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U.S. Youth Suicide Rates Lower in Counties with High SSRI Use
November 8, 2006 • Science Update
For children ages five to 14, suicide rates from 1996 to 1998 were lower in areas of the country with higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions, according to an NIMH-funded study published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Odds of Beating Depression Diminish as Additional Treatment Strategies are Needed
November 1, 2006 • Science Update
An overall assessment of the nation's largest real-world study of treatment-resistant depression suggests that a patient with persistent depression can get well after trying several treatment strategies, but his or her odds of beating the depression diminish as additional treatment strategies are needed.
Colloquium to Mark 25 Years of Improving Access to Mental Health Research Careers
October 31, 2006 • Science Update
When mostly minority college students being groomed for careers in mental health-related research convene in Washington D.C. early next month, a program to promote diversity in the scientific workforce will mark a quarter century of progress.
More Direct Way to Map Brain Activity Deemed Feasible
October 30, 2006 • Science Update
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to directly detect the electrical activity emitted by neurons, NIMH scientists and colleagues have demonstrated.
New Research Helps to Improve Understanding of Bipolar Disorder in Youth
October 24, 2006 • Science Update
Bipolar disorder may be hard to identify in children and adolescents for several reasons, including a lack of age-appropriate diagnostic guidelines and symptoms different than those commonly seen in adults with the disorder.
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.
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