Psychology :: Child health psychologists need to promote adult disease prevention

Many of the lifestyle habits that children and adolescents develop – eating a diet high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables, being physically inactive or sedentary, and experimenting with tobacco and alcohol use – can have a major impact on their health later in life. Given that, psychologists with expertise in children’s health and behavior should be taking more of a lead role in helping young people develop good lifestyle habits early on and preventing these problems from occurring, says a researcher from Georgetown University Medical Center.

Parkinson’s Disease :: Nicotine may improve quality of life for Parkinson’s disease patients

The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center announced research showing that intermittent nicotine treatment reduces medication-induced dyskinesias by as much as 50 percent in models of Parkinson’s disease. Lead by senior research scientist, Maryka Quik, Ph.D., the research will be published in an upcoming issue of the Annals of Neurology.

Smoking :: UK failing heavily addicted smokers, says RCP

The Royal College of Physicians said that the UK was failing to help heavily addicted smokers who find it the most difficult to give up. Speaking at the launch of a new College report ‘Harm reduction in Nicotine Addiction: Helping people who can’t quit’, Professor John Britton, Chair of the RCP Tobacco Advisory Group, called for a new approach in favour of harm reduction and said that there was far more that could be done to save lives:

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