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Reporting Potentially Violent Patients Is Not Going To Curb Gun Violence, Mental Health Professionals Say

Reporting Potentially Violent Patients Is Not Going To Curb Gun Violence, Mental Health Professionals Say

In response to the new gun law passed in New York on January 15th, some mental health professionals are claiming that reporting patients with a tenancy toward violence is not going to help resolve gun violence issues.

Nearly Half Of Children With Autism Wander Or “Bolt” From Safe Places

Nearly Half Of Children With Autism Wander Or “Bolt” From Safe Places

A new study found that nearly half of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are reported to wander or “bolt,” and more than half of these children go missing.

Substance-Use Disorders Linked to Increased Risk of Death for Veterans with PTSD

Substance-Use Disorders Linked to Increased Risk of Death for Veterans with PTSD

Association between drug, alcohol problems and mortality most prominent in younger veterans with PTSD, including those from Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who are also battling drug or alcohol problems face a higher risk of death, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor […]

Kids with Behavior Issues, Disabilities are Bullied More, Bully Others More

Kids with Behavior Issues, Disabilities are Bullied More, Bully Others More

Students receiving special-education services for behavioral disorders and those with more obvious disabilities are more likely to be bullied than their general-education counterparts; and are also more likely to bully other students, a new study shows.

Reducing Post-Traumatic Stress After ICU

Reducing Post-Traumatic Stress After ICU

Women are more likely to suffer post-traumatic stress than men after leaving an intensive care unit (ICU), finds a new study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Critical Care. However, psychological and physical ‘follow-up’ can reduce both this and post-ICU depression.

Email ‘vacations’ decrease stress, increase concentration

Email ‘vacations’ decrease stress, increase concentration

Being cut off from work email significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better, according to a new study by UC Irvine and U.S. Army researchers.

Study Focuses On Decreasing Risky Behaviors For Parolees

Study Focuses On Decreasing Risky Behaviors For Parolees

A new study published in JCHC this month considers how best to decrease the most common risky behaviors , such as drug use and sexual activity with multiple partners, in certain groups of parolees within the community. Researchers suggest better preventative programs, which educate parolees on the dangers of contracting sexually transmitted diseases due to unprotected sex and associated dangers of substance abuse, be implemented.

Mental Health Systems and Access to Psychotropic Medications In Low To Middle Income Countries

Mental Health Systems and Access to Psychotropic Medications In Low To Middle Income Countries

New research published in PLoS Medicine this week considers the link between mental health systems and access to psychotropic drugs in low to middle income countries.

Far Reaching Psychological Impact Of BP Oil Spill

Far Reaching Psychological Impact Of BP Oil Spill

New research has uncovered the negative psychological impact the 2010 BP oil spill has had on communities not directly effected by the crisis. In a report to be published in this month’s Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers explain that people living in communities which were not directly effected by the oil spill report significant levels of anxiety and depression related to the event.

Genetic Variants Rewire Brain In Autistic Patients

Genetic Variants Rewire Brain In Autistic Patients

Researchers at UCLA have demonstrated how genetic variants rewire the brain in autistic patients. Examining the role of the CNTAP2 gene, which is believed to boost the risk of autism, researchers discovered a difference in connectivity between the left and right sides of the brain, depending on which version of the gene the patients carried. This research could provide a positive outcome in developing treatments for re-balancing the brain circuitry for autistic patients and promote a more normal neurological development.

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