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Research Asks Why ADHD Diagnosis Rates Are Increasing

Research Asks Why ADHD Diagnosis Rates Are Increasing

A recent study by Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, examined health records of close to 850,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 and revealed that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis rates are on the rise, from 2.5 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010. Black and Hispanic children saw the greatest increases. The study also showed that boys were three times more likely than girls to be … Read entire article »

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Study Finds 5 Mental Health Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors

Study Finds 5 Mental Health Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors

A study recently published in the journal The Lancet states that the psychiatric illnesses schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder seem to share genetic risk factors. The researchers examined the genetic data of more than 60,000 people worldwide and found abberations in four DNA regions that conferred a small risk of the above psychiatric disorders. Two of these abberations were in genes that are part of calcium channels, which are … Read entire article »

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The Cigarette Vaccine

The Cigarette Vaccine

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have published a study suggesting that a vaccine for nicotine has been found. A study in the American journal of Psychiatry found that antibodies can cling onto nicotine, making this complex unable to influence the brain, thus, reducing cravings. Can this be true? To find out more, click here. … Read entire article »

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Long Term Effects of Bullying Revealed

Long Term Effects of Bullying Revealed

We have always known that bullying was an undesirable issue for some kids. However, exactly how undesirable the effects of bullying actually are have not been investigated much until now. Copeland and others from Duke University studied the potential negative consequences of bullying that can linger into adulthood for the both the bullies and the victims. These include disorders like depression, anxiety and antisocial personality. To read more, click here. … Read entire article »

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The Negative Drawbacks to Diagnosing a Patient “Obese”

The Negative Drawbacks to Diagnosing a Patient “Obese”

In a recent article published in the Jama journal, Dr. Elizabeth Toll argues that diagnosing a patient obese during a medical examination may do more harm than good. Dr. Toll objects to using the term obese completely since nowadays it “conveys judgment, disdain, and bias” in addition to its actual definition – a body mass index of 30 or above. She argues that labeling a patient obese mainly serves to negate the constructive and positive messages … Read entire article »

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