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Dozens of genes associated with autism in new research

Two major genetic studies of autism, involving more than 50 laboratories worldwide, have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms that govern whether, when, and how genes are activated overall.

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Parasite-schizophrenia connection: One-fifth of schizophrenia cases may involve the parasite T. gondii

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism. A new study used epidemiological modeling methods to determine the proportion of schizophrenia cases that may be attributable to T. gondii infection. The work...

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Setting Self-Compassionate Boundaries

This week my friend and favorite blogger Therese Borchard wrote a powerful piece about self-compassion and setting boundaries. The whole piece is a must-read. But it’s these words that struck me, because they’re all too familiar: Only in...

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Plan for Your Next Breakdown

      Hospital shopping. Interviewing doctors. Researching therapies.   All things that people with depression don’t want to do. It’s exhausting. But the truth is this: Not all hospitals are alike; not all doctors are empathetic...

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Innovative study utilizing video games shows sleep apnea may affect memory of everyday events

Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research suggests. The study demonstrates through the playing of a specific video game that disruption of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as a consequence of sleep apnea impairs spatial memory in humans even when other sleep stages are intact.

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Your Body is Worth Getting to Know

Nothing feels quite so wonderful as suddenly discovering the power of your own WINGS! I was in my late 20′s, and well into my struggles with anorexia and bulimia, before I began to perceive a tangible difference between “my body” and...

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Strong bonds with pets may help foster resiliency in military-connected children

Developing resiliency has important benefits for children, especially those from military families faced with significant challenges such as parental deployment and frequent moves. New research supports the idea that, along with other key resources, strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits.

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EEG test to help understand, treat schizophrenia

An EEG test to study and treat schizophrenia has been validated by researchers. The findings offer a clinical test that could be used to help diagnose persons at risk for developing mental illness later in life, as well as an approach for measuring the efficacies of different treatment options.

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New technology shows promise for delivery of therapeutics to the brain

Researchers have created “a tool for blood-barrier-brain disruption that uses bursts of sub-microsecond bipolar pulses to enhance the transfer of large molecules to the brain.” According to the authors, the current medical use of chemotherapy to treat brain cancer can be inefficient because of the blood-brain-barrier that impedes the delivery of drugs out of blood vessels and into the tumor.

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Overcoming the Stigma of Couples Therapy

The word “therapy” carries unfortunate negative connotations in our society. Couples therapy provokes its own particular brand of stigma. Many couples keep the fact that they go to couples therapy private, out of fear of being judged by other...

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Higher suicide risk after served prison sentence

People who have been in prison run a higher risk of committing suicide; 18 times that of the general population. By far the highest risk of suicide comes in the first months after release and among individuals with a history of substance abuse and previous suicide attempts, experts report.

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Neglect of culture in medicine is 'single biggest barrier' to achieving better health

"Health is as much about caring as it is about curing,” experts argue in a new article. Culture is often blamed for clinical malpractice, such as in the case of the Francis Inquiry in the UK, where serious malpractice at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was ultimately attributed to the organisation's culture. But the authors point out that if culture can be responsible for such a serious lapse in standards of care, examining culture more deeply might also hold the key to better...

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