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1 in 5 U.S. Gun Owners Avoided Background Check: Study

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – About one in five people in the United States who bought a gun in any setting in the past two years did so without a background check, new research finds. The survey of more than 1,600 gun owners nationwide also found that half of guns bought privately in the past two years were obtained without a background check. The rate was higher in states without laws governing such purchases – 57 percent vs. 26 percent in states with laws in place. The researchers found that 77 percent of gun owners who bought their most recent gun from a friend or acquaintance did so without a background check, and that 45 percent of gun owners who bought their most recent gun online did so without a background check. "Our research makes the case for the adoption of laws in states that do not currently regulate private firearm transfers, and it underscores the fact that we're talking ... Read more

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PG-13 Movies Show More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Films: Study

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – The most popular PG-13 movies now depict more acts of gun violence than R-rated films, a new look at the U.S. motion picture landscape reveals. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) states that a movie rated PG-13 is open to all viewers, but parental guidance is suggested. An R rating means a movie can't be seen by minors under the age of 17 unless they are accompanied by an adult. The new analysis updates an earlier 2012 investigation, which found that gun violence in the nation's top-grossing PG-13 films more than doubled between 1985 and 2012. By then, gun violence had begun to exceed that found in R-rated films. Since 2012, the prevalence of gun violence in PG-13 movies – albeit less bloody and more cartoon-like than R-rated movies – held steady through 2015. "There was no guarantee that the trend would continue, but that is what we found," ... Read more

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Kids' Care May Suffer When Parents Clash With Medical Staff

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Rude parents can rattle medical staff enough to compromise the quality of care their critically ill child receives, a new study suggests. Medical teams in a neonatal intensive care unit made worse decisions during simulated emergency scenarios if they had been treated rudely by an actress playing the role of an angry family member, the researchers found. Exposure to rudeness helped explain about 40 percent of the variance in good medical decision-making between different teams in the study, said co-author Amir Erez. He is a professor with the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. "There is a lot of concern about medical errors, but the medical field is not paying attention at all to the effect that social interactions can have on performance," Erez said. "They need to pay attention to this, because this could potentially save lives." But, the ... Read more

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Poverty's Impact on a Child's Mental Health

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Growing up in poverty exposes children to greater levels of stress, which can lead to psychological problems later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers at Cornell University reported that kids who grow up poor are more likely to have reduced short-term spatial memory. The study also reported that such kids seem to be more prone to antisocial and aggressive behavior, such as bullying. Poor children are also more likely than kids from middle-income homes to feel powerless, the study authors suggested. Of course, the findings don't mean that all children growing up in poverty will have these problems, only that the risk is higher, the researchers said. "What this means is, if you're born poor, you're on a trajectory to have more of these kinds of psychological problems," study author Gary Evans, a professor of environmental and developmental psychology, said ... Read more

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'You're Not My Wife, You're an Impostor': Understanding Certain Delusions

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Some quirks of the mind can't yet be understood. But a new study may be closing in on one longstanding mystery: why someone might have delusions that a loved one is a stranger, or fail to recognize the family dog. "In the old days, they'd just say these people were crazy. But they are not crazy," said Dr. Kimford Meador, a professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Instead, the delusions typically follow a stroke or similar brain injury, said Meador, who was not involved with the study but reviewed its contents. Such cases are often labeled as "delusional misidentification syndrome." This rare group of disorders leaves patients convinced people and places are not what they seem. Someone with Capgras syndrome, for instance, may recognize a loved one but feel like something is amiss. The brain then concludes that ... Read more

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Research on U.S. Gun Violence Still a Low Priority, Study Finds

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – Even though the United States has the highest death rate from firearms of any developed country, gun violence gets short shrift in government research compared to other leading causes of death, a new study reveals. Guns cause more than 30,000 fatalities a year in the United States. Yet, "gun violence had less funding and fewer publications than comparable injury-related causes of death including motor vehicle accidents and poisonings," said researchers led by Dr. David Stark of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Critics say foes of gun control have limited federally funded research into gun violence. For instance, the study authors noted that a 1996 congressional appropriations bill mandated that funds made available for injury prevention and control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "could not be used to advocate ... Read more

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Gun Violence May Be 'Contagious,' Study Suggests

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – To predict someone's risk of becoming a victim of gun violence, a new study offers a suggestion: Look at the company they keep. Researchers report that gun violence may actually be "contagious," with social networks acting as a breeding ground for the spread of gun exposure and violence. "Those at the highest risk of gun violence are the individuals with the most associates who have recently been shot," said study author Ben Green, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School, in Cambridge, Mass. But that risk is also a function of timing and the nature of the relationships, Green added. "When someone gets shot, his influence on [his] associates decreases over time," he explained. "Additionally, the strength of the contagion risk depends on how close one's relationship is with that person. For example, a friend being shot creates more risk for you than does a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Through Diabetes Diagnosis

