A new study has found that self-harm was the leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in Colorado from 2004 to 2014, ahead of car crashes, medical conditions, and homicide.
Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus found that of 211 maternal deaths, 30 percent were from self-harm, defined as suicide and non-intentional overdose deaths occurring during pregnancy and the first year after giving birth.
In Colorado, the mortality rate from self-harm during the period was
- A woman’s lifetime history of drug use can help predict whether she will suffer from postpartum stress and anxiety, according to a new study by researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University and the University of British Columbia. The findings could help health-care providers identify pregnant women at greatest risk for mental health problems after delivery.
“There’s been a lot of attention recently on the need to incorporate mental health screening into prenatal care, and
- The rhythm of your breathing impacts electrical activity in the brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall, according to a new study by scientists at Northwestern University.
These effects are strongly dependent on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth.
In the study, participants were able to identify a fearful face more quickly if they saw the face while they were breathing in compared to breathing out. They were also more likely to rememb
- Identifying and treating anxiety in children with autism can be difficult, since anxiety behaviors are often masked by symptoms of autism. Now, a professor at Drexel University has made changes to a pre-existing anxiety assessment tool so that it can accurately detect anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Since children with autism may have difficulty expressing themselves, it is often up to their parents to discern whether their behavior is actually a symptom of autism or of
- When standing in a crowd at a concert, clapping hands along with the music on stage, it may be that people with higher levels of oxytocin are better synchronised with the beat of the music than those with lower levels of oxytocin.
- Emerging research explores the function of sex among humans finding that sex is quite wonderful when the goal is to have children, but can also serve as a “glue” in a committed relationship.
Norwegian investigators explain that most animals have periods when they come into heat, and outside these periods they don’t find sex interesting at all. Humans, however, are constantly interested in sex. This sex interest can seem like a waste of energy, but an evolutionary perspective ma
- Different types of relationships — whether friendship, long-term marriage, or a new intimate partnership — significantly influence the well-being and quality of life of older adults in assisted-living facilities, according to new research published in the journal The Gerontologist.
The study explored the benefits and downsides of a variety of relationships among married and unmarried couples in assisted living facilities. The findings reveal the complexity and range of later-life cou
- New research suggests heavy alcohol use during adolescence alters the development of brain.
Investigators from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital found cortical thinning in young people who had been heavy drinkers throughout their adolescence.Researchers performed magnetic resonance imaging of the brain structure on young and healthy, but heavy-drinking adults who had been heavy drinkers throughout their adolescence. As a comparison, they also used MRI to study age-
- It is a sad reality that being overweight or obese is prevalent among teens as well as adults. Currently, a third of the adolescent population in many developed countries are overweight or obese.While it is well known that teen obesity can lead to a bevy of physical health issues, new research suggests problems with weight during adolescence, coupled with social economic status and physical development, can also impact mental health during adulthood.To shed light on this issue, scientists at the
- According to new research by academics from University of Melbourne and Monash University, using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace contributes to good mental health for many users.
- New research finds that the way your teen perceives your parenting tactics, makes a big difference in whether they will comply or rebel with your admonitions.Researchers at the University of California, Riverside,found that when teens viewed their parents’ parenting tactics more negatively that parents did, they showed elevated levels of aggressive behaviors.
“Most, if not all, parents agree that they and their teenage children hold different views about how parenting is going at hom
- A world-first study has found medical hypnosis can reduce pain and anxiety in children being treated for serious burns.
- Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that plays an important role in controlling movement, emotion and cognition. Dopamine dysfunction is believed to be one of the causes of disorders like Schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Parkinson's disease.
- If winter days get you down, you're not alone. You may have seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression triggered by the change of seasons. People with this disorder tend to feel depressed in the fall and winter, when there is less sunlight and the days are shorter.
- Engagement in accessible and regular leisure pursuits can contribute to the health and well being of combat veterans, according to a Penn State study.
