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Public Release: 2-Sep-2014
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Media coverage of a celebrity suicide can cause a large-scale copycat effect
Researchers who analyzed media coverage of the suicide of a national actress in South Korea and its impact on subsequent suicides found that the number of suicide-related articles surged around 80 times in the week after a suicide compared with the week prior.

Contact: Nicole Weingartner

Public Release: 1-Sep-2014
JAMA Pediatrics
Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents
Sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying, according to a study by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Because family meal times represent social support and exchanges in the home that benefit adolescents' well-being, Elgar suggests that this family contact and communication can also reduce some of the distressing effects of cyberbullying.

Contact: Frank Elgar
McGill University

Public Release: 29-Aug-2014
Psychological Bulletin
Evidence mounting that older adults who volunteer are happier, healthier
Older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling -- they are receiving a health boost!
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Contact: Kelly Connelly
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Public Release: 29-Aug-2014
Intervention needed for survivors of childhood burns
Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research at the University of Adelaide.
National Health and Medical Research Council, Burns SA

Contact: Dr. Miranda Van Hooff
University of Adelaide

Public Release: 28-Aug-2014
How studying damage to the prefrontal lobe has helped unlock the brain's mysteries
Until the last few decades, the frontal lobes of the brain were shrouded in mystery and erroneously thought of as nonessential for normal function. Now a review in Neuron highlights groundbreaking studies of patients with brain damage that reveal how distinct areas of the frontal lobes are critical for a person's ability to learn, multitask, control emotions, socialize, and make decisions. The findings have helped experts rehabilitate patients experiencing damage to this brain region.

Contact: Mary Beth O'Leary
Cell Press

Public Release: 27-Aug-2014
ACS Chemical Neuroscience
New study throws into question long-held belief about depression
New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin -- a chemical messenger in the brain -- plays a central role in depression. In the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been 'depressed' by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society

Public Release: 27-Aug-2014
Brain networks 'hyper-connected' in young adults who had depression
Functional magnetic resonance imaging may help to better predict and understand depression in young adults.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Contact: Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public Release: 27-Aug-2014
Xenon exposure shown to erase traumatic memories
McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other memory-related disorders.
National Institutes of Health Grant, O'Keefe Family Junior Investigator Award, McLean Hospital

Contact: Jenna Brown
McLean Hospital

Public Release: 26-Aug-2014
Molecular Psychiatry
Study calls into question link between prenatal antidepressant exposure and autism risk
Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression.
National Institute of Mental Health, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research

Contact: Noah Brown
Massachusetts General Hospital

Public Release: 26-Aug-2014
Collaborative care improves depression in teens
How best to care for the many adolescents who have depression? In a collaborative care intervention, a care manager continually reached out to teens -- delivering and following up on treatment in a primary-care setting. Depression outcomes after a year were significantly better with this approach than with usual care, according to a JAMA report of a randomized controlled trial from Seattle Children's, Group Health, and the University of Washington.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Rose Ibarra (Egge)
Group Health Research Institute

Public Release: 26-Aug-2014
Collaborative care intervention improves depression among teens
Among adolescents with depression seen in primary care, a collaborative care intervention that included patient and parent engagement and education resulted in greater improvement in depressive symptoms at 12 months than usual care, according to a study in the Aug. 27 issue of JAMA.

Contact: Rose Ibarra
The JAMA Network Journals

Public Release: 25-Aug-2014
American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
New coping strategy for the memory impaired and their caregivers
Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life. Just eight sessions of training made a positive difference, resulting in more joy, less worry.
NIH/National Institute of Aging

Contact: Marla Paul
Northwestern University

Public Release: 25-Aug-2014
Sleep drunkenness disorder may affect 1 in 7
A study is shining new light on a sleep disorder called 'sleep drunkenness.' The disorder may be as prevalent as affecting one in every seven people. The research is published in the Aug. 26, 2014, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Contact: Rachel Seroka
American Academy of Neurology

Public Release: 21-Aug-2014
Journal of Women's Health
Reading 'Fifty Shades' linked to unhealthy behaviors
Young adult women who read 'Fifty Shades of Grey' are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, finds a new study led by a Michigan State University researcher.

Contact: Andy Henion
Michigan State University

Public Release: 21-Aug-2014
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits
A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Contact: Kate Richards
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Public Release: 21-Aug-2014
International Journal of Mobile Communications
Coping with smart phone threats
Writing in the International Journal of Mobile Communications, a Canadian team outlines the possible coping mechanisms that might be needed following loss or theft of one's smart phone or other digital devices and the security problems that the user might face.

Contact: Albert Ang
Inderscience Publishers

Public Release: 20-Aug-2014
Cochrane Library
Counselling has limited benefit on young people drinking alcohol
Counselling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, a new study suggests.

Contact: Evelyn Martinez

Public Release: 20-Aug-2014
Journal of Applied Psychology
Abusive leadership infects entire team
Supervisors who are abusive to individual employees can actually throw the entire work team into conflict, hurting productivity, finds new research led by a Michigan State University business scholar.

Contact: Andy Henion
Michigan State University

Public Release: 20-Aug-2014
JAMA Psychiatry
Combined drugs and therapy most effective for severe nonchronic depression
The odds that a person who suffers from severe, nonchronic depression will recover are improved by as much as 30 percent if they are treated with a combination of cognitive therapy and antidepressant medicine rather than by antidepressants alone. However, a person with chronic or less severe depression does not receive the same additional benefit from combining the two.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: David Salisbury
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 20-Aug-2014
JAMA Psychiatry
Therapy plus antidepressants help patients with severe, nonchronic depression
Patients with severe, nonchronic depression had better rates of recovery if they were treated with cognitive therapy combined with antidepressant medication compared to ADMs alone.

Contact: David Salisbury
The JAMA Network Journals

Public Release: 18-Aug-2014
Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
Are children who play violent video games at greater risk for depression?
While much attention has focused on the link between violent video game playing and aggression among youths, a new study finds significantly increased signs of depression among preteens with high daily exposure to violent video games. The details and implications of this important new study are described in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Public Release: 18-Aug-2014
2014 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Surprising number of older adults weathered the 'Great Recession' without financial strain
The 'Great Recession' may have put a dent in many older adults' pocketbooks, but a new study, which will be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, finds that more than 40 percent reported a decrease in 'financial strain' between 2006 and 2010.

Contact: Daniel Fowler
American Sociological Association

Public Release: 18-Aug-2014
2014 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
'Super-parent' cultural pressures can spur mental health conditions in new moms and dads
Mental health experts in the past three decades have emphasized the dangers of postpartum depression for mothers, but a University of Kansas researcher says expanding awareness of several other perinatal mental health conditions is important for all new parents, including fathers.

Contact: Daniel Fowler
American Sociological Association

Public Release: 17-Aug-2014
Stem cells reveal how illness-linked genetic variation affects neurons
A genetic variation linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression wreaks havoc on connections among neurons in the developing brain, a team of researchers reports. The study used stem cells generated from people with and without mental illness to observe the effects of a rare and pernicious genetic variation on young brain cells. The results add to evidence that several major mental illnesses have common roots in faulty 'wiring' during early brain development.
National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute on Aging, One Mind Institute, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, Brain and Behavior Research Foun

Contact: Shawna Williams
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
High prevalence of opioid use by Social Security disability recipients, reports Medical Care
More than 40 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance recipients take opioid pain relievers, while the prevalence of chronic opioid use is over 20 percent and rising, reports a study in the September issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Contact: Connie Hughes
Wolters Kluwer Health