Medication prices continue to rise faster than many people can keep up with. Long told that pharmaceutical companies needed to recoup their costs from research and development, recent studies have found this is not true. The price of research and development are often covered within the first few years the medication is released to the public. The companies, however, rarely lower the retail price they charge the patients who are in need of the medicine.
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A large group of researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism of neurotransmitters is released in the brain during schizophrenia. This elevated protein was noted not only schizophrenia but also other mental illnesses. the study was the first to study the relationship between mental illness and the level of protein. This is important as schizophrenia affects nearly one in 100 American adults and remains poorly understood.
In the picture above, the different lobes of the brain are color coded. According to the studies found concerning brain volume and schizophrenia, there are two main areas affected. These areas are colored green and the blue lobe that borders on the green. This illustrates why it is so important for research to continue in order to help those afflicted with schizophrenia as it is a lifelong disorder.
Anger and depression are handled in different ways among different people. One of these conditions that don't handle aggression well is autism. Allowances and study need to be done to help this group of people succeed in our society.
Since the completion of the human genome project, researchers have been discovering changes to hundreds of places in the DNA. Some of these variants have been associated with psychiatric diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Researchers have found a roadmap for the development of new generation therapy for psychiatric conditions. In the last decade, scientists have conducted genetic studies of people with a psychiatric disease, comparing results to healthy individuals to find genes that have different sequencing in those diseases. This paper helps to explain the roles of tens of thousands of sections of regulatory DNA and proteins in the brain. Once again this study is but a jumping off place for further studies (Geschwind et al, 2018). Dendritic structure (dendrite is a short branched extension of a nerve cell along which impulses received from other cells at synapses are transmitted to the cell body) is tightly coupled with synaptic function in basal conditions. Many brain disorders are associated with an aberrant regulation of F-actin and impaired signaling. These alterations likely underlie the aberrant spine morphology found in these disorders. Further studies on the mechanism of structural plasticity of dendritic spines will provide new therapeutic targets and methods for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders (Borovac et al, 2018).
Dementia is a syndrome usually progressive and chronic in nature. Global incidences of dementia is increasing at a rate of one new case every three seconds with associated medical social and health care costs far exceeding the capacity of most countries. Because of the degenerative nature of the disease sufferers lose their ability to perform routine tasks, experience poor quality of life and loss of autonomy. The role of vitamin D in the etiology of cognitive impairment and dementia is plausible and has been supported substantial mechanistic and epidemiological data. As people age, they tend to spend less and less time outdoors in the sun. It is of great importance as vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide pandemic and is seen most commonly in older adults residing in northerly latitudes, particularly during winter months. Further research needs to be done to see if increasing vitamin D level will improve cognitive health (Aspell, Lawlor, O'Sullivan, 2018).
Autistic Spectrum Disorders are a complex pervasive neurodevelopmental condition associated with lifelong difficulties. these difficulties cross social, emotional and behavioral domains. The lastest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) finally put all aspects of autism under one umbrella of autistic spectrum disorder. Since this happened questions have been raised if this has helped by moving toward a broader categorization of the disorder is clinically useful (Montgomery et al, 2016).
There are nearly 10 million Americans living with a severe mental health condition according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This shocking statistic reveals that mental illness is even more common than you may have suspected. In this article, we will take a look at tips from experts on how to find the best online counseling available to suit your individual needs.
Financial concerns are often cited by doctors as a barrier to administering routinely recommended vaccines to adults. Survey respondents answered questions on payment and profit for various public and private payer types. Over half of respondents reported losing money vaccinating adult Medicaid beneficiaries. Few respondents reported negotiation with manufacturers or insurance plans on vaccine purchase prices or payments for vaccinations. Claim denial is a major reason many adults don't inquire about vaccinations or seek them out with their doctors (Lindley et al, 2018; Potter et al, 2018).
