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Skin cells derived from autistic donors grow faster than those from control subjects

Skin cells derived from autistic donors grow faster than those from control subjects

Brain cells grow faster in children with some forms of autism due to distinct changes in core cell signaling patterns, according to research from the laboratory of Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD, chair of the department of genetics and genome sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. [More]
UW-Madison joins with Madison Police Department to study impact of mindfulness practices on officers' well-being

UW-Madison joins with Madison Police Department to study impact of mindfulness practices on officers' well-being

The Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Madison Police Department are launching a pilot study to better understand the impact of mindfulness-based practices on police officers' physical and mental well-being. [More]
UNC researchers map anxiety circuit in the brain that may explain side effects of antidepressants

UNC researchers map anxiety circuit in the brain that may explain side effects of antidepressants

More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to treat depression, anxiety and related conditions, but these drugs have a common and mysterious side effect: they can worsen anxiety in the first few weeks of use, which leads many patients to stop treatment. [More]
Researchers find better mental health in older age despite more physical ailments

Researchers find better mental health in older age despite more physical ailments

While even the best wines eventually peak and turn to vinegar, a new study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggests a paradoxical trend in the mental health of aging adults: They seem to consistently get better over time. [More]
UCLA researchers use noninvasive ultrasound technique to jump-start the brain of coma patient

UCLA researchers use noninvasive ultrasound technique to jump-start the brain of coma patient

A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment at UCLA to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. [More]
People with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, study reveals

People with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, study reveals

A large international study of more than 200,000 people in nearly 50 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, and men with psychosis are over two times more likely to miss global activity targets compared to people without the illness. [More]
Research supports potential role for cognitive activity in prevention of Alzheimer's disease

Research supports potential role for cognitive activity in prevention of Alzheimer's disease

Are there any ways of preventing or delaying the development of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of age-associated dementia? While several previously published studies have suggested a protective effect for cognitive activities such as reading, playing games or attending cultural events, questions have been raised about whether these studies reveal a real cause-and-effect relationship or if the associations could result from unmeasured factors. [More]
Study finds THC in marijuana affects rats' willingness to exert cognitive effort

Study finds THC in marijuana affects rats' willingness to exert cognitive effort

New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness-- at least in rats. [More]
Diabetes drug linked to decreased weight gain in children with autism spectrum disorder

Diabetes drug linked to decreased weight gain in children with autism spectrum disorder

The diabetes medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with decreased weight gain in a small clinical trial of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who were taking atypical antipsychotics to treat symptoms of irritability and agitation, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. [More]
New research discovers how opposite-sex hormonal therapy influences the brain

New research discovers how opposite-sex hormonal therapy influences the brain

Women and men often show marked differences as regards mental illnesses. In order to learn more about this phenomenon, a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF explored how opposite-sex hormonal therapy applied to transgender individuals influences the brain. [More]
Researchers discover new role of cellular signaling molecule involved in release of hunger hormone

Researchers discover new role of cellular signaling molecule involved in release of hunger hormone

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a previously unknown role of a cellular signaling molecule involved in release of the "hunger hormone" ghrelin, a finding that could have implications for optimal treatment of children taking beta blockers. [More]
UC researchers receive NIH grant to continue work at Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center

UC researchers receive NIH grant to continue work at Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have been awarded a five-year, $4.3 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue work at the university's Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center in Reading, Ohio. [More]
Men experience greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana, study finds

Men experience greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana, study finds

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center found that men had greater pain relief than women after smoking marijuana. [More]
Poor prenatal nutrition may be linked to ADHD symptoms and conduct problems in children

Poor prenatal nutrition may be linked to ADHD symptoms and conduct problems in children

New research led by scientists from King's College London and the University of Bristol has found that a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy may be linked to symptoms of ADHD in children who show conduct problems early in life. [More]
Study examines mental illness severity among Asian populations living in western country

Study examines mental illness severity among Asian populations living in western country

Chinese and South Asian patients in Ontario experience more severe mental illness at the time of hospital admission than other patients, according to a new study that examined the association between illness severity and ethnicity. [More]
Schizophrenia vulnerability emerged after divergence of modern humans from Neanderthals

Schizophrenia vulnerability emerged after divergence of modern humans from Neanderthals

Schizophrenia poses an evolutionary enigma. The disorder has existed throughout recorded human history and persists despite its severe effects on thought and behavior, and its reduced rates of producing offspring. [More]
Trauma Innovation unites healthcare professionals across Europe to discuss future of patient care

Trauma Innovation unites healthcare professionals across Europe to discuss future of patient care

Across the globe, the threat level for international terrorism is high. The unpredictable timings and locations of the recent atrocities in Belgium, France and Germany have highlighted how important it is for medical professionals to be prepared for mass casualty incidents. [More]
Study shows work productivity key in evaluating recovery of depressed patients

Study shows work productivity key in evaluating recovery of depressed patients

While medications can quickly reduce depressive symptoms, monitoring work productivity can provide unique insight into whether a patient will require additional treatments to achieve long-term remission, a new study through the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute finds. [More]
Prenatal BPA exposure could lead to development of anxiety and depression in boys

Prenatal BPA exposure could lead to development of anxiety and depression in boys

Boys exposed prenatally to a common chemical used in plastics may be more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression at age 10-12. [More]
Healthy BMI, exercise and diet can lower abnormal protein build-ups linked to Alzheimer’s

Healthy BMI, exercise and diet can lower abnormal protein build-ups linked to Alzheimer’s

A study by researchers at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior has found that a healthy diet, regular physical activity and a normal body mass index can reduce the incidence of protein build-ups that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
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