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Health News - Mental Health

Could eye color predict the risk of alcohol dependence?
For the first time, researchers have uncovered a link between eye color and alcohol dependence, finding people with light-colored eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics. (Medical News Today)

How do antidepressants affect moral decision-making?
The effects on moral decision-making of citalopram and levodopa - commonly prescribed drugs that affect the brain's levels of serotonin and dopamine - are compared in a new study. (Medical News Today)

Hospital-wide program for delirium, alcohol withdrawal and suicide/harm impacts readmission rates
Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that developing and implementing an interdisciplinary care improvement initiative improves outcomesApproximately 20 percent of all patients admitted to a... (Medical News Today)

Virtual training helps veterans with PTSD, mentally ill nab more jobs
Virtual human -- based on FBI training -- shows them how to ace job interview Nine times more job offers after training Eases anxiety and boosts rapport with interviewer High... (Medical News Today)

What is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)? Effects and hazards of LSD
LSD is one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid. The primary effect of LSD is to alter the senses and cause hallucinations. (Medical News Today)

African-American, Latino citizens at increased risk of mental health issues
Two new UCLA studies identify five environmental factors that put African-American, Latino and Hispanic people at greater risk of psychological problems. (Medical News Today)

Economic recessions may have an impact on suicide and self-harm rates
Two new studies publishing in the International Journal of Epidemiology have examined associations between economic downturns and rates of suicide. (Medical News Today)

Individuals with social phobia have too much serotonin
Previous studies have led researchers to believe that individuals with social anxiety disorder/social phobia have too low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. (Medical News Today)

Link between panic attacks and heart disease discovered
People who suffer from panic disorder are almost half as likely to develop heart disease later in life than those who do not, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Study may help Department of Veterans Affairs find patients with high-risk of suicide
Clinicians are challenged every day to make difficult decisions regarding patients' suicide risk. (Medical News Today)

One in 5 young venous thromboembolism patients require psychotropic drugs within 5 years
Mental health problems requiring psychotropic medication are double that of healthy peersEuroHeartCare is the official annual meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied... (Medical News Today)

New Zealand mental health funding initiative well timed
Today's announcement of a $500,000 funding boost to support mental health initiatives targeted at rural communities could not be better timed, says Dalton Kelly, New Zealand Rural General Practice... (Medical News Today)

Poor sleep quality linked to reduced resilience among veterans
Study is first to examine relationship between resilience and self-reported sleep quality among veterans and active duty service members of Iraq and Afghanistan conflictsA new study suggests that... (Medical News Today)

Study finds genetic link between creativity and schizophrenia, bipolar
New research finds people with creative professions or hobbies - such as musicians and artists - are more likely to have genetic variants linked to schizophrenia and bipolar. (Medical News Today)

Small molecules change biological clock rhythm
A team of chemists and biologists at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University have succeeded in finding new molecules that change the circadian rhythm in mammals by... (Medical News Today)

British psychologists call for fundamental reform of the Work Capability Assessment
The government should commission an 'end-to-end redesign' of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) process, says a new briefing paper from the British Psychological Society. (Medical News Today)

As death rates drop, nonfatal diseases and injuries take a bigger toll on health globally
In every country, back pain and depression are among the leading causes of years lived with disability; mental and substance abuse disorders cause one-fifth of disabling conditionsPeople across... (Medical News Today)

A balanced diet is important for mental health, suggests study
An international study highlights the importance of nutrition for maintaining mental health. (Medical News Today)

More than 95% of the global population has at least one health problem, study finds
Only 1 in 20 people worldwide are without health problems, according to new research, with more than 30% of the global population experiencing at least five medical conditions. (Medical News Today)

Cat ownership in childhood linked to greater risk of later-life mental illness
New research has linked cat ownership in childhood with greater later-life risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, attributing the link to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. (Medical News Today)

Mental health services: two-thirds of headspace clients show improvement, Australia
headspace has been associated with improved mental health outcomes for young Australians, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. (Medical News Today)

Illicit drug-taking in the workplace 'increasing'
Company that carries out millions of US workplace tests for drugs says the proportion of positives is on the rise, including for marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol use disorder affects '1 in 3 Americans' in their lifetime
Despite 1 in 3 Americans having a problem with drink, only 1 in 5 receive treatment, according to a study based on tens of thousands of face-to-face interviews. (Medical News Today)

New strong evidence for neurological cause of schizophrenia
A study finds strong evidence that a number of disease-linked mutations that disrupt the delicate chemical balance of signaling in the brain help cause schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

International development assistance for global mental health remains low
Despite an expanding body of evidence suggesting that sustainable mental health care can be effectively integrated into existing health systems at relatively low cost, mental health has not... (Medical News Today)

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