Mental Health

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine assessed changes in brain anatomy and structure of astronauts after short and long spaceflight. During spaceflight, astronauts experience a phenomenon called microgravity, which is the feeling of weightlessness. It has been shown that microgravity can lead to the ‘visual impairment and intracranial pressure’ (VIIP) syndrome,
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As reported in Science Magazine, an American research institute recently launched an initiative to share data from live human brain cells. As technological advancements have been made in the field of biology, scientists have been, to a greater extent, able to study the specifics of the human body. An increasingly common technique is to fully
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A randomized trial investigated the effects of brain surgery on the risk of recurrent seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy. Drug-resistant epilepsy carries significant health burdens. In addition to the risk of recurrent seizures, young people with this condition are at a higher risk of poor intellectual and psychosocial development. A common treatment for this
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Researchers from Purdue University have demonstrated how deep learning technology can analyze patterns in the visual cortex to “read” what a person sees. Researchers from Purdue University have developed a method using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and computer algorithms to map the neural networks of the visual cortex and to build a model of
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Researchers recently investigated the relative recurrence risk of postpartum depression among women who experienced depression after their first births. Postpartum depression is a temporary, non-psychotic state of depression following the delivery of a child. Postpartum depression may affect between 5% and 15% of all mothers, making it one of the most common postnatal complications of
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Researchers investigated the relationship between age and ADHD diagnosis to uncover if a child’s age within the school year impacts chances of a diagnosis. Behavioural symptoms that include hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention are well-known features of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). There are many factors that contribute to the chances of receiving
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Researchers in the Republic of Korea recently investigated whether there is, in fact, an association between bone mineral density and a brain aneurysm. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by deterioration of bone tissue and low bone mass which leads to increased fragility of bones, making the risk of fracturing high. A bone mineral density test,
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Researchers investigated parenting stress and quality of life of those who have children with normal-range intelligence autism in Poland. Parents of children who have autism face many challenges on a daily basis due to their children’s obstacles in life. Children with autism are a mixed population ranging from low to high-range intelligence, however, their parents
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A new screening strategy, YouthCHAT, is soon to be implemented in New Zealand to combat mental health disorders and risky behaviour in adolescents. Mental health concerns and risky behaviour often arise during adolescence, including alcohol and drug use, physical inactivity, and sexual risk behaviours. In New Zealand, 25% of youth are affected by depression and
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A recent study published in the journal of BMC Medical Education gives an insight into the patterns and causes of medical school depression.   Depression is a mental illness that causes persistent low mood, and lack of interest and pleasure in daily life. Individuals with depression have feelings of worthlessness and disrupted concentration, sleep patterns,
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In a recent study, scientists investigate the use of MDMA in conjunction with psychotherapy as an aid in treating and alleviating PTSD symptoms. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by the re-experiencing of psychological and physiological distress related to past traumatic events. Individuals with PTSD may undergo profound personality changes linked to past traumatic experiences.
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In a recent study, researchers investigate the link between exercise and depression by determining whether exercise lower the risk of depression. Depression and the costs associated with it is steadily rising as a top public health concern across developed and developing nations. There is a great need for preventative and continuing care for this mental
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A recent randomized clinical trial detemines whether early education during depression treatment results in a better adherence to medication prescriptions. Non-adherence to anti-depressant medication is a major concern for depression treatment. In fact, between  29% and 40% of depressed adults over 55 years do not take their anti-depressant medications as prescribed.  This non-adherence is influenced
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A new Chinese study determines whether vitamin A supplements for children with autism spectrum disorders can help alleviate autism symptoms. Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by difficulties in social communication, repetitive motions of arms, fingers, or head, unusually intense and prolonged emotional interactions, and developmental delays. A number of studies indicate altered gut microbiota in
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A study compares the safety and efficacy of rivaroxaban compared to warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation-related mild ischemic stroke. Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular heartbeat and reduced blood flow. An inefficient blood flow out of the heart can lead to the pooling and clotting of the blood, putting patients with atrial fibrillation
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A new study examines whether cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a commonly used mental health intervention, is effective in treating health anxiety. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a mental health intervention used to improve personal coping strategies, cognitive patterns, behaviours, and emotion regulation. While originally designed to help treat depression, CBT is now used to treat
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Researchers are investigating whether the perceived link between autism and vaccines has resulted in lower vaccination rates among the siblings of those with autism. The perceived link between vaccinations and autism has been a major factor in the lower vaccination rates seen in their siblings in spite of the evidence contradicting this association. In families
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Japanese researchers assessed whether L-carnosine supplements would enhance the effectiveness of computerized cognitive behaviour therapy sessions. Previous research has demonstrated the moderate effects of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) on improving mood and reducing anxiety. There has also been research indicating that the nutritional supplement L-carnosine may have positive effects on mood. L-carnosine is an essential
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Researchers studied the trends in suicide attempts over the past 15 years and discovered that the greatest risk is found in younger adults with a history of psychiatric disorders. Preventing suicide is a public health and research priority. Suicide attempts are the most powerful known risk factor for completed suicide.  In fact, approximately 18% of
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Researchers determine whether medications for panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder increase the risk of adverse outcomes during pregnancy. Panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are not uncommon during pregnancy, with up to 5% and 10% of pregnant women experiencing panic disorder and GAD respectively. Based on registry studies, these disorders have been associated
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Previous studies have found a link between mental illnesses and low-quality sleep. But can sleep and mental illness symptoms be improved from digital cognitive behavioral therapy sessions? Quality rest is well-documented for creating a stable mental state and providing the energy needed for daily activities. Unfortunately, for some people, slumber, and mental state suffer in
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Scientists study the brains of young adults with ADHD to determine whether there are significant differences in the ADHD brain that can predict a diagnosis and help in the understanding of symptoms. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder in which symptoms frequently persist into adulthood.  It is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. 
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