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May 29, 2016

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May 29, 2016

Lipid Testing Underutilized in Adults Taking Antipsychotic Medications

May 24, 2016 — Too few adults taking antipsychotic medications are being screened for abnormalities in lipids, which include cholesterol and triglycerides, new research finds. The biggest gap in screening is among ... read more

Drug Used for Pain, Anxiety May Be Linked to Birth Defects

May 18, 2016 — A drug commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a new ... read more

From Drug of Abuse to a Glimpse Into Depression

May 18, 2016 — Ketamine, a synthetic analogue of PCP, has recently taken the spotlight as a novel, fast-acting antidepressant. However, experts say that more research on usage of ketamine as an antidepressant is ... read more

How to Calm an Anxious Mind

May 18, 2016 — Anxiety disorders and related problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are among the most common mental health conditions. While effective therapies for these often-debilitating disorders ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Differences Found in Psychiatric Diagnoses, Treatment, According to Researchers

May 18, 2016 — Non-Hispanic blacks are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, but they're significantly less likely to receive medication for treatment, according to ... read more

Altered Purine Metabolism Linked to Depression

May 17, 2016 — People suffering from major depressive disorder may have altered purine metabolism, according to a new study. Purines are nitrogenous compounds that serve as building blocks for DNA and they also ... read more

Magic Mushroom Compound Psilocybin Could Provide New Avenue for Antidepressant Research

May 17, 2016 — Psilocybin -- a hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms -- may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new ... read more

Size of Brain Region Is Associated With Response to PTSD Treatment

May 13, 2016 — A study has found that PTSD patients with a larger hippocampus -- a region of the brain key to distinguishing between safety and threat -- are more likely to respond to exposure-based therapy for ... read more

Depression Is Driven by Networks of Genes That Span Brain Circuits, Study Suggests

May 12, 2016 — Depression is a disorder that involves changes in coordinated networks of hundreds of genes across key brain circuits, according to a study. Researchers show through their work how tweaking gene ... read more

May 11, 2016 — Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms in children, a new study finds. The study is the first to look at what features of urban ... read more

PTSD Linked to Low Levels of Fat Hormone

May 11, 2016 — Researchers report a biological mechanism that might explain why individuals coping with post-traumatic stress disorder are less able to extinguish the fear of past ... read more

Children of Depressed Parents at High Risk of Adverse Consequences Into Adulthood

May 11, 2016 — The offspring of depressed parents have a higher risk for depression, morbidity and mortality that persists into middle age, the latest report from a 30-year study of families at high- and low-risk ... read more

Genetic Variants May Put Some Soldiers at Higher Risk of PTSD

May 11, 2016 — In a massive analysis of DNA samples from more than 13,000 US soldiers, scientists have identified two statistically significant genetic variants that may be associated with an increased risk of ... read more

Self-Harm, Unintentional Injury in Bipolar Disorder for Patients on Lithium, Other Drugs

May 11, 2016 — Taking lithium was associated with reduced rates of self-harm and unintentional injury in patients with bipolar disorder compared with other commonly prescribed maintenance treatments, according to ... read more

Why Bad Experiences Are Remembered out of Context

May 10, 2016 — Bad experiences can cause people to strongly remember the negative content itself but only weakly remember the surrounding context, and a new study has revealed how this happens in the brain. The ... read more

Intravenous Ketamine May Rapidly Reduce Suicidal Thinking in Depressed Patients

May 10, 2016 — Repeat ketamine infusions decreased -- and for some, eliminated -- suicidal thoughts in outpatients with treatment-resistant depression, report ... read more

Researchers Find Potential Breakthrough in Binge-Eating Disorder Treatment

May 10, 2016 — A treatment used for depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism shows promise to alleviate obesity in binge-eating disorder patients. tDCS is a type of neuromodulator that delivers constant, ... read more

New Data on Brain Network Activity Can Help in Understanding 'Cognitive Vulnerability' to Depression

May 9, 2016 — Neuroimaging studies of interconnected brain networks may provide the 'missing links' between behavioral and biological models of cognitive vulnerability to depression, according to a new ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Never make a decision when you are hungry. The hormone ghrelin - that is released before meals and known to increase appetite - has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control, ... read more

May 5, 2016 — A step has been taken toward the possibility of tuning the strength of memory by manipulating one of the brain's signaling memory mechanisms, a neurotransmitter called ... read more

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