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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Gene Variants Involved in Stress Responses Affect 'Post-Concussive' Symptoms

Nov. 24, 2015 — Variations in a gene that affect the body's responses to stress influence the risk of developing so-called post-concussive symptoms after car crashes, reports a ... read more

Male Hormone Testosterone Cause of Sex Differences in Parkinson's Disease Risk, Study Suggests

Nov. 18, 2015 — Men are twice as likely as women to develop Parkinson’s disease. New research suggests that testosterone enhances the susceptibility of brain cells that control movement to damage from chemical ... read more

Liking on Facebook Good for Teens' Stress, but Being Liked...not So Much

Nov. 18, 2015 — Facebook can have positive and negative effects on teens levels of a stress hormone, say researchers. The study is one of the first in the emerging field of cyberpsychology to focus on the effects of ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Major depressive symptoms -- perceived stress, neuroticism, life dissatisfaction -- are associated with nearly twice the increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease among African-Americans. ... read more

Mother's Age at Birth May Influence Symptoms of Depression in Daughters

Nov. 17, 2015 — The daughters, but not the sons, of women who give birth at age 30 or older are more likely to experience symptoms of depression as young adults, according to new ... read more

Self-Help Books: Stressed Readers or Stressful Reading?

Nov. 17, 2015 — Consumers of self-help books are more sensitive to stress and show higher depressive symptomatology, according to a new study that recruited 30 participants, half of whom were consumers of self-help ... read more

Computer Assisted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Provides Little or No Benefits for Depression

Nov. 12, 2015 — Computer assisted cognitive behavioral therapy is likely to be ineffective in the treatment of depression because of low patient adherence and engagement, suggests the largest study of its ... read more

Innovative Health Program Reduces Depression, Unhealthy Weights in Teens

Nov. 9, 2015 — An innovative high school health program helped students maintain healthier weights and even alleviated severe depression for a full year after the program ... read more

People Routinely Attribute Moral Obligations to People Who Cannot Fulfill Them

Nov. 6, 2015 — New research debunks the age-old moral philosophy that if you are unable to do something, then you are not morally obligated to do ... read more

Feeling Feverish? It Might Be Stress

Nov. 6, 2015 — Psychogenic fever is a stress-related, psychosomatic condition that manifests itself in a high body temperature. It is caused by exposure to emotional events or to chronic stress. A new review ... read more

Better Options for People With Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

Nov. 6, 2015 — In real-world settings, patients with schizophrenia whose symptoms do not respond to standard antipsychotic medications have better outcomes if they are switched to clozapine instead of another ... read more

Brain Imaging Reveals Possible Depression Signature in Traumatic Brain Injury

Nov. 5, 2015 — Individuals with depression in addition to traumatic brain injury (TBI) are prone to poorer recovery, reductions in cognitive performance, greater functional disability, increased suicide attempts ... read more

Mindfulness Training Helps Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Nov. 5, 2015 — Training in meditation and other mindfulness-based techniques brings lasting improvements in mental health and quality of life for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), according to a ... read more

Expert System for Early Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Nov. 5, 2015 — The opinion of a qualified professional is unlikely to be replaced by a computer algorithm for the diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, additional medical evidence based on such an algorithm might be ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — In a study of nearly 1,300 returning veterans reporting reintegration problems, those who completed online expressive-writing sessions showed more improvements than peers who had not written at all ... read more

As Menopause Approaches, Fluctuating Estrogen Increases Sensitivity to Stress, Depression

Nov. 4, 2015 — If you're feeling a little blue during the transition to menopause, there's good reason. A study from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ... read more

Depression, Weight Gain in Pregnancy Linked to Sitting Down

Nov. 3, 2015 — A link between depression in pregnancy and long periods of sitting down has been identified by researchers. The study found those suffering from symptoms of depression during pregnancy are more ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Depressive thoughts are maintained for longer periods of time for people with depressed mood, and this extended duration may reduce the amount of information that these individuals can hold in their ... read more

New Genetic Risk Marker for Late-Life Depression

Nov. 3, 2015 — One of the most powerful predictors in neuropsychiatry is the epsilon 4 (?4) allele of the apolipoprotein gene (APOE). Individuals who carry this ?4 variant of APOE are at increased risk for ... read more

Lack of Exercise Linked to Alcohol Misuse

Nov. 2, 2015 — A large-scale survey of African-American men and women found that those who rarely or never exercised had about twice the odds of abusing alcohol than those who exercised frequently, a finding that ... read more

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