Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia

July 22, 2014

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — One of the largest studies ever conducted into the genetic origins of a psychiatric disorder has uncovered 83 new sites on chromosomes that harbor inherited genes tied to schizophrenia.
The findings, made by an international team of researchers, now bring the total number of common gene variants linked to [...]

Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too

July 22, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child’s stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them.
Mothers of autistic children who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their child and felt less [...]

Good Schools May Be Good for a Teen’s Health, Too

July 21, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Low-income teenagers who get into a more rigorous high school may take fewer health risks than their peers at other schools, a new study suggests.
The study, of low-income Los Angeles teens, found that those who attended “high-performing” high schools were less likely to carry a [...]

Other Women Judge You For Your Sexy Facebook Selfies

July 18, 2014

Teen girls and young women who post sexy photos of themselves on social media sites are viewed negatively by their peers, a new study finds.

Redbull-Vodka Cocktails May Make You Want to Drink More

July 18, 2014

Mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking, new research reveals.

Many Sexually Active U.S. Teens Not Tested for HIV: CDC

July 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Only one in five sexually active U.S. teens has been tested for HIV, a new government report shows.
That percentage is concerning because teens make up a significant share of new HIV infections, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
“We know that [...]

Soldiers’ Use of Mental Health Services Up, Stigma Down, Study Finds

July 18, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) — As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services — and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
Even so, about two-thirds of soldiers with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression didn’t [...]

Research Reveals Why Pot Can Make People Paranoid

July 17, 2014

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — British researchers say they’ve identified several psychological factors that can contribute to short-term paranoia in some people who use marijuana.
The paranoia is caused by the main active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), according to the researchers.
“The study very convincingly shows that cannabis [marijuana] can cause short-term paranoia in [...]

Childhood Sex Abuse May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk in Women

July 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged women who were sexually abused as children may be more likely to develop early signs of heart disease, a new study suggests.
“Early life adversities may have implications for the development of risk factors for heart disease during midlife,” said lead researcher Rebecca Thurston, [...]

Study Suggests Tough Smoking Laws Might Lower Suicide Risk

July 16, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may increase a person’s risk for suicide, but high cigarette taxes and smoking restrictions in public places lower that risk, a new study suggests.
Previous research has found that smokers are more likely to take their own lives than nonsmokers. This difference was attributed to the fact that [...]

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