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February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Alzheimer's Drug Prescribed Off-Label Could Pose Risk for Some

Feb. 25, 2017 — Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. Researchers ... read more

Caregivers Should Be Screened Early, Often to Prevent Depression, Anxiety

Feb. 10, 2017 — Currently, more than 34 million people in the U.S. care for terminally ill love ones, but few resources are available to help them navigate the challenges they encounter. A study has found that ... read more

Making Strides in Schizophrenia Diagnosis Research

Feb. 9, 2017 — Researchers have developed a blood test that could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other ... read more

PTSD Symptoms May Be Prevented With Ketamine

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers have evidence that giving a small dose of ketamine one week before a psychologically traumatic event may help prevent PTSD. The study, in mice, may have implications for soldiers who are ... read more

Depressed Patients With Earlier and More Severe Symptoms Have High Genetic Risk for Major Psychiatric Disorders

Feb. 7, 2017 — Clinical features of major depressive disorder (MDD) may help identify specific subgroups of depressed patients based on associations with genetic risk for major psychiatric disorders, reports a ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — The first peer-reviewed and published national study of civic service among U.S. vets who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan found volunteering improved their health and social ... read more

Parents of Children With Serious Heart Defects May Be at Risk of PTSD

Feb. 1, 2017 — Many parents -- particularly mothers -- of children born with serious heart defects have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety or depression. Since compromised parental mental health can lead to ... read more

Mediterranean Diet Linked to a Lower Risk of Attention-Deficit/hyperactivity Disorder

Feb. 1, 2017 — Dietary patterns of the Mediterranean diet can be related to a lower diagnose of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a ... read more

Early Signs of Anxiety, Depression May Be Evident in the Brains of Newborns

Feb. 1, 2017 — Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a new ... read more

Scientists Uncover Possible Therapeutic Targets for Rare Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jan. 31, 2017 — Researchers have uncovered 30 genes that could, one day, serve as therapeutic targets to reverse Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects only girls and is a severe form of an autism ... read more

Simple Intervention Proves Effective in Reducing Suicide Among Active-Duty Soldiers

Jan. 31, 2017 — A new study's findings show there was a 75 percent reduction in suicide attempts among participants who engaged in crisis response planning versus a contract for safety. Crisis response planning ... read more

Posttraumatic Stress and Alcohol Use Disorders Hit American-Indian, Alaskan-Native Men the Hardest

Jan. 27, 2017 — Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a traumatic event or events. Although it is most often associated with military personnel exposed to the trauma of combat, it can also ... read more

Common Medication Restores Social Deficits in Autism Mouse Model

Jan. 26, 2017 — Reducing the function of the autism-associated gene Pcdh10 leads to impairments in social behavior, according to a study. Reducing Pcdh10 function also disrupted the structure and function of ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — A volume decrease in specific parts of the brain's hippocampus -- long identified as a hub of mood and memory processing -- was linked to bipolar disorder in a new ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — A functional MRI brain scan may help predict which patients will respond positively to antidepressant therapy, according to a new ... read more

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Distinct from Other Mood Disorders, Brain Studies Suggest

Jan. 24, 2017 — On the surface, postpartum depression looks much like other forms of depression. New mothers struggling with it often withdraw from family and friends, lose their appetites, and of course, feel sad ... read more

Lung Cancer Patients With Anxiety, Depression Die Sooner

Jan. 24, 2017 — Patients who experience anxiety and depression after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer are more likely to die sooner, according to new ... read more

Mindfulness Meditation Training Lowers Biomarkers of Stress Response in Anxiety Disorder

Jan. 24, 2017 — Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, clinical trial has found ... read more

Novel Underlying Mechanism Involved in PTSD and Other Anxiety Disorders Described

Jan. 23, 2017 — A novel mechanism has been identified for how stress-induced anxiety -- which can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD -- affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain ... read more

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