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Iowa Becomes Fourth State to Allow Psychologists to Prescribe Medications

Law will improve access to mental health services ...

Ketamine found more effective for treating highly-agitated patients during transport to hospital

Scientists have shown that ketamine is far more effective than the more commonly used haloperidol for treating highly-agitated patients prior to hospitalisation. ...

Mums encouraged to switch off for their mental health

A world first Australian study has found a link between modern screen-based sedentary behaviours and anxiety risk in mothers of young children aged under five years. ... Full story

Rapid eye movement sleep: keystone of memory formation

By Bruno Geoffroy - For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation. ... Full story

Enhanced hippocampal-cortical coupling improves memory

For the first time, scientists in the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology (CNRS/INSERM/Collège de France) have produced direct evidence that the long-term storage of memories involves a dialogue between two brain structures, the hippocampus and cortex, during sleep; by enhancing this dialogue, they succeeded in triggering the consolidation of memories that would otherwise have been forgotten. This work is published in Nature Neuroscience on 16 May 2016. ... Full story

Trauma and PTSD symptoms linked to increased risk of blood clots in women

Boston, MA ─ Women who have experienced trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at greater risk for developing a potentially fatal blood clot disorder called venous thromboembolism (VTE) than women who have not experienced trauma, according to a study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center. ... Full story

Fear and anxiety will compete with hope and success in zone's race for food

Fear and anxiety will compete alongside hope and success in the zone as the Indo-Pacific region reaches new thresholds of population growth and inequality, according to Former Indonesian President His Excellency Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. ... Full story

Post-Conflict Reconciliation Led to Societal Healing, But Worsened Psychological Health, New Study Finds

Civil wars divide nations along social, economic, and political lines, often pitting neighbors against each other. In the aftermath of civil wars, many countries undertake truth and reconciliation efforts to restore social cohesion, but little has been known about whether these programs reach their intended goals. ... Full story

Genetic Variants May Put Some Soldiers at Higher Risk of PTSD

Largest genome-wide association studies of PTSD to date identify two gene markers linked to military personnel who develop mental disorder ... Full story

Sensitivity to oxidative stress is not always linked to ageing

Scientists make an important breakthrough in understanding the impact of oxygen exposure on the aging process of mammal cells ... Full story

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