Social anxiety disorder may increase risk of alcoholism

New research published in Depression and Anxiety indicates that, unlike other anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder may have a direct effect on alcoholism. For the study, researchers assessed alcoholism, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and specific phobias through interviews with 2,801 adult Norwegian twins. Social anxiety disorder had the strongest association with alcoholism, and it predicted […]

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Food insecurity linked with binge-eating disorder and obesity

Food insecurity—difficulty affording enough food to support regular, balanced meals—was associated with increased likelihoods of binge-eating disorder and obesity in a recent International Journal of Eating Disorders study. It is important to examine potential links between binge-eating disorder and food insecurity because binge eating is associated with more severe mental and physical health problems than overeating or obesity alone. To […]

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Higher average potency cannabis may increase risk for first disorder symptom

Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states and Washington, D.C., but regulations regarding potency do not exist. The results of a new study, led by an Iowa State University researcher, may prompt states to reconsider. Higher average potency cannabis at first use increases the risk for the first symptom of cannabis use disorder within a year of use, according to […]

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Sutimlimab shows promise for hard-to-treat, rare blood disorder

In a first-in-human clinical trial reported today in Blood, the investigational drug sutimlimab appeared to be effective in treating cold agglutinin disease, a rare chronic blood disorder for which there are currently no approved treatments. Cold agglutinin disease is caused by a malfunction in the immune system that causes antibodies—components of the immune system that are produced in the blood […]

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Student, 26, has had FOUR hip replacements due to a rare disorder

‘I have already faced more health challenges than most will in their entire life’: Father, 26, has had FOUR hip replacements due to a rare disorder that ‘eats away at his bone’ Aaron Blocker was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in 2010 This causes his bone tissue to die due to a poor blood supply Had his first hip replacement at just […]

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