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Sometimes, adolescents just can't resist

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A University of Iowa study finds teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. Even when a behavior is no longer in a teenager’s best interest to continue, they will because the effect of the reward is still there and lasts much longer in adolescents than in adults. Story

Telemedicine: growth and uses

doctor using telemedicine technology

UI psychiatrist Jennifer McWilliams says telemedicine has increased psychiatric services in parts of the state that lack them, noting technology is helping address a shortage of doctors in rural areas and connecting specialists to those that need them immediately, including stroke patients. Story from: KWQC


Black says genetics, sociocultural expectations impact men and criminal activity

Men stand outside looking angry

Dr. Donald W. Black, professor of psychiatry at the UI Carver College of Medicine, says that genetics and sociocultural expectations regarding gender roles are likely two reasons why men commit more crimes, in a story on 11 reasons why men die sooner than women. Story from: MSN Healthy Living

MSN Healthy Living

Brain circuits link obsessive-compulsive behavior and obesity


A new study from the University of Iowa suggests the brain circuits that control obsessive-compulsive behavior are intertwined with circuits that control food intake and body weight. Story from: Science Daily

Science Daily

Black says misconceptions surround shopping addictions

An image of a woman's torso sitting on a chair surrounded by shopping bags in a story on compulsive shopping

Donald Black, a UI psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry who studies impulse-control disorders, says a number of misconceptions surround shopping addictions in a story on confessions of former shopaholics. Story from: MSN Money

MSN Money

UI experts help decode the neuroscience of fear and fearlessness

Illustration of a person running into a crocodile's mouth

A University of Iowa team showed that the amygdala is not the only gatekeeper of fear in the human mind in a paper published recently in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Story from: Psychology Today

Psychology Today

UI study discovers internal trigger for panic attack in the previously fearless


John Wemmie, a UI neuroscientist, shares insights from an experiment on how SM, a woman with a rare illness that damaged her amygdala and left her unafraid, recently experienced a panic attack, which may have practical value in the study of panic attacks. Story from: The New York Times

The New York Times

Human brain is divided on fear and panic

brain scans

Researchers at the University of Iowa say the human brain has a new, second gatekeeper that registers fear. The region, perhaps the brainstem, diencephalon or insular cortex, signals fear from internal dangers. The finding could lead to more precise treatment for people suffering from panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. Results appear in "Nature Neuroscience." Story

UI experts discuss mental health care in Iowa

John Hosp participates in roundtable discussion on mental health care in Iowa

James Potash, head of the Department of Psychiatry in UI Hospitals and Clinics, and John Hosp, chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the UI's College of Education, were two of more than a dozen experts who participated in a recent mental health roundtable discussion. Story from: KWWL


Anderson characterizes boys' eating disorders


Psychiatrist Arnold Andersen characterizes the factors in an under-recognized problem—boys' eating disorders. Story from: Jezebel



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