Mental Health and Wellness News

Co-Parent Training Helps Kids Adjust to School

January 20th, 2015
New research finds that a prenatal program aimed at enhancing couples' co-parenting relationship helped the parents raise children who were better adjusted and ready for school at age seven. Pennsylvania State researchers found that teachers reported significantly better adjustment and positive school engagement ...

Gene Deficiency Triggers Autistic Symptoms in Mice

January 20th, 2015
New findings strongly associate a certain gene with autistic symptoms. Autism is a highly heritable disorder, with up to 90 percent likelihood of both identical twins having the condition. Mutations in the NRXN2 gene, which makes a protein called alpha-neurexin II, have previously ...

Healthy Changes More Successful If Partner Involved

January 20th, 2015
New research finds that people are more likely to improve their health habits when their partner makes positive changes too. Researchers from University College London (UCL), the British Heart Foundation and the U.S. National Institute on Aging looked at how likely people were ...

Kids’ Poor Sleep Can Up Risk for Substance Abuse

January 19th, 2015
It is not a secret that sleep issues are common among American youth. A new study now finds that sleep problems can predict specific substance-related problems. Using a nationally representative sample, researchers discover that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number ...

Alcohol & Many Medications Make A Risky Mix

January 19th, 2015
A new study finds that almost 42 percent of U.S. drinkers have also used one or more prescription medications that interact with alcohol -- everything from blood pressure medications to diabetes drugs to antidepressants. Although 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol, little is known ...

Researchers Work to Reset Circadian Rhythm

January 19th, 2015
A new area of study may make it easier to adjust to the problems of jet lag or night-shift work. Although the science is not quite there, recent work by Drs. Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian and Diane B. Boivin from the Douglas Mental ...

Eczema Woes More Than Skin Deep

January 18th, 2015
A new study finds that eczema, a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood, wreaks havoc on patients’ lives. The study from Northwestern University discovered that adults suffering from eczema have higher rates of smoking, drinking and obesity and are less ...

Probes of MDs Can Lead to Severe Depression, Anxiety

January 18th, 2015
Physicians who are being investigated because of complaints tend to suffer from high rates of severe depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to a new U.K. study published in the journal BMJ Open. The researchers suggest that by causing psychological ill health and encouraging ...

Many Prisoners Suffer From Untreated Mental Illness

January 17th, 2015
Many individuals in state and federal prisons who suffer from mental illness get no treatment, according to new research by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The study is published in American Journal of Public ...

Drinking Before Bedtime Can Disrupt Sleep

January 17th, 2015
For many, an alcoholic drink before sleeping acts as a sedative, but will later disrupt sleep, according to a new study. The sedative effect is marked by the delta frequency electroencephalogram (EEG) activity of Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), but is later associated with ...