Mental Health

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Due to ethical and logistical challenges associated with pediatric research, guidelines for migraine therapies in children have largely been derived from adult studies. A recent review highlights the latest developments in this field, with the approval of new acute migraine therapy and new large-scale trials for children. Migraines
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A recent review looked at six studies of differing lengths to determine which psychological interventions improved mental well-being. Long-term conditions affect a growing proportion of the population. Since exposure to risks rises significantly with age, it is estimated that individuals above the age of 75 are five times more likely to experience at least one
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A new innovation in brain scanner technology promises high-resolution neuroimaging in subjects without restricting their head and body movements. Neurons are specialized cells that are designed to generate electrochemical signals. These signals are the currency used to transmit information across the body. Neurons connect the brain, spinal cord, and each nook and cranny of our
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A study looked at the connection between neural systems and resilience, in determining the development of major depressive disorder in adolescent girls. Major depressive disorder is a common occurrence in adolescents. In fact, one in three female adolescents in the United States is diagnosed with this illness, and it is the most likely cause of
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A recent study evaluated whether exercise programs can help to slow the cognitive decline often associated with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the brain commonly found in the older populations. It is a degenerative disease that causes a massive decrease in the ability of its patients to move properly. In the past,
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Young children with ADHD respond differently to specific treatment methods. A recent study examined a new type of intervention, called serious games, to determine which subtypes of children with ADHD are more likely to benefit. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is the most commonly diagnosed disorder in children. The primary symptoms of the disorder
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A recent study investigated the impact of yoga on a small group of pre-schoolers to examine its impact on attention span in preschool children with ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) occurs in about 7% of children and adolescents. Core symptoms indicating this condition include impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention. An important problem encountered in the
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Human trafficking is illegal and a gross violation of human rights. A recent article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice examines the need for an integrated and targeted approach to care for the medical and psychological needs of the victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights. It is, unfortunately, a thriving
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For some time, scientists have believed that the hippocampus continually produces new nerve cells. A new study evaluating the dentate gyrate region of the hippocampus investigates neuronal development throughout a lifespan.   Neurons are cells that carry electrical impulses. In some mammals, new neurons are created throughout adulthood within a seahorse-shaped structure in the brain
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A recent randomized controlled trial looked at the effects of yoga and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for work-related stress. Work-related stress is common and often overwhelming. It may sometimes lead to a condition called “burnout”, or exhaustion syndrome. Burnout includes the inability to perform, as well as an overwhelming sense of exhaustion, with symptoms similar to
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Researchers investigated whether lifestyle interventions were effective to prevent dementia in those with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. Cardiovascular and neurological diseases, such as dementia, have been linked to dysfunction of a variation of the apolipoprotein E, or APOE, gene, called the APOE ε4 allele. In fact, people who are carriers of the APOE
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A recent study investigates whether Chinese calligraphy therapy, a type of art therapy, can effectively relieve neuropsychiatric symptoms. Three out of 100 people will experience some form of a psychotic break at some time in their lives. In the US every year about 100,000 persons in the young adult and adolescents group have their first psychotic
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Researchers studied the efficacy of simplified cognitive behavioral therapy and pain education on pain relief in highly disadvantaged populations. Pain is an important topic in today’s medical world. It might be one of the most discussed subjects these days, and treatments are being developed from different angles. Biopharmaceutical treatments have helped, but have also caused
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Therapies that augment neurogenesis, the growth of new neurons in the brain, may eventually lead to treatments for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. A recent scientific report described the latest findings in neurogenesis research. We are capable of thinking, storing memories, and carrying out complex behaviours because of an intricate network of
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Swedish researchers sought to determine the efficacy of Facebook as a communicative rehabilitation tool for those with brain injuries. Recovering from brain trauma can be a long, arduous process that affects many facets of an individual’s life. These injuries can lead to impairments that include cognitive or physical repercussions, such as memory loss and headaches.
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Lodato and colleagues test a long-standing hypothesis that neurodegeneration is linked to mutations in the DNA of neurons. Aging is typically associated with a swathe of degenerative diseases in humans, including neurodegeneration. Neurodegeneration involves the loss of the structure and functional capacity in neurons and may include the death of neurons. Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease
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Researchers conducted a novel study examining the use of light therapy to relieve the symptoms of depression in patients with bipolar disorder. Light therapy has long been known to relieve the symptoms of certain mood disorders, possibly by altering the circadian rhythms. The circadian rhythm, in layman’s terms, is the body’s way of determining what
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A recent meta-analysis of past studies seeks to understand the relationship between meat consumption and risk of depression. The prevalence of depression rises globally year after year. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that over 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. With such a ubiquitous mental health issue, Chinese researchers sought to analyze past
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Researchers in the United States investigate whether floatation therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression in a clinical sample. Floatation therapy was invented to create an environment that restricts the amount of external sensory input that reaches the body. External sensory input is any outside event that is perceived by our senses like
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A recent study in Lancet Neurology compared the effectiveness of specialized physiotherapy and usual physiotherapy in Parkinson’s disease management. Parkinson’s disease is a movement-related neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the dopamine-producing neurons within a specific region of the brain. Approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year in the U.S., and there are currently 10 million
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Recent research studies have provided important insights into genetic causes, anatomical and physiological features, and pharmacological mechanisms of migraine. If you don’t get migraine headaches, you may know someone who does and how distressing they can be. Migraine is one of the top three most prevalent illnesses in the world. Migraine is most common between
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Researchers in England examined the association between loneliness and the presence of multiple physical diseases. Multimorbidity, or the presence of two or more chronic or acute illnesses, affects a relatively large percentage of the population. It has been associated with several problematic outcomes, such as a reduced quality of life and increased risk of premature
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