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Precision Therapy Targeting Specific Gene Mutation Reduces Psychotic Symptoms

Breakthrough research has found that treatment of some forms of psychosis can be enhanced by tailoring an intervention to a specific genetic mutation. The new study provides a proof-of-principle demonstration...

Childhood Tics May Not Go Away, Kids Just Get Better at Hiding Them

Around 20 percent of kids will develop one or more compulsive tics, such as excessive blinking, throat clearing or shrugging, at some point during childhood. Yet far fewer (only around...

Physical Well-Being Needs to Be Addressed Along With Mental Health

A new UK study finds that people with mental illness may live longer if they address both their physical and mental health. University of Queensland researchers found patients’ physical health...

Fun, Structured Programs Improve Mood in Obese Kids as Much as Exercise

Regular exercise offers a variety of benefits for overweight and obese children, but when it comes to their mental and social health in particular, other kinds of adult-led afterschool programs...

UK Study Suggests High Rates of Mental Illness, Drug Problems in Homeless Population

A new U.K. study finds alarming evidence of severe mental health problems, drug and alcohol dependence, and high rates of hepatitis C among those in the homeless population. Researchers from...

Antidepressants Reduce Death by One-Third in Diabetic Patients

A new study has found that antidepressants reduce death by more than one-third in patients with diabetes and depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with...

Many Domestic Violence Victims May Have Undiagnosed Brain Injuries

In a new community-based study, researchers from The Ohio State University and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network found that 81 percent of women who seek help because of intimate partner...

Teens Are Not Sexting More – Or Less

In the first study in nearly a decade, researchers discovered adolescent “sexting” is not at epidemic levels, but neither has it declined  despite preventive efforts. Overall, the practice of sexting...

Perinatal Depression Screening May Miss Suicidal Thoughts

A new study of 736 low-income pregnant women in Illinois finds that more than one-third of those who reported having thoughts of self-harm in a commonly used health questionnaire did...

Spending Habits Often Align With Personality

Emerging research suggests that how you spend your money can reflect aspects of your personality. Investigators analyzed over 2 million spending records from more than 2,000 individuals and discovered that...
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