Psychiatry

Smoking during pregnancy can cause behavioral problems in kids

pregnancy smoke
Several studies carried out in the past have found an association between smoking during pregnancy and behavioral problems in children. But these studies failed to rule out the influence of genetics and postnatal environment on the behavioral problems. Now, a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry has again confirmed that smoking during pregnancy can cause behavioral problems in kids. For this research, the researchers carried out a meta-analysis of three studies done in New Zealand...

Psychiatric disorders common in children suffering from iron deficiency anemia

avoid iron deficiency
Iron deficiency is the commonest nutritional deficiency seen in people worldwide, according to the statistics available with the World Health Organization. Almost 30 percent of children, adolescents and women from non-industrialized nations suffer from iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency is also very common in people living in industrialized nations. Although the role of iron in the development of the neurological system is well known, its role in psychiatric illnesses seen in children had...

Bipolar disorders common in women during postpartum phase

depression in postpartum period
A new research published in the recent issue of the journal JAMA Psychiatry has found that the incidence of bipolar disorders is strikingly high in new mothers. The research, which was carried out by Katherine Wisner from Northwestern University in Chicago along with her colleagues found that almost 22.6% women suffered from bipolar disorders and other associated comorbidities, during post-partum phase. The researchers carried out the study in order to find out whether conducting screening...

Facing bullying at a young age can lead to mood problems later

bullying mood disorders
Children who face bullying by their peers at a young age are more likely to develop mood disorders at a later stage of their lives. This is because bullying changes the structure surrounding a gene which plays an important role in mood regulation. These are the results of a study carried out by researchers from Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) at the Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine. The study has been published in the latest issue of the journal Psychological Medicine. The study reinforces...

Imaging the Brain by mapping Activity Based pH Changes

Normal brain activity results in localized pH fluctuations. Moreover, low brain pH has been linked to depression, anxiety and different panic disorders. This is because certain receptors present in the brain are activated by the reduced pH. Studies conducted in mice show that learning and memory, as well as fear responses are regulated by acid sensing proteins present in the brain. Therefore, mapping the brain based on activity based pH changes can be a novel method of brain imaging, different...

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