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Study identifies genetic risks for suicide death in individuals with bipolar disorder

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new study shows that individuals with bipolar disorder who are exposed to significant trauma may be at greater risk for suicide death, suggesting that clinical diagnosis of or genetic predisposition to trauma-related conditions could be important factors to consider in suicide prevention. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting ...

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Researchers study anxiety differences between females and males

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Feeling anxious about health, family or money is normal for most people—especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for those with anxiety disorders, these everyday worries tend to heighten even when there is little or no reason to be concerned. Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine recently studied the behaviors associated with anxiety—published in Psychopharmacology—examining how ...

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Using post-mortem MRI scans to study association between physical activity and cognition in older adults

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers working at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, has found that it is possible to use post-mortem MRI scans to study associations between physical activity and cognition in older adults. They have written a paper describing their work and have uploaded it to the open-access site, PLOS ONE. Prior research has ...

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Novel study of high-potency cannabis shows some memory effects

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Even before the pandemic made Zoom ubiquitous, Washington State University researchers were using the video conferencing app to research a type of cannabis that is understudied: the kind people actually use. For the study, published in Scientific Reports, researchers observed cannabis users over Zoom as they smoked high-potency cannabis flower or vaped concentrates they purchased themselves ...

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Hospitals are not adequately prepared for next pandemic, says study

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes in the U.S., a new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) finds that hospitals nationwide may not be adequately prepared for the next pandemic. A 10-year analysis of hospitals’ preparedness for pandemics and other mass casualty events found only marginal ...

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Women who vape are more likely to have low birthweight babies, study shows

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Women who use electronic cigarettes during pregnancy are 33% more likely than those who don’t to give birth to low-birthweight infants, according to a new study by a team of researchers from UCLA and other institutions. Low-birthweight babies—those weighing less than 5.5 pounds—often require specialized medical care and are at greater risk of early-life complications and ...

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1 in 20 college students has ‘internet gaming disorder,’ study finds

(HealthDay)—Is it possible to become addicted to gaming on the internet? Yes, warns new research that discovered when young people get too hooked it may trigger sleep difficulties, depression, anxiety and, in some cases, even suicidal thoughts. Phone interviews conducted among nearly 3,000 American college students between 2007 and 2015 revealed that roughly one in 20 had “internet gaming disorder,” ...

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Health safety net for undocumented kids works, study finds

Credit: CC0 Public Domain For some low-income, undocumented children, seeing a doctor or nurse when they are sick may not be an option. Going through childhood without health coverage and fear of interacting with the health care system means less access to vaccines, asthma treatment, dental, and vision care. A study at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health, ...

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Rare ‘breakthrough’ COVID infections in vaccinated are milder: study

(HealthDay)—Folks who suffer a rare “breakthrough” coronavirus infection after getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will not get as sick and, importantly, are much less likely to pass the coronavirus on to others, a new study shows. It’s very unlikely that a person will become infected with COVID-19 after getting one of the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, which provided 91% ...

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