- Source: U.S. News and World ReportWhy breathing and movement exercises – and quiet time – belong in the classroom.
- Pets can help people manage their long-term mental health conditions, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry.
- Jennifer Lycette, M.D., understands the importance of treating patients with cancer at home in their in rural communities. It allows them to spend more time with their families and to focus on their treatment and recovery, not traveling.
- The violence that women in disadvantaged neighborhoods experience and witness can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and full diagnoses, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that examined a disadvantaged Chicago neighborhood.
- New preclinical evidence was put forward by investigators in a series of presentations at the recent meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology suggest that the a metabolite of ketamine can produce antidepressant-like effects in a mouse model of depression. The metabolite is produced when ketamine is broken down in the body. This finding may lead to further research to better understand ketamine's efficacy in depression and its potential side effects.
- What we see in the periphery, just outside the direct focus of the eye, may sometimes be a visual illusion, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that even though our peripheral vision is less accurate and detailed than what we see in the center of the visual field, we may not notice a qualitative difference because our visual processing system actually fills in some of what we "see" in the perip
- Source: Globe and Mail -TechnologyCaleb Barlow, vice-president of IBM Security, says 40 organizations will begin beta testing of the cognitive technology.
- Source: USA Today - Top StoriesThe Senate passed the first major mental health legislation in nearly a decade Wednesday, sending the 21st Century Cures Act to President Obama, who has promised to sign it.
- Source: Yahoo News - HealthPop icon Lady Gaga has revealed an ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), part of the emotional fallout from having been raped as a teenager. The singer-songwriter made the revelation during a television interview on Monday at a New York homeless shelter for gay and lesbian (LGBT) youth. "I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness -- I suffer from PTSD," said Gaga, speaking to NBC television's...
- New research has discovered that a damaging chemical imbalance in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia.
Using a new kind of MRI measurement, neuroscientists reported higher levels of oxidative stress in patients with schizophrenia, when compared both to healthy individuals and those with bipolar disorder.
“Intensive energy demands on brain cells leads to accumulation of highly reactive oxygen species, such as free radicals and hydrogen peroxide,” said the study’s lead inve
- New research from North Carolina State University and the University of British Columbia finds that a woman's lifetime history of drug use can help predict whether the woman will suffer from problems with stress and anxiety after childbirth. The finding could help health-care providers screen pregnant women for mental health problems and provide relevant treatment.
- Researchers at Lund and Malmö universities in Sweden have measured a biomarker in cell-free blood plasma which can be linked to an overactive stress system in suicidal individuals. This biomarker can hopefully be used in future psychiatric studies.
- Search engines and content providers could have a role to play in helping young people find the most reliable mental health resources online, research at the University of Strathclyde has found.
- "Psychoanalysts were once thought to be experts on sexual issues, but that is less true today. The rift between psychoanalysis and scientific sexology that occurred in the mid-20th century may be partly responsible," states Mark J. Blechner, PhD, author of "Psychoanalysis and Sexual Issues," a new article available from Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the official publication of the William Alanson White Institute and the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society.
- For the first time specific antibodies have been found to be associated with the onset of schizophrenia. A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry, reveals that certain kinds of antibodies appear in the blood of a significant percentage of people presenting with a first episode of psychosis. These antibodies, including those against the 'NMDA receptor', have previously been shown to cause encephalitis, a life threatening inflammation of the brain. This study now shows for the first time, that t
- The link between gut bacteria and mood and anxiety received strong scientific support during a series of presentations at the recent meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
“Current state-of-the-art research in both animal models as well as humans point to the link between the gut microbiota and mood and anxiety models, as well as the potential for psychiatric medications to directly affect the gut microbiome,” said Dr. Vicki Ellingrod, chair of this session.
- A national study involving Curtin and Deakin universities has found that three-quarters of Australian children view sports betting as normal, and even positive.
