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Autismribbon-032615.jpg A newly discovered gene could hold the key to a specific form of severe autism found in some girls, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Institute of Genetic Medicine. The gene, called CTNND2, is central in the creation of the protein delta-catenin, which plays a large role in the nervous system.

smoke-032615.jpg Those who live in areas with higher degrees of smog in the air could be more likely to suffer from anxiety, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. For the study the researchers examined health records from 70,000 women across the U.S. Women who lived in the most air-polluted urban centers in the country were more likely to suffer anxiety.

Hammocknap-032415.jpg Taking short naps during the daytime could help boost brain power, according to a new study from researchers at Germany's Saarland University. For the study the researchers enrolled 41 participants to engage in a cognition test. The subjects were shown 90 single words and 120 word pairs and were asked to learn all.

Taking folic acid supplements could aid in the prevention of strokes, mainly among the patients of high blood pressure, a new study says. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed 20,000 adults in China having problems of high blood pressure. The patients also had a history of heart disease or stroke.

A new study reveals that the use of psychedelic drugs is not linked to mental health issues. The study, conducted by neuroscientist Teri Krebs from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and psychologist Pal-Orjan Johansen of EmmaSofia, followed 135,000 individuals, of which 19,000 admitted they consumed psychedelic drugs, over three years.

depression-031115.jpg Young people in rural American areas are at a higher risk of suicide than young people in urban areas. In a new study, researchers found that more than half of youth who committed suicide aged 10 to 24 between 1996 and 2010 did so with a firearm, with gun suicides three times more common in rural areas than in urban ones. The discrepancy has been credited to higher gun ownership in rural homes.

feet-030915.jpg A new study has found that people who suffer from gout have a lessened chance of developing dementia. The study, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers looked at a database involving the medical records of 3.7 million British patients over the age of 40, tracked between 1995 and 2013, looking specifically at two groups.

A brain protein that has previously been linked with Alzheimer's disease can now be traced in younger adults, according to a new study from researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. For the study the researchers analyzed brain tissue from 13 healthy people aged 20 to 66; 14 healthy people between 70 and 99; and 21 Alzheimer's patients between 60 and 95.

A new study says that people diagnosed with major depression are around three times more likely than the general population to commit violent crimes such as robbery, sexual offences and assault. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, tracked medical and crime records of 47,158 people in Sweden diagnosed with depression.

Elderly-021715.jpg Women may be at a greater general risk to develop dementia than men, according to a new study from researchers at Alzheimer's Research U.K. They found that women are not only more likely to develop the condition, but also tend to bare the social burden as caregivers more frequently. According to the study, women in the U.K. over 60 are twice as likely to develop dementia as breast cancer.

brain-021315.jpg A new form of stent deployed into the brain may be especially useful for some stroke victims, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Calgary. Unlike the more common heart stents, which prop open arteries, the brain stents trap and remove blood clots. With the new technique, doctors first diagnose severe blood clots in the brain and then deploy the stent via an incision.

Gay-Pride-021315.jpg Teenagers who come out about their sexual identity during their school years are more likely to have better self esteem than those who hide their identity during those years. Researchers at the University of Arizona surveyed 245 LGBT people aged 20-25 about how open they had been about their sexuality in high school.

Chronicfatigue-021015.jpg The medical condition previously known as chronic fatigue syndrome has been renamed as "systemic exertion intolerance disease." A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University proposed the new name and is making a push to end the common misconception that the condition is psychological and not physical. The condition's new name was revealed earlier this week.

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