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Study Shows 2 Drugs Reduce Teacher-Rated Anxiety, in Addition to ADHD, Aggression

A new study led by researchers at the Nisonger Center at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center has published online today in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (JCAP) and shows the addition of risperidone to parent training and a stimulant also improves teachers’ assessments of anxiety and social avoidance. Improvement in teacher-rated anxiety and social withdrawal also contributed to improvements in parent-rated disruptive behavior. Children who showed reduced anxiety also showed less disruptive behavior.

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Text Support - SLU Research Finds Text Messages a Good Method to Support Low-Income Mothers with Postpartum Depression

The objective of the study was to evaluate the feasibility of sending supportive text messages to low-income mothers of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds with postpartum depression and gauge the perception of receiving such message for depression.

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Expert: Could Treating Sleep Problems Help With PTSD?

An expert can speak on how treating sleep problems might reduce the potential of PTSD among military personnel. Seth Lederman, MD, co-founder and CEO of Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp., is overseeing the development of TNX-102 SL, an advanced sublingual reformulation of the FDA-approved muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine, aiming to improve sleep quality and make a meaningful difference in the symptoms experienced by PTSD patients. Tonix’s AtEase Study is a Phase 2 clinical study to evaluate the potential therapeutic benefits of TNX-102 SL for PTSD in members of the military and its veterans.

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Scientists Use Brain Stimulation to Boost Creativity, Set Stage to Potentially Treat Depression

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UNC researchers have published the first direct evidence that a low dose of electric current can enhance the brain’s natural alpha oscillations to boost creativity by an average of 7.4 percent. Next up: using the method to treat depression.

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High Rate of Healthcare Visits before Suicide Attempts

Most people who attempt suicide make some type of healthcare visit in the weeks or months before the attempt, reports a study in the May issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Study Finds 1.2 Percent of Preschoolers on Medicaid Use Psychotropic Drugs

A new study finds that that 1.2 percent of American preschool children on Medicaid are using psychotropic drugs, including antidepressants, mood stabilizers and medications for attention-deficit disorder. Using 2000-2003 Medicaid Analytic Extract data from 36 states, a group of researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found preschoolers are receiving psychotropic medications despite limited evidence supporting safety or efficacy.

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One in Three Teenage Boys Experiencing Sexual Assault Tries to Take His Own Life, Study Finds

A study has found that one of three male teens who experienced sexual assault had attempted suicide in the previous year.

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Dealing with Death in Deployment

A new University of Utah study is the first to provide clear insight into contributors to suicide risk among military personnel and veterans who have deployed. The study found that exposure to killing and death while deployed is connected to suicide risk. Previous studies that looked solely at the relationship between deployment and suicide risk without assessing for exposure to killing and death have shown inconsistent results.

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Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Has Impulsive Anger Issues and Access To Guns

An estimated 9 percent of adults in the U.S. have a history of impulsive, angry behavior and have access to guns, according to a study published this month in Behavioral Sciences and the Law. The study also found that an estimated 1.5 percent of adults report impulsive anger and carry firearms outside their homes.

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Rates of ADHD Appear to Decrease at Higher Altitudes

The prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) decreases substantially as altitude increases