It’s 25 Years Since We Redefined Autism – Here’s What We’ve Learnt

It’s 25 years since the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) was published. The manual is the clinical “bible” that defines the criteria for the diagnosis of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions, and was a landmark document for autism spectrum disorder. The first mention of autism came in…Continue readingIt’s 25 Years Since We Redefined Autism – Here’s What We’ve Learnt

Bilingualism And Dementia: How Some Patients Lose Their Second Language And Rediscover Their First

For many people with dementia, memories of early childhood appear more vivid than their fragile sense of the present. But what happens when the present is experienced through a different language than the one spoken in childhood? And how might carers and care homes cope with the additional level of…Continue readingBilingualism And Dementia: How Some Patients Lose Their Second Language And Rediscover Their First

Biodiverse Soil Dust May Help Lower Anxiety

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found new evidence of a potentially broadly-acting microbial link between the health of ecosystems and the health of people. The research[1] investigated the relationship between exposure to biodiverse soil dust, gut health, and mental health. Growing evidence links natural green space exposure with…Continue readingBiodiverse Soil Dust May Help Lower Anxiety

Omega-3 Supplements Have No Effect On Depression Or Anxiety

Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on anxiety and depression, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against, or even reverse, conditions such as anxiety and depression. But…Continue readingOmega-3 Supplements Have No Effect On Depression Or Anxiety

Reduced Brain Size May Affect Alcohol Consumption

Reduced brain size may suggest a genetic predisposition towards higher alcohol consumption, according to new research. “Our results suggest that associations between alcohol consumption and reduced brain volume are attributable to shared genetic factors. Lower brain volume in specific regions may predispose a person to greater alcohol consumption. The study…Continue readingReduced Brain Size May Affect Alcohol Consumption

Acetaminophen In Pregnancy Linked To Higher Risk Of ADHD, Autism

Exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy may raise a child’s risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder, suggests a study from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers analyzed data from the Boston Birth Cohort, a long-term study of factors influencing pregnancy and child development. They collected umbilical cord blood from 996…Continue readingAcetaminophen In Pregnancy Linked To Higher Risk Of ADHD, Autism

3 In 4 People With A Mental Illness Develop Symptoms Before Age 25

Australia’s Productivity Commission has revealed 3.9 million of its population are living with mental illness, and it’s costing the country an estimated A$500 million per day. The Commission, which the government tasked with looking at the impact of mental health on economic participation and productivity, has released its draft report…Continue reading3 In 4 People With A Mental Illness Develop Symptoms Before Age 25