- Pregnant women face a number of choices. Most are pretty noncontroversial: Don't smoke or use drugs; avoid raw fish and eggs; get lots of rest. But one dilemma some pregnant women face is less intuitive: whether and how to treat their minds and bodies if they are depressed.
- Two decades of research into false memories, that is, “remembering” events that never actually happened, have established such vagaries of memory as a widespread phenomenon. Now, a new “mega-analysis” from the University of Warwick in England involving eight peer-reviewed studies finds that nearly half of participants believed, to some degree, a completely fictitious event from their lives.
Study leader Dr. Kimberley Wade from the Department of Psychology a
- A new study has found that the long-term threat of losing their jobs leads to heightened levels of fear and distress in older workers.
Unlike previous studies that tracked workers for just a few years, the new study tracked the same workers for 25 years.
“Our data give us the unique opportunity to examine…how the persistence of job insecurity is related to greater psychological distress in later life,” said Dr. Sarah Burgard, an associate professor of sociology and research as
- New brain imaging evidence was advanced in a series of presentations at the recent meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology supporting the long-held belief that stressful early life experiences, such as preterm birth, poverty and lack of familial support, adversely affect brain development. Using functional brain imaging, the speakers focused on how these stressors affect the development of vulnerable brain areas that mediate emotional responses and mood.
- Yelling. Screaming. Slamming of doors. Sneaking out.
- Early-onset major depressive disorder (MDD) is common in individuals with a family risk of depression. So what signs or symptoms might precede that initial onset of MDD during adolescence among a high-risk group of children with depressed parents?
- Not all children do well in school, despite being intellectually capable. Whilst parental relationships, motivation and self-concept all have a role to play, a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology shows that children's learning strategy is key for academic success.
- All of us who have experienced a "nervous stomach" under periods of stress suspect that there is a link between our gut and our mood. This link received strong scientific support during a series of presentations at the recent meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
- A damaging chemical imbalance in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia, according to research presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida.
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People with Parkinson’s disease and cognitive impairment have disruptions in their brain networks that can be seen on a specific type of MRI, according to a new study.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremors or trembling and stiffness in the limbs, impaired balance and coordination. It affects a
- Many people are prone to 'remembering' events that never happened, according to new research by the University of Warwick.
Drivers who miss one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily.
With drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roads each year,
- Unemployment appears to play a role in the risk for nonmedical use of prescription opioids and stimulants, according to a new study at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The findings show that unemployed workers are at the highest risk for misusing prescription opioids, and those out of the workforce entirely are most at risk for misusing prescription stimulants.
The study, published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, is among the first to in
- Would you rather receive a vacuum cleaner or a pair of theater tickets this holiday? Which would you rather give? As we enter the season of gift-giving, a new study finds that gift givers and gift receivers tend to focus on different outcomes, often resulting in disappointment.
The findings show that gift givers tend to focus on the moment of exchange when selecting a gift, often hoping for that look of excitement on the recipient’s face, whereas gift receivers are more focused on the long
- As many as 19 per cent of Ontario adults aged 18 to 29 experience moderate to severe problematic use of electronic devices, which includes smartphones and tablets as well as computers and video game consoles, according to the latest CAMH Monitor survey. It's the first time the ongoing survey has measured the impact of our increasing reliance on electronic devices.
- Developing a broader skill of empathy is a more realistic goal for medical students and doctors than urging them to be more compassionate. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr David Jeffrey, an honorary lecturer in palliative medicine at the Centre for Population Health Sciences in Edinburgh, says that doctors are at risk not only of personal distress but eventually burnout if their feelings of sympathy and compassion for patients override the more nuanced stance of empath
'I find peace there': The role of spirituality in treating postpartum depression in mothers of colorChurches and other faith-based communities are an untapped resource that health-care providers should consider when suggesting treatment options for African-American and Latina mothers who have histories of postpartum depression (PPD), according to the findings of a newly published study by a University at Buffalo-led research team.
- Gift givers often make critical errors in gift selection during the holiday season, according to a new research article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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