Mental Health


img1-091914.jpg Imaging technology can show how symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest in the brain, according to a new study. The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, identifies a specific opioid receptor in the brain linked to emotion that is also associated with a specific group of PTSD symptoms, including listlessness and emotional detachment.

migraine-111412.jpg Those who experience frequent migraines in middle age may be more likely to develop Parkinson's later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. For the study the researchers examined health records from 5,600 Icelandic adults between the ages of 33 and 65 over the course of 25 years.

img1-022414.jpg A new blood test could help detect depression in some adults, according to a new study from researchers at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. For the study the researchers administered the blood tests to 64 volunteers with follow-up diagnoses occurring after 18 weeks. "The longer this delay is, the harder it is on the patient, their family and environment."

brain-051713.jpg Schizophrenia may actually be a collection of up to eight different diseases, not just one as previously thought, according to researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. For the study the researchers analyzed DNA from over 4,000 different schizophrenia patients, taking note of any genetic modifications.

eatingdisorder-091514.jpg Some autoimmune diseases have been linked to the development of eating disorders, according to research conducted at the University of Helsinki. The study, published in the journal PLoS One, surveyed data on 2,000 Finnish patients suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders. The team found that roughly nine percent of patients suffering from eating disorders.

img1-042414.jpg A new study suggests that there may be a connection between memory loss and a rare blood type in later life. The study, published in Neurology, found that AB blood group people, about 4 percent of the population, are more likely to face memory loss problems when compared to those with other blood types or groups.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg A new study suggests that older adults who regularly use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). The study, published online in journal BMJ, examined the histories of nearly 1,800 older adults with Alzheimer's.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Parents who engage in therapeutic play with children exhibiting early signs of autism may reverse the trends, according to research conducted at UC Davis. The study, published in the journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, tested a play program on seven kids aged 6 to 15 months. The team found that using a therapeutic play program helped six of the seven kids normalize their learning.

marijuana-122012.jpg Women may be more susceptible to the effects of marijuana than men, according to research conducted at Washington State University. The animal study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that the estrogen hormone makes women more sensitive to the effects of THC [tetrahydrocannabinol].

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.