Mental Health

A new study has found a direct association between maternal prenatal stress and negative outcomes of offspring psychopathology. Maternal prenatal stress can be defined as a reduction in the mother’s psychological well-being during pregnancy and is linked to neurobiological, behavioural, and cognitive outcomes in offspring. Prenatal anxiety can also affect childhood psychopathology (manifestation of symptoms
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A recent study evaluated the factors associated with mental health symptoms in healthcare workers exposed to COVID-19. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and since that time, the outbreak spread quickly to more than 200 countries. Healthcare workers, responsible for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 are more
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Higher levels of phthalates in mothers lead to a higher score on autism tests for boys, showing a link between phthalates and autism; these negative effects were reduced by adequate folic acid intake. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects roughly 1.7% of children in the general population.  Children who are affected
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When discontinuing antidepressant medications commonly prescribed to help treat depressive disorders, patients may experience antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Antidepressant medications are most commonly used to help treat depressive disorders. They are also prescribed to help with other conditions such as chronic pain syndromes, eating disorders, generalized anxiety-disorders, neuropathic pain syndromes, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Antidepressants include monoamine
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Researchers investigated brain response patterns to visual stimuli in migraine sufferers. Migraine sufferers experience intermittent severe headaches, usually worse on one side of the head and often combined with nausea, vomiting, and hypersensitivity to light, smell, or sound. Around a fifth of sufferers notice visual symptoms such as flashing lights, wavy lines, or blurred vision
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CHICA is a child health improvement through a computer automation system that promotes timely screening for autism spectrum disorder. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that computer automation together with clinical decision support could lead to improved screening in pediatric primary care practices. Researchers performed a randomized clinical
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In a recent study, researchers report the association of depressive symptoms in women with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the most common autoimmune arthritis caused by the improper functioning of the body’s defense system. Research has shown that depression is among the most common mental health disorders associated with RA. However, the prevalence of
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A recent study looked at the effects of problematic internet use on motivation for studying, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Since the increase in the prevalence of laptops, smartphones, and other technological devices within classrooms, researchers have devised numerous studies investigating how technology and the internet affect study habits. Confusion and uncertainty have sparked a debate
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Have you ever wondered how animals look or hunt for food? The simple response is they just follow their instincts, but what are the mechanisms behind their body’s response to look for food, and keep looking until they are satisfied? What is behind the neurology of motivation? Previous research has found that environmental gustatory cues
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A pilot study investigating the effects of bumetanide for autism in young children has produced promising results. Autism, or “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD), is a brain development disorder that leads to behavior and communication problems. Children with ASD may have a range of symptoms including delay in speaking and difficulties in social interactions such as
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Recent research supports an association between specific components of the diet and mental health. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians experiences mental health condition or illness in a given year. Approximately 50% of the population will have or have already had a mental illness by the age of forty. Mental
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Researchers found that the association between suicidal behaviours and bullying in youths depended on gender and regional variation. What is the connection between suicidal behaviours and bullying? How prevalent are suicidal behaviours and bullying across the world? What are their global health risks? These are the questions behind a study published in The Lancet. With
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