Psychiatry

Environmental Stress after Birth and the risk of Schizophrenia

A new study published in the latest issue of the journal Cell has found that environmental stress present right after the birth may interact with inherent risk genes to increase the risk of schizophrenia by as much as one and a half times. Both these factors, i.e. inherent risk genes and environmental stress after birth may not lead to the development of schizophrenia, when present in isolation. However, when these factors come together, an individual is at a high risk of developing the...

Increased Coffee Consumption can Decrease Depression in Women

Although caffeinated drinks are well known for their property of central nervous system stimulation, yet there have been very few studies to establish a link between coffee consumption and the risk of depression. A recent study published in the journal “Archives of Internal Medicine”, found out that increased consumption of coffee by women is associated with a reduction in the risk of depression. The study, led by Alberto Ascherio of Harvard School of Public Health studied the coffee consuming...

Children Born After Unplanned Pregnancy Lag Behind in Verbal Abilities

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Children born after unplanned pregnancy are found to lag behind other children in their verbal, non verbal and spatial abilities, according to a study published in the “British Medical Journal.” However, these differences can be explained on the basis of differences in socio- economic conditions and disappear when this co-founding factor is adjusted. Around 30 to 40 percent of pregnancies in the United Kingdom that end in child birth are unplanned. The number of children born with the help of...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be treated using Marijuana

According to a new study published in the journal “Neuropsychopharmacology”, marijuana has been found to be effective in blocking the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorders in mice. There is a small interval of time following the traumatic event which is the “window of opportunity.” It is the ideal time when administration of marijuana can be helpful. The study, which was conducted at the University of Haifa, was done in two steps. In the first step, the rats were exposed to stressful...

Exercise can be Used as an Adjuvant Therapy in Patients of Depression

In more than half of the patients suffering from depression who require more than one medicine to treat their symptoms, exercise can be used as an adjuvant therapy. This was the finding of a recent study published in the “Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.” Researchers working on the study have found that moderate to intense exercise works as good as secondary medication to treat the symptoms of depression. It can be used as an adjuvant when the primary anti-depressant medicine fails to move the...

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