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New Autism-Causing Genetic Variant Identified

New Autism-Causing Genetic Variant Identified

Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease. The rare genetic variant offers important insights into the root causes of autism, the researchers say. And, they suggest, their unconventional method can be used to identify other genetic causes of autism and other complex genetic conditions. [More]
HRQoL benefit of alternative sunitinib dosing schedule in RCC patients

HRQoL benefit of alternative sunitinib dosing schedule in RCC patients

Patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma reported a marked improvement in their health-related quality of life when given sunitinib on a 2 weeks on and 1 week off schedule compared with a 4 weeks on and 2 weeks off regimen, a Japanese study finds. [More]
Having strong purpose in life may give you better brain health

Having strong purpose in life may give you better brain health

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. This research is reported in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke. [More]
Omnicell to exhibit fully integrated medication management solutions at EAHP Congress

Omnicell to exhibit fully integrated medication management solutions at EAHP Congress

Omnicell, Inc., will exhibit the integration of its automated medication cabinets with MACH4's modular robotic solutions at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) 25-27 March. [More]
Previous joint pain, diabetes and overall health status may predict arthritis pain

Previous joint pain, diabetes and overall health status may predict arthritis pain

Diabetes and previous joint pain, along with a patient's overall physical health status, may predict arthritis pain with nearly 100 percent accuracy, in new research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). [More]

Inexperienced staff linked to increased ward suicides, finds mental health report

Suicidal patients who are under observation may be put at risk by relying on inexperienced staff and agency nurses, according to a new report issued today. [More]
Home-exercise plan for HIV patients

Home-exercise plan for HIV patients

In addition to antiretroviral medications, people with HIV may soon begin receiving a home exercise plan from their doctors, according to a researcher at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. [More]

Senior citizens experience considerable improvement in their sex lives

Senior citizens have experienced a considerable improvement in their sex lives since the 1970s. A doctoral thesis by Nils Beckman at Sahlgrenska Academy has found that six out of every ten women and seven out of every ten men over 70 are highly satisfied with their sex lives. [More]
Longer duration of breastfeeding linked with increased intelligence

Longer duration of breastfeeding linked with increased intelligence

Longer duration of breastfeeding is linked with increased intelligence in adulthood, longer schooling, and higher adult earnings, a study following a group of almost 3,500 newborns for 30 years published in The Lancet Global Health journal has found. [More]
Death risk is higher for dementia patients who take antipsychotic drugs, new study shows

Death risk is higher for dementia patients who take antipsychotic drugs, new study shows

Drugs aimed at quelling the behavior problems of dementia patients may also hasten their deaths more than previously realized, a new study finds. [More]
People with severe schizophrenia have major differences in brain networks

People with severe schizophrenia have major differences in brain networks

People with a severe form of schizophrenia have major differences in their brain networks compared to others with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and healthy individuals, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows. [More]
Rural community in Brazil still follows sleep/wake times similar to pre-industrial times

Rural community in Brazil still follows sleep/wake times similar to pre-industrial times

A new study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, has identified a rural community in Brazil that still follows the earlier sleep and wake times similar to pre-industrial times. [More]
OSU researchers find link between low levels of vitamin D and depression in young women

OSU researchers find link between low levels of vitamin D and depression in young women

A new study from Oregon State University suggests there is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women. [More]
Young children, teens at risk for unintentional medicine poisoning

Young children, teens at risk for unintentional medicine poisoning

Nearly half of the 1.34 million calls to poison centers for children each year are related to medicine. In fact, every day, there are more than 1,100 calls about a young child getting into medicine or getting too much medicine. [More]
Anesthetics interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons that transmit signals

Anesthetics interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons that transmit signals

Anesthetics have been used in surgical procedures for more than 150 years, but the mechanisms by which inhaled anesthesia actually work are poorly understood. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have discovered that anesthetics bind to and interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons, which are necessary for these neurons to transmit signals involved in anesthesia and the perception of pain. [More]
Senator Heidi Heitkamp honored for advocacy work, leadership on mental health issues

Senator Heidi Heitkamp honored for advocacy work, leadership on mental health issues

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) was honored last night by the American Psychological Association Practice Organization for her advocacy work and leadership on mental health issues. APAPO recognized Sen. Heitkamp with the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award, given annually to a member of Congress who has championed the goals of professional psychology. [More]
New research initiative seeks to speed up implementation of health care policy for women veterans

New research initiative seeks to speed up implementation of health care policy for women veterans

As more women veterans seek health care in the Veterans Administration system, effective approaches are needed to ensure that their unique needs are recognized and met. A special April supplement to Medical Care collects new studies from an ongoing research initiative to inform health care policy for women veterans. [More]

Therapists twice as likely to misdiagnose mental illness in patients from socially disadvantaged groups

The shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, MO, has ignited a global discussion about implicit racial bias. One group of people you might think would be immune from this hidden bias is clinical therapists, people trained to understand the human mind. But a new field study finds that the social identities of patients and their therapists affect the accuracy of the diagnosis: Therapists were twice as likely to misdiagnose mental illness when their patients were members of a disadvantaged, compared to an advantaged, group. [More]
Cannabis use increases manic, depressive symptoms

Cannabis use increases manic, depressive symptoms

The first study to examine the use of cannabis in the context of daily life among people with Bipolar Disorder has shown how the drug is linked to increases in both manic and depressive symptoms. [More]

Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds receives 2015 State Legislator of the Year Award

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds received the 2015 State Legislator of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association Practice Organization in recognition of his determination to improve mental health services and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Sen. Deeds was presented with the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15. [More]
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