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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]
Good night, sleep tight...or will you?

Good night, sleep tight...or will you?

World Sleep Day is organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) to spread awareness of important sleep-related issues through a series of special events. This year it is focussing on insomnia with the theme “When Sleep is Sound, Health and Happiness Abound”. [More]
Homewood Health introduces ad campaign to create awareness of new outpatient clinic

Homewood Health introduces ad campaign to create awareness of new outpatient clinic

Homewood Health Inc. has launched a bold new advertising campaign in the southern Alberta market to create awareness of its first new mental health and addiction treatment clinic, The Homewood Clinic, located in southwest Calgary. [More]

Corizon Health partners with MBI to provide health services to the District of Columbia's DOC

Corizon Health, the nation's leader in correctional healthcare solutions, announced today it has partnered with D.C.-based MBI Health Services, LLC to provide health services to the District of Columbia's Department of Corrections. [More]
Cannabis abuse affects long-term memory, finds new Northwestern Medicine study

Cannabis abuse affects long-term memory, finds new Northwestern Medicine study

Teens who were heavy marijuana users - smoking it daily for about three years -- had an abnormally shaped hippocampus and performed poorly on long-term memory tasks, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. [More]
Study finding suggests importance of individually-tailored treatment for depression

Study finding suggests importance of individually-tailored treatment for depression

The most commonly used treatment for the over 14 million Americans who suffer from Major Depressive Disorder is anti-depressant medication. While such medications bring relief to many, current research suggests that one size may not fit all when it comes to treating depression. [More]
Researchers gain new insights into molecular mechanisms affected by weight gain

Researchers gain new insights into molecular mechanisms affected by weight gain

Until now there have been few molecular epidemiological studies regarding the effects of weight changes on metabolism in the general population. In a recent study conducted and funded within the framework of the Competence Network Obesity, researchers at the Institute of Epidemiology II at Helmholtz Zentrum München evaluated molecular data of the KORA study. [More]
NYU researchers devise computer model to explain how neural circuit learns to categorize

NYU researchers devise computer model to explain how neural circuit learns to categorize

New York University researchers have devised a computer model to explain how a neural circuit learns to classify sensory stimuli into discrete categories, such as "car vs. motorcycle." Their findings, which appear in the journal Nature Communications, shed new light on the brain processes underpinning judgments we make on a daily basis. [More]
Simple blood test could be developed to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, say UCLA researchers

Simple blood test could be developed to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, say UCLA researchers

UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Yoga could help reduce depression in pregnant women

Yoga could help reduce depression in pregnant women

In a small pilot study, researchers at Brown University, Butler Hospital, and Women & Infants' Hospital have found evidence suggesting that yoga could help pregnant women with significant depression reduce the severity of the mood disorder. [More]
Research findings offer new insights into pathophysiology of PTSD

Research findings offer new insights into pathophysiology of PTSD

Researchers at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in New York and the United Kingdom, have identified genetic markers, derived from blood samples that are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The markers are associated with gene networks that regulate innate immune function and interferon signaling. [More]
Young immigrants to Canada at greater risk of developing IBD

Young immigrants to Canada at greater risk of developing IBD

The younger a person is when they immigrate to Canada, the higher their risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and its major subtypes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a study by researchers at the University of Ottawa, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. [More]
Researchers find that weight-loss strategies sorely lacking for individuals with neurological disabilities

Researchers find that weight-loss strategies sorely lacking for individuals with neurological disabilities

A review of nutrition and weight-loss interventions for people with impaired mobility found strategies are sorely lacking for people with neurological disabilities, according to a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic. [More]
Study finds significant links between depression, poor dietary quality and high BMI

Study finds significant links between depression, poor dietary quality and high BMI

In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers from the RAND Corporation report that for people receiving food assistance there are significant links between depression, poor dietary quality, and high body mass index (BMI). [More]
Tourette syndrome patients may face second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes

Tourette syndrome patients may face second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes

A new study of Tourette syndrome (TS) led by researchers from UC San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital has found that nearly 86 percent of patients who seek treatment for TS will be diagnosed with a second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, and that nearly 58 percent will receive two or more such diagnoses. [More]
Use of psychedelic drugs linked to less psychological distress, fewer suicidal thoughts

Use of psychedelic drugs linked to less psychological distress, fewer suicidal thoughts

A history of psychedelic drug use is associated with less psychological distress and fewer suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts, according to new research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. [More]
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