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Blood expression levels of genes targeted by stress hormones could be biomarker for developing PTSD

Blood expression levels of genes targeted by stress hormones could be biomarker for developing PTSD

Blood expression levels of genes targeted by the stress hormones called glucocorticoids could be a physical measure, or biomarker, of risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a study conducted in rats by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published August 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). [More]
Worse sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with PTSD

Worse sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with PTSD

A new study shows that worse sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). [More]
Vanda’s HETLIOZ MAA for Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder accepted for evaluation by the EMA

Vanda’s HETLIOZ MAA for Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder accepted for evaluation by the EMA

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today that its Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for oral HETLIOZ™ (tasimelteon) capsules has been accepted for evaluation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24). [More]
Study suggests that circadian factors may contribute to suicidality

Study suggests that circadian factors may contribute to suicidality

A new study provides novel evidence suggesting that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening. [More]
Nevada to use federal exchange for next open enrollment

Nevada to use federal exchange for next open enrollment

The board of Nevada's online insurance exchange voted Tuesday to scrap its contract with Xerox, which built the exchange that has been marked by problems. [More]
Study finds victims of bullying are at increased risk of experiencing sleep disturbances

Study finds victims of bullying are at increased risk of experiencing sleep disturbances

Many children who are bullied suffer in silence. The trauma can lead to anxiety, depression, psychotic episodes and even suicide. [More]
State highlights: Home care workers' pay and Medicaid budgets; Calif. mental health grants; NYU ER reopens

State highlights: Home care workers' pay and Medicaid budgets; Calif. mental health grants; NYU ER reopens

A new rule from the Obama administration designed to provide better pay and working conditions to 2 million home care workers is forcing many states to rethink how they look at Medicaid payments and may result in higher Medicaid costs. Starting Jan. 1, home care workers in 29 states will, for the first time, be eligible for the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and overtime pay, under a new regulation from the U.S. Department of Labor. These workers go to homes of the elderly and the disabled to help with cooking, bathing and other daily tasks, and are paid by the clients or through Medicaid (Prah, 4/25). [More]
Highlights: New abortion restrictions in Mississippi; political ad calls Maryland exchange a 'failure'

Highlights: New abortion restrictions in Mississippi; political ad calls Maryland exchange a 'failure'

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill on Wednesday to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say the measure will protect women's health; opponents say it is unconstitutional (4/24). [More]
Research shows only a small fraction of domestic violence perpetrators are convicted

Research shows only a small fraction of domestic violence perpetrators are convicted

A nationwide study of children who have witnessed domestic violence found that parents or caregivers were physically injured in more than a third of the cases, yet only a small fraction of offenders went to jail and just one in four incidents resulted in police reports, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. [More]
Nightmares heighten insomnia impact on depression

Nightmares heighten insomnia impact on depression

Nightmares and insomnia contribute independently and additively to depression severity, cross-sectional study findings show. [More]

HHS enrollment figures indicate sign-ups even in states where officials have opposed the health law

News outlets offer a sampling of state-specific health plan enrollment numbers. Even Oregon, with its non-working exchange, signed up more than 33,000 people. [More]
Vanda Pharmaceuticals announces FDA approval of HETLIOZ for Non-24 treatment

Vanda Pharmaceuticals announces FDA approval of HETLIOZ for Non-24 treatment

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved HETLIOZ (tasimelteon) 20mg capsules for the treatment of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24). HETLIOZ is the first FDA approved medication for Non-24. [More]

Study: Nightmares have greater emotional impact than bad dreams do

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, nightmares have greater emotional impact than bad dreams do, and fear is not always a factor. In fact, it is mostly absent in bad dreams and in a third of nightmares. [More]
Responsibility increases for parents who give electronic devices as Christmas gift to kids

Responsibility increases for parents who give electronic devices as Christmas gift to kids

Smartphones, laptops, tablets and video games were happily crossed off many the wish lists of many young children and teens this Christmas. But for parents, giving children electronic devices has to be about more than just saving Christmas, it has to be about making sure kids are safe when they start getting online. [More]
ART safe and effective for treating combat-related symptoms of PTSD among veterans

ART safe and effective for treating combat-related symptoms of PTSD among veterans

Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or ART, is a brief, safe, and effective treatment for combat-related symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans and U.S. service members, researchers at University of South Florida College of Nursing report in a new study. They found this newer treatment -- a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies and use of eye movements -- was shorter and more likely to be completed, than conventional therapies formally endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. [More]
Inhibition of parvalbumin-expressing prefrontal interneurons triggers fear behaviours

Inhibition of parvalbumin-expressing prefrontal interneurons triggers fear behaviours

Using an approach combining in vivo recordings and optogenetic manipulations in mice, the researchers succeeded in showing that the inhibition of parvalbumin-expressing prefrontal interneurons triggers a chain reaction resulting in fear behaviour. Conversely, activation of these parvalbumin interneurons significantly reduces fear responses in rodents. [More]
Screening tool shows promise for Parkinson’s sleep disturbance

Screening tool shows promise for Parkinson’s sleep disturbance

Researchers have developed a sleep questionnaire for screening the range of sleep disturbances experienced by patients with Parkinson’s disease. [More]

Review article looks at recent research about insomnia among American soldiers

Various behavioral treatment options are helping to treat the sleeplessness experienced by one in every two American soldiers who have been deployed in recent military operations. So says Dr. Adam Bramoweth of the Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and Dr. Anne Germain of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the US. [More]
Bladder involvement can lead to prostate cancer misdiagnosis

Bladder involvement can lead to prostate cancer misdiagnosis

Men with lesions in the neck, trigone, or posterior wall of the bladder should be tested for basal prostate cancer as well as bladder cancer to ensure that they are not misdiagnosed, say researchers. [More]
Psychosomatics study shows prevalence of nightmares disorder in psychiatric patients

Psychosomatics study shows prevalence of nightmares disorder in psychiatric patients

A study published in the current issue of psychotherapy and psychosomatics provides data concerned with the prevalence of nightmares disorder in psychiatric patients. [More]