A new report providing state-by-state analyses of substance abuse and mental illness patterns reveals that there are wide variations in the levels of problems like illicit drug use found among the states, but that every state suffers from these problems. For example, Tennessee had the nation’s highest rate of people aged 18 and older experiencing a major depressive episode in the past year (9.8 percent) while Hawaii had the lowest (5.0 percent).
Press Release: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/0906042748.aspx
The full report: http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k7state/TOC.cfm
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials suggests that sufficient clinical evidence supports the use of Web-based and computer-based smoking cessation programs for adult smokers.
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The increased risk for violent crime associated with schizophrenia is largely due to the subgroup of patients who are also substance abusers, according to a new study.
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MUCH TOUTED “DEPRESSION RISK GENE” MAY NOT ADD TO RISK AFTER ALL: NEW LOOK AT DATA CONFIRMS STRONG ASSOCIATION BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND STRESSFUL LIFE EVENTS
Stressful life events are strongly associated with a person’s risk for major depression, but a certain gene variation long thought to increase risk in conjunction with stressful life events actually may have no effect, according to researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study, published in the June 17, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, challenges a widely accepted approach to studying risk factors for depression.
Full Press Release: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2009/much-touted-depression-risk-gene-may-not-add-to-risk-after-all.shtml
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Alterations in brains white matter – the key to schizophrenia
Some new results on brain development using a new brain imaging tool.
Following is a news report on a new study on death rates in schizophrenics. According to this study cancer is the second leading cause of death after suicide. This is a surprise and controversial as earlier it was believed that schizophrenics are less likely to get cancer than normals.
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