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Suicide-by-Firearm Rates Shift in Two States After Changes in State Gun Laws

A new study examining changes in gun policy in two states finds that handgun purchaser licensing requirements influence suicide rates. Researchers estimate that Connecticut’s 1995 law requiring individuals to obtain a permit or license to purchase a handgun after passing a background check was associated with a 15.4 percent reduction in firearm suicide rates, while Missouri’s repeal of its handgun purchaser licensing law in 2007 was associated with a 16.1 percent increase in firearm suicide rates.

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Research in Mice Shows Potential Value of Common Antidepressant in Stroke Victims Too Sick for Immediate Rehab

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Working with mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins have added to evidence that a commonly prescribed antidepressant called fluoxetine helps stroke victims improve movement and coordination, and possibly why.

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Research Links Borderline Personality Traits with Lowered Empathy

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Those with borderline personality disorder a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.

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Broward College Expert Offers Tips for ADHD Month

During the month of September and as the school year begins, many healthcare, family and children’s organizations focus on the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As part of this, Alexis Resnick, Ph.D., a professor of psychology in the behavioral science department at Broward College, as well as a licensed psychologist who provides assessment, therapy and consultation services to children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral, academic, developmental, emotional, and social concerns, is providing several behavioral treatment tips for ADHD.

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Mental Illness Is Too Simple An Explanation For Shootings Of Virginia TV Journalists, Expert Says

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Parkinson’s Disease Brain Cells at Risk of Burnout, Like an Overheating Motor

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The death of brain cells in Parkinson’s disease may be caused by a form of cellular energy crisis in neurons that require unusually high quantities of energy to carry out their job of regulating movement, researchers at the University of Montreal reported today.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Thought to Be Accelerated by an Abnormal Build-Up of Fat in the Brain

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People with Alzheimer’s disease have fat deposits in the brain. For the first time since the disease was described 109 years ago, researchers affiliated with the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have discovered accumulations of fat droplets in the brain of patients who died from the disease and have identified the nature of the fat.

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Choosing to End It All

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Studies show that the way a person makes decisions is among the main factors that determines whether they are protected from or vulnerable to suicide. This particular trait is partially shared with family members. Therapies could be adapted to target decision-making.

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Who Will Develop Psychosis? Automated Speech Analysis May Have the Answer

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An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center found that the computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings.

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Mass Shooters' Perceptions of Retaliation for Mistreatment by Bosses Are Often Directly Inflamed by Mental Health Issues

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