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Health News - Mental Health

Disruptions to sleep patterns lead to an increased risk of suicides
The link between sleep problems and suicidal thoughts and behaviours is made starkly clear in new research from The University of Manchester, published in the BMJ Open. (Medical News Today)

Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity
A large international study of more than 200,000 people in nearly 50 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, and men with psychosis are over two... (Medical News Today)

In unstable times, the brain reduces cell production to help cope
People who experience job loss, divorce, death of a loved one or any number of life's upheavals often adopt coping mechanisms to make the situation less traumatic. (Medical News Today)

Metformin associated with decreasing weight gain in kids with autism
The diabetes medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with decreased weight gain in a small clinical trial of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who were taking... (Medical News Today)

How epigenetics shapes neuronal excitability
A new study suggests that epigenetic changes can alter the abundance of specific channels to control neuronal excitability, which is known to be dysregulated in many brain disorders. (Medical News Today)

Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in hearts of young women with heart disease
Younger women with coronary heart disease and mental stress are more susceptible to myocardial ischemia (reduced blood flow to the heart muscle, which can lead to a heart attack), compared to men... (Medical News Today)

Upward trend in happiness for older people year on year
Contrary to previous studies, researchers from University of California-San Diego School of Medicine show that as people age, their mental health improves. (Medical News Today)

Too much activity in one of the brain's key memory regions is bad for your memory and attention
Neurons in the brain interact by sending each other chemical messages, so-called neurotransmitters. (Medical News Today)

Refining optogenetic methods to map synaptic connections in the brain
A fundamental question in neuroscience is how neuronal networks and circuits give rise to brain function, as disruptions in these connections can lead to mental illness and brain disorders. (Medical News Today)

Watching a lot of TV makes you more susceptible to everyday myths
People who watch a lot of television are more likely to be susceptible to everyday myths - irrespective of their age, education or gender. (Medical News Today)

Job dissatisfaction has negative health effects by age 40
New research shows that job dissatisfaction early in careers impacts physical and mental health leading to depression, sleep problems, and excessive worry. (Medical News Today)

Money on the mind: Breadwinning men have worse mental, physical health
Compared with men whose financial contributions match their partner's, those who are the primary breadwinners may have poorer physical and mental health. (Medical News Today)

Study links self-reported childhood abuse to death in women years later
A study of a large number of middle-aged adults suggests self-reported childhood abuse by women was associated with an increased long-term risk of death, according to an article published online by... (Medical News Today)

Pregnancy: Antipsychotic use does not increase the risk of birth defects
Exposure to antipsychotic drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk of congenital or cardiac malformations. (Medical News Today)

Brain study confirms gene mutation link to psychiatric disorders
Brain scans have revealed how a genetic mutation linked to major psychiatric disorders affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia symptoms eased with aerobic exercise
Around 12 weeks of aerobic exercise was found to significantly improve the cognitive functioning of individuals with schizophrenia in a new study. (Medical News Today)

Psychopathy of 1,800 prisoners leads to novel diagnostic tool for criminals and non-criminals alike
After a large-scale research project involving hundreds of prisoners at maximum security jails, a psychologist at the University of Huddersfield has developed a new method for assessing psychopathy. (Medical News Today)

TSRI and NIH scientists show molecule in brain may drive cocaine addiction
A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), funded by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol... (Medical News Today)

Increased risk suicide death associated with hospitalization for infection
Being hospitalized with infection was associated with an increased risk of suicide death and the highest risk of suicide was among those individuals with hepatitis and HIV or AIDS, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Financial worries linked to mental health issues among university students
Experiencing financial difficulties and worrying about debt at university increases the risk of mental health conditions such as depression and alcohol dependency, according to new research from... (Medical News Today)

In search of neurobiological factors for schizophrenia
It is impossible to predict the onset of schizophrenic psychosis. If factors linked to a risk of psychosis can be identified, however, these may yield significant insights into its underlying... (Medical News Today)

Volunteering in middle age and senior years linked to enhanced mental health
No positive association seen before age of 40, suggesting link varies across life course. (Medical News Today)

How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Learn all about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that causes people to switch between different moods. (Medical News Today)

Single people more fulfilled, experience more psychological growth
In contrast to the negative ideology of being single, new research shows that single people have a fulfilling life, experiencing more psychological growth. (Medical News Today)

Tinder: Users experience body dissatisfaction, body shame, low self-esteem
A study examining the connection between Tinder use and psychological well-being finds users report negative body image perception and low self-esteem. (Medical News Today)

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