Mental Health

US researchers investigated the heart safety of methylphenidate-based ADHD drugs in animal studies. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder most often seen in children, but which may occur adulthood. Although estimates vary, in 2017 the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 10.6% of American children between 5
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New research investigates the potential long-term effects of marijuana use in teenagers and the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common classification of mental disorders in the United States, with 31.1% of the overall population experiencing an anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime.  There are many types of
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment used in at least 14 different disorders. A significant risk of this treatment is oxygen toxicity which can lead to seizures. A recent clinical study explored the effects of ketogenic supplements on delaying oxygen-induced seizures in a preclinical study. The major applications of hyperbaric oxygen treatment are in the
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Researchers at the University of Alberta have identified a drug that could target one of the major proteins responsible for ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a debilitating disease marked by gradual neuromuscular degeneration. Previous studies have implicated several genes in the onset of the disease. One protein, called SOD1, has a propensity to misfold
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A recent study examined how strongly anxiety and depression predict physical illnesses, compared to obesity and smoking. Preventative efforts in primary care often focus on physical risk factors such as obesity and smoking. While significant evidence exists linking mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, to poorer health outcomes, these are not the focus
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In a recent animal study, researchers showed how exercise may be able to help individuals cope with cocaine dependency and drug addiction. Perhaps the hardest step in drug addiction recovery is the maintenance of sobriety after recovery. However, creating and maintaining an environment conducive to recovery is not always easy, as certain triggers like drug
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Sociology researchers seek to understand the link between social stigma and self-esteem in those on the autistic spectrum. There has been a shift in contemporary thought surrounding people with autism and its respective variants including Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism (HFA). Adults with autism spectrum disorder receive less than 1% of autism research funding
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A recent study examined the connection between depression, antidepressants, and the development of atrial fibrillation. Depression is one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the world. The symptoms of depression can be severe, causing debilitating suffering in patients. However, in addition to these symptoms, depression is associated with higher risks of physical illness. One
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Scientists made a research breakthrough in understanding the responsible mechanisms of restless leg syndrome.   Restless legs syndrome is a disorder related to sensation and movement. It is a common nervous system condition that causes an overwhelming irresistible urge to move the legs. The uncomfortable sensation usually happens
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Our Reader Score [Total: 4 Average: 3] A recent study assessed the impact of singing on the motor function and stress levels of patients with Parkinson’s disease. This past November 2018, researchers attending the Society for Neuroscience revealed their results on a study that determined the benefits of singing for people with Parkinson’s. The study,
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent pilot study looked at the effects of prazosin in treating suicidal thoughts in PTSD with significant sleep problems. Suicidal thoughts are common in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is one of the most common mental illnesses these days, and it often includes sleep problems
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Using an animal model, researchers from Oregon investigated how, even after one dose, the hyperactivity associated with cocaine use can alter the brain. Using cocaine creates both physiological and psychological changes. Some of these changes are caused by changes in the nervous system, while others are due to
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, a study sought to determine the factors to predict depression in college students. Depressive symptoms are a widespread issue among college students. College students are particularly vulnerable to depression due to various stressors unique to their campus and curriculum. Many
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 5] Mental health is especially important among students. Below, we list four stress management tips based on recent research studies. The rise in mental health dialogue over recent years has erupted an improved understanding of the role of stress, anxiety, and depression on the overall health of society. In
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine examined the effects of sexual harassment on women’s mental and physical health. Around 40-75% of women in the United States have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, which translates into one in every three women. Sexual harassment and sexual assault have
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Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 3.7] A recent study determined whether gestational diabetes and postpartum depression symptoms are linked and how the associations may help improve health care for pregnant women. Gestational diabetes is common in pregnancy and around 10-15% of mothers experience postpartum depression symptoms after giving birth. Gestational diabetes develops as the
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers aimed to identify how ADHD will affect functional outcomes in adulthood. How does attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) shape the course of a child’s future? This is an important question with many unknown variables. In a recent study, American doctors and researchers wanted to identify
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