Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD nearly doubles infection risk
October 15, 2019
First-of-its-kind study finds people with PTSD were 1.8 times as likely to have any infection as those without PTSD, ranging from being 1.3 times as likely to have meningitis, to 1.7 times as likely to have influenza, to 2.7 times as likely to have viral hepatitis.
A new Boston Univer...
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Impact of police stops on youth's mental health
October 9, 2019
New research looks into the impact police stops have on the mental health of youth. Assistant professors Dylan Jackson, Chantal Fahmy and Alexander Testa in the UTSA Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice collaborated with professor Michael Vaughn in the College for Public Health and So...
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Handling traumatic grief reactions in children and adolescents post-9/11
October 1, 2019
Grief reactions in traumatically bereaved youth, particularly in relation to a shared trauma, constitute a unique aspect of psychological distress. A new study in the , published by Elsevier, reports that this disorder warrants separate clinical attention.
In the wake of the World Tr...
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Anxiety disorders linked to disturbances in the cells' powerhouses
September 26, 2019
The powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondria, provides energy for cellular functions. But those activities can become disturbed when chronic stress leads to anxiety symptoms in mice and humans. Iiris Hovatta of the University of Helsinki and colleagues report these findings in a new study publish...
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Blood-brain barrier damage occurs even with mild head trauma
September 25, 2019
In a new study of adolescent and adult athletes, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Stanford University and Trinity College in Dublin have found evidence of damage to the brain's protective barrier, without a reported concussion.
For the first time, the researchers wer...
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Abnormal gut bugs tied to worse cognitive performance in vets with PTSD and cirrhosis
September 12, 2019
A study involving military veterans with PTSD and cirrhosis of the liver points to an abnormal mix of bacteria in the intestines as a possible driver of poor cognitive performance -- and as a potential target for therapy.
The study appeared Aug. 28, 2019, in the .
Lead author D...
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PTSD linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer
September 5, 2019
Women who experienced six or more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in life had a twofold greater risk of developing ovarian cancer compared with women who never had any PTSD symptoms, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public He...
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Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use
September 3, 2019
As growing numbers of people are using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new UCL study reports that prescriptions are not backed up by adequate evidence.
The systematic review, published in the , finds that the active components of cannabis, called cannabinoid...
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Receptor protein in brain promotes resilience to stress
September 3, 2019
Scientists have discovered that a receptor on the surface of brain cells plays a key role in regulating how both animals and people respond to stress. The research suggests that the receptor may represent an important biomarker of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in humans and may offer a ne...
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Emotion recognition deficits impede community integration after traumatic brain injury
August 30, 2019
Kessler Foundation researchers have found a correlation between deficits in facial emotion recognition and poor community integration in individuals with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Their findings have implications for the development of rehabilitative interventions to reduce socia...
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