Genetics

Can stress in the womb lead to mental resilience later in life?

Maternal stress during or after pregnancy has been repeatedly associated with subsequent psychiatric problems and non-coding 'epigenetic' DNA changes during childhood. Animal studies, however, suggest that prenatal stress ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Another victim of violence: Trust in those who mean no harm

Exposure to violence does not change the ability to learn who is likely to do harm, but it does damage the ability to place trust in "good people," psychologists at Yale and University of Oxford report April 26 in the journal ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Poor children troubled emotionally when parents fight

Kids' emotional security becomes threatened when their parents can't resolve their differences peacefully, especially in low-income households dealing with stress and finances.

Neuroscience

Breaking the stress and drug abuse connection

When people undergo stress, some turn to alcohol or other drugs to help them cope. Most of us, certainly, have had the experience of cracking open a beer to relax at the end of a tough day. But in cases of extreme or long-term ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Some children can 'recover' from autism, but problems often remain

Research in the past several years has shown that children can outgrow a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), once considered a lifelong condition. In a new study, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine ...

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