Research Highlights about Health Disparities
- Rare Genetic Variation in 10 Genes Substantially Raise the Risk for Schizophrenia
In one of the largest genetic studies of its kind researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health identified variations in 10 genes that significantly raise the risk for schizophrenia—information that could help identify new treatment targets.
- NIMH Turns Challenges into Opportunities
The recent NIMH Mental Health Services Research conference covered a range of topics, including mental health equity, policy, and funding.
- Multistage Autism Screening in Early Intervention Settings May Reduce Disparities
An NIMH-supported study shows that incorporating a multistage screening process for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) into federally funded early intervention services may reduce disparities in early ASD diagnosis.
- A New Strength-Focused Framework to Prevent American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Suicide
Researchers have developed a promising new framework for suicide prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The research framework expands on conventional risk reduction strategies by placing Indigenous culture, knowledge, beliefs, and community collaboration at the center of the approach.
- Partner Violence and Elevated HIV Viral Load in South African Women
New analysis suggests an association between intimate partner violence and elevated viral loads among postpartum women in South Africa.
- Identifying Practices for Reducing Incarceration of Those with Mental Illnesses—A Study of “Stepping Up”
According to a 2017 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately two-thirds of female inmates in prisons and jails and around a third of men in prisons and jails report having been diagnosed as having mental health disorder by a mental health professional.