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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.

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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.

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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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Smokers With A History Of Anxiety Disorders Find It Harder To Quit

New research published in the Journal of Addiction suggests smokers with a history of anxiety disorders find it more difficult to quit smoking. The research conducted by UW-CTRI discovered smokers who had previously suffered from anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, social anxiety and generalize anxiety disorders were less likely to be able to quit smoking that smokers who had no history of anxiety disorders.

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Survey Highlights Role Of Psychiatric Nurses And Their Professional Challenges

A new survey has revealed that 94% of psychiatric nurses feel extremely involved in their provision of care for patients. However, more than half of the nurses surveyed stated they would like more involvement and participation within the treatment team. Additionally, the majority of psychiatric nurses interviewed stated they believe their role and involvement does assist in achieving better outcomes for patients who are living with mental illness.

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