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VUMC Study May Offer Answers for Treating Depression in Alcoholics

A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering a glimmer of hope to alcoholics who find it hard to remain sober because their abstinence is hounded by stubborn, difficult-to-treat depression.

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Study Finds No Link Between Subcortical Brain Volumes and Genetic Risk for Schizophrenia

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A new study evaluated the relationship between common genetic variants implicated in schizophrenia and those associated with subcortical brain volumes, and found no evidence of genetic overlap between schizophrenia risk and subcortical volume measures.

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Teen Suicide: ADHD Medication as Prevention

Black-box warnings about the dangers of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are confusing and could have serious consequences for the risk of youth suicide, according to researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal) and the University of Montreal.

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Pregnant Women Focus of New Depression Screening Guidelines

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Fight Your Fears: Facing Down Anxieties Can Expand Your World

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Suma Chand, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Saint Louis University, uses exposure therapy to help patients with phobias that have begun to overtake their lives.

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Health Care Providers’ Familiarity with Military Culture Critical to Improving Care for Veterans

Health care systems and providers need to understand the unique realities of military culture in order to work effectively with veterans and military families, according to the findings of a study by a University at Buffalo research team.

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First Glimpse of Schizophrenia’s Genetic Roots Shines Light on a Developmental Process Gone Awry

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Groundbreaking work is the result of analytical ingenuity, fortuitous collaborations, and catalytic philanthropic funding.

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Holocaust Survivors Are at Increased Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

”Exposure to the protracted, multiple maximal adversities of the Holocaust increase the risk of developing schizophrenia,” says Prof. Stephen Levine of the University of Haifa, who undertook the study

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Twenty-Five-Point Drop in IQ Caused by Lack of Gene Copy

Researchers measured the intelligence of 700 family members who had at least one relative carrying the same genetic mutation on chromosome 16, which is known to predispose to autistic spectrum disorders. Even in study participants whose IQ was considered to be normal, the researchers found a substantial 25 points IQ drop induced by 16p11.2 gene deletions.

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WVU Experts Support New Recommendations for Depression Screening

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UCLA Depression Expert Available to Discuss New Depression Screening Recommendations

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Why You Should Never Use the Term ‘the Mentally Ill’

Even subtle differences in how you refer to people with mental illness can affect levels of tolerance, a new study has found.

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Incidence of Psychiatric Disorders Has Increased in a Shrinking Population of Smokers

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and New York State Psychiatric Institute have found that while cigarette smoking rates have declined among younger people in the United States, those who do smoke are more likely to have a psychiatric or substance use disorder compared with those who began smoking in earlier decades.

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Researchers Find Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 Decrease with Age and Are Prematurely Low in People with Autism and Schizophrenia

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A new study published in the online journal, Public Library of Science One (PLOS One), led by Richard Deth, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Pharmacy, found that Vitamin B12 levels in the brain are significantly decreased in the elderly and are much lower in individuals with autism or schizophrenia, as compared to their peers at similar ages.

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Depression of Either Parent During Pregnancy Linked to Premature Birth

Depression in both expectant mothers and fathers increases the risk of premature birth, finds a study published in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

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NYU Study Explains Why Mistakes Slow Us Down, But Not Necessarily for the Better

Taking more time to make decisions after a mistake arises from a mixture of adaptive neural mechanisms that improve the accuracy and maladaptive mechanisms that reduce it, neuroscientists at New York University have found. Their study also potentially offer insights into afflictions that impair judgments, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Individuals with Eating Disorders Are at Increased Risk of Death

Results from a newly published study indicate that individuals with eating disorders are at increased risk of death compared to the general population. Investigators found that individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) had a five times higher mortality rate than their same age peers

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Childhood Trauma Associated with Worse Impulse Control in Adulthood, U-M Study Finds

The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults’ brains for decades to come – including their ability to process and act on information both quickly and accurately, new research suggests.

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Emotion-Processing Networks Disrupted in Sufferers of Depression

Regions of the brain that normally work together to process emotion become decoupled in people who experience multiple episodes of depression, neuroscientists report. The findings may help identify which patients will benefit from longterm antidepressant treatment to prevent the recurrence of depressive episodes.