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Health News - Mental Health

Exercising helps depressed smokers quit
People diagnosed with depression need to step out for a cigarette twice as often as smokers who are not dealing with a mood disorder. (Medical News Today)

A new cause of mental disease?
Astrocytes, the cells that make the background of the brain and support neurons, might be behind mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, according to new research by a Portuguese... (Medical News Today)

'Suicide is not a selfish act' say survivors who have attempted to take their own life - new research
A study of Australians who have attempted suicide has found many made the attempt feeling they were 'a burden' and believed their family and friends would be 'better off' without them. (Medical News Today)

Children with relatives who participated in manhunt after Boston Marathon attack suffer mental health issues
Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Armed forces 'more likely to have had adverse childhood experiences'
New research suggests the odds of adverse childhood experiences are higher in people who have served in the military, compared with those who have no military history. (Medical News Today)

Could vitamin D deficiency increase the risk of schizophrenia?
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health problems. Now, a new study suggests that people who are vitamin D deficient may be more likely to develop schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify more than 80 new genes linked to schizophrenia
An international team of researchers has identified 108 genes - 83 of which were previously undiscovered - associated with schizophrenia, potentially shedding light on its causes. (Medical News Today)

Autism risk is 'mostly genetic,' according to statistical analysis
The largest ever study into the heritability of autism finds that nearly 60% of autism risk is genetic. Also, these genes are mostly common among the general population. (Medical News Today)

Homeless and unstably housed women in San Francisco suffer high rates of violence
New research from UC San Francisco found that 60 percent of the city's homeless and unstably housed women who are HIV-infected or at high risk to become infected have endured a recent experience of... (Medical News Today)

'The higher the cigarette taxes, the lower the suicide rates'
Previous studies have found that smokers have a higher risk of suicide. Now, new research suggests that more aggressive tobacco policies and taxation may reduce suicide rates. (Medical News Today)

Suicide rates linked to cigarette taxes, smoking policies
Cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who don't smoke, studies have shown. (Medical News Today)

Risk of personal and appearance-based rejection sensitivity higher in body dysmorphic disorder patients
In a recent study, researchers at Rhode Island Hospital found that fear of being rejected because of one's appearance, as well as rejection sensitivity to general interpersonal situations, were... (Medical News Today)

Study links loss of vision to employment status
A nationally representative study finds that people with visual impairment are less likely to be employed than people with normal vision. (Medical News Today)

Mental health patients at highest risk of suicide in first two weeks after leaving hospital
Mental health patients are at their highest risk of dying by suicide in the first two weeks after leaving hospital - a report out today shows. (Medical News Today)

Pill appearance and medication compliance; protecting men from suicide; nurses may effectively manage outpatient care
1. Pill appearance affects how patients take their medicationsWhen it comes to taking generic heart medications, appearance matters, according to a study published in Annals of Internal... (Medical News Today)

Study: how marijuana causes paranoia
A new study finds that a main ingredient in cannabis - THC - causes certain negative feelings and changes perceptions that induce paranoid feelings among users of the drug. (Medical News Today)

Researcher aiming to loosen the grip of severe mental illness
A neuroscientist at Rutgers University-Newark says the human brain operates much the same whether active or at rest - a finding that could provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar... (Medical News Today)

Having strong social ties protects men from suicide death
Social integration, such as being married, attending religious services, and having a large network of friends protects men against suicide, according to a study being published in Annals of... (Medical News Today)

L-dopa medication could be helpful in the treatment of phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder
A drug used to treat Parkinson's disease could also help people with phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (Medical News Today)

Texting while driving reported by nearly half of grade 12 students in Ontario
An ongoing survey of Ontario students in grades 7 to 12 conducted for Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) reveals a number of significant behavioural trends, including an alarming... (Medical News Today)

Rehab for age-related loss of vision cuts depression risk in half
Research finds that a technique called behavioral activation leads to a 50% decrease in the chances of people with age-related macular degeneration developing clinical depression. (Medical News Today)

Symptoms of schizophrenia possible following sleep deprivation
Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy persons similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

The missing link between mental states and biological measures
In an article published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, researchers from the University of Bologna and Bern analyze the state of biological research in mental disorders. (Medical News Today)

You can overcome your obsessions with internet treatment: no talking, just writing
A group of German investigators reports on the affects of internet based treatment on obsessive symptoms in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. (Medical News Today)

A new treatment for borderline personality disorder
A group of Swiss investigators reports on a new type of psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. (Medical News Today)

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