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Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities

Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new UCL study. ...

UGA research links borderline personality traits with lowered empathy

Athens, Ga. - Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal ...

NIH study shows no benefit of omega-3 or other nutritional supplements for cognitive decline

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest and longest of its kind. It was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ... Full story

Possible new weapon against PTSD

Blocking a newly identified memory pathway could prevent the disorder. Anne Trafton | MIT News Office ... Full story

New study asks why some motorists are more aggressive to cyclists

New research by a scientist at The University of Western Australia contradicts a commonly held view that non cyclist car drivers are more aggressive towards bike riders than motorists who are also cyclists. ... Full story

Study Shows Exercise Does Not Improve Cognition in Elderly

CHICAGO, ILL. - Kaycee M. Sink, M.D., M.A.S., of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and colleagues evaluated whether a 24-month physical activity program would result in better cognitive function, lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia, or both, compared with a health education program. The results are published in the Aug. 25 issue of JAMA. ... Full story

Developing a New Tool to Detect a Frequently Missed Sex Chromosome Disorder in Boys

Klinefelter syndrome is the most common disorder of the male sex chromosomes, yet is rarely diagnosed in children. A new assessment tool is being developed by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) to help pediatricians detect the physical traits of the syndrome. The tool could pave the way for early interventions that prevent and treat a range of physical, psychological, social, and cognitive impairments. ... Full story

More support needed for young adults with life-limiting conditions

A new report has called for improved training and ongoing support for young adults living with life-limiting conditions, their families and health and social care professionals. ... Full story

Helping prevent PTSD in children

Research led by a University of Queensland professor has found that web-based intervention can prevent post-traumatic stress disorder developing in children after accidental injury. ... Full story

Close Friendships in Adolescence Predict Health in Adulthood

Teens are often warned to beware the undue influence of peer pressure, but new research suggests that following the pack in adolescence may have some unexpected benefits for physical health in early adulthood. ... Full story

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