Study identifies possible genetic link between children’s language and mental health

A new study suggests there may be genetic explanations for why some children with poor language also have poor mental health. The University of York-led study examined genetic variants in six genes that are thought to contribute to language development in children. The researchers used Polygenic scoring, a statistical technique Continue Reading

Study finds alternative to ‘revolving door’ of opioid detox and relapse

In a first-ever randomized trial, patients at a short-term inpatient program began long-term outpatient treatment with buprenorphine before discharge, with better outcomes than detox patients. Three out of four people who complete an inpatient opioid withdrawal management program—commonly known as “detox”—relapse within a month, leading to a “revolving door” effect. Continue Reading

Study finds toolkit could improve detection and management of iron deficiency in pregnancy

Iron deficiency in pregnancy is a common problem that often goes unrecognized and untreated due to a lack of knowledge of its implications and competing clinical priorities. To enhance screening and management of iron deficiency in pregnancy, a research team at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital developed a quality improvement toolkit, Continue Reading

Study reveals how stress can curb the desire to eat in an animal model

Eating disorder researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have discovered a neurocircuit in mice that, when activated, increased their stress levels while decreasing their desire to eat. Findings appear in Nature Communications. The scientists believe their research could aid efforts to develop treatments for Continue Reading

Study reveals the emotional journey of a digital detox while travelling

New research reveals the emotional journey that tourists go on when they disconnect from technology and social media while travelling. The study, by the University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Greenwich and Auckland University of Technology (AUT), investigated how engaging in digital-free tourism impacted travellers’ holiday experiences. It involved Continue Reading

Study: Naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy, favorable for mom, baby

BOSTON -Infants born to mothers taking naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder during pregnancy developed no signs of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) during their hospitalization, a new study shows. In comparison to infants of mothers taking buprenorphine during pregnancy, infants exposed to naltrexone had shorter hospital stays, and mothers Continue Reading

Study: ‘Conversation-based’ activities reduce mental illness stigma among college students

College students who participate in fun, peer-directed activities that openly and honestly address mental illness are significantly less likely to stigmatize people with these conditions, according to a new study led by researchers at Indiana University. The work, published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Continue Reading