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Genetic risk for ADHD contributes to language, attention deficits in general population

Genetic risk for ADHD contributes to language, attention deficits in general population

Are deficits in attention limited to those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or is there a spectrum of attention function in the general population? [More]
Stress coping strategies may protect against bipolar disorder recurrence

Stress coping strategies may protect against bipolar disorder recurrence

Researchers have found a link between low levels of resilience to stress in euthymic patients with bipolar disorder and impulsive behaviour, which may make them vulnerable to depressive episodes. [More]
Lower rates of suicide linked with more daily sunshine

Lower rates of suicide linked with more daily sunshine

Lower rates of suicide are associated with more daily sunshine in the prior 14 to 60 days. Light interacts with brain serotonin systems and possibly influences serotonin-related behaviors. Those behaviors, such as mood and impulsiveness, can play a role in suicide. [More]
Study of chronic users of CCS finds deficits in specific regions of brain white matter

Study of chronic users of CCS finds deficits in specific regions of brain white matter

An imaging study of chronic users of codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) has found deficits in specific regions of brain white matter and associates these changes with increased impulsivity in CCS users. [More]
Actor's suicide shows complexities of depression and its treatment

Actor's suicide shows complexities of depression and its treatment

The Washington Post looks at how Robin Williams' death has reignited a national conversation about mental health issues and treatment, and whether public attitudes toward diagnosis and treatment are changing. [More]
First Edition: August 13, 2014

First Edition: August 13, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that more than 300,000 people who obtained new insurance through the health law could lose it if they do not provide proof by Sept. 5 that their immigration or citizenship status makes them eligible for it. [More]
Impulse control predicts euthymia in bipolar disorder

Impulse control predicts euthymia in bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder who have good trait impulse control are likely to respond better to treatment than those with poor impulse control, say researchers. [More]
Study analyses whether connectivity of infant's brain is related to children's impulsiveness

Study analyses whether connectivity of infant's brain is related to children's impulsiveness

Researchers from the University of Murcia have studied the changes in the brain that are associated with impulsiveness, a personality trait that causes difficulties in inhibiting a response in the face of a stimulus and leads to unplanned actions without considering the negative consequences. [More]
Study confirms neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder

Study confirms neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder

A study, carried out on mice, has just confirmed the neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), a syndrome whose causes are poorly understood. Researchers from CNRS, the University of Strasbourg and INSERM1 have identified a cerebral structure, the superior colliculus, where hyperstimulation causes behavior modifications similar to those of some patients who suffer from ADD. [More]
Heritable bipolar phenotypes pinned down

Heritable bipolar phenotypes pinned down

A large study has pinpointed brain and behavioural traits that are genetically influenced and associated with bipolar I disorder. [More]
Preterm infants at high risk for significant long-term problems

Preterm infants at high risk for significant long-term problems

Premature birth appears to trigger developmental processes in the white matter of the brain that could put children at higher risk of problems later in life, according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). [More]

Impulsivity in bipolar disorder unrelated to substance abuse

Trait impulsivity is elevated and neurocognitive functioning is impaired in patients with bipolar disorder irrespective of whether they have a substance abuse history, research shows. [More]

Impulsivity may be vulnerability marker for bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder type I are significantly more impulsive than the general population, while their siblings show an intermediate level of impulsivity, a study by Brazilian researchers shows. [More]
Researchers identify structural anomalies that may increase risk of ADHD in premature newborns

Researchers identify structural anomalies that may increase risk of ADHD in premature newborns

In the first study of its kind, Natasha Leporé, PhD, and colleagues have pinpointed structural anomalies in the developing brain that may increase the risk of cognitive disabilities, such as frontal executive dysfunction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in premature newborns. [More]
People who gain weight are more conscious of their decision-making, but still give in to temptations

People who gain weight are more conscious of their decision-making, but still give in to temptations

People who gain weight are more likely to give in to temptations but also are more thoughtful about their actions, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. [More]
Impulsiveness linked to severe clinical features in bipolar disorder

Impulsiveness linked to severe clinical features in bipolar disorder

Researchers have confirmed that trait-impulsiveness is associated with bipolar disorder and provide additional evidence of it being linked to a more severe clinical expression of the disease. [More]

Impulsivity increased in euthymic mood disorder patients

Results from a US study show that patients with mood disorders exhibit increased levels of impulsivity, even during periods of euthymia. [More]
Virtual patient can help future physicians more comfortable and capable assessing suicide risk

Virtual patient can help future physicians more comfortable and capable assessing suicide risk

A virtual patient named Denise may help future physicians feel more comfortable and capable assessing suicide risk. [More]

Cell phone dependence ‘just as real as substance addiction’

Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are similar to compulsive buying or substance addiction and are driven by materialism and impulsiveness, says a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. [More]

Study links developmental pattern of impulsivity with late-adolescent gambling

Results of a new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health indicate that a developmental pattern of impulsiveness in young males is linked with gambling problems in late adolescence. [More]