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SAMHSA Accepting Applications for Nearly $21.8 Million in Funding for Mental Health Data Infrastructure Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is soliciting applications for approximately $21.8 million in funding over the next three years for Mental Health Data Infrastructure Grants for Quality Improvement (State DIG).

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Type A personality, work stress, Job Stress, Occupational Medicine, Environmental Medicine, stress-reduction programs

One Type A Characteristic Lowers Work Stress

Most characteristics of the "Type A" personality are linked to increased work stress. But there's one important exception, according to a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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Increasing Substance Abuse Levels among Older Adults Likely to Create Sharp Rise in Need for Treatment Services in Next Decade

According to a new report, need for substance abuse treatment among Americans over age 50 projected to double by 2020.

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Schizophrenic, Misdiagnosis, African American Men, Mental Illness, Civil Rights

Race-Based Misdiagnosis Still Remains a Health Care Problem

Black men are over-diagnosed with schizophrenia at least five times higher than any other group--a trend that dates back to the 1960s, according to new University of Michigan research.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, dog genetics, Gene Analysis, Psychatric Disorder

Canine Compulsive Disorder Gene Identified in Dogs Gene Shares Family with Recently Targeted Gene for Autism

A canine chromosome 7 locus that confers a high risk of compulsive disorder susceptibility has been identified through a collaboration between the Behavior Service at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the Program in Medical Genetics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Broad Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The findings are published in the January 2010 edition of Nature Molecular Psychiatry.

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Antidepressant Medications, Depression Symptoms

Benefit of Antidepressant Medications Appears to Vary With Severity of Depression Symptoms

An analysis of randomized trials indicates that compared with placebo, the magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medications varies with the severity of depressive symptoms, and may provide little benefit for patients with mild or moderate depression, but appear to provide substantial benefit for patients with very severe depression, according to an article in the January 6 issue of JAMA.

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Mental Health, Disc1, Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Psychiatry

Before Or After Birth, Gene Linked to Mental Health Has Different Effects

Scientists have long eyed mutations in a gene known as DISC1 as a possible contributor to schizophrenia and mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. Now, new research led by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that perturbing this gene during prenatal periods, postnatal periods or both may have different effects in mice, leading to separate types of brain alterations and behaviors with resemblance to schizophrenia or mood disorders.

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Few Americans With Major Depression Receive Adequate Treatment

Many U.S. adults with major depression do not receive treatment for depression or therapy based on treatment guidelines, and some racial and ethnic groups have even lower rates of adequate depression care, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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psychotropic medication, U.S.

More U.S. Patients Receive Multiple Psychotropic Medications

An increasing number of U.S. adults are being prescribed combinations of antidepressants and antipsychotic medications, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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metabolic risks, Medicaid Patients, Antipsychotics

Metabolic Risks Unmonitored in Medicaid Patients on Antipsychotics

Despite government warnings and professional recommendations about diabetes risks associated with second-generation antipsychotic drugs, fewer than one-third of Medicaid patients who are treated with these medications undergo tests of blood glucose or lipid levels, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.







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