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Experimental treatment approach reverses cognitive decline and neuropathology in AD mouse model

Experimental treatment approach reverses cognitive decline and neuropathology in AD mouse model

Treatment with an inhibitor of 12/15-lipoxygenase, an enzyme elevated in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), reverses cognitive decline and neuropathology in an AD mouse model, reports a new study in Biological Psychiatry. [More]
Researchers find promising results for treating depression with video game interface

Researchers find promising results for treating depression with video game interface

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. [More]
Depressive patients with co-occurring panic disorder report more antidepressant side effects

Depressive patients with co-occurring panic disorder report more antidepressant side effects

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. [More]
Study provides vital clues into biology of gambling addiction

Study provides vital clues into biology of gambling addiction

Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research. [More]
Early exposure to maternal depression impacts children's neural empathic response to others' distress

Early exposure to maternal depression impacts children's neural empathic response to others' distress

Exposure to early and chronic maternal depression markedly increases a child's susceptibility to psychopathology and social-emotional problems, including social withdrawal, poor emotion regulation, and reduced empathy to others. [More]
NIH researchers identify molecular mechanisms that may underlie woman's susceptibility to PMDD

NIH researchers identify molecular mechanisms that may underlie woman's susceptibility to PMDD

National Institutes of Health researchers have discovered molecular mechanisms that may underlie a woman's susceptibility to disabling irritability, sadness, and anxiety in the days leading up to her menstrual period. [More]
Genes influencing social communication skills linked to genes underlying  psychiatric disorders

Genes influencing social communication skills linked to genes underlying psychiatric disorders

The researchers studied the genetic overlap between the risk of having these psychiatric disorders and measures of social communicative competence - the ability to socially engage with other people successfully - during middle childhood to adolescence. [More]
Biological Psychiatry special issue highlights role of dopamine signaling in schizophrenia

Biological Psychiatry special issue highlights role of dopamine signaling in schizophrenia

Biological Psychiatry presents a special issue, "The Dopamine Hypothesis of Schizophrenia", dedicated to recent advances in understanding the role of dopamine signaling in schizophrenia. [More]
200th live donor kidney transplant offers promise of new life for the New Year

200th live donor kidney transplant offers promise of new life for the New Year

In late December in San Antonio, Texas, a 36-year-old mother of three from Jefferson City, Missouri, gave her best friend the most precious gift of all: a healthy kidney and the promise of a new life for the New Year. [More]
Researchers warn about taking psilocybin-containing ‘magic mushrooms’

Researchers warn about taking psilocybin-containing ‘magic mushrooms’

In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they had had a past negative experience when taking psilocybin-containing "magic mushrooms," Johns Hopkins researchers say that more than 10 percent believed their worst "bad trip" had put themselves or others in harm's way, and a substantial majority called their most distressing episode one of the top 10 biggest challenges of their lives. [More]
Legalization of recreational marijuana changes teens' use and perceptions of marijuana

Legalization of recreational marijuana changes teens' use and perceptions of marijuana

Marijuana use significantly increased and its perceived harm decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington state following enactment of recreational marijuana laws, according to a UC Davis and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to be published online in JAMA Pediatrics. [More]
Many smokers desire counseling to help them quit, but only few are receiving it

Many smokers desire counseling to help them quit, but only few are receiving it

Among American adults who have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or clinical depression, 57 percent are smokers. In contrast, only 15 percent of U.S. adults overall smoke. [More]
Discrimination in daily life linked to high rates of sleep problems

Discrimination in daily life linked to high rates of sleep problems

People who perceive more discrimination in daily life have higher rates of sleep problems, based on both subjective and objective measures, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
Optical fibers can identify and control neuroreceptors to rapidly inhibit chronic pain

Optical fibers can identify and control neuroreceptors to rapidly inhibit chronic pain

Pain serves as a valuable warning signal, but when it becomes chronic, pain should be considered as a real disease. [More]
Study finds chances for recovery of women with anorexia or bulimia nervosa

Study finds chances for recovery of women with anorexia or bulimia nervosa

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators finds that, contrary to what is often believed, around two thirds of women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa will eventually recover from their eating disorders. [More]
Simple sniff test can enhance accuracy of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease

Simple sniff test can enhance accuracy of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease

Tests that measure the sense of smell may soon become common in neurologists' offices. [More]
White matter microstructure in children linked to cognitive development

White matter microstructure in children linked to cognitive development

​A new study led by UNC School of Medicine researchers concluded that patterns of white matter microstructure present at birth and that develop after birth predict the cognitive function of children at ages 1 and 2. [More]
Holiday tips and gift suggestions for caregivers, families of AD patients

Holiday tips and gift suggestions for caregivers, families of AD patients

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but we all know they can be stressful even under the best of circumstances. [More]
New study finds rise in past-month marijuana use among reproductive-aged women

New study finds rise in past-month marijuana use among reproductive-aged women

A new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that the prevalence of past-month marijuana use among reproductive-aged women rose from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 3.9 percent in 2014, an increase of 62 percent. [More]
Novel approach shows promise for treating co-occurring PTSD and SUD

Novel approach shows promise for treating co-occurring PTSD and SUD

N-acetylcysteine, when combined with group cognitive behavioral therapy, reduced symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cravings, and depression significantly more than CBT alone in veterans with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorder, a particularly difficult-to-treat population, according to the findings of a randomized controlled pilot trial conducted by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. [More]
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