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Schizophrenia-linked genetic variations and the developing brain: an interview with Prof. Guo-li Ming

Schizophrenia-linked genetic variations and the developing brain: an interview with Prof. Guo-li Ming

How much is currently known about what happens in the developing brain that puts people at risk of schizophrenia? [More]
Insight has ‘trait-like properties’ in psychosis

Insight has ‘trait-like properties’ in psychosis

Poor insight persists in many patients after their first episode of psychosis and is predicted by insight at baseline, report researchers. [More]
University of Maryland School of Medicine receives NIH grant to establish neuroscience research center

University of Maryland School of Medicine receives NIH grant to establish neuroscience research center

The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, a research center in the School's Department of Psychiatry, was awarded a $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Silvio O. Conte Neuroscience Research Center that will examine the causes of schizophrenia and search for possible new treatments. [More]
Viewpoints: VA fix comes with big pricetag; safety outside abortion clinics; questions about Medicaid eligibility

Viewpoints: VA fix comes with big pricetag; safety outside abortion clinics; questions about Medicaid eligibility

As an example of how the normally sclerotic Congress can act extremely quickly when properly motivated, both chambers passed bills this week to ameliorate the Veterans Affairs health services scandal. [More]

Adolescents seek care from family doctors after visiting school psychologist

After initially visiting a school psychologist, adolescents in the United States with a mental disorder often go to seek care from their pediatricians or family doctors. [More]
Children of parents with BD are at greater risk of developing psychiatric disorders

Children of parents with BD are at greater risk of developing psychiatric disorders

Bipolar disorder (BD) is among the 10 most burdensome medical conditions, according to the World Health Organization. The disorder is known for its dramatic highs of extreme euphoria, racing thoughts and decreased need for sleep, as well as its profound lows of sadness and despair. [More]
New market research report on advanced remote patient monitoring systems

New market research report on advanced remote patient monitoring systems

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring Systems [More]
Unexpected death may trigger mania in loved ones

Unexpected death may trigger mania in loved ones

The unexpected loss of a loved one can trigger a range of psychiatric disorders, including mania, in patients with no history of mental illness, a study shows. [More]
Johns Hopkins scientists identify genetic marker associated with development of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Johns Hopkins scientists identify genetic marker associated with development of obsessive-compulsive disorder

A group of researchers led by Johns Hopkins scientists say they have identified a genetic marker that may be associated with the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), whose causes and mechanisms are among the least understood among mental illnesses. [More]
Research roundup: Health care and prisoners; hospitalized patients' surrogates; suicides in the army

Research roundup: Health care and prisoners; hospitalized patients' surrogates; suicides in the army

As a group, jail-involved individuals, which we define here as people with a history of arrest and jail admission in the recent past, carry a heavy illness burden, with high rates of infectious and chronic disease as well as mental illness and substance use. [More]
Findings indicate improved knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems

Findings indicate improved knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems

The findings of the survey, which was led by Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, also indicated improved knowledge and beliefs about mental health problems within the community due, in part, to educational campaigns about mental health. [More]

Despite prevention strategies, suicide rates among young men remain high

Suicide among young men is a major public health concern in many countries, despite great efforts to find effective prevention strategies. [More]
Waiting room time helps in effective screening for depression and anxiety

Waiting room time helps in effective screening for depression and anxiety

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry finds patients visiting the hospital for a variety of ailments can be easily screened for depression and anxiety as they wait for care, information that can then be sent immediately to their doctor to address. [More]
Understanding autism: an interview with Roberto Fernández Galán, PhD, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Understanding autism: an interview with Roberto Fernández Galán, PhD, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Autism does not come in just one flavour. It is a spectrum of disorders that share several features: impaired social interactions; impaired verbal and non-verbal communication; and restricted, repetitive behaviours. [More]
Research roundup: Nursing home transitions; the impact of raising Medicare premiums; workers' views of job-based insurance

Research roundup: Nursing home transitions; the impact of raising Medicare premiums; workers' views of job-based insurance

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. [More]
Study finds discrepancies in prevalence estimates of mental disorders in middle-aged and older adults

Study finds discrepancies in prevalence estimates of mental disorders in middle-aged and older adults

Common methods of assessing mental or physical disorders may consistently underestimate the prevalence of mental disorders among middle-aged and older adults, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. [More]
People with severe mental illness may have higher risk for substance use

People with severe mental illness may have higher risk for substance use

People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for substance use, especially cigarette smoking, and protective factors usually associated with lower rates of substance use do not exist in severe mental illness, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Neurocognitive abnormalities ‘fundamental’ to schizophrenia

Neurocognitive abnormalities ‘fundamental’ to schizophrenia

Rare copy-number variants that confer a high risk for schizophrenia or autism are associated with impaired cognition in carriers without psychiatric disorders, researchers report in Nature. [More]
Secondary conditions can become deadly and affect how long HIV patients stay in hospital

Secondary conditions can become deadly and affect how long HIV patients stay in hospital

A University of Arkansas researcher and her colleagues have found that secondary conditions and diseases that could become deadly significantly affect how long HIV patients stay in the hospital. [More]
Drug abuse appears to foster brain changes that resemble schizophrenia

Drug abuse appears to foster brain changes that resemble schizophrenia

Teens who were heavy marijuana users -- smoking it daily for about three years -- had abnormal changes in their brain structures related to working memory and performed poorly on memory tasks, reports a new Northwestern Medicine- study. [More]