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Is Bipolar Disorder Being Overdiagnosed?

Diagnostic uncertainty and creep contribute to errors<p>According to research from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), roughly 5.7 million …

Simple tasks can ‘rewire’ brains at risk of developing bipolar disorder

However, not all members of a family will fall ill and scientists want to understand what makes some people “resilient” despite their genetic …

Drinking a cup of coffee may add nine minutes per day to your life

It has become a national pastime but our obsession with drinking coffee could be having unexpected health benefits and even increasing our lifespan by up to nine minutes a day, new research suggests.<p>Two new studies, including the largest ever conducted into coffee drinking, have found that imbibing …

Coffee

Surprise! Jeff Sessions Wants to Trample States' Rights and Prosecute Medical Marijuana Businesses

Sessions recently asked Congressional leaders for a full repeal of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment.<p>The green rush is upon us. According to a recently …

How to know if going on prescription medication is right for you

An interview with Dr. Jacob Moussai, MD on the importance of medications when it comes to mental suffering. <b>If you prefer to listen, here’s the</b> …

Immune system may turn on the brain in Parkinson's disease

For decades, scientists have suspected that the immune system is involved in Parkinson's disease but didn't know how because the body's defenses …

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You (And Making You Fat In The Process)

The next time you tell yourself that you'll sleep when you're dead, realize that you're making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

What doctors can tell about your health just by looking in your eyes

But when doctors look into your eyes, they can see a lot more. The eyes might be the proverbial window to the soul, but they are also a clear window to your health, and the amount of information they can reveal is astounding.<p>Many conditions cause symptoms throughout the body — some show up in the …

Biomedicine

Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress, and as several Republican senators questioned whether it would be approved this week.<p>President Trump expressed confidence that the bill …

Health Care

Types of Therapy Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder: Part I

Bipolar disorder can be difficult to treat. Despite the variety of medications taken on a regular basis, people still suffer from depressive and …

Mental Health

Here's how our minds trick us into believing hallucinations and delusions

We are great at spotting other people's delusions, but we just can't see it when our own mind goes astray.<p>Kevin Morgan, <i>University of Westminster</i><p>When …

Mental Health

A teacher’s decision to be ‘visibly queer’ in his photo with President Trump

When Rhode Island’s teacher of the year took his turn in front of the camera with President Trump, he struck a pose some took as an act of defiance:<p>Nikos Giannopoulos cocked his head ever so slightly away from the president, toward a black lace fan he’d brought with him. He wore a rainbow pin on …

Donald Trump

Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the "Historic Drug Epidemic"

Amid a drug crisis that kills 91 people in the U.S. each day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to help roll back protections that …

Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic

Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented.<p>Doctors had been wary of opioids, fearing patients would get …

21 Historical Figures You Didn’t Know Had Serious Mental Disorders

In 2009, researchers at Hungary’s Semmelweis University published new findings about a relatively seldom-studied gene called neuregulin 1. To that …

Mental Health

Is It a Cold or Allergies?

You better hope it’s only a cold.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Answers & Medicine<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>You’re …

5 Ways We Can Begin Taking Preventative Measures Today To Improve Brain Fitness

When we talk about cures for brain illness, we tend to think in terms of the distant future. Diseases like Alzheimer's pose challenges to society at large, and the search for solutions is often measured in decades—not days. The biggest societal challenge is, of course, disease burden, with mental …

Why are doctors prescribing antidepressants for things other than depression?

The drugs we call antidepressants are fast becoming a misnomer. In fact, doctors regularly prescribe off-label uses for unrelated conditions they …

An Expert's View On New CNS Drugs Including Esketamine, SAGE-547, And SAGE-217 In PPD And MDD

Expert: Dr. Michael Thase (Psychiatrist NYU).<p>Call Date/Time: 05/11/2017 at 3pm ET.<p>This transcription was done from an audio recording. The accuracy …

Pink Floyd Exhibition in London: Pictures

Genes in Children Linked to Bipolar Disorder and Stress Identified

<i>Summary: Researchers report genetic alterations that modulate stress have been identified in children who are at risk of developing bipolar …

Researchers Create a Roadmap of Bipolar Disorder and How It Affects the Brain

<i>Summary: Reviewing brain scans of bipolar patients, researchers observe notable differences in the thickness of gray matter in areas of the brain</i> …

Neuroscience

Your true self: When the self breaks

Depersonalisation disorder<p>Many people experience brief episodes of detachment, but for others “depersonalisation” is an everyday part of life. <i>The</i> …

Consciousness

Inflammatory Pathways Link to Obsessive Behaviors in Frontotemporal Dementia

<i>Summary: Researchers link obsessive behaviors in frontotemporal dementia to immune pathways and suggest targeting the immune system could be a new</i> …

Why Psychiatry Needs Neuroscience

In April, <i>JAMA Psychiatry</i> published a groundbreaking addition to its lineup: an educational review intended to educate psychiatrists about …

Psychedelics Show Promise in Treating Depression

Depression is challenging to manage, especially since many antidepressants can take weeks to work and simply fail for nearly one-third of sufferers. …

Imperial College London

5 Things You Need to Know About Anxiety

"I'm so stressed out right now."

Anxiety

The 7 Key Elements of the White House Tax Plan

WASHINGTON — Here are the most important changes in the tax plan proposed Wednesday by President Trump.<p><b>Three Tax Brackets</b><p>The number of tax brackets for individuals is reduced from seven to three: 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. That lowers the top rate by nearly 5 percentage points, easing …

FDA Approves Neurocrine Biosciences Movement Disorder Therapy | Investopedia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday that it had approved INGREZZA (valbenazine), a drug that treats patients who suffer from …