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Is Evolution of the Human Brain to Blame for Some Mental Disorders?

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – Evolutionary changes in the human brain may be responsible for psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new research suggests. The researchers identified long, noncoding stretches of DNA (called "repeat arrays") in a gene that governs calcium transport in the brain. Their findings were published Aug. 9 in the American Journal of Human Genetics. ...

Homeless Babies Face Lasting Health Risks

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – Homelessness in infancy poses long-term harms, including greater risk for poor health and development later in childhood, a new study finds. "We too often refer to 'resiliency' when we talk about children exposed to hardship as infants. We should not mislead ourselves about the very real long-term impacts that are seen," study first author Dr. Diana Cutts said in a Boston ...

Longest Study Yet Finds Adult Kids of Lesbian Moms Are Doing Fine

Posted 18 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 – Young adults raised by lesbian moms show the same mental well-being as those who grew up with heterosexual parents, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, come from the largest, longest-running study to track development of kids in "planned lesbian families." The study has been following the same group ...

Did Folic Acid Supplementation in Foods Lead to Less Psychosis in Kids?

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – Investigators say they've found an unanticipated but welcome twist in a decades-long effort to reduce birth defects by boosting folate levels among pregnant women. Beyond protecting against serious defects such as spina bifida, fortifying the grain supply with folic acid may also enhance fetal brain development and lower the long-term risk for developing psychosis, a new ...

Does Mental Illness Raise Diabetes Risk?

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – Americans with severe mental illness are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and the increased risk is highest among minorities, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 15,000 patients with severe mental illness and found that 28 percent had type 2 diabetes. The rate in the general population is 12 percent. Among people with severe ...

Exercise Options That Double as Stress-Busters

Posted 18 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 – Exercise is a known stress buster, and different disciplines relax and tone you in a variety of ways. So, you can pick and choose from many types of exercise to go beyond physical fitness to better mental health. Exercise's mind-body boosts: Improves your mood by releasing natural feel-good chemicals. Decreases tension in your muscles. Leads to deeper, more restorative ...

Tragedy of Child Sexual Abuse Takes Financial Toll, Too

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Child sexual abuse in the United States exacts an enormous economic toll, researchers report. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calculated that in 2015 alone, the costs associated with the aftermath of abuse exceeded $9 billion. That figure included costs associated with health care, child welfare, special education, violence and crime, ...

Injured Kids Can Have Lasting Mental Scars, Too

Posted 7 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – If your child lands in the hospital with an accidental injury, new research suggests you should watch for signs they may be struggling with what happened to them. Investigators found that among children treated for serious injuries at one pediatric hospital, the odds of being diagnosed with a mental health condition rose by 63 percent in the next year. The findings do not ...

Kids of Youngest, Oldest Moms at Risk of Developmental Issues: Study

Posted 2 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – Children with the youngest and oldest mothers may be at increased risk for developmental vulnerabilities, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 100,000 children and found that overall, 21 percent of them had at least one developmental vulnerability at age 5. The rate was highest (40 percent) among those born to mothers age 15 and younger. It then ...

Most U.S. Adults Support More Mental Health Services for Kids

Posted 1 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – A vast majority of U.S. adults believe children should receive more mental health support, new research reveals. Nearly nine out of 10 adults favor more mental health treatment and prevention programs for children and teens in their communities, according to a poll commissioned by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "The survey confirms the public knows what ...

When Does Online Gaming Become an Addiction?

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 – For most, playing online video games is largely a harmless hobby. But a new review finds that some fall prey to what experts call "internet gaming disorder." The concept that gaming could become an addiction first gained traction in 2013 when the disorder was included in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM). At the time, the disorder was only ...

Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds. The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or more, depending on the kid's diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to treat their disorder, the researchers said. The findings mirror earlier studies showing ...

Early Periods Tied to Mental Health Issues Into Adulthood

Posted 10 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – Mental health problems can last into adulthood for girls who start having their periods at an early age, a new study suggests. Previous research had found that girls with early periods have more frequent and severe mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. They're also more prone to substance abuse, delinquency and failing or dropping out ...

Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that "they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. immigration policies and news," ...

Health Tip: Surviving Cancer Mentally

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- If you're a cancer survivor, you may have mental health issues that affect your emotions, ability to concentrate, behavior and memory. Ten percent of adult cancer survivors feel they have mental health issues, compared with 6 percent of adults without a history of cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC offers this advice for cancer survivors: Talk to your ...

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