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Human Gene Affects Memory
January 23, 2003 • Press Release
NIH scientists have shown that a common gene variant influences memory for events in humans by altering a growth factor in the brain's memory hub.
Mouse Gene Knockout Illuminates How Light Resets Clock
December 13, 2002 • Press Release
A key role in synchronizing daily rhythms to the day/night cycle has been traced to a light-sensitive protein in the eye, by knocking out the gene that codes for it.
Psychiatric Disorders Common Among Detained Youth
December 10, 2002 • Press Release
Among teens in juvenile detention, nearly two thirds of boys and nearly three quarters of girls have at least one psychiatric disorder, a federally funded study has found.
Mimicking Brain’s ”All Clear” Quells Fear in Rats
November 6, 2002 • Press Release
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have discovered a high tech way to quell panic in rats.
Preventive Sessions After Divorce Protect Children into Teens
October 15, 2002 • Press Release
Divorcing families who participated in a prevention program markedly reduced the likelihood of their children developing mental disorders as adolescents, say NIMH-funded scientists.
Brain Shrinkage in ADHD Not Caused by Medications
October 8, 2002 • Press Release
A 10-year study by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) scientists has found that brains of children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are 3-4 percent smaller than those of children who don't have the disorder—and that medication treatment is not the cause.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders: Are Children Being Overmedicated?
September 26, 2002 • Press Release
ADHD is the most extensively studied mental disorder of children, with several thousands of peer–reviewed papers in the scientific literature devoted to this topic. ADHD—which affects an estimated 3-5 percent or 2 million young school-age children and an unknown number of teenagers and adults—refers to a family of related chronic neurobiological disorders that interfere with an individual’s capacity to regulate activity level, inhibit behavior, and attend to tasks in developmentally appropriate ways.
NIH Awards Grants for Two New Autism Research Centers
September 18, 2002 • Press Release
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced grants totaling $19 million to support the first two research centers of a major network of facilities to focus on the biomedical and behavioral aspects of autism.
Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Named New Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
September 10, 2002 • Press Release
Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced the appointment of Thomas R. Insel, M.D., as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Early Mental Health Intervention Reduces Mass Violence Trauma
September 6, 2002 • Press Release
Early psychological intervention guided by qualified mental health caregivers can reduce the harmful psychological and emotional effects of exposure to mass violence in survivors, according to a national conference report released today.
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