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PTSD May Be Physical and Not Only Psychological

The part of the brain that helps control emotion may be larger in people who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after brain injury compared to those with a brain injury without PTSD, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., July 14 to 16, 2017.

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Faster Diagnosis of Inherited and Lethal Nerve Disease Could Advance Search for New Treatments

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Johns Hopkins physicians report success in a small study of a modified skin biopsy that hastens the earlier diagnosis of an inherited and progressively fatal nerve disease and seems to offer a clearer view of the disorder’s severity and progression. With a quicker and less invasive way to visualize the hallmark protein clumps of the rare but lethal disease — familial transthyretin amyloidosis — the researchers say they hope to more rapidly advance clinical trials of treatments that may slow the disease and extend patients’ lives.

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Women and Men May Have Different Bipolar Disorder Markers

Men and women react differently to compounds associated with immune system response to bipolar disorder, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

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Is Teacher Burnout Contagious?

Burnout among young teachers appears to be contagious, indicates a new study led by Michigan State University education scholars.

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A Purpose in Life by Day Results in Better Sleep at Night

Having a good reason to get out of bed in the morning means you are more likely to sleep better at night with less sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, reports a new Northwestern Medicine and Rush University Medical Center study based on older adults.This is the first study to show having a purpose in life specifically results in fewer sleep disturbances and improved sleep quality and over a long period of time.

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Study Finds ‘Sexism’ in Sexual Assault Research, but This Time Men Are the Target

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Sexism is alive and well, but this time men are the target. A new study debunks a long-standing theory that sexual assault isn’t as emotionally traumatizing for men as it is for women and that it doesn’t result in similar emotional impacts, especially depression. Men make up about 38 percent of sexual assault and rape incidents reported, and those in the military are particularly vulnerable and more unlikely to report an assault.

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Why Does Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Increase the Likelihood of Addiction?

One of the many negative consequences when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in the womb is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life. Neuroscientists in the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions are discovering why.

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New Study Identifies Gene That Could Play Key Role in Depression

Depression affects more than 300 million people annually. Now, a new study has pinpointed how one particular gene plays a central role – either protecting from stress or triggering a downward spiral, depending on its level of activity.

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Finding What’s Right with Children Who Grow Up in High-Stress Environments

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A new research article proposes that more attention be given to what’s right with children who grow up in high-stress environments so their unique strengths and abilities can be used to more effectively tailor education, jobs and interventions to fit them. Stress-adapted children and youth possess traits — such as heightened vigilance, attention shifting and empathic accuracy — that aren’t tapped in traditional learning and testing situations. In addition, these skills may actually allow at-risk children to perform better than their peers from low-risk backgrounds when faced with uncertainty and stress.







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