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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

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

Traumatic Brain Injuries Leave Women Prone to Mental Health Problems

Apr. 3, 2017 — Traumatic brain injuries affect the body’s stress axis differently in female and male mice, according to new research. The results could help explain why women who experience blast injuries face a ... 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

It's True: The Sound of Nature Helps Us Relax

Mar. 30, 2017 — Playing 'natural sounds' affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — A new study showed people who feel lonely are likely to report more severe symptoms from the common ... read more

Climate Change's Toll on Mental Health

Mar. 29, 2017 — When people think about climate change, they probably think first about its effects on the environment, and possibly on their physical health. But climate change also takes a significant toll on ... read more

Natural Chemical Helps Brain Adapt to Stress

Mar. 29, 2017 — A natural signaling molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain plays a critical role in stress-resilience -- the ability to adapt to repeated and acute exposures to traumatic ... 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

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