Mental Health


suicideprevention-082914.jpg September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month during which we are urged to remember that "silence hurts us all." The campaign encourages everyone to fight the stigma of mental illness by reaching out to those who may need help and by sharing one's own experiences with mental health disorders. Many localities are scheduling walks, fundraisers or other activities to raise awareness.

Tiredstudent-082714.jpg Many schools across the U.S. are considering the efficacy of later starting times for junior high and high school populations, according to research conducted at the University of Minnesota and funded by the CDC. The study surveyed data on over 9,000 high school students in five Wyoming school districts.

sneeze-082114.jpg Colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase the risk of stroke in children, according to research conducted at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. The study, published in the journal Neurology, surveyed data on 2.5 million kids, 102 of whom had an ischemic stroke without a major infection such as meningitis or sepsis.

sleep-082114.jpg Older people sleep less because they have lost brain cells that can prevent disrupted sleep. In the new study, conducted by a team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of Toronto, researchers examined 1,000 healthy brains at age 65 until death, tracking their sleep patterns.

ChildhoodDisability-081914.jpg The rates of developmental and mental disabilities have jumped 21 percent among U.S. children, according to a new report. The 10-year study, published online in Pediatrics, studied parents' responses about children from birth through age 17 gathered in 2000-2011 government-conducted health surveys. Parents were asked about disabilities from chronic conditions.

heartbeat-081314.jpg The heart rhythms of those undergoing surgery could indicate potential stroke risk, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. For the study, the researchers reviewed health records of 1.7 million California residents that underwent inpatient surgery over a three-year period.

brain-081114.jpg Researchers have found that regardless of where an athlete gets hit on the head, concussions are serious in a new study. In this study, conducted at the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado at Denver and published in the journal, Pediatrics, researchers analyzed data taken from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study.

img1-022414.jpg A simple blood test could predict the risk of suicide, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. For the study the researchers focused specifically on one particular gene variant known as SKA2. While examining the brains of deceased mental illness patients, the researchers discovered that those who had died of suicide have low levels of the SKA2 gene variant.

depression-090613.jpg Those who suffer from clinical depression may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Rush University. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 1,764 adults over the age of 77. Over the course of the study 680 participants died and post mortems were carried out on 582.

Sleeping-012213.jpg Those who suffer from lack of sleep may be more likely to have distorted or false memories, according to research conducted at the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, surveyed data on 104 college students. The participants, split into two groups, were asked to look at pictures of a crime scene.

posttraumaticstress-062513.jpg American males who join the armed forces are more likely to have suffered some trauma as children compared to those American males who do not serve their country, according to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, surveyed data on over 60,000 men and women who were interviewed with the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

brain-101112.jpg Stroke incidence among seniors is down in the U.S., according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that seniors (aged 65 and over) has been on the decline for 20 years. The research team surveyed data on nearly 15,000 individuals.