Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities

16 April 2014
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REUTERS/Michael Kooren Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain...

Gene linked to Alzheimer’s poses a special threat to women

16 April 2014
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hide captionWomen make up nearly two-thirds of the people in the U.S. diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. iStockphoto A gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease. The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s in both sexes. But a study published Monday in the Annals of Neurology found that the gene had only a minimal effect on men, while in women it nearly doubled the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or a related condition called mild...

Why we keep losing our keys

16 April 2014
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Misplacing keys and phones are the result of every day memory or cognitive lapses – the result of a failure in our working memory – that are the norm. What are some of the factors that can affect our propensity to lose or misplace things? Sumathi Reddy reports. Photo: Getty. You’ve put your keys somewhere and now they appear to be nowhere, certainly not in the basket by the door they’re supposed to go in and now you’re 20 minutes late for work. Kitchen counter, night stand, book shelf, work bag: Wait, finally, there they are under the mail you brought in last night. Losing...

Gay marriage appeals move issue back toward high court

11 April 2014
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Gay marriage supporters prepare to rally at the Utah State Capitol in January.(Photo: Rick Bowmer, AP) WASHINGTON — The march toward making same-sex marriage legal nationwide takes a giant step forward this week in one of the most conservative parts of the country. Appeals of federal district court rulings that sanctioned gay marriages in Utah and Oklahoma will be heard by a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on successive Thursdays, moving the issue closer to a return engagement at the Supreme Court. Since the high court issued two landmark rulings last June granting...

Using tablets to reach kids with autism

11 April 2014
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(CNN) — Two 5-year-old boys, one with autism, were having some friendly playtime when they had a communication breakdown. One boy didn’t respond to the other and walked away. The ignored kid got frustrated and pushed over a small staircase, causing the first boy to fall. Their speech therapist, Jordan Sadler, decided to address the issue by recreating it in an iPad app called Puppet Pals. She restaged the scenario as a movie, even taking photos of the room for the background and of the kids for the characters. Using the app to show an instant replay of the scuffle, Sadler and the kids...

Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis

11 April 2014
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Michelle Monzo, left, Crisis Intervention Specialist course instructor, and Lower Merion Township police officer Joe Smith, right, talk into the ears of Lower Merion Township police officer Matt Dougherty, center, during a training simulation at Montgomery County Emergency Service in Norristown, Pa.AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely. But Lower Merion Township police officer Matthew Freind used his mental health training...

Sizing up your children is a tricky business

09 April 2014
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i i iStockphoto When I had a second baby earlier this year, my three-year-old suddenly seemed enormous. “Check out the size of those feet!” I marveled. She seemed so heavy, so tall, so substantial. She even seemed more capable, more robust. Images of airborne cookware and toppling bookshelves faded. The staircase didn’t seem quite so treacherous. Instead, I trusted in her basic competence to scale the kitchen stools without incident and to keep (most) sharp-and-pointy things beyond the envelope of her person. It wasn’t just me: my husband reported the same experience. I...

Inside the mind of a child with autism

09 April 2014
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Vets, docs worry Fort Hood shootings will deepen PTSD stigma

04 April 2014
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The word “PTSD” had barely left the mouth of Fort Hood’s commander late Wednesday when, across the nation, many veterans with those symptoms and doctors who treat the malady understood they faced a renewed battle: a resurgence of the stigma that comes with that diagnosis. The Fort Hood tragedy –- 16 wounded and four killed, including identified shooter Ivan Lopez, a soldier being evaluated for PTSD –- is precisely the type of event that makes combat veterans cringe. Many worry they’ll be further mislabeled as dangerous time bombs, as the next to snap, and that post-traumatic...

Party drug could help treat severe depression

04 April 2014
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The party drug ketamine could one day be used to help some people suffering from severe depression, according to British scientists who gave infusions of the narcotic nicknamed “special K” to patients. Researchers who tested the drug on 28 people with major depressive disorder found ketamine quickly helped relieve the condition for some – and made a number of them completely well again for up to several weeks. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT “It’s dramatic and it’s exciting, and it is a novel mechanism. But it’s not about to become a routine treatment,”...

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