Science News 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.
- NIH BRAIN Initiative Launches Projects to Develop Cell Atlases and Molecular Tools for Cell Access
The National Institutes of Health has launched two transformative projects supported by the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative: The BRAIN Initiative® Cell Atlas Network and the Armamentarium for Precision Brain Cell Access.
- Dr. Christina P.C. Borba Named Director of Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity
The National Institute of Mental Health has appointed Christina P.C. Borba, Ph.D., M.P.H., as director of the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity (ODWD). She began her new role on September 6, 2022.
- 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.
- Researchers Find Disparities in Suicide Risk Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults
Suicide risk among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults varies considerably depending on the intersection between sexual identity and other aspects of identity, such as gender, age, and race/ethnicity, according to a study led by NIMH researchers.
- 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.