Psychiatry

About half the people referred to the clinic with a schizophrenia diagnosis didn’t actually have schizophrenia, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report in a small study. Therapies can vary widely for people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or other serious types of mental illness, and a misdiagnosis can lead to inappropriate or delayed treatment. The… Read more

A possible role of the hormone oxytocin in men and women with hypersexual disorder has been revealed in a new study[1]. The finding could potentially open the door to treating the disorder by engineering a way to suppress its activity. Hypersexual disorder, also referred to as sexual addiction[2], or an overactive sex drive, is recognized… Read more

An association between paracetamol intake and hyperactivity and attention problems has been identified in a new study. The research investigated if there were any effects of taking paracetamol in mid-pregnancy and the behaviour of the offspring between the ages of 6 month and 11 years, with memory and IQ tested up until the age of… Read more

The intensity of brain activity during the day, regardless of how long we’ve been awake, appears to escalate our requirements for sleep, according to a new University College London study in zebrafish. The research found a gene that responds to brain activity in order to coordinate the need for sleep. It helps shed new light… Read more

A solid ability in languages may help lessen the risk of developing dementia, a new University of Waterloo study[1] indicates. The work, led by Suzanne Tyas, a public health professor at Waterloo, investigated the health outcomes of 325 Roman Catholic nuns who were members of the Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States. The… Read more