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ADHD Tied to Higher Rates of Anxiety, Depression

ADHD Tied to Higher Rates of Anxiety, DepressionTHURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be an even bigger predictor of depression and anxiety in adulthood than autism is, a new study finds — highlighting the mental health side of the disorder.It's known that kids and adults with ADHD often have co-existing conditions, including depression and anxiety. Research suggests that about 14% of children with ADHD have depression, while up to 30% have an anxiety disorder, according to the National Resource Center on ADHD.Adults with ADHD, meanwhile, are even harder-hit — with each of those conditions affecting up to half.The new study, researchers said, adds to what's known by showing that ADHD is even more strongly linked to anxiety and depression than "autistic traits" are....

Hormonal Therapies Are Boosting the Mental Health of...

19 January 2023
Hormonal Therapies Are Boosting the Mental Health of Trans YouthTHURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As numerous U.S. states move to restrict transgender health care, a new study shows that such care can substantially improve teenagers' mental health.The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed transgender and nonbinary teenagers who received "gender-affirming" hormones -- either estrogen or testosterone -- for two years.During that time, researchers found, two-thirds of teens who'd had moderate to severe depression showed a marked improvement. Many also saw their anxiety symptoms wane and reported gains in their satisfaction with life.Experts who were not involved in the study said it bolsters evidence of the benefits of gender-affirming care -- health care services for transgender and nonbinary people.That care can...

Another Major HIV Vaccine Trial Fails

19 January 2023
Another Major HIV Vaccine Trial FailsTHURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another setback for the future of HIV prevention, the only HIV vaccine in a late-stage trial has failed, study leaders announced Wednesday.Launched in 2019 as a partnership between the U.S. government and the pharmaceutical giant Janssen, the Mosaico trial was being conducted in eight European nations and the Americas, including the United States. Researchers had enrolled nearly 3,900 men who have sex with men and transgender people, all of whom are considered to be at high risk for HIV infection. The decision to halt the trial came after an independent data and safety monitoring board reviewed the latest findings and saw no evidence the vaccine lowered the chances of HIV infection.“It’s obviously disappointing,” Dr. Anthony...

Preterm Birth Tied to Lower IQs, Poorer School Grades

19 January 2023
Preterm Birth Tied to Lower IQs, Poorer School GradesTHURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- By the time they're teenagers, babies born prematurely may be getting poorer school grades than their non-preemie peers.Researchers found that babies born before 34 weeks of pregnancy had lower scores on math and language tests during their teen years compared to kids born at 40 weeks.However, the study did not find a significant difference in later brain function in babies born between 34 and 39 weeks and those born at 40 weeks, according to the researchers, who included Anders Husby, an epidemiology researcher at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark.For the study, Husby's team used data from siblings to study the impact of gestational age, while taking into account hereditary and maternal intelligence. The investigators focused on...

Some Athletes May Need an Extra Month for Concussion Recovery

19 January 2023
Some Athletes May Need an Extra Month for Concussion RecoveryTHURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Some college athletes take longer to recover from a concussion, but a new study offers them some good news. They may still be able to return to play -- after one extra month of recovery, researchers report Jan. 18 in the journal Neurology."Although an athlete may experience a slow or delayed recovery, there is reason to believe recovery is achievable with additional time and injury management," said study author Dr. Thomas McAllister, from Indiana University School of Medicine. "This is an encouraging message that may help to relieve some of the discouragement that athletes can feel when trying to return to their sport. While some athletes took longer than 24 days to return to play, we found that three-quarters of them were able to return to...

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