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Scientists find seven new genes that can cause X-linked intellectual disability

Scientists find seven new genes that can cause X-linked intellectual disability

X-linked intellectual disability is a disorder that predominantly affects men and can have highly variable clinical manifestations. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have found seven new genes that can cause this genetic disease: Mutations of these genes on the X chromosome lead to various forms of intellectual disability. [More]
New Penn Medicine study reveals how sleep deprivation increases intake of fat

New Penn Medicine study reveals how sleep deprivation increases intake of fat

Experts have warned for years that insufficient sleep can lead to weight gain. A new Penn Medicine study found that not only do we consume more food following a night of total sleep deprivation, but we also we consume more fat and less carbohydrates and a region of the brain known as the salience network is what may lead us to eat more fat. [More]
Background noise in the brain shapes neuron growth

Background noise in the brain shapes neuron growth

A process previously thought to be mere background noise in the brain has been found to shape the growth of neurons as the brain develops, according to research from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (MRC CDN), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), published in Cell Reports. [More]

Adolescents meth abusers suffer greater alterations in their brain than adult drug abusers

Adolescents who chronically use methamphetamine suffer greater and more widespread alterations in their brain than adults who chronically abuse the drug-and damage is particularly evident in a part of the brain believed to control the "executive function," researchers from the University of Utah and South Korea report. [More]
Experts question use of hospital quality measures in CMS’ pay-for-performance programs

Experts question use of hospital quality measures in CMS’ pay-for-performance programs

A new editorial published in JAMA by Northwestern Medicine® experts strongly questions the use of several hospital quality measures by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its pay-for-performance programs. [More]
Sanford Health wins LocumTenens.com's Best Places to Practice Locum Tenens contest

Sanford Health wins LocumTenens.com's Best Places to Practice Locum Tenens contest

Sanford Health, the nation's largest rural, not-for-profit healthcare system, has been named the winner of LocumTenens.com's Best Places to Practice Locum Tenens contest. [More]
Extremely low birth weight babies at increased risk for psychiatric disorders

Extremely low birth weight babies at increased risk for psychiatric disorders

The good news is that people born as extremely low birth weight babies are less likely than others to have alcohol or substance use disorders as adults. The less encouraging news is that they may have a higher risk of other types of psychiatric problems. [More]
New study sheds light on anorexia nervosa

New study sheds light on anorexia nervosa

A study led by Howard Steiger, PhD, head of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Eating Disorders Program, in Montreal, in collaboration with Linda Booij, a researcher with Sainte-Justine Hospital and an assistant professor at Queen's University, is the first to observe effects suggesting that the longer one suffers from active anorexia nervosa (AN), the more likely they are to show disorder-relevant alterations in DNA methylation. [More]
Children with history of institutional care have increased risk for autism, shows study

Children with history of institutional care have increased risk for autism, shows study

A recent study published in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry demonstrates that children who were abandoned to institutional care have an increased risk for behaviors similar to those seen in children with autism, including impaired social communication. [More]
Induced or augmented labor does not increase risk of autism spectrum disorder

Induced or augmented labor does not increase risk of autism spectrum disorder

A research collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare, the University of Utah's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, and the University of Utah's Psychiatry Department found that induced or augmented labor does not result in an increased risk of children developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). [More]
Newly found peptide may reduce desire for food

Newly found peptide may reduce desire for food

Researchers have identified a peptide and hormone that when administered to a specific area of the brain may reduce the desire for food. The study, which appears in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, may one day lead to medications that treat obesity and binge eating disorders. [More]
Northwestern Medicine researchers evaluate unique surgical method to treat chronic amputee pain

Northwestern Medicine researchers evaluate unique surgical method to treat chronic amputee pain

Northwestern Medicine® researchers are leading a new multi-center clinical trial to evaluate a unique surgical method, known as targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), to treat chronic pain that can result from limb amputation. Around a quarter of all amputees develop chronic pain in the remaining portion of their amputated limb, which can include phantom limb syndrome (pain that is perceived in the portion of the limb that is gone), and prevents many patients from using prostheses. [More]
Endogenous cannabinoids linked to weight gain in people with schizophrenia

Endogenous cannabinoids linked to weight gain in people with schizophrenia

Cannabinoids may be involved in the weight gain that occurs in people with schizophrenia who are treated with the antipsychotic olanzapine, according to a pilot study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology by researchers at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Université de Montréal. [More]
Study could lead to potential drug treatment for fighting addiction

Study could lead to potential drug treatment for fighting addiction

A research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered a mechanism in the brain that is key to making cocaine seem pleasurable, a finding that could lead to a drug treatment for fighting addiction. [More]
Brain scans can predict therapeutic responses to talk therapy

Brain scans can predict therapeutic responses to talk therapy

UNC School of Medicine researchers have shown that brain scans can predict which patients with clinical depression are most likely to benefit from a specific kind of talk therapy. [More]
Researchers identify a common pattern across different psychiatric disorders

Researchers identify a common pattern across different psychiatric disorders

In a study analyzing whole-brain images from nearly 16,000 people, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine identified a common pattern across a spectrum of psychiatric disorders that are widely perceived to be quite distinct. [More]
Loyola psychiatrist achieves Distinguished Life Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association

Loyola psychiatrist achieves Distinguished Life Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association

Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, has achieved Distinguished Life Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honor the profession can bestow. [More]
Loyola's Murali Rao achieves Distinguished Life Fellow status

Loyola's Murali Rao achieves Distinguished Life Fellow status

Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, has achieved Distinguished Life Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honor the profession can bestow. [More]
EyeBrain raises €1.3 million ($1.47 million) through crowdfunding

EyeBrain raises €1.3 million ($1.47 million) through crowdfunding

EyeBrain, a company that develops markers of cerebral function for neurological and psychiatric disorders and diseases, today announces the conclusion of a new round of funding. A total of €1.3 million ($1.47 million) has been raised with the support of EyeBrain’s shareholders, the Fonds Régional de Co-Investissement d’Ile-de-France (FRCI, regional joint investment fund for the Ile-de-France or Greater Paris area) and the Anaxago crowdfunding platform. [More]
Induced labor is not associated with Autism spectrum disorder, shows study

Induced labor is not associated with Autism spectrum disorder, shows study

In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 in an oral pleanary session at 8 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in San Diego, researchers will report that induced or augmented labor are not associated with increased odds of Autism spectrum disorder. [More]