Latest Kenneth S. Kendler Stories

2012-09-17 11:24:40

Individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) vary widely in their age of onset of use, patterns of drinking, and symptom profiles. AUDs are often 'divided' into two categories: alcohol abuse (AA) and alcohol dependence (AD), with AA perceived as a milder syndrome that might develop into AD over time. A recent study of the clinical features of AUDs, with a focus on family liability, has found that — contrary to expectations — AA symptoms better reflect familial risk for AUDs than...

2011-06-29 13:03:53

Living through weddings or divorces, job losses and children's triumphs, we sometimes feel better and sometimes feel worse. But, psychologists observe, we tend to drift back to a "set point""”a stable resting point, or baseline, in the mind's level of contentment or unease. Research has shown that the set points for depression and anxiety are particularly stable over time. Why? "The overwhelming view within psychiatry and psychology is that is due to genetic factors," says Virginia...

2010-04-06 07:32:50

While previous twin studies have consistently shown the importance of genetic influences on various measures of alcohol consumption, a full diagnostic assessment can be complicated and lengthy. This has led some researchers to ask: To what extent do measures of alcohol consumption accurately index the genetic risk for alcohol dependence (AD)? Findings indicate that four relatively simple measures of alcohol consumption were able to capture all (in women) or a very large proportion (in men) of...

2006-07-12 08:24:28

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study conducted in Norway provides more evidence that genetic factors may play an important role in the use of drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. According to study chief Dr. Kenneth S. Kendler, previous studies on the role of genes in illicit drug use were conducted in countries with high rates of drug abuse, namely the United States and Australia. "This is the first study to show the importance of genetic factors in a...

2006-01-10 13:20:00

By Graciela Flores NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Genes apparently have a larger role in women than in men in the risk of developing major depression, based on the results of a new twin study appearing in the current issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. "Previous studies gave us hints of two different kinds of genetic differences between men and women: quantitative -- whether the overall role of genes and environment differs -- and qualitative -- whether the actual liability genes are...

2005-02-10 09:27:29

Relationships study found big gender differences HealthDay News -- Love may banish the blues for women more easily than for men, according to a new study. Supportive, loving relationships offer women protection against major depression but don't seem to play a role in male depression, say researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. In their study of 1,000 pairs of adult, opposite-sex, fraternal twins, the Virginia team found that the female twins were more apt to fall into depression if...

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