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Cures for PTSD Often Remain Elusive for War Veterans

Our nation’s veterans continue to suffer emotional and psychological effects of war—some for decades. And while there has been greater attention directed recently toward post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more veterans are seeking help, current psychotherapy treatments are less than optimal, according to a new narrative review led by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and publishing in the August 4, 2015 issue of JAMA.

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Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked to Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Research Finds

Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.

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New Study Identifies Promising Treatment for Military Veterans with PTSD

Attention control training reduces attention bias variability, improves PTSD symptoms

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Group Launches Plan to Reduce Youth Problems by 20 Percent in a Decade

A national coalition of experts that includes two University of Washington researchers has a bold plan to reduce behavioral health problems such as violence and depression among young people across the country by 20 percent in a decade.

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Genetic Tug of War in the Brain Influences Behavior

Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine report that a nuanced, targeted version of parental control over gene expression, is the method of choice over classic genomic imprinting. Published in Cell Reports, so-called noncanonical imprinting is particularly prevalent in the brain, and skews the genetic message in subpopulations of cells so that mom, or dad, has a stronger say. The mechanism can influence offspring behavior, and because it is observed more frequently than classic imprinting, appears to be preferred.

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Positive Reinforcement Plays Key Role in Cognitive Task Performance in ADHD Kids

A little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – more so than it would for typically developing kids.

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With Racial Segregation Declining Between Neighborhoods, Segregation Now Taking New Form

Recent research has shown that racial segregation in the U.S. is declining between neighborhoods, but a new study indicates that segregation is manifesting itself in other ways — not disappearing.

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When Being an Immigrant Makes It More–Not Less–Likely to Have a Job

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Race and education shape employment outcomes for U.S.- and foreign-born blacks in surprising ways.

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Talking About Race: Subtle Racism Can Lead to Violence, Distrust

As concerns about police bias continue to affect communities, the psychology of racial bias and interracial distrust will be the focus of various presentations at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.

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Doctor Google: How Age and Other Factors Influence Online Health Information Searches

A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making aims to evaluate the types of search strategies that Internet users adopt when trying to solve a complicated health problem.