ADHD: About 1 in 20 adults may have a disorder usually associated with grade school

17 December 2013
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Ecarius is not alone. While ADHD — a condition marked by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity — is one of the most common brain disorders in children, it also occurs in approximately one in 20 adults, according to a 2006 study. A 2012 study based on interviews with almost 1,500 people by researchers in the Netherlands found that 2.8 percent of adults older than 60 have ADHD, with 4.2 percent of people in that age group reporting several ADHD symptoms and some impairment. But just being forgetful or scatterbrained doesn’t mean you have ADHD. Of course, many people, especially those older...

Sex and intimacy after the baby arrives

17 December 2013
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Pot smokers, schizophrenics may share similar brain changes

17 December 2013
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(CNN) — The latest data suggest that it’s possible to be a pot head. Teens who were heavy marijuana smokers, smoking every day for about three years, had more difficulty performing memory tasks and had abnormal brain structure changes compared to those who had never used the drug. The findings, published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, add to the debate over how potentially damaging marijuana can be on the brain, and how long lasting cannabis’ influence on brain structures is. Previous studies found memory loss among marijuana users, but scientists continue to struggle...

Holiday stress calls for an attitude adjustment

17 December 2013
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The holidays can be less stressful with the right attitude.(Photo: Hyosub Shin, AP) Story Highlights New book from a Mayo Clinic doctor outlines a stress-reduction plan People need to live more in the moment and develop an attitude of gratitude It’s also important to be compassionate, forgiving and accepting of others The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many people they’re also the most stressful. People get stressed out because of over-scheduling, not getting enough sleep, expecting too much of the season and being perfectionists about gifts,...

Data show health disparities among states

13 December 2013
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20 hours ago The slow rollout of a new federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening differences in health coverage among Americans, with residents in some states gaining insurance at a far greater rate than others. The demarcation may be as simple as Democrat and Republican. Newly released federal figures show more people are picking private insurance plans or being routed to Medicaid programs in states with Democratic leaders who have fully embraced the federal health care law than in states where Republican elected officials have derisively rejected...

Marines who suffered brain injuries doubled risk of PTSD

13 December 2013
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A study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry helps detail the relationship between the two conditions. Marines who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries while deployed were roughly twice as likely to get PTSD, researchers found. One likely explanation is that the bomb blasts, the most common cause of brain injuries during the wars, are psychologically traumatizing as well. In addition, structural changes in the brain after a head injury may increase the likelihood of developing PTSD and decrease the chances of recovery, said Dr. Dewleen Baker, a co-author of the study...

Nations aim to beat dementia by 2025 with AIDS-style fight

13 December 2013
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LONDON (Reuters) – Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on Wednesday and ministers said the world needed to fight the spread of the memory-robbing condition just as it fought AIDS. The move by the Group of Eight (G8) nations matches the date set by the United States last year for beating Alzheimer’s – but the target is ambitious, considering there is no obvious cure on the horizon. Global cases of dementia are expected to treble by 2050, yet scientists are still struggling to understand its basic biology, and the current medicine...

Exam grades ‘more nature than nurture’

13 December 2013
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11 December 2013 Last updated at 20:01 ET The research was carried out on identical and non-identical twins Genetic influence explains almost 60% of the variation in GCSE exam results, twin studies suggest. Scientists studied academic performance in more than 11,000 identical and non-identical 16-year-old twins in the UK. The team from King’s College London found that on average, genes explained 58% of differences between GCSE scores in core subjects such as maths. Differences...

India’s Supreme Court upholds colonial-era anti-gay sex law

13 December 2013
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NEW DEHLI –  India’s Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society. The judges said only lawmakers and not the courts could change a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across India reacted to the surprise decision with defiance. “We cannot be forced back into the closet. We are not...

Vice President announces more mental health funding

11 December 2013
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding nearly a year after a school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut. Biden, who spearheaded a failed Obama administration campaign for stronger gun control measures following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, met with families of the victims and mental health advocates. “The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable,”...

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