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By On April 28th, 2014

Seven Percent of American Children are Taking Psychiatric Medication

A new government report states that more than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties. More importantly, more than half of the parents of these children said the medications are helping. “We can’t advise parents on what they should do, but I think it’s positive that…

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By On March 4th, 2014

New Studies Show Widespread Mental Health Issues In the Army

Three new studies have been released this week suggesting a significant number of American soldiers suffer from some form of mental health issues, even before being deployed. The findings say the rates of mental health issues in soldiers is considerably higher than the rates found in the general population. “Some of the differences in disorder…

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By On February 28th, 2014

Are Obesity and Birth Control Pills Causing Multiple Sclerosis?

According to two new studies released this week, obesity and birth control pills may play a part in the development of multiple sclerosis. The first study found that those who were obese at the age of 20 were at twice the risk of developing MS in their lifetime. The study suggests a hormone called leptin,…

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By On November 5th, 2013

Brain Scans Give Insight Into Fibromyalgia-Related Pain

A new study sheds insight into how pain factors into fibromyalgia, a chronic condition we know very little about. Brain scans showed that fibromyalgia patients are not as able to mentally prepare for pain compared to healthy people. They are also less respondent to the promise of pain relief. Fibromyalgia is not well understood, but…

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By On October 17th, 2013

Genetic Variant Causes Twice The Brain Tissue Loss in Alzheimer’s Patients

  A specific genetic mutation may explain those who suffer significantly worse impairment from Alzheimer’s disease, as a new study finds the mutation associated with the disease causes double the rate of brain-tissue loss. People with the mutation, called the TREM2 gene variant, may also be likely to develop the disease three years earlier than…

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By On April 4th, 2013

The Link Between Heart Disease And Dementia

A study published earlier this month concludes that a risk assessment for heart disease can actually more accurately predict cognitive decline than dementia risk scores. Also, though not as strong as the heart disease assessment, risk scores for stroke also predicted cognitive decline better than dementia predictors. These findings emphasize not only the link between…

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By On January 30th, 2013

Keep Your Heart Healthy to Keep Your Brain Healthy

For women over the age of 65, cardiovascular health can play a significant role in avoiding cognitive decline and dementia. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that heart disease can be linked to mental decline in both men and women, but the association is strongest in women. Specifically, mild cognitive impairment occurs often in patients…

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By On January 10th, 2013

Menopause And Cognitive Decline

Regions of a woman’s brain responsible for learning, retaining and applying new information are rich in estrogen receptors. Experts say that this is why menopause can cause frustrating lapses in memory and cognitive abilities, as hormone levels fluctuate widely. Researchers associated with studies on the effects of menopause on the brain speculate that this cognitive…

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By On December 4th, 2012

Dangers of Prolonged Antipsychotic Drug Use Exposed

A recent study set out to find which antipsychotic medications were safest and most effective for prolonged use. Instead, they seemed to discover that none of the medications used in their study are meant for long-term use and nearly all of the patients observed went off the meds well before they were intended to. As…

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