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Use of antipsychotic drugs improves life expectancy for individuals with schizophrenia

Use of antipsychotic drugs improves life expectancy for individuals with schizophrenia

ScienceDaily (Nov. 1, 2012) — Results of a Johns Hopkins study suggest that individuals with schizophrenia are significantly more likely to live longer if they take their antipsychotic drugs on schedule, avoid extremely high doses and also regularly see a mental health professional. Continue reading

How the brain controls our habits: Neuroscientists identify a brain region that can switch between new and old habits

How the brain controls our habits: Neuroscientists identify a brain region that can switch between new and old habits

ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2012) — Habits are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically Continue reading

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found Continue reading

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found. Continue reading

Recovery of brain volumes with abstinence may vary for different brain regions

Recovery of brain volumes with abstinence may vary for different brain regions

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — Chronic alcohol abuse can severely damage the nervous system, particularly cognitive functions, cerebral metabolism, and brain morphology. Building upon previous findings that alcoholics can experience brain volume recovery with abstinence, this study found that recovery of cerebral gray matter (GM) can take place within the first two weeks of abstinence, but may vary between brain regions. Continue reading

Psychiatric disorders persist after youths leave detention, study finds

Psychiatric disorders persist after youths leave detention, study finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2012) — It was a study everyone thought couldn’t be done — tracking, locating and interviewing nearly 2,000 youths up to five years after they were released from juvenile detention in Chicago to assess their mental health. But a team of intrepid Northwestern Medicine researchers found the young men and women and traveled anywhere necessary to interview them. Continue reading

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2012) — Better adherence to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is associated with significant reductions in blood pressure. However, African-Americans may be less likely than whites to adopt the diet, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center Continue reading

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

Blood pressure diet works, but adherence drops among African-Americans

ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2012) — Better adherence to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is associated with significant reductions in blood pressure. However, African-Americans may be less likely than whites to adopt the diet, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center Continue reading