How bad will my postpartum depression be in 12 months? ‘Game-changing’ study uses four factors to accurately predict severity, longevity of postpartum depression

A new Northwestern Medicine study was able to successfully predict if a new mother would experience worsening depressive symptoms over the first year after giving birth by identifying four maternal characteristics that put her at risk. Identifying these factors early in the postpartum period will allow mothers to seek treatment earlier and improve their chance of a full recovery, the […]

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Long-term trauma outcomes heavily impacted by gender and education level

Trauma is a leading cause of disability in the world, resulting in more disability-adjusted life years than any other disease. While in-hospital, trauma-related mortality has decreased to just 4 percent in the U.S., little is known about what happens to the 96 percent of patients who survive their trauma injuries but may suffer debilitating long-term effects. Through the Functional Outcomes […]

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Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape

For the past two decades, scientists have been exploring the genetics of schizophrenia, autism and other brain disorders, looking for a path toward causation. If the biological roots of such ailments could be identified, treatments might follow, or at least tests that could reveal a person’s risk level. In the 1990s, researchers focused on genes that might possibly be responsible […]

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Sask. doctors building skills for treating youth with mental health conditions

A new program from the REACH Institute will help Saskatchewan doctors build their skills in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions in children and youth. It’s being launched in Saskatoon by the continuing medical education division at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). Related Saskatoon teachers work to improve mental health literacy for their students Saskatoon woman creates mittens […]

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Epileptics in high-crime neighborhoods have three times as many seizures

People with epilepsy living in high crime neighborhoods in Chicago had three times as many seizures as those living in neighborhoods with lower crime rates according to new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago presented at the American Epilepsy Society 2018 conference in New Orleans. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by abnormal brain activity and seizures […]

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A molecule for fighting muscular paralysis

Myotubular myopathy is a severe genetic disease that leads to muscle paralysis from birth and results in death before two years of age. Although no treatment currently exists, researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, — working in collaboration with the University of Strasbourg, France, — have identified a molecule that not only greatly reduces the progression of the […]

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How Can I Find the Best Psychiatrist?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness.(Getty Images) The brain is an intricate organ, and with that complexity comes the possibility for things to go wrong. Although neurologists take care of certain aspects of the brain and diseases that begin there, there’s more to having a healthy brain […]

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Reduced screen time for young highly recommended for well-being

Too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television is linked to heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age 2, according to a new study. Even after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability […]

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The 5 Different Types Of Stress You Need To Know About

Most people are aware that stress affects our health in a variety of ways, but what does it actually mean in our modern world? Today, anything that compromises our immune system and promotes chronic inflammation, the common denominator in all preventable degenerative diseases, can be considered a ‘stress’. None work in isolation, with each affecting the other. Identifying and minimising […]

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