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Gene Linked to Autism in Families with More Than One Affected Child
October 17, 2006 • Press Release
A version of a gene has been linked to autism in families that have more than one child with the disorder. Inheriting two copies of this version more than doubled a child’s risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder, scientists supported by NIMH and NICHD have discovered.
Preschoolers with ADHD Improve with Low Doses of Medication
October 16, 2006 • Press Release
The first long-term, large-scale study designed to determine the safety and effectiveness of treating preschoolers who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with methylphenidate (Ritalin) has found that overall, low doses of this medication are effective and safe.
Antipsychotic Medications Used to Treat Alzheimer’s Patients Found Lacking
October 11, 2006 • Press Release
Commonly prescribed antipsychotic medications used to treat Alzheimer’s patients with delusions, aggression, hallucinations, and other similar symptoms can benefit some patients, but they appear to be no more effective than a placebo when adverse side effects are considered, according to the first phase of a large-scale clinical trial funded by NIMH.
How Strep Triggers Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – New Clues
October 11, 2006 • Science Update
A likely mechanism by which a bacterial infection triggers obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in some children has been demonstrated by NIMH scientists and collaborators at California State University and the University of Oklahoma.
Gene Therapy May One Day Prevent AIDS–Related Brain–Cell Death
October 11, 2006 • Science Update
Scientists have shown that gene therapy has potential for treating brain pathology triggered by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.
NIMH Researchers Discover Medication’s Antidepressant Potential
October 2, 2006 • Science Update
A commonly used sedative and motion-sickness treatment shows promise as a fast-acting antidepressant, according to a study conducted by researchers at NIMH.
New NIMH Research Program Launches Autism Trials
September 7, 2006 • Press Release
NIMH has launched three major clinical studies on autism at its research program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
New Schizophrenia Trial: Does Method of Administering Medication Make a Difference?
September 5, 2006 • Science Update
A new clinical trial is testing whether an injection of a long-lasting antipsychotic medication every two weeks results in better adherence to treatment and better outcomes among people with schizophrenia than do oral medications taken daily.
Bipolar Disorder Exacts Twice Depression’s Toll in Workplace, Productivity Lags Even After Mood Lifts
September 1, 2006 • Press Release
Bipolar disorder costs twice as much in lost productivity as major depressive disorder, an NIMH funded study has found.
Subsequent Treatment Strategies for Persistent Depression Yield Modest Results
September 1, 2006 • Science Update
Patients with treatment-resistant depression had a modest chance of becoming symptom-free when they tried different treatment strategies after two or three failed treatments, according to results from the nation's largest real-world study of depression.
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