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Study evaluates recent sleep trends for U.S. adolescents

Study evaluates recent sleep trends for U.S. adolescents

Sufficient sleep is critical for adolescent health, yet the number of hours slept per night has decreased among teenagers in the United States over the last 20 years. A study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that female students, racial/ethnic minorities, and students of lower socioeconomic status are particularly affected, with teens in these categories less likely to report regularly getting seven or more hours of sleep each night compared with their male counterparts, non-Hispanic white teenagers, and students of higher socioeconomic status, respectively. [More]
Study lays groundwork for building consensus on successful aging

Study lays groundwork for building consensus on successful aging

Scholars have long debated what successful aging is, how to measure it, and how to promote it. But the latest issue of The Gerontologist lays the groundwork for building consensus on the topic -- while pointing out that the answer may differ among academics and the general public, as well as across populations and demographic groups. [More]
Door-to-door campaing encourages people to get tested for hepatitis C and to get linked to care

Door-to-door campaing encourages people to get tested for hepatitis C and to get linked to care

In Philadelphia, as in many cities, neighborhoods with high rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) often also have limited access to screening and treatment. A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that when expert advocates made a focused effort in a medically underserved area, they were able to help vulnerable patients leap each of the many hurdles that often keep people out of care. [More]
B.C. and Ontario ranked top in health report card

B.C. and Ontario ranked top in health report card

British Columbia has the healthiest population in Canada, and along with Ontario ranks higher than most advanced countries in The Conference Board of Canada's first How Canada Performs: Health report card that compares the health performance of Canada, the provinces, territories, and 15 peer countries. [More]
Endovascular treatment can improve patient outcomes after acute ischemic stroke

Endovascular treatment can improve patient outcomes after acute ischemic stroke

Canadian researchers have completed an international randomized controlled trial showing that a clot retrieval procedure, known as endovascular treatment (ET), can dramatically improve patient outcomes after an acute ischemic stroke. The study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), shows a dramatic improvement in outcomes and a reduction in deaths from stroke. [More]
Minister Bergen celebrates grand opening of the House of Hope complex in Manitoba

Minister Bergen celebrates grand opening of the House of Hope complex in Manitoba

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, today congratulated the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Central Region for the grand opening of the House of Hope complex in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. [More]
New online tool helps facilitate discussion between health professionals and patients presenting with fatigue

New online tool helps facilitate discussion between health professionals and patients presenting with fatigue

In Australia, people often seek medical advice because of fatigue. However it is often not associated with underlying disease, particularly in young to middle aged adults, and may remain unexplained. [More]
Latino teens who experience discrimination-related stress more likely to experience mental health issues

Latino teens who experience discrimination-related stress more likely to experience mental health issues

Latino adolescents who experience discrimination-related stress are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and issues with sleep, according to research led by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. These mental health outcomes were more pronounced among Latino teens born in the U.S. to immigrant parents, as opposed to foreign-born teens. [More]
IOM committee identifies five main symptoms to diagnose ME/CFS

IOM committee identifies five main symptoms to diagnose ME/CFS

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome -- commonly referred to as ME/CFS -- is a legitimate, serious, and complex systemic disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected individuals, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. [More]
Researchers suggest significant relationship between cannabis use and mania symptoms

Researchers suggest significant relationship between cannabis use and mania symptoms

Researchers from the University of Warwick have found evidence to suggest a significant relationship between cannabis use and the onset and exacerbation of mania symptoms. [More]
Ten hospital programs recognized for improving health of local communities

Ten hospital programs recognized for improving health of local communities

From street outreach in Burlington, Vermont to a New York City taxi network to infant mortality prevention in Detroit, ten hospital programs were named Programs of Excellence for their achievements in improving the health of local communities. Each program was awarded $10,000 through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare. [More]
FDA accepts NDA filing for Inspirion Delivery Technologies' investigational drug, MorphaBond ER

FDA accepts NDA filing for Inspirion Delivery Technologies' investigational drug, MorphaBond ER

Inspirion Delivery Technologies, LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused solely on the development of Abuse-Deterrent Formulations (ADFs) of opioid products, together with its financial partner Trygg Pharma Group, announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has accepted for filing the New Drug Application ("NDA") submitted on November 21, 2014 for its investigational drug, MorphaBond ER, an extended-release (ER), abuse-deterrent formulation of morphine. [More]
New study sheds light on anorexia nervosa

New study sheds light on anorexia nervosa

A study led by Howard Steiger, PhD, head of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Eating Disorders Program, in Montreal, in collaboration with Linda Booij, a researcher with Sainte-Justine Hospital and an assistant professor at Queen's University, is the first to observe effects suggesting that the longer one suffers from active anorexia nervosa (AN), the more likely they are to show disorder-relevant alterations in DNA methylation. [More]
Children with history of institutional care have increased risk for autism, shows study

Children with history of institutional care have increased risk for autism, shows study

A recent study published in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry demonstrates that children who were abandoned to institutional care have an increased risk for behaviors similar to those seen in children with autism, including impaired social communication. [More]
Study gives better look at how parents experience stress

Study gives better look at how parents experience stress

In stressful family circumstances, parenthood sometimes take a bigger toll on fathers' mental health. [More]
Psychiatric Times introduces new information on anxiety disorders

Psychiatric Times introduces new information on anxiety disorders

UBM Medica US announces that Psychiatric Times, a leading online community for mental health professionals, introduces the latest information on anxiety disorders. [More]
Newly found peptide may reduce desire for food

Newly found peptide may reduce desire for food

Researchers have identified a peptide and hormone that when administered to a specific area of the brain may reduce the desire for food. The study, which appears in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, may one day lead to medications that treat obesity and binge eating disorders. [More]
New research shows that time-based intervention can improve self-control

New research shows that time-based intervention can improve self-control

A study conducted by researchers at Kansas State University is the first to demonstrate increases in both self-control and timing precision as a result of a time-based intervention. This new research may be an important clue for developing behavioral approaches to treat disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, substance abuse and obesity. [More]
Study examines four risk factors that can lead families to varying degrees of hunger

Study examines four risk factors that can lead families to varying degrees of hunger

Food insecurity creates a host of unhealthy consequences. The roads leading there can be very different. Understanding those differences may provide a clearer picture of hunger in families and a better way of responding to families' needs. A University of Houston study examined four risk factors for families that can lead to varying degrees of hunger. [More]
Researchers identify a common pattern across different psychiatric disorders

Researchers identify a common pattern across different psychiatric disorders

In a study analyzing whole-brain images from nearly 16,000 people, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine identified a common pattern across a spectrum of psychiatric disorders that are widely perceived to be quite distinct. [More]