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July 27, 2016

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July 27, 2016

Diversifying Clinical Science to Represent Diverse Populations

July 20, 2016 — Despite increasing attention to issues of diversity in scientific research, participant populations in behavioral science tend to be relatively homogeneous. A special series in Clinical Psychological ... read more

Molecular Messenger Helps Mice Find New Friends

July 20, 2016 — Meeting new people can be both stressful and rewarding. New research suggests that a molecule involved in regulating stress in the brain may also help determine how willing we are to leave the safety ... read more

Is Schizophrenia a Disorder of the Immune System?

July 19, 2016 — Using data from the largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia, researchers have shed light on the role of the immune ... read more

Workplace Climate, Not Women's 'Nature,' Responsible for Gender-Based Job Stress

July 12, 2016 — A study by a sociologist subjected both men and women to the negative social conditions that many women report experiencing in male-dominated occupations. The result: men showed the same ... read more

Suicide Rate Is 22% Higher Among People With Epilepsy Than the General Population

July 12, 2016 — The suicide rate among people with epilepsy is 22 percent higher than the general population, according to a new ... read more

New Antidepressant Target Discovered

July 12, 2016 — Scientists have shown how manipulating a novel target in the brain using gene therapy could lead to new treatments for depression. Decreasing a set of proteins in the hippocampus reduced ... read more

Resilience Affects Whether Childhood Trauma Results in Harmful Gene Response

July 11, 2016 — In a first-ever study to identify how trauma affects gene expression among child soldiers, a research team has found resilience to be a key factor in determining individual response at the molecular ... read more

Scientists Link Bipolar Disorder to Unexpected Brain Region

July 8, 2016 — For the first time, researchers show that ensembles of genes within the striatum could be deeply involved in bipolar disorder. Most modern studies of bipolar disorder have concentrated on the ... read more

Antidepressants: Treatment for Bad Marriages?

July 7, 2016 — Psychiatrists nearly always responded with prescriptions for antidepressants when clients complained of bad marriages, according to a new study spanning 20 years at an American medical center. The ... read more

Critical Care Health Care Professionals Have High Rates of Burnout Syndrome

July 7, 2016 — A new report on burnout syndrome in critical care health care professionals gives key stakeholders guidance on mitigating the development of burnout syndrome and calls for initiating research to ... read more

Vision-Threatening Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy Associated With Higher Risk of Depression

July 7, 2016 — Researchers examined the association between severity of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema with symptoms of depression and anxiety in adults with ... read more

Brain Inflammation Linked to Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

July 7, 2016 — Patients with multiple sclerosis have higher rates of depression than the general population, including people with other life-long disabling diseases. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis arise from an ... read more

Effect of Palliative Care-Led Meetings for Families of Patients With Chronic Critical Illness

July 5, 2016 — Among families of patients with chronic critical illness, the use of palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings compared with usual care did not reduce anxiety or depression ... read more

Changes in Brain Networks May Help Youth Adapt to Childhood Adversity

July 5, 2016 — A new study reports a neural signature of emotional adaptation that could help researchers understand how the brain adapts to childhood adversity and predict which kids may be vulnerable to ... read more

Link Between Stress Hormone, Obesity in Depressed, Bipolar Patients

July 5, 2016 — Low levels of the stress hormone cortisol are linked to obesity, high levels of fat in the blood and metabolic syndrome among patients with recurrent depressions or bipolar disorder, according to a ... read more

New Study Examines Freud's Theory of Hysteria

July 5, 2016 — New research has studied the controversial Freudian theory that Hysteria, a disorder resulting in severe neurological symptoms such as paralysis or seizures, arises in response to psychological ... read more

Trauma Induces More Alcohol Craving Than Stress Among Veterans With PTSD and Co-Occurring Alcohol Dependence

July 1, 2016 — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence (AD) are two of the most common and debilitating disorders diagnosed among American military veterans. AD and PTSD often occur together, ... read more

Benefit of Art Therapy in Reducing Psychological Problems in Syrian Refugee Children

June 30, 2016 — Group art therapy shows promise in reducing a wide range of psychological symptoms commonly experienced by refugee children, according to a pilot study of Syrian refugee children living in ... read more

Childhood Binge Eating: Families, Feeding, and Feelings

June 28, 2016 — In order to put childhood binge eating into context, a new systematic review identifies two potential risk factors for binge eating in children under the age of 12. With family being the most ... read more

Antidepressant Does Not Reduce Hospitalization, Death for HF Patients With Depression

June 28, 2016 — Investigators have examined whether 24 months of treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram would improve mortality, illness, and mood in patients with chronic heart failure and ... read more

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