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Women who experience gender-based violence have higher incidence of anxiety, substance use disorders
Women who reported experiencing gender-based violence, such as rape, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking, had an associated higher lifetime prevalence of mental health disorders, dysfunction and disability, according to a study in the August 3 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on violence and human rights. (2011-08-02)

Patients suffering stroke will be able to recover using an assistive robot and videogames
The aim is to recover neuromuscular capacity through in home training with online monitoring by the doctor. (2011-07-20)

New gene for intellectual disability discovered
A gene linked to intellectual disability was found in a study involving the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health -- a discovery that was greatly accelerated by international collaboration and new genetic sequencing technology, which is now being used at CAMH. (2011-07-15)

Severity of spinal cord injury has no impact on how adults rate their health, WSU research finds
Severity of spinal cord injury in adults is not related to how they rate their health, Wayne State University researchers have found. (2011-07-12)

Scleroderma study identifies roadblocks to employment
Systemic scleroderma has slowed Tracy Zinn but it has not stopped her from working. Thanks in part to determination and an accommodating employer, Zinn is now in her 13th year as an account executive for a firm that produces educational software. But, many with the incapacitating disease are not as fortunate. (2011-07-12)

Poor countries have disproportionately higher burden of disease from stroke than from heart disease
Poorer countries often have disproportionately higher rates of stroke disability and death than wealthier countries. The study authors suggest stroke and heart disease rates may need to be considered separately for global disease reporting and prevention efforts. (2011-07-05)

Mutant flies shed light on inherited intellectual disability
Clumsy fruit flies with poor posture are helping an international team of scientists understand inherited intellectual disability in humans -- and vice versa. The flies can't hold their wings tightly against their bodies, and have trouble with flying and climbing behaviors, because they have mutations in a gene called dNab2. In humans, mutations in the same gene (with a clunkier name, ZC3H14) have been found to cause intellectual disability in studies of some Iranian families. (2011-07-04)

Distinguished 6 to be honored by Strathclyde
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of global communications firm Motorola Mobility will be one of six distinguished figures receiving an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, next month. (2011-06-30)

Workplace mental health disability leave recurs sooner than physical health leave, CAMH study shows
The recurrence of an employee's medical leave of absence from work tends to happen much sooner with a mental health leave than a physical one, a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health study shows. (2011-06-29)

Study finds pregnancy safe in multiple sclerosis
Canadian researchers have found that maternal multiple sclerosis is generally not associated with adverse delivery outcomes or risk to their offspring. Full findings now appear in Annals of Neurology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Neurological Association. (2011-06-27)

Reducing lifelong disability from sports injuries in children
To protect children from lifelong injuries in sports, we need a public health approach similar to that mounted against smoking and drunk driving, states an editorial in CMAJ. (2011-06-20)

Poor 'gut sense' of numbers contributes to persistent math difficulties
A new study published today in the journal Child Development (e-publication ahead of print) finds that having a poor (2011-06-17)

International study reveals mental disorders are leading cause of disability in young people worldwide
The first study to provide a comprehensive picture of the global causes of disability in adolescence and to outline the main risk factors that emerge in these years and cause disease in later life, shows that neuropsychiatric disorders (mostly unipolar major depression, alcohol use, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), which are largely absent from public health programs, are the leading cause of disability worldwide -- representing 45 percent of the disease burden among young people aged 10-24 years. (2011-06-06)

Cognitive impairment seen in preschool children with epilepsy
A recent study has shown that cognitive impairment is evident early on in preschool children with epilepsy, consistent with results of similar studies in older children. Age of onset of first seizure is a significant predictor of cognitive impairment according to this study -- the first to evaluate cognitive impairment in children age three to six. The report is available in Epilepsia, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the International League Against Epilepsy. (2011-06-02)

Study finds much different work histories for disability rejects, beneficiaries
Male disability applicants rejected for federal benefits tend to have lower earnings and labor force participation rates over the decade prior to applying for federal disability benefits. (2011-05-23)

What are the long term outcomes following stroke?
Despite the recognition of stroke as a major contributor to disability and mortality worldwide, little is known about the long-term outcomes among individuals who survive a stroke. (2011-05-17)

Most common form of inherited intellectual disability may be treatable
Advancements over the last 10 years in understanding intellectual disability (ID, formerly mental retardation), have led to the once-unimaginable possibility that ID may be treatable, a review of more than 100 studies on the topic has concluded. It appears in ACS Chemical Neuroscience. (2011-05-17)

Intellectual disability is frequently caused by non-hereditary genetic problems
Mutations in a group of genes associated with brain activity frequently cause intellectual disability, according to a study led by scientists affiliated with the University of Montreal and the research centre at the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine. (2011-04-18)

Mount Sinai researchers present critical MS data at American Academy of Neurology meeting
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine will present several key studies at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting, including research providing critical insight into the prognosis and clinical treatment course of people with a certain subtype of multiple sclerosis. (2011-04-14)

Parkinson's exercise study results
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore VA Medical Center found that Parkinson's patients who walked on a treadmill at a comfortable speed for a longer duration (low-intensity exercise) improved their walking more than patients who walked for less time but at an increased speed and incline (high-intensity exercise). Study results will be presented April 12 the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Honolulu. (2011-04-12)

Mayo Clinic finds tool to predict disability timeline for progressive MS patients
Many patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) worry how quickly the disease will progress. Now, by noting the presence of certain markers in a commonly performed diagnostic test, Mayo Clinic researchers can predict whether patients will suffer a faster onset of disability and counsel them to help ease anxiety. The research is being presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. (2011-04-12)

