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Giving Lithium to Those who Need it

Lithium is a ‘gold standard’ drug for treating bipolar disorder, however not everyone responds in the same way. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders finds that this is true at the levels of gene activation, especially in the activation or repression of genes which alter the level the apoptosis (programmed cell death).

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Addiction Roots Dependent Upon A Person’s Sex?

A new report from Yale researchers considers the different biological mechanisms associated with cocaine addiction between men and women. It is hoped that the study could shed some light onto effective therapies to help curb cravings, and ultimately break the addiction cycle based upon the sex of the patient. The findings so far suggest that women could benefit from stress reduction therapies, while men might benefit more from cognitive behavioral therapies or more traditional 12 step programs.

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A History of Rape Or Child Abuse Can Lead To Chronic PTSD In Women

A new study released by Florida State University has discovered certain risk factors for the development of chronic PTSD in women. The risk factors include a history of rape or server childhood physical abuse. Additionally, women who reported more ‘rexperiencing’ symptoms, such as nightmares or flash backs to their trauma, were more likely to suffer the persistent effects of PTSD for a longer period of time.

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New Index Assists In Identifying Suicidal Behavior

Until recently, it has been extremely hard for scientists and doctors to evaluate a person’s likelihood for thinking about suicide or acting on suicidal impulses. Little methodology was in place to correctly identify those in most risk of considering suicide or ending their own lives. However, an international group of scientists have considered suicidal behavior and identified a number of risk factors in order to create the first index for preventing suicide.

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Strong Risk Factor For Bipolar Disorder Associated With NCAN Genetic Variation

A genetic variation in the gene neurocan (NCAN) could denote a strong risk factor for bipolar disorder, new research suggests. The study into the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, considered the DNA of a large number of people with bipolar disorder in Europe, Australia and the USA. Through their GWAS investigation, they discovered that the genetic variation of NCAN was significantly associated with thousands of patients who suffer from bipolar disorder.

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Lasting Impact On Mental Health For Women Who Have Miscarried

Miscarriage and stillbirth can be devastating for any woman. The depression and anxiety faced after their loss can be extremely long lasting. Research published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests depression and anxiety can still affect women who have previously miscarried or had a still birth, even after the arrival of a healthy baby.

The research, conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center, suggests the birth of a healthy child does not resolve mental health problems many women experienced after the loss of a pregnancy or child. Furthermore, the research could be helpful in determining the potential risks of postnatal depression occurring.

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