Drug addiction is a serious socioeconomic problem associated with significant mortality and morbidity. this study highlighted the complex relationship between drug-induced neuroadaptations in the brain and addictive behaviors using examples from both human studies and animal models. these neuroadaptations thought to be responsible for the transition to a persistent state of addiction. addiction is a highly integrated process complicated by differing profiles the drug themselves. this, of course, includes the use of cannabis by youngsters. it has been shown to open the adolescents up to not only addiction but mental illnesses as well (Duncan, 2012).
GNC or gender non-conformity has become a real issue in our schools today. A study conducted of 6082 high school students said GNC was associated with feeling sad and hopeless as well as suicidal. This leads to an increase in peer harassment and violence as well as increase exposure to child abuse. this exposure also has led to an increase in substance abuse as well as an increase experience of mental distress (Lowry et al, 2018).
As our military members return from Iraq and Afghanistan an increase in suicide is also being witnessed. While they are fighting for our freedom, they are also suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries that can make PTSD symptoms worse for them.
There are more than 14,500 drug rehab treatment centers nationwide that provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to people with substance abuse disorders. Finding the right one can prove to be an intimidating process, but here is a guide you can utilize to help yourself or a loved one to locate the best drug rehab treatment center possible.
New research is exploring the link between money and mental illness. They are more intricately connected than you could ever begin to imagine as research shows that one out of every five people struggling with a debt burden is under additional strain from a mental health problem, severe illness, or a life event such as the recent bereavement of a loved one. In this article, we will explore the truth about money and mental illness.
Americans have become so disillusioned about what's healthful that they aren't clearly seeing how their diet can contribute to their well being and mental health. More than ever before, people have been seeking out medical ways to ease their stress and anxiety because they are finding that eating more of certain foods is too simple a remedy --- until now.
Through examining brain tissue, researchers said that they found similarities between certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia, and similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
There has been one widely reported case of suicide, thought to have been attributed to side effects of taking Tamiflu, a popular medication used to treat the influenza virus. Another individual almost committed suicide while on the medication. Charlie Harp, a 16-year-old boy, committed suicide, while a 6-year-old girl from Texas attempted to commit suicide. Here are their stories.
A Puerto Rican mother announced that her child suffered from psychosis after taking antiviral medication: an adverse reaction from Oseltamivir (a generic Tamiflu drug).
News of late contains several stories of people trying successfully and unsuccessfully to board airline flights with a companion pet in tow claiming that their companion pet is necessary to their mental well-being--peacocks and hedgehogs for example. Here's what a new study has to say about the evidence of companion pets and pet owner mental health.
A new study reports that a common skin disease could be warning sign of an increased risk of mental illness that could affect you and your family.
PANDAS was coined as a term and introduced as a condition as recently as 1998 by Dr. Susan Swedo and her associates to describe the onset of debilitating symptoms that results from this autoimmune malfunction. Here are 3 testimonies of those who have found healing from their PANDAS symptoms through a natural, holistic approach.
We joke that we are glued to our screens and addicted to our devices. However, experts are recognizing that a so-called addiction to gaming has roots in a mental disorder.
Today we are afflicted with a silent plague. Our culture drives us to perform in stressful work environments, but even in our own homes we are unknowingly bombarding our bodies with a host of environmental stressors. Doctors are calling stress the black plague of our generation, and chronic stress triggers a condition of the sympathetic nervous system known as sympathetic overdrive.
Mass shooting statistics in America are rising and are the highest of any country. Recent mass shootings have uncovered several observations regarding mental health and a need for gun control, while nutrition professionals are looking at diet as an important factor.
I personally think that the line between when a stigma becomes accepted, to when it becomes the "thing to do", or 'cool' seem to be a fine one.
A story that broke this week has me asking questions about mental health stress leave in the work place and whether or not we should really treat these like regular sick days.
A new study by Renee Mikorski and Dawn M. Szymanski, published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly, says that the mental health of female staff at sexually objectifying restaurants hurts the mental health of the women who work there.
Male fish are displaying feminine qualities and even producing eggs. What can we learn about these transgender fish?
Body Integrity Identity Disorder: The strange phenomenon of hating your own own body part.