psychiatry research

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.

Researchers Link Genetic Mutation to Psychiatric Disease and Obesity

Researchers Link Genetic Mutation to Psychiatric Disease and Obesity

McGill researchers have identified a small region in the genome that conclusively plays a role in the development of psychiatric disease and obesity.

Smokers Genes Could Predict Who Benefits Most From Cessation Medications

Smokers Genes Could Predict Who Benefits Most From Cessation Medications

The same gene variations that make it difficult to stop smoking also increase the likelihood that heavy smokers will respond to nicotine-replacement therapy and drugs that thwart cravings, a new study shows.

Gifts of the MAGI in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Gifts of the MAGI in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

These findings are not about the classic story of gift-giving, although the MAGI genes (officially named membrane associated guanylate kinase, WW and PDZ domain containing proteins) do influence brain function in important ways.

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.

New Study Links Depression To Low Levels Of Vitamin D

New Study Links Depression To Low Levels Of Vitamin D

A new report from psychiatrists at UT Southwestern has pointed to a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and depression. Researchers discovered that lower levels of vitamin D were apparent in people with current depressive symptoms, particularly those who had a history of depression. However, the researchers are yet to determine whether the low vitamin D levels contribute to depressive symptoms, or whether the depression contributes to lower levels of the vitamin.

Telepsychiatry Is Useful For Assessing Mental Health Problems

Telepsychiatry Is Useful For Assessing Mental Health Problems

New research from UC Davis has shown that psychiatrists are able to accurately assess patients mental health problems by viewing pre-recorded video interviews.