Mental Health

A large study on over one million participants of military veterans finds an association between mental illnesses and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A recent study assessed the association between mental illness severity and cardiovascular disease risk using a large sample database from a cohort of military veterans receiving care in the Department of
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A clinical trial has reported the benefits of a text message-based parenting program for adolescent mental health. Globally, adolescent mental health is becoming increasingly recognized as a significant issue. In response to the National Mental Health Commission’s call for further investment in mobile health services that will ultimately reduce the demand for expensive mental health
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A clinical trial has reported the benefits of a text message-based parenting program for adolescent mental health. Globally, adolescent mental health is becoming increasingly recognized as a significant issue. In response to the National Mental Health Commission’s call for further investment in mobile health services that will ultimately reduce the demand for expensive mental health
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Medical treatment for addiction that targets the brain cells responsible for drug cravings may be the key to preventing relapse. In the United States alone, almost 20 million adults suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder and preventing relapse is one of the major goals of addiction treatment. Despite
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Research looks at the relationship between childhood experiences and mental health later on in life. Whether we realize it or not, childhood experiences influence beliefs and behavior throughout life.  During childhood, the brain is developing, and this development can be influenced by external factors, such as family, friends, and events.  According to past surveys, 61.5
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A study examined the sex-specific molecular changes in neurons of patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder that affects how one thinks, feels, and behaves. Clinical manifestation of schizophrenia typically occurs between late adolescence and early adulthood, with greater prevalence in men than women. While the cause of schizophrenia is not fully understood,
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A recent study has examined social skills and depression among adolescents who date, compared to those who do not date, with surprising results. A study examining 10th graders’ emotional, interpersonal, and adaptive skills has reported interesting results in the Journal of School Health. In this study, 594 students in grade 10 were compared using self-reporting
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New evidence reveals that exposure to higher prenatal estrogen levels may be predictive of a higher risk of autism. Males are three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than females. This male bias for autism has suggested that sexual differentiation may be involved with its development. Although autism is strongly heritable and specific
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A new technique has recently been developed at The University of Waterloo, which will hopefully allow doctors to detect autism more effectively. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects approximately 2% of the population. It is a neurodevelopmental disorder involving limitations in social communications and repetitive behaviours. Those with ASD also display attention biases during social interactions,
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Researchers investigate whether atypical eating habits could be used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by two core symptoms namely difficulty with social interaction and communication, as well as repetitive and obsessive behaviors. People with ASD have difficulty forming relationships and often respond inappropriately during conversations. They engage in repetitive
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Osteoporosis is a bone condition that results in weak and porous bones, typically affecting post-menopausal women. Risk factors for osteoporosis include gender, age, family history, bone structure, and hormonal risk factors. Lifestyle factors also play a role in the risk of developing osteoporosis; a highly sedentary lifestyle, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and low calcium diet
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Recently researchers established the link between relaxation methods and perception of health messages. Many people feel stressed right before a doctor appointment. Sometimes the pressure from the stress makes them inattentive and can induce negative emotions including anxiety, fear, or shame. As a result, patients concentrate on one or two pieces of health messages delivered
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Choline and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) support infant brain and eye development according to a new review paper on maternal and infant nutrition. National survey data indicate that the majority of adult Americans fail to get the recommended amounts of choline and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in their diet. Choline and DHA are essential nutrients that cannot
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Researchers recently identified a group of mood neurons in the brain that may play a key role in emotional development in adolescence. The amygdala is an almond-shaped brain structure that is made up of a set of nerve cells (neurons) responsible for emotional processing and emotional response learning. The amygdala is unique because it continues
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