A sleep deprivation study didn’t just confirm what we know—lack of sleep is bad—it showed that 6 hours of sleep a night, over time, is far too little. In a study published this month in the journal Sleep, subjects were deprived (or not deprived) of sleep to varying degrees…

It’s long been recognized that people with severe mental illnesses have a greater risk of premature death than those without. It’s also known the culprit is often a treatable chronic disease. A lack of regular medical care is frequently the reason. And when they do get…

As scientists amass evidence that social isolation changes the human genome in profound, long-lasting ways, loneliness is increasingly seen as a serious public health hazard. Damage caused by genetic changes from loneliness appears comparable to the injuries to health from…

Grieving suicides puts individuals at heightened risk for attempting suicide themselves, according to new research in BMJ Open. 

The scientific understanding of the biological cause of schizophrenia has been significantly advanced by a landmark study published yesterday in Nature.

For US soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or a traumatic brain injury, healing is a daunting challenge. Their first step in a healing arts program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: Make a mask. The papier-mâché masks help them express…

A government study, and subsequent research, have shown that something more than race, individual behavior or genetics is taking a toll on the health of people who live in poor neighborhoods: stress. The body reacts to stressful situations in the same way that it responds…

Many autistic adults who grew up before the term “autism” was part of the public vernacular have spent much of their lives with the wrong diagnosis, consigned to psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had.

The wording for the mental health goal in the SDGs may be vague, but any progress would be an improvement when the burden of mental disorders has only been worsening. The burden of depression grew by 54% between 1990 and 2013, while that of anxiety grew by 42%, according…

Japan’s aging population is forcing the country to deal creatively with dementia issues. About 25% of Japan’s 128 million people are over 65. By 2060, 40% will be seniors. That means people with dementia will increase from today’s 4.6 million to 7.3 million by 2025. The…