11 Jan 2019 6:36 PM | Jenaveve Tucker
  1. Anxiety, depression as predictive of poor future health as obesity, smoking (December 18, 2018).Study findings published in Health Psychology indicated that anxiety and depression symptoms predicted greater incidence of nearly all medical illnesses and somatic symptoms.

  2. Discovery of the first common genetic risk factors for ADHD (November 30, 2018) ScienceDaily. — Important step in understanding biological underpinnings of ADHD. 

  3. Older adults' abstract reasoning ability predicts depressive symptoms over time (November 30, 2018) ScienceDaily.  — Age-related declines in abstract reasoning ability predict increasing depressive symptoms in subsequent years, according to data from a longitudinal study of older adults in Scotland.

  4. Adolescent brain development impacts mental health, substance use (November 30, 2018) ScienceDaily. —New findings offer promising avenues for early therapeutic interventions in young people. 

  5. Keep it complex: Study shows that previous research oversimplified Schizophrenia symptoms (November 30, 2018) (ScienceDaily) — Negative symptoms in schizophrenia can be so disabling that they interfere with a person's ability to attend school, begin a fulfilling career, and even live independently. Scientists suggest a new way to classify the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, which may influence research and treatment in years to come.

  6. Deep-Brain Recordings May Show Where Unhappiness Lives (November 30, 2018) -Scientific American - New recordings of electrical activity in the brain help reveal the underpinnings of bad moods. 

  7. Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis? (November 30, 2018) — (NPR) New research highlights the link between childhood trauma and mental illness and addiction in adulthood, leading some researchers to call it an issue as pressing as any infectious disease.

  8. An Entirely New Type of Antidepressant Targets Postpartum Depression (26Oct18) A novel drug is intended to help women who suffer from depression after childbirth
  9. Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress. (12Oct18) “Exclusively breastfed 5-month-old babies who were exposed to a stressful situation had lower levels of cortisol and were less likely to have a fight-or-flight stress response, compared with those who weren't breastfed, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings suggest that maternal bonding during breastfeeding may increase babies' resilience to stress and other maternal nurturing behaviors, such as holding and cuddling, may be beneficial, even among those who were formula-fed, said Dr. Robert Wright, who wrote an accompanying editorial.” 
  10. Key Findings in Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. (12Oct18) . 1) A candidate’s position on continuing protections for people with pre-existing health conditions is the top health care campaign issue for voters, among a list of issues provided. 2) When it comes to the Supreme Court and possible future court cases, once again, continued protections for people with pre-existing conditions weighs heavy on the minds of the public. 3) Almost six in ten (56 percent) Americans say they think President Trump and his administration are trying to make the ACA fail while one-third (32 percent) say they are trying to make the law work. 4) As of July 20, 2018, 14 states have not expanded their Medicaid programs and three states are considering expansion. 
  11. Report: World Faces $16T Cost From Mental Illness. (12Oct18) Failure to take action against a mental health crisis that affects every country could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030, according to a study by a task force of medical experts, advocates and patients. The "Lancet Commission" report cites expenditures for health care and the toll of lost productivity, education deficits, and outlays for public assistance and law enforcement. 
  12. The OC Tanner Report: Separate Praise from Feedback. (12Oct18)  Research by O.C. Tanner’s Global Culture Report finds that 42% of employees who received recognition from their leaders also received a message of “here’s how you can do better” within that same communication. Communicating with employees this way sends mixed messages, leaving them to wonder if your praise is genuine. Further, when recognition is paired with a suggestion for improvement, it sets up an atmosphere of “conditional” praise, in which the receiver wonders what, exactly, he or she must do to earn recognition that’s “worthy” of your notice. 
  13. Report: Younger Vets are an Exception to Lower Suicide Rate . “The rate of veterans ages 18 to 34 dying by suicide increased in 2016 even as the rate for veterans overall declined, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported. The VA credited "great strides in crisis intervention" overall.” 
  14. Arising Needs: Study: 20% in College Think of Harming Themselves. “A survey of more than 67,000 US college students found more than 20% reporting experiences so stressful during the past year that that they raised mental health issues, including thoughts of suicide. "There are some stresses that are exceeding the capacity of students to cope," said lead researcher Cindy Liu of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.”
  15. Study Results: For Adolescent Girls, Brain Function May Influence How Life Events Affect Depression. “A new study finds that recent life events can influence depressive symptoms differently in adolescent girls, depending on how the brain responds to winning and losing. The findings, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, suggest that a strong brain response to winning boosts the beneficial impact of positive experiences on symptoms, whereas a strong response to losing intensifies the detrimental impact of negative experiences on symptoms.”
  16. Study Results: Irregular Bedtimes Add Health Risks. “An analysis of sleeping patterns for almost 2,000 adults found those who had irregular bedtimes had higher body mass index readings, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and A1C, compared with those who had more regular sleeping patterns, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. People with irregular sleep patterns also had a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, depression and stress.” 

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