Lipid Signature May Flag Schizophrenia

A specific lipid profile can identify patients with schizophreniapossibly paving the way for the development of the first clinically useful diagnostic test for a severe psychiatric illness, new research suggests. Although such a test remains a long way off, investigators said, the identification of the unique lipid signature is a critical first step. However, one … Read more

Psychiatric Illnesses Share Common Brain Network

A network of neural connections is linked to six psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (BD), depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anxiety, new research shows. Investigators used coordinate and lesion network mapping to assess whether there was a shared brain network common to multiple psychiatric disorders. In a meta-analysis of almost 200 studies encompassing more … Read more

More people with schizophrenia have health insurance after the implementation of Obamacare

The national uninsurance rate for adults under age 65 with schizophrenia decreased by 50% after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research published this week in JAMA Psychiatry. Also known as Obamacare, the health care reform law was designed to make health insurance more affordable … Read more

One in Four Cardiologists Report Mental Health Issues

More than a quarter of cardiologists in an international survey reported experiencing mental health conditions ranging from anxiety or anger issues to major depression or other psychiatric disorders. Such conditions varied in prevalence by cardiology subspecialty and years in the field, were more common in women than in men, and were closely linked to enduring … Read more

Physical activity linked with reduced depressive symptoms in children, adolescents

Scientists have found that physical activity interventions were associated with significant reductions in depressive symptoms in children and adolescents. The available evidence supports physical activity interventions as an alternative or adjunctive approach to alleviate depressive symptoms in children and adolescents, substantiating the beneficial influence of physical activity on the mental health of pediatric populations. This … Read more

Cluster Headaches Last Longer, Are More Severe in Women

Women with cluster headache (CH) have more severe symptoms and longer headache bouts than men, and they are more likely to have a chronic subtype of the disorder, new research shows. The study is the largest to date involving patients with CH. Although a growing body of work suggests that the illness affects mostly men, … Read more