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

-- It's common to feel angry after being diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests you channel that anger into getting healthier: Consider how your anger is impacting your life. Keep a journal about your bouts of anger. See if you can detect any patterns that can be eliminated. When you feel anger coming on, breathe deeply, slow down and focus on being quiet. Figure out how and why anger is used to help you cope, and find healthier ways to address those challenges. Read more

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For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle – above family, friends and hobbies. Another 20 percent placed pets in the second circle. Many said the constant presence and close proximity of their pets provide an immediate source of calm. For some, a pet helps distract them from symptoms and upsetting experiences such as hearing voices or suicidal thoughts. "You just want to sink into a pit... the cats force me to sort of still be involved with the world," one patient said. Another patient said: "I'm not thinking of the voices, I'm just thinking of the birds singing." The findings were published Dec. 8 ... Read more

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Tighter Gun Control Laws Linked to Fewer School Shootings in U.S.

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – There are fewer school shootings in states that have tighter gun control laws and spend more on mental health care and public education, a new study finds. Close to 33,000 people are killed and another 81,000 are injured by gun violence every year in the United States, the researchers said. The number of school shootings is particularly high. There were 44 such incidents between 1996 and 2008, the study authors said. In the new study, the researchers analyzed media reports on 154 school shootings that occurred in the United States between 2013 and 2015. On average, there was one school shooting every week over the course of the three years, and the number of these incidents rose every year during the study period. There were 35 in 2013, 55 in 2014, and 64 in 2015, according to the report. In all, 84 people – including 27 shooters – died, while another 136 ... Read more

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Keep Kids in Mind When Politics Intrude at Thanksgiving

Posted 23 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – This Thanksgiving, especially, political differences could spark dinner-table debates that quickly escalate. Two psychiatrists warn that these heated exchanges can harm kids who may overhear them. "As a child psychiatrist, what alarms me the most is the animosity children are being exposed to – the palpable anger and even hatred is felt by children and it scares them," said Dr. Matthew Lorber. He directs child and adolescent psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Ideally, he said, "the best-case scenario is to attach a promise of 'no politics' when Thanksgiving invites go out." But since that's often tough to enforce at family gatherings, Lorber offered up a few tips for adults to "model good behavior for children" when it comes to political discourse. First off, keep calm. "No yelling, no raising voices," Lorber said. Let people finish their ... Read more

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Psychiatric Drugs May Reduce Ex-Prisoners' Violent Crime Rate

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Released prisoners may be less likely to commit violent crimes if they're prescribed certain kinds of psychiatric medications, a new study suggests. These medications can affect someone's mental state. They include antidepressants, antipsychotics, psychostimulants, drugs to treat addiction and antiepileptic drugs, the researchers said. The study authors looked at information on more than 22,000 prisoners in Sweden. They were released between July 2005 and December 2010. The researchers had a median of nearly five years of follow-up information. During that time, 18 percent of the prisoners committed violent crimes, the researchers said. Three classes of drugs were linked to much lower rates of violent crimes. Antipsychotics were tied to a 42 percent reduction in violent crimes. For psychostimulants, the reduction was 38 percent. Drugs to treat addiction were ... Read more

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For Overheated Viewers of Presidential Race: 'De-Escalate First'

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – The bitter U.S. presidential race has led to heated arguments among many Americans, and tonight's third and final debate will likely fuel more stress. But there are ways to lower the tension and prevent spirited discussions about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from getting too hostile, psychologists say. "De-escalate when arguments get too personal," said Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. "The purpose of many discussions around politics is to express and exchange points of view – not to win. Be the first to de-escalate," he said in a university news release. The American Psychological Association reported last week that more than half of U.S. adults felt very or somewhat stressed by the vitriolic campaigns. Those results stemmed from an August poll – conducted ... Read more

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U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – People with mental illness often wait long hours – or even days – in an emergency room before receiving the care they need, according to a new poll conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). One in five ER doctors polled said they've had psychiatric patients who needed hospitalization who had to wait two to five days before being assigned an in-patient bed, the poll found. Two accompanying studies back up the poll results, revealing that patients with a wide array of mental health problems are more likely to wind up stuck in an emergency department for more than 24 hours. "Once the decision to admit is made, it can be nearly impossible to find an in-patient bed for these patients," ACEP President Dr. Rebecca Parker said during a news briefing. Findings from the survey were scheduled to be presented Monday at ACEP's annual meeting in Las ... Read more

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Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Intense anger or heavy physical exertion may be triggers for a first heart attack in some people, new research suggests. In the study of more than 12,000 people, both intense activity and intense emotions each seemed to double the odds of suffering a heart attack in the next hour. That risk rose about threefold when people were upset and exerted themselves at the same time. The study is far from the first to suggest – and it does not prove – that bouts of anger or physical exertion can trigger a heart attack. But, it's larger than past studies, and more diverse – covering first-time heart attack patients in 52 countries, said Barry Jacobs, a spokesman for the American Heart Association who was not involved in the research. "This confirms that blowing your top is not good – for other people, or for you," Jacobs said. Do the findings mean that everyone who ... Read more

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