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Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids’ Aggressive Behavior

April 24th, 2014
Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids' Aggressive Behavior A new study finds evidence that prenatal smoking coupled with a genetic risk for behavioral problems could increase aggressive behavior in children -- especially in girls. Researchers ...

Crime Rarely Associated with Mental Illness

April 22nd, 2014
Crime Rarely Associated with Mental Illness Despite high-profile crimes associated with mentally ill suspects such as the school shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, new research discovers less than 10 percent of crimes are directly ...

Casual Pot Smoking Early On May Cause Brain Changes

April 18th, 2014
Casual Pot Smoking Early On May Cause Brain Changes A new study suggests that casual marijuana use during youth and young adulthood is associated with structural changes in specific brain areas. Specifically, researchers found that ...

Can Bad Habits Foster OCD?

April 11th, 2014
Can Bad Habits Foster OCD? Emerging research on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) suggests that a tendency to develop habits -- the compulsive component of the disorder -- may be a central feature of the disorder, ...

Ketamine Nasal Spray Can Offer Quick Depression Relief

April 9th, 2014
Ketamine Nasal Spray Can Offer Quick Depression Relief...

Cancer Survival Rates Low for Those With Serious Mental Illness

April 5th, 2014
Cancer Survival Rates Low for Those With Serious Mental IllnessIndividuals with severe mental illness are less likely to survive cancer than those without a mental disorder, according to a new study by King’s College ...

How Trusting Instincts Can Mean Trouble for Teens

April 1st, 2014
How Trusting Instincts Can Mean Trouble for TeensA provocative new study suggests making a snap decision following your intuition, or going with your gut, may lead to poor decisions by teenagers. Scientists believe this may ...

Brain Differences in Some Drug Users May Signal Risk of Addiction

March 29th, 2014
Brain Differences in Some Drug Users May Signal Risk of AddictionResearchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered differences in the brains of college-aged students who only occasionally use ...

Alcohol, Drug Abuse by Parents Linked to Arthritis in Offspring

March 27th, 2014
Alcohol, Drug Abuse by Parents Linked to Arthritis in OffspringNew research suggests a person is significantly more likely to develop adult arthritis if a parent was addicted to alcohol or drugs. University of Toronto researchers examined ...

Homeless With Brain Injury More Likely to visit ER, Be Arrested, or Be Assaulted

March 23rd, 2014
Homeless With Brain Injury More Likely to visit ER, Be Arrested or Be AssaultedNew research has found that homeless people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to visit an ...