Friday Roundup – Your Brain on BRAIN, Autism Costs, and Much More


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Friday Roundup – The Latest in Mental Health News

(and other stuff)

*Brain research is the new black. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently supported a federal report outlining a $4.5 billion new budget, over the course of 10 years, for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a White House research project announced last year by President Obama.

*Which side of the leaf are you on? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently released a report summarizing data from previous studies on the negative effects of marijuana on children and adolescents.

Recently, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) published a review in the New England Journal of Medicine. The review is based on comprehensive research conducted on marijuana use and its effects, particularly in youth. Researchers at NIDA collected data from preceding studies noting the adverse repercussions of marijuana use in teens. The review found that using marijuana during teenage years was linked to impaired critical thinking and memory function lasting days after initial use, impaired driving, and lower IQ scores maintaining into adulthood. When marijuana was used in conjunction with alcohol, the adverse effects increased.

*The cost of caring: A new study, recently published in JAMA Pediatrics, finds that caring for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout their lives costs millions of dollars.

The study found that the average cost for supporting an individual, in the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (U.K.), with ASD without an intellectual disability was $1.4 million. Having ASD with an intellectual disability significantly increased the cost to between $2.2 to $2.4 million.

*Squirrel – hold the nuts: The NPR reports that the number of individuals in the U.S. taking medication for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is increasing, particularly in the female population.

“But the biggest spike in ADHD medication is among young women between the ages of 19 and 34, according to a recent report. It found that the number of young women aged 19 to 25 on these medications is 27 percent higher than girls aged 4 to 18.”

*Red, red wine: According to LiveScience, red wine may actually improve your memory. Resveratrol, a substance found in red wine as well as dark chocolate, seems to facilitate increased connectivity in brain regions that control memory.

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This week’s roundup is dedicated to Friday the 13th. Because black cats.


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