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Severe acne may raise suicide risk

Individuals who have a severe acne problem are at a higher risk of attempting suicide.
A new study has also found that an additional risk may be present during and up to one year after treatment with isotretinoin, a commonly prescribed drug for severe acne.
However, the authors stressed that the additional risk is most likely due to the acne itself, rather than the drug treatment.

With the hypothesis that acne sufferers are at a higher risk of suicide, regardless of whether they are on isotretinoin, Anders Sundstrom and colleagues from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, investigated suicide attempts before, during and after isotretinoin treatment for severe acne.

The authors assessed the data of individuals who had been prescribed isotretinoin from 1980 to 1989 and linked these to hospital discharge and cause of death registers from 1980 to 2001.

The results showed that 128 patients were admitted to hospital following a suicide attempt. The authors also found that between one and three years before starting isotretinoin treatment the number of suicide attempts increased.

However the risks were highest within six months after treatment ended.

Playing with kids improves their mental health

A new study suggests that positive interactions between parents and kids can discourage personality disorders later in life.

The research said that spending time with a child by reading with them, helping with homework or teaching them organisational skills helps to foster better psychological health in adulthood.

“The strong interpersonal connectedness and social skills that children learn from having active, healthy engagements with adults fosters positive psychological development.

With it, a child develops his or her affiliation system — their connection to the world of people,” said lead study author Mark F Lenzenweger, of Birmingham University.

“Without it, the way a child connects with other human beings can be severely impaired. And as I found out, it is this impairment that predicts the appearance of schizoid personality disorder symptoms in emerging adulthood and beyond,” he added.

The relationships foster a willingness to engage with others, which is the psychological foundation of the human experience but for some PD sufferers, this willingness to connect with other people is markedly absent.

Exercise may cut endometrial cancer risk among women

A new study claims that women who exercised for at least 150 minutes a week are less likely to develop endometrial cancer, regardless of whether they are overweight or not.
Hannah Arem, Yale School of Public Health, and colleagues examined the data collected from a case-control study led by Herbert Yu. The study compared 668 women with endometrial cancer to 665 women of the same age who did not have the disease.
“This study is consistent with other studies that strongly support the association between physical activity and lower risk of endometrial cancer,” said Arem.

Those who exercised for 150 minutes a week or more had a 34 per cent reduced risk of endometrial cancer compared with those women who were inactive. Although BMI showed a strong association with endometrial cancer, even women who were overweight, but still active, had a 52 per cent lower risk.

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