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Study shows strong link between subthreshold manic episodes and bipolar disorder in children

Study shows strong link between subthreshold manic episodes and bipolar disorder in children

New research published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry indicates a strong link between subthreshold manic episodes and likelihood of developing bipolar disorder in children of parents with bipolar disorder. The study's findings could improve clinical assessment and care for these high-risk children by potentially enabling earlier identification, treatment or possible preventive measures. [More]
Global trends in health inequalities among young people related to income inequality

Global trends in health inequalities among young people related to income inequality

Health inequalities in young people have grown alongside socioeconomic disparities between the rich and poor. [More]

Some health plans violate federal law requiring equal benefits for mental health care

One-quarter of the health plans being sold on health insurance exchanges set up through the Affordable Care Act offer benefits that appear to violate a federal law requiring equal benefits for general medical and mental health care, according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. [More]
Successful cognitive behavioral therapy for childhood anxiety provides long-term benefits

Successful cognitive behavioral therapy for childhood anxiety provides long-term benefits

Penn Medicine researchers found that patients who did not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in childhood had more chronic and enduring patterns of suicidal ideation at 7 to 19 years after treatment. [More]
UTHealth study focuses on new cognitive behavioral therapy to treat PTSD, substance use disorders

UTHealth study focuses on new cognitive behavioral therapy to treat PTSD, substance use disorders

A new cognitive behavioral therapy designed to treat both post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders is the focus of research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. [More]
Study shows heart valve repair can benefit patients with mitral regurgitation

Study shows heart valve repair can benefit patients with mitral regurgitation

Patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) often suffer from psycho-emotional symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, but after undergoing mitral valve repair surgery patients experience a marked improvement in emotional and physical wellbeing, according to an article in the March 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Study could help boost suicide prevention efforts in the U.S.

Study could help boost suicide prevention efforts in the U.S.

A study that could help to bolster suicide prevention efforts has examined the prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among adults who reported psychotic experiences. [More]
WHO: 1.1 billion young people at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe use of personal audio devices

WHO: 1.1 billion young people at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe use of personal audio devices

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to WHO. Hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment. [More]
OASIS reliably detects outpatient anxiety change

OASIS reliably detects outpatient anxiety change

Study findings support the use of the Overall Anxiety Severity And Impairment Scale as a brief measure of anxiety in the outpatient clinical setting. [More]
Young women veterans referred for cardiac tests more likely to be depressed than men veterans

Young women veterans referred for cardiac tests more likely to be depressed than men veterans

Women veterans who had specialized heart tests were younger and more likely to be obese, depressed and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than men veterans, according to a study published in an American Heart Association journal. [More]
Study finds link between violence during Guatemala civil war and mental health problems

Study finds link between violence during Guatemala civil war and mental health problems

Violence during the civil war in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 resulted in the development of significant mental health problems and conditions for the county's people, according to a new multi-institution study from researchers under the Guatemala-Penn Partnership. [More]
Scientists identify novel gene that affects brain function

Scientists identify novel gene that affects brain function

U.S. and Australian scientists have found the mechanism a novel gene uses to affect brain function and elicit behavior related to neuropsychiatric disease. [More]
Study shows how financial incentives can influence some HIV-positive patients in clinical settings

Study shows how financial incentives can influence some HIV-positive patients in clinical settings

A new study by the HIV Prevention Trials Network shows that some HIV-positive patients were motivated by financial incentives to take their HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication regularly and maintain control of their HIV - enhancing their own health benefits and reducing the chance of passing the virus on to others. [More]

Eight professional health organizations call for action to reduce firearms injuries, deaths in the U.S.

Leaders from eight professional health organizations, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Bar Association have issued a call to action to reduce firearms injuries and deaths in the United States. [More]
New study could lead to better remedies for insomnia, more effective anaesthetic drugs

New study could lead to better remedies for insomnia, more effective anaesthetic drugs

Scientists have discovered that switching on one area of the brain chemically can trigger a deep sleep. [More]
New planning tool helps identify patients' risks of chronic pain after surgery

New planning tool helps identify patients' risks of chronic pain after surgery

There are many variables that contribute to a patient's risk of chronic pain after surgery; physicians are still exploring ways to identify those variables prior to surgery. [More]
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine professor explores causes, treatments of anorexia

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine professor explores causes, treatments of anorexia

Eating disorders are serious, debilitating conditions associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and distress. Anorexia nervosa, in particular, is associated with the highest mortality and suicide rates; compared to healthy peers, women with anorexia are up to 12 times more likely to die of any cause, and approximately 57 times more likely to die from suicide, over the same period of time. [More]
Study: Growth hormone can improve social impairment in patients with Phelan-McDermid syndrome

Study: Growth hormone can improve social impairment in patients with Phelan-McDermid syndrome

A growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome, according to a pilot study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published yesterday on Pub Med, a public database of biomedical topics maintained by the National Institutes of Health (study originally published in the December 12 issue of the journal Molecular Autism). [More]

Capital Impact Partners' fourth quarter lending to projects tops $45 million

Capital Impact Partners announced today that its 2014 fourth quarter lending to projects in underserved communities topped $45 million. Highlights of this financing included continued Capital Impact leadership in funding Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) projects to increase the availability of healthcare to low income residents; supporting inclusive housing growth in Detroit by closing the first loan through the organization's partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and leveraging New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to support a variety of projects. [More]
Survey finds high levels of abuse, serious harm associated with human trafficking

Survey finds high levels of abuse, serious harm associated with human trafficking

The largest survey to date of the health of trafficking survivors has found high levels of abuse and serious harm associated with human trafficking. For the first time, the findings reveal severe mental and physical health problems experienced by men, women and children trafficked for forced labour and sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia. [More]