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Twenty-five-point drop in IQ caused by lack of gene copy No autism is alike. This is also true of most mental disorders. “We now understand that each gene mutation has a specific effect, which adds to other effects to draw a unique picture of the disease in each patient,” said Dr. Sébastien Jacquemont, a geneticist who sees on a daily basis children who are referred [...]
Farsighted kids’ reading skills fall behind before they start first grade Kids with uncorrected farsightedness lose ground on reading skills before they ever start first grade, a new study has found. The research, led by Marjean Taylor Kulp of The Ohio State University, uncovers evidence that moderately farsighted preschoolers and kindergarten students perform worse in early literacy than children with normal vision. And the difference may [...]
Honeybees, ants may provide clues to suicide in humans Could human suicide have evolutionary roots in self-sacrificial behaviors like those seen in species such as honeybees and ants? A Florida State University researcher who is one of the nation’s foremost experts in suicide is trying to find out. Thomas Joiner, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, led a team of researchers in [...]
Why Vulnerability Will Make You Successful I am a writer who blogs about being a highly sensitive person. I sit in my writing chair with my Mac and various beverages strewn about me, and write. It is very cathartic. I write about my emotions, feelings, thoughts, struggles, eccentricities, questionable habits, phobias, … ...
Mental Illness Battles and Famous Places in History The Rise of Institutional Psychiatry We offer an anecdotal view of select places in history, spotlighting an interesting progression that gives rise to the modern day practice of psychiatry. Author’s note: … ...
Genetic study provides first-ever insight into biological origin of schizophrenia A landmark study, based on genetic analysis of nearly 65,000 people, has revealed that a person’s risk of schizophrenia is increased if they inherit specific variants in a gene related to “synaptic pruning” — the elimination of connections between neurons. The findings represent the first time that the origin of this devastating psychiatric disease has [...]
Neuroticism predicts anxiety and depression disorders A new Northwestern University and UCLA study has found for the first time that young people who are high on the personality trait of neuroticism are highly likely to develop both anxiety and depression disorders. “Neuroticism was an especially strong predictor of the particularly pernicious state of developing both anxiety and depressive disorders,” said Richard [...]
Four factors predict neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with low birth weight Four factors – medical complications at birth, maternal education, early motor assessments, and early cognitive assessments – help predict later cognitive function and motor performance for children born early and at a very low birth weight, finds a new study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Research has shown that children [...]
Gene study points towards therapies for common brain disorders Scientists have pinpointed the cells that are likely to trigger common brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and intellectual disabilities. It is the first time researchers have been able to identify the particular cell types that malfunction in a wide range of brain diseases. Scientists say the findings offer a roadmap for the development [...]
Study: Incentive pay not motivating enough for some managers Incentive compensation is becoming an increasingly popular practice, with firms offering managers incentive pay in the hopes of improving company performance. But not all managers respond to performance-based pay, according to new research from The University of Texas at Dallas. Doctoral candidate Joyce Cong Ying Wang said the study, recently published online in the Journal [...]
New research highlights how the pain of a breakup can linger for years A friend once grumbled that, given the choice, she’d rather see her ex miserable than herself happy. Few things in life are as traumatic as the end of a long-term, romantic relationship. Nonetheless, many people are able to eventually recover and move on relatively unscathed. Others, like my friend, aren’t so lucky. Even years later, [...]
Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder... According to the National Standards Project 2015 report from the National Autism Center, one of the 14 established interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders is the use of cognitive behavioral interventions. I also mentioned this intervention in a previous post about the 14 evidence-based … ...
Tips To Raise a Good Eater It’s a classic dilemma for parents: How to raise children who will eat healthy foods? Not surprisingly, there’s been a plethora of studies on that very topic. And most point … ...
Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery For the first time, scientists have pinned down a molecular process in the brain that helps to trigger schizophrenia.
Researchers mine the epigenome to identify likely origins of childhood brain tumor subtype A team of scientists mined the epigenome to discover the likely cell of origin for Group 4 medulloblastoma, a key step in developing targeted therapies. Medulloblastoma occurs in infants, children and adults, but it is the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor.
Making Sense of the 2016 Depression Screening Guidelines... As it did in 2002 and again in 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has once again recommended that primary care physicians and family doctors routinely screen for clinical depression in their patients. Why? Because undiagnosed and untreated depression remains one of the … ...
I Don’t Know Who My Real Dad Is Really – I don’t.  I have no idea who contributed to half of my DNA, where I got my height from, or who gave me my brown hair and deep … ...
Neuroticism predicts anxiety, depression disorders For the first time, research has found that young people who are high on the personality trait of neuroticism are highly likely to develop both anxiety and depression disorders.
5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Appointments... I see my psychiatrist every few months, and when I see him, it seems as if our appointments are short. I often leave his office frustrated because I forgot to … ...
Test rapidly, accurately profiles genetics and treatment of brain tumors Brain tumors can be rapidly and accurately profiled with a next-generation, gene-sequencing test recently developed. The test, called GlioSeq, is now being used by oncologists to help guide treatment planning of brain cancers.