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May 28, 2016

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May 28, 2016

Lipid Testing Underutilized in Adults Taking Antipsychotic Medications

May 24, 2016 — Too few adults taking antipsychotic medications are being screened for abnormalities in lipids, which include cholesterol and triglycerides, new research finds. The biggest gap in screening is among ... read more

Refugee Children's Academic Outcomes Similar to Non-Refugee Peers Despite Learning Challenges

May 19, 2016 — Refugee children had similar academic success as other children if adequately supported, despite having more behavioral and emotional problems overall, a comprehensive review has ... read more

Support from Family, Friends Important to Helping Prevent Depression in Teenagers

May 19, 2016 — The importance of friendships and family support in helping prevent depression among teenagers has been highlighted in new research. The study also found that teenagers who had grown up in a ... read more

People With ADHD Don't Receive Enough Support, Finnish Research Suggests

May 19, 2016 — The aim of a new study was to collect and describe the experiences of Finnish families in which the symptoms of ADHD such as attention deficit, hyperactivity and impulsiveness are strongly present. ... read more

May 18, 2016 — New research demonstrates the effectiveness of ketamine to treat depression in a mouse model of the disease. The brings together two hypotheses: 1) that depression results from deficits in GABA ... read more

From Drug of Abuse to a Glimpse Into Depression

May 18, 2016 — Ketamine, a synthetic analogue of PCP, has recently taken the spotlight as a novel, fast-acting antidepressant. However, experts say that more research on usage of ketamine as an antidepressant is ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Differences Found in Psychiatric Diagnoses, Treatment, According to Researchers

May 18, 2016 — Non-Hispanic blacks are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, but they're significantly less likely to receive medication for treatment, according to ... read more

Altered Purine Metabolism Linked to Depression

May 17, 2016 — People suffering from major depressive disorder may have altered purine metabolism, according to a new study. Purines are nitrogenous compounds that serve as building blocks for DNA and they also ... read more

Magic Mushroom Compound Psilocybin Could Provide New Avenue for Antidepressant Research

May 17, 2016 — Psilocybin -- a hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms -- may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new ... read more

Infants Whose Mothers Have Taken SSRI Antidepressants Are More Likely to Have Decreased Birth Weight, Gestational Length

May 17, 2016 — Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has a significant association with lower birth weight and gestational length, research concludes. This was found to be in cases ... read more

Prenatal Stress Could Enhance Protective Mechanisms of Babies

May 13, 2016 — Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies. Psychologists report that certain epigenetic adaptations in newborns suggest this ... read more

Can a Smartphone Application Help Treat Anxiety and Depression?

May 13, 2016 — Researchers have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their ... read more

Size of Brain Region Is Associated With Response to PTSD Treatment

May 13, 2016 — A study has found that PTSD patients with a larger hippocampus -- a region of the brain key to distinguishing between safety and threat -- are more likely to respond to exposure-based therapy for ... read more

Depression Is Driven by Networks of Genes That Span Brain Circuits, Study Suggests

May 12, 2016 — Depression is a disorder that involves changes in coordinated networks of hundreds of genes across key brain circuits, according to a study. Researchers show through their work how tweaking gene ... read more

Online Therapy Effective at Treating Depression and Anxiety

May 12, 2016 — Providing an online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) program both alone and in combination with Internet support groups (ISG) is a more effective treatment for anxiety and depression ... read more

Gene and Tonic: Genetic Link in Binge-Drinking Teens

May 12, 2016 — Scientists have identified the KALRN gene in a search to determine factors at play in underage alcohol ... read more

May 11, 2016 — Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms in children, a new study finds. The study is the first to look at what features of urban ... read more

Caregivers of ICU Survivors at High Risk of Developing Depression, Emotional Distress

May 11, 2016 — A new study focusing on caregiver outcomes of critically ill patients reveals that caregivers of intensive care unit (ICU) survivors, who have received mechanical ventilation for a minimum of seven ... read more

Children of Depressed Parents at High Risk of Adverse Consequences Into Adulthood

May 11, 2016 — The offspring of depressed parents have a higher risk for depression, morbidity and mortality that persists into middle age, the latest report from a 30-year study of families at high- and low-risk ... read more

Study Links Parental Depression to Brain Changes and Risk-Taking in Adolescents

May 10, 2016 — Parental depression contributes to greater brain activity in areas linked to risk taking in adolescent children, likely leading to more risk-taking and rule-breaking behaviors, a new study concludes. ... read more

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