Effective pain management crucial to older adults' well-being
Improved management of chronic pain can significantly reduce disability in older adults, according to the latest issue of the (2011-04-11)

U. Iowa study suggests antidepressants aid physical recovery in stroke
A University of Iowa study finds that patients treated with a short course of antidepressants after a stroke have significantly greater improvement in physical recovery than patients treated with a placebo. Moreover, the study is the first to demonstrate that this physical recovery continues to improve for at least nine months after the antidepressant medication is stopped. (2011-04-07)

Half the patients with bipolar disorder suffer work, social or family disabilities
Such was the conclusion obtained in a study conducted at the University of Granada that was recently awarded a prize in the IV Spain-Portugal Meeting on Therapeutical Adherence held in Oporto. This research study analyzed the factors associated to higher work, social and family disabilities in a sample of 108 patients suffering from bipolar disorder (2011-04-05)

Persons with sleep apnea have twice the risk of suffering a stroke
According to research presented at the School of Medicine and the University of Navarra Hospital by Dr. Roberto Munoz, a physician of the Neurology Service of the Hospital Complex of Navarra, those persons with serious cases of sleep apnea have more than twice the possibility of suffering an ischemic stroke. Specifically, 2.5 times more. (2011-04-05)

Early work indicates drug used to treat alcoholism may help those with Fragile X and autism
In small, early clinical trials, adults and children with autism and Fragile X syndrome have shown improved communication and social behavior when treated with acamprosate, according to Craig Erickson, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and chief of the Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Indiana University Health. (2011-04-04)

Weight loss surgery can significantly improve migraines, according to Miriam Hospital study
Obese migraine sufferers reported post-operative improvements in headache frequency, severity, and disability. Findings suggest weight loss may be an important part of a migraine treatment plan for obese patients. (2011-03-28)

Researchers explore new treatments to end OA
Arthritis researchers from North America and Europe will convene in Chicago this week to present new osteoarthritis research that could lead to better ways to detect, treat, prevent and cure osteoarthritis (OA), which affects 27 million Americans. Hosted by the Arthritis Foundation, the Segal North American Osteoarthritis Workshop (SNOW) on March 25-27 will focus on specific forms of OA, such as those that follow joint trauma, obesity and the aging process. (2011-03-23)

Even mild stress is linked to long-term disability
Even relatively mild stress can lead to long term disability and an inability to work, reveals a large population based study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2011-03-23)

UTHealth study: Stem cells may provide treatment for brain injuries
Stem cells derived from a patient's own bone marrow were safely used in pediatric patients with traumatic brain injury, according to results of a Phase I clinical trial at UTHealth. The results were published in this month's issue of Neurosurgery. (2011-03-10)

Study examines prevalence and severity of bipolar disorder worldwide
Despite international variation in prevalence rates of bipolar spectrum disorder, the severity and associated disorders are similar and treatment needs are often unmet, especially in low-income countries, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-03-07)

Gene variant affects stroke prognosis in humans
A small difference in DNA sequence predicts the degree of disability after a stroke, according to a paper published online on Feb. 28 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Stroke, the consequence of disturbed blood flow to the brain, can impair speech, movement and vision, but it is currently difficult for clinicians to predict the severity of these side effects or the long-term prognosis. (2011-02-28)

IOF calls for action following release of Eastern European & Central Asian Regional Audit
An audit report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation consolidates information on the status and burden of osteoporosis in 21 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including the Russian Federation. The publication includes projections and data for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Tajikstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. (2011-02-24)

Higher levels of social activity decrease the risk of developing disability in old age
Afraid of becoming disabled in old age, not being able to dress yourself or walk up and down the stairs? Staying physically active before symptoms set in could help. But so could going out to eat, playing bingo and taking overnight trips. (2011-02-17)

Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities at risk
Latino siblings of children developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism may face their own challenges, including anxiety and lower school performance, according to a new study led by researchers with the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center. (2011-02-16)

Poor sleep quality is associated with greater disability in rheumatoid arthritis patients
A study in the Feb. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that poor sleep quality correlated with higher levels of depressive symptoms, greater pain severity, increased fatigue, and greater functional disability in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The study suggests that addressing sleep problems via pharmacological or behavioral interventions may have a critical impact on the health and lives of patients with RA. (2011-02-15)

Boston University School of Medicine professor co-authors first book on deaf ethnicity
In the first book to examine the 300-year ancestry of deaf people in America, Richard C. Pillard, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and his co-authors argue that deaf people who use sign language to communicate are members of an ethnic group. (2011-02-14)

Treating the aging knee as an organ
Henry Ford Hospital researcher Fred Nelson, M.D., suggests that viewing the knee as an organ in the same way doctors examine the heart for heart disease could lead to better therapies for treating osteoarthritis, one of the five leading causes of disability in elderly men and women. (2011-02-14)

Treating mild strokes with clot-busting drug could save $200 million annually, study shows
Treating mild strokes with the clot-busting drug approved for severe stroke could reduce the number of patients left disabled and save $200 million a year in disability costs, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati. (2011-02-09)

Drug may improve outcomes in mild stroke patients, save $200 million annually
Thousands fewer patients may be left disabled and more than $200 million in annual disability costs might be saved if clot-busting drugs can treat mild ischemic stroke. Mild strokes were generally excluded in trials of clot-busting treatment because experts believed patients would recover with few lasting effects. A Cincinnati study examined the public health impact of treating mild strokes with clot busters. (2011-02-09)

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