Mental Health


Autismribbon-052715.jpg Researchers are testing whether MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug Ecstasy, may be a useful treatment for social anxiety in adults with autism. The drug has previously been thought to boost confidence and heighten understanding of social cues, according to researchers from Stanford University and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

Depressed-052215.jpg Men with sleep apnea may be at a greater risk for depression than those without the condition, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. For the study the researchers examined health records from 860 men between the ages of 35 to 83 with an average age of 60. Over the course of the five-year study the researchers tested each of the men for depression.

Insomniacs may have a lower tolerance for pain than people who do not consider themselves insomniacs. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen examined over 10,000 adults who reported their sleep levels and perceived insomnia. The subjects then underwent a standard pain sensitivity test in which they had to hold their hand in cold water for a set amount of time.

Autismribbon-051415.jpg A new study has collected data on the possible reasons why boys are diagnosed with autism more frequently than girls. In the study, the researchers from UC Davis suggest that girls with autism have a far different brain anatomy than girls without the condition and this variation is much wider than in boys on either side of the spectrum.

Nervous-050815.jpg Some 17.1 million children in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness — and the vast majority are not getting treatment, according to a new report released by the Child Mind Institute. The report shows that as many as 80 percent of children with diagnosable anxiety disorders are not getting any treatment at all.

cheeseburgers-050815.jpg The urge to eat junk food snacks later at night may be the result of neural responses linked with addiction, according to a new study from researchers at Brigham Young University. For the study the researchers carried out MRIs on 15 otherwise healthy women who claimed to crave high calorie snacks late at night. They took over three-hundred brain images of each woman.

img2-143015.jpg Bullying at a young age could have more dire consequences than parental child abuse, according to a new study from researchers at the U.K.'s University of Warwick. For the study the researchers collected data from roughly 5,400 children in the U.S. and U.K. aged 7 to 13. They asked kids whether they had been the victim of child abuse, sexual abuse and/or bullying.

Autismribbon-042215.jpg There is no clear link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism, according to a new study from researchers at The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm in Falls Church, Virginia. For the study the researchers examined health records for about 96,000 kids, all of whom have older siblings.

Autismribbon-042215.jpg Adults with autism may struggle to find work opportunities, according to a new study from researchers at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University in Philadelphia. About one in every 68 children develop the condition and the new data reveals that about one in ten adults with autism is unemployed.

Depressed-042215.jpg Mindfulness therapy may be as effective as antidepressants for some patients, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Oxford. For the study the researchers studied 424 depression patients, half of whom took industry standard medications while the other half used mindfulness therapy.

A new study ties antidepressants to a higher risk for first-time seizures in people being treated for depression. The study, presented at the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) 23rd Congress, says that the kinds connected to the worse odds of having a first seizure were SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SNRIs, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors and others.

Marijuana-021915.jpg A marijuana extract may help reduce the frequency and strength of seizures in people with severe epilepsy, a new study has found. The study, which took place over twelve weeks at New York University's Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, examined 137 people (aged toddler to adult) who had severe epilepsy.

sleep-041715.jpg Heavy snoring and sleep apnea may be linked with earlier decline in memory and cognition, according to a new study from researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center. For the study the researchers reviewed health records for over 2,000 patients between the ages of 50 and 90. The patients were classed as either free of any memory problems, having early forms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Tylenol-040215.jpg Acetaminophen has long been used to control minor pains but it may also dull emotions, according to a new study from researchers at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. For the study the researchers enlisted 80 college students to take either a 1000mg dose of the drug or a placebo. Each of the study participants were then shown a series of photographs.

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