Stressed out? New research on prenatal stress exposure could explain why

Simon Fraser University assistant professor Nadine Provençal and researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Germany have identified a “cellular memory” that could help explain how fetal exposure to stress during pregnancy affects how we respond to stress exposure later in life. “The prenatal period is one of Continue Reading

Research explores the use of new psychoactive substances by young people

A research study into New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)—formerly referred to as ‘legal highs’—provides new evidence about why young people were attracted to the drugs, and the health and social risks associated with taking them. The study was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Queen’s University Belfast. The Continue Reading

Health research funding lags for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Clinical research funding continues to lag for the U.S. population of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, even though the nation’s largest biomedical funding agency has pledged to prioritize research on diverse populations, a new study from Oregon State University shows. “We looked at how this commitment has translated Continue Reading

A leap forward in kidney disease research: Scientists develop breakthrough in vitro model

Kidneys work to constantly filter blood and remove toxins from the body. Conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) are characterized by a reduced ability to perform this essential function. CKD incidence is growing and more than 1.4 million individuals depend on dialysis or kidney transplant for survival. Development of Continue Reading

Research examines coping strategies used by family members of violent children with severe mental illness

Research led by a University of Maine sociology professor explores how family members of children with severe mental illness and violent tendencies persevere through stressful situations. In a recently published study, Karyn Sporer looks at the importance of positivity, education and community, and examines strategies family members identify as being Continue Reading

New research points to potential therapy for abnormal touch sensitivity in autism spectrum disorders

The inability to tolerate light touch is a telltale feature of autism and one of the disorder’s many perplexing symptoms. It has defied treatment, and its precise origins have remained somewhat of a mystery. Now a study led by investigators at Harvard Medical School’s Blavatnik Institute has not only identified Continue Reading