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By On March 23rd, 2011

Adolescent eating disorders a major public health concern

Adolescents experience eating disorders at only slightly lower rates than adults do. According to Kathleen Merikangas, PhD, of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., adolescents that do have an eating disorder are likely to have at least one associated comorbidity, as well as suicidal thoughts. The findings, reported in the Archives of…

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By On March 18th, 2011

Dads get the baby blues too…

It appears that dad’s get the baby blues too, and when they do almost half of them spank their one-year-olds! According to findings reported recently online in Pediatrics, not only women experience postpartum depression; approximately 7% of men experience it too. 41% of men that experience depression after childbirth spank their one-year-old babies compared to only…

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By On March 15th, 2011

Is no job better for your health than a bad one?

According to a recent Australian study, having no job is better for your mental health than having a job where working conditions are unfavorable. Data from over 7,000 individuals was used to compare the mental health of the employed with those who were jobless. The researchers expected to find generally poorer mental health scores among…

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By On March 4th, 2011

Heart patients with depression often experience ER delays

A retrospective cohort study recently published online in CMAJ revealed that patients with depression who seek emergency treatment for depression are less likely to receive timely care. Clare Atzema, MD, and colleagues at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, reported that these patients are not only significantly more likely to get a low triage…

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By On March 1st, 2011

Television and video games limit attention span

Children and late adolescents/early adults that spend more than three hours a day watching TV or playing video games via a console or computer are significantly more likely to have attention problems. The 13 month study composed of 1,323 participants found similar effects on attention span in children ages 6-12 and young adults ages 18-24.…

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By On February 25th, 2011

Rare gene replication may hold clues for schizophrenia

Previous studies have linked circadian rhythm disturbances with schizophrenia. However, Jonathan Sebat, PhD, of the University of California San Diego, and colleagues, did not purpose to analyze the VIP pathway genome; they by chance unearthed it as suspect during a broad spectrum genome analysis for copy number gains. The authors reported in the Feb. 24…

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By On February 22nd, 2011

Ketamine, dubbed “Special K” by partygoers, leaves users incontinent

Ketamine, a drug utilized by Veterinarians during surgery, reportedly causes pelvic pain and urinary incontinency among club goers that abuse the drug to get high. Ketamine, called “Special K” by partygoers, was found to cause reduced bladder capacity even in those whose use was considered to be less frequent. The drug is sought after by…

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By On February 18th, 2011

Deaths from prescription painkillers increasing rapidly

In a discussion of findings from a comprehensive report on the nation’s health released recently, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, said, “Just about the only mortality statistic that is getting worse is death from prescription opioid abuse.” Indeed deaths from prescription opiate abuse are increasing rapidly, approximately five fold from 1990 to 2007. An…

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By On February 11th, 2011

Elevated suicide risk associated with criminal justice system exposure

According to a Danish study, an examination of 27,000 suicides recorded in the national data registry revealed that contact with the prison system is associated with a greater risk for suicide. The findings, which were reported online in the Archives of General Psychiatry, indicated that the association was also present in noncustodial sentences and in…

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By On February 9th, 2011

Onset of psychotic illness early in marijuana users

According to a study recently published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the onset of psychotic illness is significantly earlier in marijuana users. Matthew Large, MD, of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and co-authors, examined data from more than 22,000 patients with psychosis and found that onset occurred nearly three years…

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