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Rats, like humans, return to drinking once punishment is removed

Rats, like humans, return to drinking once punishment is removed

Jan. 30, 2013 — Once heavy drinking impairs function, a variety of punishment-related threats may motivate people to stop drinking: spouses may threaten divorce, employers may threaten job loss, and courts threaten drunk drivers with losing their driver’s license or incarceration. In the face of these threats, many alcohol abusers refrain from drinking, but relapse is very common when the threats of punishment fade, particularly when exposed to alcohol-associated environments (contexts) Continue reading

Antidepressant contribution to arrhythmia risk clarified

Antidepressant contribution to arrhythmia risk clarified

Jan. 29, 2013 — A 2011 warning from the U.S Continue reading

Doctor-patient relationship: Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief

Doctor-patient relationship: Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief

Jan. 29, 2013 — A patient’s relationship with his or her doctor has long been considered an important component of healing. Continue reading

Alcohol use from adolescence to adulthood follows different, complex pathways

Alcohol use from adolescence to adulthood follows different, complex pathways

Jan. 22, 2013 — Adolescence is often a time of novelty seeking and risk taking, including the initiation of drinking. While heavy drinking that begins in adolescence can lead to problematic alcohol use later in life, other risk factors are also involved in trajectories of alcohol use that may develop. Continue reading

New findings on mortality of individuals with schizophrenia

New findings on mortality of individuals with schizophrenia

Jan. 21, 2013 — A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that the average life expectancy of men and women with schizophrenia is 15 years and 12 years shorter respectively than for those who do not suffer from the disease. Continue reading

Choline supplementation during pregnancy presents a new approach to schizophrenia prevention

Choline supplementation during pregnancy presents a new approach to schizophrenia prevention

Jan. 15, 2013 — Choline, an essential nutrient similar to the B vitamin and found in foods such as liver, muscle meats, fish, nuts and eggs, when given as a dietary supplement in the last two trimesters of pregnancy and in early infancy, is showing a lower rate of physiological schizophrenic risk factors in infants 33 days old Continue reading

Some children lose autism diagnosis: Small group with confirmed autism now on par with mainstream peers

Some children lose autism diagnosis: Small group with confirmed autism now on par with mainstream peers

Jan. 15, 2013 — Some children who are accurately diagnosed in early childhood with autism lose the symptoms and the diagnosis as they grow older, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has confirmed Continue reading

Declining access to electroconvulsive therapy: A clinical choice or an economic one?

Declining access to electroconvulsive therapy: A clinical choice or an economic one?

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Many U.S. physicians often fulfill patient requests for brand-name drugs instead of equivalent generics

Many U.S. physicians often fulfill patient requests for brand-name drugs instead of equivalent generics

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How U.S. states decide which child receives early intervention for developmental problems

How U.S. states decide which child receives early intervention for developmental problems

Jan. 7, 2013 — A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has found large differences in the criteria that U.S. states use to determine eligibility for Medicare Part C early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have developmental delays Continue reading