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Bipolar Disorder Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research
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Understanding the relationship between our sleep, body clock and mental health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Problems with our sleep and internal body clock can trigger or worsen a range of psychiatric disorders, according to a new review of recent research evidence. The review suggests gaining a better understanding of the relationship between sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health could unlock new holistic treatments to alleviate mental health problems.

Birth Control Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth Today's Healthcare
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Higher infant mortality rates associated with restrictive abortion laws, study finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research provides evidence that U.S. states with the most restrictive abortion laws saw 16 percent more infant deaths in 2014-2018 than in states offering access to comprehensive reproductive 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.

Birth Control Healthy Aging
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Genetic mutations that promote reproduction tend to shorten human lifespan, study shows      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study based on a review of genetic and health information from more than 276,000 people finds strong support for a decades-old evolutionary theory that sought to explain aging and senescence.  

Birth Control Children's Health Psychology Research
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Hormonal contraceptives in teens may alter risk assessment, rat study suggests      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Hormonal contraceptives taken by adolescents may influence development of the brain in a way that alters the recognition of risks, a new study in rats suggests.

Birth Control Gynecology Pregnancy and Childbirth Today's Healthcare
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Blood clotting risk quickly drops after stopping hormonal contraceptives      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Using birth control pills and other hormone-based contraceptives is known to elevate the risk of blood clots, but a new study suggests that this risk largely goes away within two to four weeks after one stops using these contraceptives. The findings can help patients and doctors weigh the benefits and risks of hormonal contraceptives and guide when to stop using them ahead of events that could further increase the risk of dangerous clots, such as major surgery, prolonged periods of immobility, or when tapering anticoagulant medications after a blood clot.

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Contraceptive pill users less likely to report depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study has shown that women who are taking the oral contraceptive pill are less likely to report depression. The research, which analysed data from 6,239 women in the United States aged 18-55 years old, found that the prevalence of major depression amongst users of the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) was significantly lower, at 4.6%, compared to former OCP users (11.4%).

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.

Birth Control Pregnancy and Childbirth Sexual Health Today's Healthcare
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Morning-after pill more effective when taken with an anti-inflammatory painkiller, researchers find      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A research team recently published findings on adding an anti-inflammatory painkiller used for arthritis pain to an oral emergency contraceptive pill (also known as the morning-after pill) to increase the effectiveness of pregnancy prevention.

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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.

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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.

Birth Control Hormone Disorders Menopause
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Birth-control pills affect the body's ability to regulate stress, study suggests      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study suggests that birth-control pills negatively impact women's stress response.

Birth Control Chronic Illness Depression Menopause Mental Health Research Sexual Health Today's Healthcare Women's Health - General
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New study links contraceptive pills and depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Women who used combined contraceptive pills were at greater risk of developing depression than women who did not, according to a new study. Contraceptive pills increased women's risk by 73 per cent during the first two years of use.

Birth Control Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth Sexual Health
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New genetic target for male contraception identified      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Discovery of a gene in multiple mammalian species could pave the way for a highly effective, reversible and non-hormonal male contraceptive for humans and animals. Researchers identified expression of the gene, Arrdc5, in the testicular tissue of mice, pigs, cattle and humans. When they knocked out the gene in mice, it created infertility only in the males, impacting their sperm count, movement and shape.

Birth Control Women's Health - General
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Study finds similar association of progestogen-only and combined hormonal contraceptives with breast cancer risk      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

There is a relative increase of 20% to 30% in breast cancer risk associated with both combined and progesterone-only contraceptives, whatever the mode of delivery, though with five years of use, the 15-year absolute excess incidence is at most 265 cases per 100,000 users, according to a new study.

Birth Control Fertility Infant's Health Pregnancy and Childbirth Sexual Health Today's Healthcare
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High infant mortality rates and global human population rise      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research showing high infant mortality rates are contributing to an incessant rise of the global human population supports arguments for greater access to contraception and family planning in low- and middle-income nations.

Birth Control Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
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On-demand male contraceptive shows promise in preclinical study      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

An experimental contraceptive drug temporarily stops sperm in their tracks and prevents pregnancies in preclinical models. The study demonstrates that an on-demand male contraceptive is possible.

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.