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March 21, 2019

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March 21, 2019

Mindfulness Found to Improve Mental Health of Students

Mar. 11, 2019 — Mental health among university students could be improved by introducing mindfulness training. These are the findings from the first UK study to measure the efficacy of mindfulness based cognitive ... read more

Child's Elevated Mental Ill-Health Risk If Mother Treated for Infection During Pregnancy

Mar. 7, 2019 — Risks for autism and depression are higher if one's mother was in hospital with an infection during pregnancy. This is shown by a major Swedish observational study of nearly 1.8 million ... read more

Social Anxiety Disorder May Increase Risk of Alcoholism

Mar. 6, 2019 — New research indicates that, unlike other anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder may have a direct effect on ... read more

Daily Intake of Nutritional Supplements Cannot Prevent Depression

Mar. 6, 2019 — The largest randomized clinical trial to study the effects of nutritional strategies on the prevention of major depressive disorder concludes that daily intake of nutritional supplements cannot ... read more

More Immediate Concerns Beat Heart Health in the Priorities and Behaviors of Young Women

Mar. 5, 2019 — Although it is the leading cause of death in women, more than 75 percent of young women worry little or not at all about getting heart disease. Most young adult women have taken some actions to ... read more

Integrated Therapy Treating Obesity and Depression Is Effective

Mar. 5, 2019 — An intervention combining behavioral weight loss treatment and problem-solving therapy with as-needed antidepressant medication for participants with co-occurring obesity and depression improved ... read more

Young People at Risk of Addiction Have Differences in Key Brain Region

Mar. 4, 2019 — Young adults at risk of developing problems with addiction show key differences in an important region of the brain, according to a new ... read more

Mar. 4, 2019 — Microdosing -- taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs to boost mood and mental acuity -- is based on anecdotal reports of its benefits. Now, a study in rats suggests microdosing can provide ... read more

Ability to Control Stress Reduces Negative Impact

Feb. 28, 2019 — In individuals, stress exposure in adolescence increases vulnerability and risk of developing psychopathologies in adulthood, such as drug addiction, mood, anxiety, addiction to gambling, attention ... read more

Infant Sleep Duration Associated With Mother's Level of Education and Prenatal Depression

Feb. 27, 2019 — A new study analyzing data from Canadian parents has found that babies sleep less at three months of age if their mothers do not have a university degree, experienced depression during pregnancy or ... read more

First Common Risk Genes Discovered for Autism

Feb. 26, 2019 — A study has found the first common genetic risk variants for autism and uncovered genetic differences in clinical subgroups of autism. The discovery means that we will in future be able to determine ... read more

Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy Increases Risk of ADHD Among Offspring Up to 3-Fold

Feb. 26, 2019 — The higher the cotinine levels were in the mother's blood during pregnancy, the greater was the child's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life, ... read more

Cancer Survivors See Mostly Positives in How They Have Changed

Feb. 26, 2019 — Two years after diagnosis, breast cancer survivors have four times more positive than negative thoughts about changes they experienced because of their illness, a new study ... read more

Working Long Hours Linked to Depression in Women

Feb. 25, 2019 — Women who work more than 55 hours a week are at a higher risk of depression but this is not the case for men, according to a new ... read more

Smartphones Help Researcher Better Understand the Nature of Depression and Anxiety

Feb. 21, 2019 — A psychologist's research using smartphones is providing valuable data in real time, information that could provide treatment benefits for patients struggling with anxiety and ... read more

How to Treat Depression in Prison -- And Why It Matters

Feb. 21, 2019 — The first randomized study of its kind reveals effective treatment for prisoners suffering from mental ... read more

Junk Food Is Linked to Both Moderate and Severe Psychological Distress

Feb. 21, 2019 — The study revealed that California adults who consumed more unhealthy food were also more likely to report symptoms of either moderate or severe psychological distress than their peers who consume a ... read more

Steep Rise in Self-Poisonings in Children and Adolescents

Feb. 20, 2019 — Self-harm from self-poisoning in children and adolescents is not only increasing but starting at a younger age, finds new research. The study found there were more than 33,500 self-poisonings in ... read more

Children With Autism, Co-Occurring ADHD Symptoms Lag in Key Measures of Independence

Feb. 19, 2019 — A pair of new studies has provided new insight into the challenges faced by children on the autism spectrum who exhibit symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the ... read more

Depression Reversed in Male Mice by Activating Gene That Helps Excite Neurons

Feb. 18, 2019 — Directly activating a gene important to exciting our excitatory neurons and associated with major depression may help turn around classic symptoms like social isolation and loss of interest, at least ... read more

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