Smoking During Pregnancy Puts Children at Risk of Psychotic Symptoms

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy put their children at greater risk of developing psychotic symptoms in their teenage years. Science Daily reports that researchers from Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham, and Warwick Universities studied 6,356 12-year-olds from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. All the children completed an interview for psychotic-like symptoms, such as hallucinations…

Researchers Develop Integrated Treatment for Soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Pain

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a growing number of soldiers being sent home to the United States to be treated for physical and psychological trauma. Chronic pain is a frequent problem among soldiers returning from the Middle East. Common sources of pain are in the head (traumatic-brain injury or post-concussion syndrome),…

Research Finds Better Ways to Predict Violent Behaviors

New research shows that diagnosing severe personality disorders, evaluating the childhood environment, assessing alcohol consumption, and analyzing the MAOA genotype may provide more accurate means for assessing risk among violent offenders, according to the Finnish research carried out jointly at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Central Hospital Psychiatry Centre.