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One in five women planning a pregnancy smoke cigarettes, study finds

Most women still consume harmful substances like alcohol and caffeine while trying for a baby, suggesting low awareness of the risks, new research has found. Research published today in BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth led by King’s College London and UK pregnancy charity Tommy’s studied 131,182 women who used Tommy’s Planning for Pregnancy tool, which asks […]

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Discovery points to ketamine’s long-term antidepressant effects

Building on recent research confirming how ketamine induces rapid antidepressant action, Professor of Pharmacology Lisa Monteggia and her collaborators show how the molecular mechanism of the gene MeCP2 and associated synaptic adaptability are critical to the long-term antidepressant effects of ketamine. While MeCP2 has been shown to be important for typical antidepressants, this research indicates […]

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Nonfatal firearm injuries lead to increased chance of mental health disorder in youth

For every youth who dies with injury from a firearm, at least four survive. These survivors led researchers at MUSC Health to look at new mental health diagnoses that may stem from nonfatal gunshot wounds in adolescents. Betsy Oddo, M.D., a pediatric hospital medicine fellow at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, says firearm injury is […]

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AP-NORC poll: Inequity in community support for older adults

Many Americans believe their communities are doing a good job meeting the needs of older adults, but white people may be better equipped than people of color to age within their communities, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll finds more Americans think their area is […]

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Physical pain is a key factor in alcohol consumption relapse after a period of abstinence

The study has also shown changes in an area of the brain related to motivation for drug intake, and in a second experiment they have shown that the kappa-type opioid receptor (a protein) is key to causing these animals to relapse. Research by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology and Parasitology of the University […]

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Homelessness linked to emergency hospital admissions

Patients experiencing homelessness use hospital services, especially emergency admissions, at much higher rates than housed patients according to new research published this week. The study’s authors believe the research indicates the need to improve access to primary care, including GPs, along with implementing other interventions for people experiencing homelessness. The research was led by Charlie […]

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A blood test for your body clock? It’s on the horizon

What time is your body clock set on? The answer, mounting research suggests, can influence everything from your predisposition to diabetes, heart disease and depression to the optimal time for you to take medication. But unlike routine blood tests for cholesterol and hormone levels, there’s no easy way to precisely measure a person’s individual circadian […]