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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Common Antibiotic May Help to Prevent or Treat PTSD

Apr. 4, 2017 — The common antibiotic doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative associations in the brain, according to new research. The study was a pre-registered, placebo-controlled, double-blind ... 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

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

Adults With Migraines Have Triple the Prevalence of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Mar. 29, 2017 — Generalized anxiety disorder is much more common among adults who have migraines than those without migraine, according to a new study. Many people with migraines have pain that prevent some daily ... 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

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

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

Shared Genetic Origin for ALS/MND and Schizophrenia

Mar. 24, 2017 — A new study indicates that the causes of ALS/MND and schizophrenia are biologically linked. The scientists say that the new findings have major implications for how we classify diseases and that they ... read more

Brain Scans May Help Clinicians Choose Talk Therapy or Medication Treatment for Depression

Mar. 24, 2017 — Researchers have found that specific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether psychotherapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help individual patients ... read more

Evidence-Based Diagnostic Model for Mental Illness

Mar. 23, 2017 — Researchers have has developed a new, evidence-based alternative to the mental health field's long-established diagnostic tools for the classification, treatment, and research of mental ... read more

Boosting Natural Brain Opioids May Be a Better Way to Treat Anxiety, Research Shows

Mar. 23, 2017 — Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat disabling emotions, says new research revealing their role in regulating critical brain circuits affecting fear and ... read more

Analysis of Letters Written by 'Mad' King George III Supports Psychiatric Diagnosis of Mania

Mar. 22, 2017 — Researchers have concluded that King George III was probably suffering from a mental illness after computer analysis of hundreds of his ... read more

How Does Spousal Suicide Affect Bereaved Spouse Mentally, Physically?

Mar. 22, 2017 — People bereaved by the suicide of a spouse were at increased risk for mental and physical disorders, suicidal behavior, death and adverse social events, according to a nationwide study based on ... read more

Suicide Risk Is Higher in First Year After Deliberate Self-Harm

Mar. 21, 2017 — New findings suggest that American adults who survive deliberate self-harm are at increased risk of suicide in the first year after such an event, indicating a need to direct clinical interventions ... read more

Clinical Interviews Effective in Predicting Postpartum Depression

Mar. 21, 2017 — For non-depressed, pregnant women with histories of major depressive disorder, preventive treatment with antidepressants may not necessarily protect against postpartum depression, according to new ... read more

Mar. 20, 2017 — For roughly one-third of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, lithium is a miracle drug, effectively treating both their mania and depression. Now a new develop tool has been developed to gauge ... read more

5ARIs Not Associated With Increased Suicide Risk in Older Men, Study Finds

Mar. 20, 2017 — Using 5alpha-reductase inhibitors (5ARIs) is not associated with increased suicide risk in older men, but risks for self-harm and depression were increased during the 18 months after medication ... read more

Researchers Review Progress of Treating Glutamate Signalling in Depression

Mar. 17, 2017 — Major depressive disorder (MDD) impacts 15 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability, yet current treatments possess limited efficacy. Ketamine, which has been repurposed as a rapidly ... read more

Cause of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Discovered

Mar. 16, 2017 — An overactive molecular signal pathway in the brain region of the amygdala can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder. A research team has now established this ... read more

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