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Study: Genetics plays major role in development of autism

Study: Genetics plays major role in development of autism

Using new statistical tools, Carnegie Mellon University's Kathryn Roeder has led an international team of researchers to discover that most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches. [More]
Three-stage PI CME initiative helps physicians improve diagnosis, care for depression

Three-stage PI CME initiative helps physicians improve diagnosis, care for depression

A performance improvement initiative for physicians can significantly increase their use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression, in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]
Large proportion of PLHA in US are not sufficiently engaged in care and not taking ART

Large proportion of PLHA in US are not sufficiently engaged in care and not taking ART

Regular attendance at HIV primary care visits and high adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) are vital for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), as these health behaviors lead to lowered rates of morbidity and mortality, increased quality of life, and reducing the risk of HIV transmission to others. [More]
State highlights: Missouri gives green light to med-school graduates to treat patients as assistant physicians; Georgia hospitals brace for broader gun-carry law

State highlights: Missouri gives green light to med-school graduates to treat patients as assistant physicians; Georgia hospitals brace for broader gun-carry law

Missouri will allow medical-school graduates to work as "assistant physicians" and treat patients in underserved rural areas, though they haven't trained in residency programs, despite strong opposition from some doctors' groups. [More]
Research: 60% of unstably housed women experience some form of violence

Research: 60% of unstably housed women experience some form of violence

New research from UC San Francisco found that 60 percent of the city's homeless and unstably housed women who are HIV-infected or at high risk to become infected have endured a recent experience of some form of violence. [More]
Study: 40% of Ontario female prisoners have history of traumatic brain injury

Study: 40% of Ontario female prisoners have history of traumatic brain injury

A study published today found that almost 40 per cent of Ontario female prisoners have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unlike the men participating in the study, half of these women sustained a TBI before committing their first crime. [More]
Mother's nurturing role directly molds early neural activity of her offsprings' brain

Mother's nurturing role directly molds early neural activity of her offsprings' brain

By carefully watching nearly a hundred hours of video showing mother rats protecting, warming, and feeding their young pups, and then matching up what they saw to real-time electrical readings from the pups' brains, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that the mother's presence and social interactions - her nurturing role - directly molds the early neural activity and growth of her offsprings' brain. [More]
Study: Sleep problems after divorce may increase blood pressure

Study: Sleep problems after divorce may increase blood pressure

Those who experience persistent sleep problems after a divorce stand to suffer from more than just dark circles. They might also be at risk for potentially harmful increases in blood pressure, a new study finds. [More]

L.A. county supervisors OK full implementation of state law that allows court-ordered mental health care

The statutes, known as Laura's Law in California, have become popular in various states after the recent wave of mass shootings. [More]
Phase III research shows that new drug improves symptoms related to plaque psoriasis

Phase III research shows that new drug improves symptoms related to plaque psoriasis

Randomized, phase III research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that a new drug improves symptoms related to moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, a chronic skin disease of scaling and inflammation. [More]
First Edition: July 16, 2014

First Edition: July 16, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the Congressional Budget Office's latest estimate on federal health care spending. [More]
4 key takeaways for faster, cheaper, more responsive research in healthcare settings

4 key takeaways for faster, cheaper, more responsive research in healthcare settings

Thousands of studies take place every year in healthcare settings. A report published recently in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine describes how to do many of these studies more rapidly. [More]
Personal rejection sensitivity linked with more severe BDD and depressive symptoms

Personal rejection sensitivity linked with more severe BDD and depressive symptoms

In a recent study, researchers at Rhode Island Hospital found that fear of being rejected because of one's appearance, as well as rejection sensitivity to general interpersonal situations, were significantly elevated in individuals with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). [More]

Mental health patients at increased risk of dying by suicide soon after hospital discharge

Researchers call for suicides soon after discharge and deaths following restraint to be 'never events' in NHS. [More]
Smoking may increase suicide risk

Smoking may increase suicide risk

Cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who don't smoke, studies have shown. This reality has been attributed to the fact that people with psychiatric disorders, who have higher suicide rates, also tend to smoke. [More]
States grapple with mental illness issues; Oregon moves closer to limiting Medicaid patients' access to new hepatitis C drugs

States grapple with mental illness issues; Oregon moves closer to limiting Medicaid patients' access to new hepatitis C drugs

The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff's website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it's 54 percent. But inside the razor wire framing the 96-acre compound, the faces and voices of the newly arrested confirm its accidental role as Chicago's treatment center of last resort for people with serious mental illnesses (Geller, 7/14). [More]
New avenues for treatment of Alzheimer's disease

New avenues for treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Judes Poirier, PhD, C.Q., from the Douglas Mental Health Institute and McGill University in Montr-al (Canada) and his team have discovered that a relatively frequent genetic variant actually conveys significant protection against the common form of Alzheimer's disease and can delay the onset of the disease by as much as 4 years. [More]
B vitamins do not prevent Alzheimer's disease

B vitamins do not prevent Alzheimer's disease

Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate. [More]
High Impact Training Solutions' new Officer Health and Fitness courses released

High Impact Training Solutions' new Officer Health and Fitness courses released

High Impact Training Solutions, a division of Smart Horizons, announces the release of its new Officer Health and Fitness courses. Maintaining psychological well-being, good physical fitness, and sound health is important to public safety professionals, law enforcement, and security personnel. [More]
First Edition: July 14, 2014

First Edition: July 14, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage of Medicare, the health law and veterans' care policy issues as well as reports from the campaign trail. [More]