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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Tending the Caregivers

Apr. 12, 2017 — Mothers who work as healthcare professionals – physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners – can significantly reduce their stress levels and burnout by participating in close ... read more

Effective Communication from Doctors Could Reduce Anxiety for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration Patients

Apr. 10, 2017 — Highly effective current treatments for vision loss need to be allied with careful counseling to ensure patients maintain good psychological health as well as good vision, new research ... read more

Probiotics Benefit in Schizophrenia Shaped by Yeast Infections

Apr. 5, 2017 — In a small pilot study of men with schizophrenia, researchers say they have evidence that adding probiotics -- microorganisms, such as bacteria found in yogurts -- to the patients' diets may ... read more

Using Instagram Can Increase Adolescents' Closeness to Friends

Apr. 5, 2017 — Adolescents' use of Instagram actually strengthened the closeness of their friendships, new research has found. However, investigators warn that frequent use can also lead to an increase in ... read more

Less Fear: How LSD Affects the Brain

Apr. 4, 2017 — LSD reduces activity in the region of the brain related to the handling of negative emotions like fear, research shows. These results could affect the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression ... read more

Study Reverses Thinking on Genetic Links to Stress, Depression

Apr. 4, 2017 — For years, scientists have been trying to determine what effect a gene linked to the brain chemical serotonin may have on depression in people exposed to stress. But now, analyzing information from ... read more

A New Blue Gene: NKPD1 Variant Increases Depression Risk

Apr. 4, 2017 — A study of people from an isolated village in the Netherlands reveals a link between rare variants in the gene NKPD1 and depressive symptoms. The study helps researchers understand the molecular ... read more

Disrupted Brain Pathway, Altered Stress Hormones Key to TBI Impact Differences in Men, Women

Apr. 3, 2017 — The brains of men and women are wired differently, and when it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), women are more likely to develop subsequent neuropsychiatric disorders, like anxiety, ... read more

Stress a Common Seizure Trigger in Epilepsy, Study Affirms

Apr. 3, 2017 — The relationship between stress and seizures has been well documented over the last 50 years. A recent review article looks at the stress-seizure relationship and how adopting stress reduction ... read more

Late Sleep-Wake Time Preference Linked to Depression in Individuals With Diabetes

Apr. 3, 2017 — People with type 2 diabetes who are “night owls” and prefer the evening for activity report having more symptoms of depression than those who are early to bed and early to rise, regardless of the ... read more

Balance Test Improves Insight Into Illness in Schizophrenia

Mar. 30, 2017 — A common symptom of schizophrenia -- not knowing that you're ill -- can be temporarily alleviated using a balance test that stimulates part of the brain with cold water, an exploratory study has ... read more

Alcohol Use in Veterans With Schizophrenia Less Common Than Thought; No Level Safe

Mar. 28, 2017 — US veterans who are being treated for schizophrenia are much less likely to drink any alcohol than the general population. But when they do misuse alcohol, it leads to worsening of their ... read more

Brain Stimulation Improves Schizophrenia-Like Cognitive Problems

Mar. 28, 2017 — A new study finds that stimulating the cerebellum in rats with schizophrenia-like thinking problems normalizes brain activity in the frontal cortex and corrects the rats' ability to estimate the ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — While it has long been known that maltreatment can affect a child's psychological development, new research indicates that the stress of abuse can impact the physical growth and maturation of ... read more

Evaluation Between Maternal Mental Health and Discharge Readiness

Mar. 28, 2017 — Mothers with a history of mental health disorders feel less ready for discharge from the NICU than with mothers without a mental health history, new research ... read more

Psychological Interventions to Cut Traumatic Memories: Tetris or Candy Crush?

Mar. 28, 2017 — The popular building-block computer game Tetris might be more than an idle pastime that keeps you glued to a screen. Playing it shortly after experiencing a traumatic event seems to block some of the ... read more

Cortisol Excess Hits Natural DNA Process and Mental Health Hard

Mar. 28, 2017 — High concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol in the body affect important DNA processes and increase the risk of long-term psychological consequences. These relationships are evident in a study ... read more

Emotion: An Important Link to HIV Prevention in Black Adolescents With Mental Illnesses

Mar. 27, 2017 — Could unique psychological factors that hamper emotional regulation help explain differences in HIV/STI risk-related sexual behaviors among heterosexually active black youth with mental ... read more

Researchers Warn of Hazards of Smoking and Need for Wider Use of Varenicline to Quit

Mar. 27, 2017 — More than 35 million Americans are trying to quit smoking. Researchers reassure clinicians and their patients that varenicline, whose brand name is Chantix, is a safe and effective way to achieve ... read more

Playing to Beat the Blues: Video Games Viable Treatment for Depression

Mar. 27, 2017 — Video games and 'brain training' applications are increasingly touted as an effective treatment for depression. A new study carries it a step further, though, finding that when the video ... read more

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