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Empathy May Reside in Your DNA

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Your ability to "feel" the emotions of others lies partly in your genes, new research suggests. The British study, of nearly 47,000 adults, found that genes seemed to explain 10 percent of the variance in empathy from one person to another. And some of those genes are also associated with the risks of autism, schizophrenia and anorexia. "We've known for a few decades ...

Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the researchers say. Gene expression refers to cells' conversion of genetic instructions into proteins. "These ...

Genes Start Mutating Soon After Life Begins, Study Finds

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered. The Yale University and Mayo Clinic scientists said that many of these mutations occur as sex cells are forming in the embryo. That means they can become part of the embryo's genome and be passed on to the next generation. "This opens up a ...

FDA OKs First 'Digital Pill', Abilify Mycite, That Lets Doctors Know It's Been Taken

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Offering both the promise of better patient compliance with health care, but also fears of a medical "Big Brother," a newly approved "digital pill" allows physicians to track whether or not it's been ingested by patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the nod to Abilify MyCite, for use in patients with schizophrenia, an add-on treatment for depression, ...

'Digital Pill', Abilify Mycite, Tells Doctor When Patient Takes It

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – The first drug designed to alert a doctor when a patient takes the medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole with sensor) has an embedded sensor that sends a message to a wearable patch that the medication's been taken. This allows the patient and doctor to track the medication's use via smartphone. Abilify, first ...

Genes May Explain Why Some Don't Respond to Bipolar Drug

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – In a finding that pulls the roots of two mental illnesses closer together, researchers say people with bipolar disorder that's resistant to the drug lithium have a high number of genes associated with schizophrenia. Since the 1950s, lithium has been widely used to treat bipolar disorder. The drug stabilizes mood swings – the highs and lows associated with the disorder ...

Schizophrenia Affects Brain's Communication Network

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – The mental illness schizophrenia disrupts the brain's entire communication network, a new study suggests. This research disputes a theory that schizophrenia is caused by wiring problems only in certain parts of the brain. The findings could help direct future research into the disorder that affects more than 21 million people worldwide, the researchers said. "We can ...

Americans More Open About Mental Health Issues, But Stigma Lingers

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Americans may be more willing to talk about mental health issues these days, but misperceptions and stigmas persist, a new survey finds. The survey, of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, found that 70 percent said they feel people are more open to discussing mental health compared with a decade ago. Most respondents also said they'd want to help a family member or friend ...

Your Sociability May Hinge on 'Love Hormone'

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – If you like to hang out with friends, it might be due to the "love hormone" oxytocin, a new mouse study suggests. Oxytocin promotes socialization by triggering pleasurable feelings when people get together, said Stanford University researchers. "Our study reveals new insights about the brain circuitry behind social reward, the positive experience you often get when you ...

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Quiet 'Voices' in Schizophrenia

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – A therapy that stimulates a region of the brain linked to language may help quiet the hallucinatory "voices" that often plague schizophrenia patients, new research suggests. A voice hallucination "seems very real for the patient, and very disturbing," explained study author Dr. Sonia Dollfus. "The voices can be felt inside or outside the brain." Dollfus is head of the ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Paliperidone Extended-Release Tablets 3mg by Teva Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Dissolution Test Failure

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (Teva) initiated a voluntary recall to retail-level on 05/31/2017 for one lot of Paliperidone Extended-Release Tablets, 3mg, 90 count bottles, lot 1160682A, expiration 6/2018, NDC 0591-3693-19, that was distributed under the Actavis Pharma Inc. label. In coordination with FDA, Teva is extending this recall to the consumer/user level.  This recall is being ca ...

'Recovery-Oriented' Talk Therapy May Help Curb Schizophrenia

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – A type of talk therapy may provide lasting benefits for schizophrenia patients, a new study suggests. This approach is called recovery-oriented cognitive therapy. The study of 60 patients found those who received this therapy showed major improvements compared to those who received standard treatment, said researcher Paul Grant and his colleagues at the University of ...

City Life Tough on Teens' Mental Health

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,000 18-year-olds in England and Wales who were interviewed about psychotic experiences (such as hearing voices and feeling extremely paranoid) since age 12. The research team from King's College London and Duke University found that teens raised in large cities ...

Women Aren't Better at Reading People's Faces After All

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – When it comes to spotting a familiar face, men are just as gifted as women, a new study suggests. The finding contradicts the widely held belief that women are better at recognizing faces and reading facial expressions than men are, the Penn State researchers said. "There has been common lore in the behavioral literature that women do better than men in many types of ...

Just 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer Screenings

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Cervical cancer screening rates are much lower among women with severe mental illness than among other women, a new study finds. "The results of this very large study indicate that we need to better prioritize cervical cancer screening for these high-risk women with severe mental illnesses," said study senior author Dr. Christina Mangurian. She's an associate professor ...

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