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Mentally Ill Still Gain Illegal Possession of Guns, Study Shows

Review of Florida patients finds 2 of 3 violent crime arrests, 1 in 3 suicides shouldn't have included firearms

Can Frequent Moves in Childhood Spell Trouble Later?

Study suggests heightened risk for psychiatric and behavioral problems

Cutting Back on Wine? Try a Smaller Glass

Even when same amount was served per glass, people drank more overall if glasses were bigger, study found

Among U.S. Military, Army Members Face Highest Suicide Risk

Firearms implicated in about two-thirds of cases, study finds

Women More Prone to Anxiety Than Men, Review Finds

Westerners also wrestle with the condition more than people in other parts of the world

Gruesome Cigarette Pack Images Seem to Help Some People Quit

Many smokers can't shake the haunting FDA-proposed visuals, study finds

Pop Stars Often Hawk Unhealthy Foods to Kids: Study

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and others endorse sugary, less healthy fare, researchers say

Many Addicts Going Without Meds That Curb Opioid Abuse

In 2013, just 17 percent were given drugs like naltrexone after hospital discharge, study found

More Americans Engaging in Same-Sex Encounters

And the number who are OK with homosexuality has quadrupled in last 40 years, survey finds

I'll Take the One in the White Coat

Patients prefer doctors who wear 'professional' attire, survey finds

Pet Pooch May Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

Dogs also helped reduce depression and loneliness, researchers found

Seeing the Sea Soothes Stress

But study did not find similar benefit for people living near parks, forests

Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts

What works for other college students doesn't work for those in Greek organizations, study finds

Religion and Health

Women who regularly attend religious services have a lower risk of death, new study finds.

Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study

Substance abuse risk also rises when this important 'buffer' to discrimination is removed, researchers say

Early Palliative Care Seems to Help Caregivers, Too

Such programs improve quality of life for folks caring for terminal cancer patients, study finds

ADHD Can First Appear in Young Adulthood for Some, Study Suggests

Research in adult twins finds many had symptoms but no prior history of the disorder

Scientists Test 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression

Study of only 12 people suggests it may help some, but more and better research is needed

Keep Busy! Stay Sharp!

Study suggests a full schedule may enhance your mental prowess

Could Inducing Brief, Mild 'Fever' Help Ease Depression?

Small study suggests heating the body might alter brain's serotinin levels, but more research is needed

Devout Women May Enjoy Better Health

They were one-third less likely to die over 20-year period, study suggests

Depression Strikes, Stays With Many Caregivers of Critically Ill

One year later, 43 percent were clinically depressed or had depressive symptoms, study found

Baby's Immune System Might Hint at Autism Risk

Certain 'markers' in newborn blood samples seemed to predict future cases, study found

Can the Anesthetic Ketamine Ease Suicidal Thoughts?

A small study found that the drug worked quickly in people with major depression

Depressive Episode May Not Always Follow Mania in Bipolar Disorder

New study finds anxiety could be a third emotional state highly connected to the condition

Nature and Mental Health

Stressed out? An ocean view may be a powerful prescription for decompressing, study finds.

Health Tip: Is Your Child an Emotional Eater?

Here are potential warning signs

Health Tip: Focus on the Positive

And don't dwell on the negative

Desperate for Shut-Eye?

Physicians' group recommends cognitive behavioral therapy before drugs for insomnia

Even Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Sex Drive After Dieting

Calorie cutters said their sleep and relationships improved, too

'Wandering' a Hazard for More Than a Third of Kids With Autism

In study, many were unaware they might be in danger, couldn't distinguish strangers from people they knew

If You're Craving Cookies, You Might Just Be Bored

Dull times lead to unhealthy choices, including chips, sweets and fast food, studies find

Seniors' Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia

Study suggests a common underlying cause in some, but not all, cases

Many Manly Men Avoid Needed Health Care

Gender stereotypes can have dangerous consequences, research suggests

'You've Got Cancer' Can Take Devastating Mental Toll

Study finds higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse just before and after a diagnosis

Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression

Review of 9 studies suggests it helps patients better cope with troubling thoughts and emotions

Young Gay, Bisexual Men May Be at Higher Risk for Suicide, Study Finds

They were much more likely to attempt to harm themselves than older counterparts, and blacks were also vulnerable

Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects

Data from 8 randomized clinical trials suggests a benefit, but consult with your doctor first, experts say

Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later

Preschool children given high levels of caring showed specific brain changes

E-Cigarette Ads May Help Lure Teens to the Habit: Study

Researchers, experts call for ban on such promotions, much like what happened with tobacco cigarette ads

No Link Between Anti-Smoking Drugs, Mental Health Issues: Study

Meds like Chantix and Wellbutrin may be safer to use than smokers often realize, research suggests

Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds

Nearly 9 out of 10 have asked for divine intervention for someone else

FDA Proposes Ban on 'Shock' Device Used to Curb Self-Harm

The therapy carries too many risks that updated labeling can't eliminate, the agency says

U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC

Rates climbed the most among middle-aged men and girls aged 10 to 14

Common Class of Breast Cancer Drugs May Not Trigger 'Chemo Brain': Study

Anthracyclines are widely used, but new research finds no link between the meds and survivors' mental function

Nagging Your Kids About Weight Might Backfire

Children added pounds if parents thought they were heavy, research suggests

Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery

If 'psychosomatic symptoms' were present before head injury, it took twice as long for most athletes to get better, study found

How the Brain Reads Other People's Faces

Researchers say they spot region that decodes facial movements, such as a slight smile or furrowed brow

Talk Therapy May Help Depressed Teens Who Shun Antidepressants

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help boost mood without drugs, experts say

Lonely, Isolated People May Be Prone to Heart Disease, Stroke

Study found social isolation raised the risk by 30 percent