The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
Kids need dads, according to a neurobiological study published this month in the journal Cerebral Cortex. The absence of fathers during childhood may lead to impaired behavioral and social abilities, and brain defects, researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada, found.
"This is the first time research findings have shown that paternal deprivation during development affects the neurobiology of the offspring," senior author Dr. Gabriella Gobbi told MUHC News.
Other studies have observed that children raised without fathers are more likely to demonstrate a number of risk factors, such as substance abuse. There are a large number of environmental factors, though, that could contribute to those risk factors, so previous studies have had difficulty demonstrating that the absence of fathers directly contributes to social and behavioral difficulties. more >>
Ancient DNA that was discovered in a skeleton is casting doubt on previous theories of ancient humans, evolution and migration.
Skeletal remains of homo heidelbergensis found in the Sima de los Huesos ("Pit of Bones") cave in northern Spain is creating more questions than answers after analysis of its genetic material.
"Right now, we've basically generated a big question mark," study researcher Matthias Meyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany told The New York Times. more >>
A new study out of Ohio State University shows there is a cyclical relationship between casual sex and mental health - poor mental health contributes do more casual sex, which leads to more mental health problems.
Some previous studies have already shown a correlation between mental health problems and casual sex. (Some studies have shown no correlation.) What was unknown, though, was whether those with poor mental health are more likely to engage in casual sex or if those who engage in casual sex are more likely to experience mental health problems.
The answer is both, according to the study, "Casual Sexual Relationships and Mental Health in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood," published in the October issue of the Journal of Sex Research: Those with mental health problems are more likely to engage in casual sex, and casual sex can contribute to additional mental health problems. more >>
Abortions performed in the United States have continued their trend of decline in 2010, according to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For 2010, the CDC reported last Friday that 765,651 abortions were performed nationwide, representing a 3 percent decrease from 2009 statistics.
The numbers derived from data given to the CDC from 52 reporting areas, specifically the 50 states, the District of Columbia and New York City. Of the 52 reporting areas, 49 gave reports for 2010 and 46 were closely analyzed by Karen Pazol, et. al., of the CDC. more >>
A recently published study by Chinese researchers may provide definitive evidence for the pro-life claim that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.
Published in the November edition of the international journal Cancer Causes & Control, the research was derived from a "meta-analysis" of 36 studies centered on 14 Chinese provinces.
Yubei Huang, et. al., sought to confirm if a link could be found between Induced Abortion (IA) and an increased likelihood of breast cancer. more >>