according to scientists at the University of Toronto, early birds have the biggest reason to celebrate: Morning people tend to be healthier and far more content with their lives than evening people.

Antipsychotic Prescriptions in Children Have Skyrocketed: Study

The dramatic rise of antipsychotic prescribing in youth occurred in conjunction with the illegal marketing of the drugs by their makers, resulting in multibillion-dollar settlements with the government

Increased levels of vitamins and iron linked with better physical fitness during adolescence

In an article published online in the Journal of Applied Physiology on June 21, 2012, European researchers report better performance on tests of physical fitness among male and female adolescents who had higher blood levels of several nutrients.

Mammograms Have 'Limited or No Effect' on Breast Cancer Deaths: Study

With only a few weeks to go before the annual October rush promoting mammograms begins, a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute is raising some doubts on mammography's purported merits.

BP oil spill dispersants may have hurt Gulf of Mexico food chain, study finds

A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton -- some of the ocean's tiniest plants and creatures -- and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation's richest seafood grounds. Scientists who read the study said it points toward major future effects of the spill. One called its findings scary.