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In Older Adults, Frailty and Depression Symptoms Are Linked and Can Affect Spouses

Frailty, a condition that affects 10 percent of people aged 65 and older, can make older adults more prone to disability, falls, hospitalization and a shorter lifespan. Recently, researchers writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society examined the effects of frailty and depression on married couples. Although we know much about the effects of frailty and depression on individuals, up until now, little has been uncovered about how these two conditions may be connected within couples.

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Ocean Views Linked to Better Mental Health

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Here's another reason to start saving for that beach house: New research suggests that residents with a view of the water are less stressed.

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American Psychological Association Marks Mental Health Awareness Month with Focus on Barriers to Care

Events will address challenges for older adults, children, LGBT population and minority boys and men.

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Cancer and Mental Health Disorders: @FredHutch Survivorship Expert Available to Discuss New Findings

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Family Institute Staff Publish New Handbook of Family Therapy

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The Handbook of Family Therapy illuminates the common threads in couple and family therapies and a range of perspectives. It explores the integration of theory, clinical wisdom, and practical and meaningful research that produces the best understanding of family relationships as well as the best treatment options.

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Grow Those Dendrites

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Univ. of Iowa biologists have homed in on the genes that tell brain cells to grow the tendrils critical for passing messages throughout the body. In a new study, they report certain genes in nearby neurons need to be exact matches in order for the signaling branches to grow properly. Results published in the journal Cell Reports.

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Measuring Happiness on Social Media

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In a study published in March in the journal PLOS One, University of Iowa computer scientists used two years of Twitter data to measure users' life satisfaction, a component of happiness.

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MD Anderson and Helsinn Healthcare SA Enter Strategic Alliance to Improve Life of Patients Conducting Clinical Studies in Cancer Supportive and Palliative Care

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Helsinn, a Swiss pharmaceutical group focused on building quality cancer care, today announced that they signed a strategic alliance on a broad, multi-years program of clinical studies in cancer supportive and palliative care.

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Videogame Addiction Linked to ADHD

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Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder.

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Alcohol-Induced Blackouts: The Last Five Years of Research

Alcohol-induced blackouts, defined as memory loss of all or a portion of events that occurred during a drinking episode, are reported by approximately 50 percent of drinkers, and are associated with a wide range of negative consequences, including injury and death. Identifying the factors that contribute to and result from alcohol-induced blackouts is critical for developing effective prevention programs. This manuscript is an updated review of clinical research that has focused on alcohol-induced blackouts. It outlines practical and clinical implications of these findings and provides recommendations for future research.

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Powerful Genetic Regulator Identified by Mount Sinai Researchers as Risk Factor for Schizophrenia

By turning skin cells into brain neurons, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have identified that certain tiny molecules aiding in gene expression, known as microRNAs (miRNAs), are under-expressed in the brains of the 14 schizophrenia patients they studied.

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Patients at High Risk for Psychiatric Symptoms After a Stay in the Intensive Care Unit

Results of a multi-institutional national study of nearly 700 people who survived life-threatening illness with a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) suggest that a substantial majority of them are at high risk for persistent depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder — especially if they are female, young and unemployed.

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New Role for Immature Brain Neurons in the Dentate Gyrus Identified

Researchers present data and a simple statistical network model that describe an unanticipated property of newly formed, immature neurons in the dentate gyrus.

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Most U.S. Adults Say Today's Children Have Worse Health Than in Past Generations

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More than half of adults believe children today are more stressed, experience less quality family time and have worse mental and emotional health.

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Smoking and Schizophrenia: Understanding and Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Smoking is a real problem for people with schizophrenia. A research team observed in schizophrenia smokers, when presented with appetitive cigarette images, greater neuronal activation of a specific region of the brain, the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex, a region involved in the brain reward system. The study confirms the tendency to smoke of people with schizophrenia and low smoking cessation rates.

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Concussion Expert Says Jury Still Out on Whether Concussions Increase Risk of Suicide

Gary Solomon, MD presented a lecture on Concussion and Mental Health today (April 16) at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in Dallas, TX.

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California Mental Health Stigma-Reduction Campaign Creates Economic Benefits

California's investment in a social marketing campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness may provide the state with positive economic benefits by increasing employment and worker productivity, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

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UCLA Operation Mend Launches Mental Health Program for Wounded Veterans and Their Families

Veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder — as well as their families — now have access to highly individualized, intensive treatment that draws on UCLA’s nationally recognized expertise in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and integrative medicine. A new mental health program provided by UCLA Operation Mend is designed to heal the hidden, yet lingering, wounds of war.

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Study Links Gang Membership and Depression

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Kids who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal - and these mental health problems only worsen after joining, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University criminologist.

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Could a Brain “Growth Chart” Spot Attention Problems Early? New Study Suggests So

New research suggests that it might be possible to create a growth chart of brain networks that could identify early signs of attention difficulties and, potentially, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.