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Patients with PTSD together with sleep apnea may have reduced quality of life
February 8, 2016 Glenview, Ill. -- New research finds patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD and obstructive sleep apnea OSA experienced lower quality of life, more sleepiness, and less adherence and response to positive airway pressure PAP therapy. A case-controlled study conducted at the Sleep Disorders Center at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, TX, performed sleep studies on 200 military medical patients w ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Better quality of care may reduce risk of death for patients on opioid painkil...
New Haven, Conn.-- Better quality of care may reduce the risk of death for patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain, say Yale researchers. Their study, published Feb. 4 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine , offers evidence that supports recommendations from clinical practice guidelines encouraging physicians to engage patients with mental health services and substance abuse treatment, as well as to avoid co-prescriptions for ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Cocaine users present alterations in the function and structures of the brain
In the study cocaine users performed a gambling task while measurements were being taken of their brain activity. The researchers discovered that cocaine users present a state of hyperactivation in the ventral striatum, a deep region of the brain that forms part of the so-called reward circuit . This circuit is extremely ancient in evolutionary terms and is made up of different interconnected regions that favour basic behaviours like eating and sex. In the ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Research finds no easy answers to use of drug screening for pain patients
Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research from the University of Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient safety, is associated with an increase in the odds that the patients won t return for future treatment. The study, published in the February edition of Pain Physician , deals with an issue dra ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Fruit flies adjust their courtship song based on distance
Outside of humans, the ability to adjust the intensity of acoustic signals with distance has only been identified in songbirds. Research published Feb. 3, 2016 in Neuron now demonstrates that the male fruit fly also displays this complex behavior during courtship, adjusting the amplitude of his song depending on how far away he is from a female. Studying this process in the fruit fly can help shed light on the building blocks for social interactions across ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Health-care disparities contribute to delayed testicular cancer diagnosis in a...
New Rochelle, NY, February 4, 2016--A family physician reports the case of a transgender woman whose testosterone levels rose unexpectedly while on feminizing hormones, leading eventually to a diagnosis of a rare, virilizing form of testicular cancer. The complex medical and psychosocial factors related to the care of transgender patients that contributed to the delay in diagnosis are examined in the study published in LGBT Health , a peer-reviewed journal ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Early Poverty Disrupts Link Between Hunger and Eating
How much you eat when you re not really hungry may depend on how well off your family was when you were a child, according to new research published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . Our research shows that growing up poor promotes eating in the absence of hunger in adulthood, regardless of one s wealth in adulthood, explains psychological scientist Sarah Hill of Texas Christian University. These findings a ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Feb 8
New Research From Clinical Psychological Science
Read about the latest research published in Clinical Psychological Science The Economics of Losing a Loved One Delayed Reward Discounting in Prolonged Grief Fiona Maccallum and George A. Bonanno Prolonged grief PG is a syndrome marked by intense and prolonged bereavement and is accompanied by significant impairment. Researchers still have much to learn about PG, including how it influences decision making. People who had lost a parent, partner, or sibling ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Feb 8
Faces of Black Children as Young as Five Evoke Negative Biases
A new study suggests that people are more likely to misidentify a toy as a weapon after seeing a Black face than a White face, even when the face in question is that of a five-year-old child. The research is published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science . Our findings suggest that, although young children are typically viewed as harmless and innocent, seeing faces of five-year-old Black boys appears to trigger ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Feb 8
Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide
Average people who suffer a concussion may be three times more likely to commit suicide years after their brain injury, a new Canadian study suggests. Further, the long-term risk of suicide appears to increase even more if the head injury occurs during a weekend, researchers found. Based on these results, loved ones and physicians should keep a close eye on anyone who s had a concussion, even if the head injury happened years ago, said senior author Dr. Do ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 8
Brain Cells in Mice May Reveal Clues to Your Sighs
Scientists working with mice say that they ve pinpointed brain cells that control sighing. In lab experiments, the researchers found that two tiny clusters of neurons in the brain stem trigger sighs. Sighing appears to be regulated by the fewest number of neurons we have seen linked to a fundamental human behavior, said study researcher Jack Feldman, a professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. One of the holy grails in neurosc ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 8
Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression, U.S. Task Force Says
Primary care doctors should screen all patients between 12 and 18 years of age for major depression, but not younger children, preventive health experts say. Screening of adolescents needs to be accompanied by accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and appropriate follow-up, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force USPSTF said in a final recommendation released Monday. Screening tools are available to help primary care doctors accurately identify major dep ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 8
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