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Bipolar Disorder Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Today's Healthcare
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Bipolar disorder linked to early death      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Having bipolar disorder -- a serious mental illness that can cause both manic and depressed moods -- can make life more challenging. It also comes with a higher risk of dying early. Now, a study puts into perspective just how large that risk is, and how it compares with other factors that can shorten life.

Bipolar Disorder Children's Health Depression Mental Health Research
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Connection between light levels and mental health -- climate change could also have an impact in the future      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In Finland, there is a clear increase in the number of sick days taken due to depression, anxiety and sleep disorders in October and November, whereas the number of absences is lower than expected between June and September. In late autumn, the number of sick days taken is almost twice as high as in the summer and about a quarter higher than in early autumn. On the other hand, manic episodes related to bipolar disorder occur more frequently than expected during the spring and summer, when there are more daylight hours, and less frequently than expected during darker times of year.

Chronic Illness Crohn's Disease Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Risk of serious infection even in low-active IBD      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an independent risk factor for serious infection, even at very low levels of gastrointestinal inflammation.

Chronic Illness Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Genetics links endometriosis and IBS      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found a significant relationship between the risks for endometriosis and common gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Sufferers can find it difficult to distinguish the source of their pain leading to confusion or misdiagnosis and years of delay in treatment during which time the endometriosis can progress to more severe disease -- endometriosis should be considered as a possible cause if a woman presents to her GP with abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Bipolar Disorder Depression Today's Healthcare
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Simple blood test can help diagnose bipolar disorder      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have developed a new way of improving diagnosis of bipolar disorder that uses a simple blood test to identify biomarkers associated with the condition.

Bipolar Disorder Children's Health Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Researchers confirm postpartum depression heritability, home in on treatment mechanism      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have conducted a large-scale meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to investigate the genetic architecture of PPD.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Today's Healthcare
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Amitriptyline helps relieve IBS symptoms      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Amitriptyline can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in patients seen in GP surgeries, new research has found.  The cheap and widely available prescription drug, which is commonly used at low doses for a range of health concerns, has been found to improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms too, according to the results of the ATLANTIS trial. The results showed that patients taking amitriptyline were almost twice as likely to report an overall improvement in symptoms as those taking a placebo.   

Bipolar Disorder Child Development Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research
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Formerly depressed patients continue to focus on negative      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People who have recovered from a major depressive episode, when compared with individuals who have never experienced one, tend to spend more time processing negative information and less time processing positive information, putting them at risk for a relapse, according to new research.

Bipolar Disorder Depression Mental Health Research
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Modern antidepressants may reduce risk of relapse for patients with bipolar depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Treatment with modern antidepressants may help prevent patients with bipolar disorder from relapsing into a depressive episode, according to an international clinical trial. The findings challenge current clinical practice guidelines and could change how bipolar depression is managed globally.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrition
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Fiber discovery could shape better gut health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Changing the structure of a dietary fiber commonly found in a range of food products has been found to promote healthy gut bacteria and reduce gas formation, a finding that could help people with intolerances to fiber and irritable bowel conditions.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Lower bacterial diversity is associated with irritable bowel syndrome      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have lower bacterial diversity in the intestine than do healthy people, according to a team of investigators. The investigators believe that theirs is the first analysis to find a clear association between IBS and reduced diversity in the microbiota of the gut.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Realtime monitoring with a wearable device reveals IBS-related changes      (via sciencedaily.com) 

A research group recorded the autonomic nervous system activity in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and healthy subjects using a wearable device and a proprietary smartphone application to record daily life events such as defecation and sleep. As a result, they found that sympathetic nervous system activity was activated in IBS patients from 2 minutes before defecation and continued until 9 minutes after defecation. Further research is expected to improve the quality of life of IBS patients and elucidate the pathophysiology.

Chronic Illness Irritable Bowel Syndrome Neuropathy
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Treating gut pain via a Nobel prize-winning receptor      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Targeting a receptor responsible for our sense of touch and temperature, which researchers have now found to be present in our colon, could provide a new avenue for treating chronic pain associated with gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. A team examining the colon identified the presence of Piezo2, the subject of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, now known to be responsible for sensing light touch on our skin.

Bipolar Disorder Depression Mental Health Research
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New study reveals differences in diagnosis of psychiatric disorders between geographies      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Diagnosing psychiatric disorders is challenging due to the lack of objective tests. Fortunately, genomic studies can reveal genes associated with increased risk of certain disorders. In a recent study, researchers from Japan investigated whether the genetic correlations between major psychiatric disorders differed among European and East Asian populations. They showed differences in how bipolar disorders are diagnosed by psychiatrists in the East and the West, which might affect the results of clinical trials.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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How gravity may cause irritable bowel syndrome      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new theory suggests irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the most common gastrointestinal disorder, may be caused by gravity. An expert explains that IBS -- and many other conditions -- could result from the body's inability to manage gravity.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Bloating common issue among Americans      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Nearly 1 in 7 Americans experience bloating on a weekly basis, and most aren't seeking professional care for it, according to a new study.

Birth Defects Crohn's Disease Infant's Health Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pregnancy and Childbirth
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Adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with inactive inflammatory bowel disease      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Inflammatory bowel disease is a risk factor for giving birth preterm even when in apparent disease remission, a new study shows. If corroborated, the results may eventually affect recommendations for women with ulcerative colitis who tries to conceive.

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Histamine-producing gut bacteria can trigger chronic abdominal pain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The culprit is what has now been named Klebsiella aerogenes, the McMaster-Queen (MQ) strain, identified in up to 25 per cent of gut microbiota samples from patients with IBS. Researchers examined stool microbiota samples from both Canadian and American patient cohorts.

Bipolar Disorder Eating Disorder Research Eating Disorders
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Multiple diagnoses are the norm for mental illness; A new genetic analysis helps explain why      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

An analysis of 11 major psychiatric disorders offers new insight into why comorbidities are the norm when it comes to mental illness. The study suggests that while there is no single gene or set of genes underlying risk for all of them, subsets of disorders -- including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and major depression and anxiety --s hare a common genetic architecture.

Bipolar Disorder
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Evidence of brain changes in those at risk of bipolar disorder captured with MRI scans      (via sciencedaily.com) 

A study that showed changes in the brain in those at risk of developing bipolar disorder raises new hopes about early intervention.