mental health

No Evidence of a Common Genetic Link Between Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use Disorder

Polygenic risk scores (PRS) did not predict the development of cannabis use disorder (CUD) in patients with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, according to results from a study published in Psychological Medicine. Researchers conducted a case-control study to examine the associations between PRS for schizophrenia and other mental disorders with the development of…

Thousands of LA jail inmates should receive community mental health support

A new report has found that more than half of the people with mental health conditions currently confined in Los Angeles county jails would benefit from mental health treatment in specialized community centers instead of incarceration. he Los Angeles (LA) county jail system holds thousands of inmates at any one…

A tiny wage increase could have prevented 13,800 deaths in 6 years

The world has been facing a suicide crisis over the past few years. In the United States alone, tens of thousands of people die by suicide each year. But new research shows that a $1 increase in the minimum wage might prevent thousands of deaths. According to the National Institute…

Mindfulness could help us unlearn fear

Throughout evolutionary history, fear has helped humans stay safe and thrive. But in the modern world, many fear responses — such as phobias — are, at best, unhelpful and, at worst, debilitating. Yet, accumulating evidence shows that mindfulness practice could help us unlearn these responses. The practice of mindfulness —…

U.S. saw big rise in meth, fentanyl use in 2019

A study of over 1 million urine drug tests from across the United States shows soaring rates of use of methamphetamines and fentanyl, often used together in potentially lethal ways. The drug test results came primarily from clinics dealing with primary care, pain management or substance abuse disorders. The results showed that between 2013…