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Imaging Biomarker Predicts Response to Rapid Antidepressant

Imaging Biomarker Predicts Response to Rapid Antidepressant

Researchers have discovered a potential neuroimaging biomarker that could help personalize treatments for depression.

Reporting Potentially Violent Patients Is Not Going To Curb Gun Violence, Mental Health Professionals Say

Reporting Potentially Violent Patients Is Not Going To Curb Gun Violence, Mental Health Professionals Say

In response to the new gun law passed in New York on January 15th, some mental health professionals are claiming that reporting patients with a tenancy toward violence is not going to help resolve gun violence issues.

Giving Lithium to Those who Need it

Giving Lithium to Those who Need it

Lithium is a ‘gold standard’ drug for treating bipolar disorder, however not everyone responds in the same way. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders finds that this is true at the levels of gene activation, especially in the activation or repression of genes which alter the level the apoptosis (programmed cell death).

Key Genes Associated With Schizophrenia Identified

Key Genes Associated With Schizophrenia Identified

Researchers believe they have identified key genes associated with schizophrenia and propose a prototype predictive test.

Addiction Roots Dependent Upon A Person’s Sex?

Addiction Roots Dependent Upon A Person’s Sex?

A new report from Yale researchers considers the different biological mechanisms associated with cocaine addiction between men and women. It is hoped that the study could shed some light onto effective therapies to help curb cravings, and ultimately break the addiction cycle based upon the sex of the patient. The findings so far suggest that women could benefit from stress reduction therapies, while men might benefit more from cognitive behavioral therapies or more traditional 12 step programs.

Studying Schizophrenia Via The Nose?

Studying Schizophrenia Via The Nose?

Researchers are finding that small tissue samples collected via the nose can help to provide an insight into the altered brain development in schizophrenic patients.

Treating Depression In Employees Can Significantly Increase Work Productivity

Treating Depression In Employees Can Significantly Increase Work Productivity

New research released by the Centre for Addition and Mental Health suggests treating depression in employees while they are still working can significantly improve their work productivity.

Deep Brain Stimulation A Safe And Effective Intervention For Unipolar and Bipolar Patients

Deep Brain Stimulation A Safe And Effective Intervention For Unipolar and Bipolar Patients

A new report from Emory University suggests deep brain simulation can provide a safe and effective intervention for patients with unipolar and bipolar depressions which are treatment resistant.

A History of Rape Or Child Abuse Can Lead To Chronic PTSD In Women

A History of Rape Or Child Abuse Can Lead To Chronic PTSD In Women

A new study released by Florida State University has discovered certain risk factors for the development of chronic PTSD in women. The risk factors include a history of rape or server childhood physical abuse. Additionally, women who reported more ‘rexperiencing’ symptoms, such as nightmares or flash backs to their trauma, were more likely to suffer the persistent effects of PTSD for a longer period of time.

New Index Assists In Identifying Suicidal Behavior

New Index Assists In Identifying Suicidal Behavior

Until recently, it has been extremely hard for scientists and doctors to evaluate a person’s likelihood for thinking about suicide or acting on suicidal impulses. Little methodology was in place to correctly identify those in most risk of considering suicide or ending their own lives. However, an international group of scientists have considered suicidal behavior and identified a number of risk factors in order to create the first index for preventing suicide.

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