(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO) – A functional MRI brain scan may help predict which patients will respond positively to antidepressant therapy, according to a new study published in the journal Brain. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Michigan performed fMRI scans on patients with major depressive disorder who were […]
(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM) – University of Alabama at Birmingham neurobiologist Lynn Dobrunz, Ph.D., has discovered a novel mechanism for how stress-induced anxiety — the type of experience that can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD — affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where aversive memories are formed. These studies […]
(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE) – Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy – excessive daytime sleepiness – can improve memory in patients recovering from depression, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in the journal Biological Psychiatry: CNNI, result from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study and offer hope of a […]
(SOURCE: KING’S COLLEGE LONDON) – People with early schizophrenia are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, even when the effects of antipsychotic drugs, diet and exercise are taken out of the equation, according to an analysis by researchers from King’s College London. Schizophrenia is known to be associated with a reduced life expectancy of up […]
(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS) – A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic and a bit more extraverted after the interventions than they were beforehand. The review, reported in the journal Psychological Bulletin, challenges the idea that personality traits are […]
(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES/UW MEDICINE) – Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms. “We found that moderately depressed people do better with apps like this because they address or treat correlates of depression,” said […]
(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO) – Patients who take medication for depression report more side effects if they also suffer from panic disorder, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The researchers looked at data from 808 patients with chronic depression who were […]
(SOURCE: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY) – New research from North Carolina State University, RTI International, Arizona State University and Duke University Medical Center finds a host of factors that are associated with subsequent risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims or perpetrators of violence. The work highlights the importance of interventions to treat mental-health problems in […]
(SOURCE: WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) – For many children, December often is linked to presents and excitement, but when a young child doesn’t seem all that enthused about getting gifts, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Measuring brain waves, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that clinically […]
(SOURCE: LUND UNIVERSITY) – Researchers at Lund and Malmö universities in Sweden have measured a biomarker in cell-free blood plasma which can be linked to an overactive stress system in suicidal individuals. This biomarker can hopefully be used in future psychiatric studies. “We don’t expect the marker to be able to predict who will try to […]
(SOURCE: WEILL CORNELL MEDICINE) – Patients with depression can be categorized into four unique subtypes defined by distinct patterns of abnormal connectivity in the brain, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine. In a collaborative study published Dec. 5 in Nature Medicine, Dr. Conor Liston MD ’08, an assistant professor of neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain […]
(DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) According to a recent press release, although both group and individual therapy can ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in active-duty military service members, individual therapy relieved PTSD symptoms better and quicker, according to a study led by a Duke University School of Medicine researcher.
(UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – SAN DIEGO) According to a recent press release, many of the genetic variations that increase risk for schizophrenia are rare, making it difficult to study their role in the disease. To overcome this, the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, an international team led by Jonathan Sebat, PhD, at University of California San Diego […]
CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER) According to a recent press release, using a person’s spoken or written words, new computer tools can identify with great accuracy whether that person is suicidal, mentally ill but not suicidal, or neither.
(BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER) According to a recent press release, while schizophrenia is best known for episodes of psychosis – a break with reality during which an individual may experience delusions and hallucinations – it is also marked by chronic neurocognitive deficits, such as problems with memory and attention.
(TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER) Press Release: “The antidepressant bupropion is a negative allosteric modulator of serotonin type 3A receptors,” was published in the September issue of the journal Neuropharmacology.
(HopkinsMedicine / EurekAlert) According to a recent press release, while studying brain tissue from deceased donors, Johns Hopkins scientists have found common groups of genes disrupted among people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. The commonly affected genes sets, identified with RNA sequencing methods, engage in making proteins, controlling brain cell communications and mounting […]
(THE JAMA NETWORK JOURNALS / EurekAlert) According to a recent JAMA Psychiatry press release, higher resting heart rate and higher blood pressure in late adolescence were found to be associated with an increased risk in men for the subsequent development of obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.
(Becker’s Hospital Review) According to an article recently published in Becker’s Hospital Review, there are more than 40 million Americans that have at least one mental health condition, but only 44% of those actually get treatment for the condition, according to the third annual State of Mental Health Report.
(Live Science) According to a recent article published in Live Science, a new group of anti-inflammatory drugs currently used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis may help treat depression, a new review finds.