Mental Health


IsraelDefenseForces-070115.jpg The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, may increase chances of heart attack and stroke in women, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 55,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study II, a long-term study of young women that began in 1989. In 2008, the researchers asked the women to fill out surveys about traumatic events they had experienced in the last 20 years.

brain-062315.jpg Weaker working memory can increase the risk of both early sexual activity and unprotected sexual involvement during adolescence, according to research conducted at the University of Oregon. The study, published in the journal Child Development, found that teens with weaker working memory - the brain system that helps make decisions - are more prone to risky behaviors.

football-062315.jpg High school football players are at double the risk for migraine headaches than their non-football playing brethren, according to two studies conducted at Norton Healthcare's Sports Concussion Program in Louisville and the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology. Seifert suggested that a new approach needs to be taken with at risk student athletes.

andrea-chroma-061115.jpg There may be a genetic link between creativity and mental illness, according to a new study from researchers at deCode Genetics. For the study the researchers first collected genetics data for 86,000 Icelandic citizens and then compared that data to 1,000 people who work in the arts in Iceland.

veg-060815.jpg A new study suggests that special diets and supplements may not help alleviate the symptoms of children with autism. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center analyzed the food diaries of 368 children ages two to 11, all diagnosed with autism. They found that the children with autism were consuming similar amounts of nutrients as those who did not have autism.

Cat-060815.jpg A parasite carried by cats may be linked to mental illness. Researchers have examined past studies and conducted a new study, all of which found a link between childhood cat ownership and the development of mental illness (including schizophrenia) later in life. They note that the parasite Toxoplasmosis gondii (T. gondii) is the most common parasite in developed nations.

Those diagnosed with type-2 diabetes may be at a decreased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, according to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. For the study the researchers reviewed health data collected by Danish researchers on 3,650 people in the Danish National Registers.

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.

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