Mental Health


brain-101112.jpg Damage from a stroke can be decreased with a dose of blot clot busting medication, according to research sponsored by the Dutch Heart Foundation. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, surveyed data on 500 stroke patients, 90 percent of whom were given the clot-busting medicine. After three months, 33 percent of those treated with the meds were able to live independently.

SmogNY-121814.jpg Exposure to smog during pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of autism in children, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health tracked 1,800 women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, charting their exposure to air pollution during pregnancy. The study's results are published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

depression-121614.jpg Antisocial behavior may be genetic, but some forms may also be triggered by environment, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Montreal and Uppsala University in Sweden. For the study, the researchers examined three different gene variants--MAOA, BDNF, and 5-HTTLPR. They found variants in each of the genes from kids that came from abusive environments.

Laughinggas-121614.jpg Nitrous Oxide, more popularly known as laughing gas, could be used to treat depression, according to research conducted at Washington University. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, tested the hypothesis on 20 people whose depression had not responded to more traditional treatments. Fourteen of 20 saw mild to significant mood improvements.

depression-090613.jpg A new study shows that the majority of people suffering from depression do nothing to treat it. The report, from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finds that women are more likely than men to be depressed at any age, and women between 40 and 59 years old had the highest rates of depression among the adults studied.

Memorylapse-021214.jpg Having a mid-life diagnosis of diabetes may increase the risk of losing cognitive skills later in life, according to research conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, surveyed data on 13,000 middle-aged adults over a period of 20 years.

ball-021214.jpg Mild injuries to the head, which are not registered as concussions, may be linked to changes in the brain, according to research conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, published in the , surveyed data on 24 high school football players (aged 16 to 18), whose practice and game play was tracked.

counselingstudent-112414.jpg Those who have attempted suicide in the past may be less likely to make another attempt if they undergo short-term psycho-social counseling, according to a new study from researchers at John Hopkins University. For the study the researchers examined the health records of 65,000 Danish citizens who had attempted suicide between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 2010.

Aspirin-072111.jpg Daily low doses of aspirin may not offer significant heart health benefits for the elderly, according to research conducted at the University of Shin-Oyama City Hospital in Tochigi, Japan. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed data on over 14,000 Japanese people aged 60 to 85.

iphone-111214.jpg Those who use mobile phones may be at a greater risk for certain types of brain cancer, according to research conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The study, published in the journal Pathophysiology, surveyed 1,380 patients with malignant brain tumors, and a similar group of people without tumors, then compared cell phone usage.