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Depression Relapse Less Likely Among Teens Who Receive CBT After Medication Therapy
December 5, 2008 • Science Update
Adolescents with major depression who received cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) after responding to an antidepressant were less likely to experience a relapse or recurrence of symptoms compared to teens who did not receive CBT.
Anxious and Depressed Teens and Adults: Same Version of Mood Gene, Different Brain Reactions
December 2, 2008 • Science Update
An NIMH study using brain imaging shows that some anxious and depressed adolescents react differently from adult patients when looking at frightening faces.
Long-term Academic Effects of Child’s ADHD May Extend to Siblings
December 2, 2008 • Science Update
The long-term academic problems that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often experience may affect their siblings as well, according to an analysis partially funded by NIMH and published in the Journal of Health Economics.
Learning Disability Reversed in Mice
November 25, 2008 • Science Update
Just as traffic signals enable safe traversing of the roadways, so too does the brain’s machinery for learning and memory rely on its own stop-and-go signals. An NIMH grantee has traced a human learning disability to an imbalance in signals that increase and decrease neural activity – and demonstrated a way to correct it. The study in mice, published in the October 31, 2008 issue of the journal Cell, advances scientific understanding of how memory works.
NIMH, U.S. Army Sign MOA to Conduct Groundbreaking Suicide Research
November 12, 2008 • Science Update
NIMH and the U.S. Army have entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to conduct research that will help the Army reduce the rate of suicides.
Cells May Provide Target for New Anxiety Medications
November 6, 2008 • Science Update
A specific population of brain cells could provide a target for developing new medications aimed at helping people learn to mute the fears underlying anxiety disorders, according to NIMH-supported scientists.
Genomic Dragnet Finds Clues to Likely Suspects in Alzheimer’s
November 6, 2008 • Science Update
In the first study of its kind, researchers have pinpointed four genes likely associated with risk for the most common, late-onset form of Alzheimer’s disease, including a very strong candidate on chromosome 14. NIMH grantee Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, and colleagues report on their findings in the November issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.
Genes That Turn On Together Hold Secrets of Brain’s Molecular Instructions
November 5, 2008 • Science Update
For the first time, scientists have mapped groups of genes that turn on together in the human brain, revealing a kind of Rosetta Stone of its molecular organization. These never-before-seen patterns of co-expressed genes hold promise for implicating genetic mechanisms conferring risk for illness through “guilt by association,” say the researchers.
Anxious and Healthy Adolescents Respond Differently to an Anxiety-provoking Situation
November 5, 2008 • Science Update
Brain scans show heightened activity among anxious adolescents exposed to an anxiety-provoking situation when compared with normal controls.
New Grant Aims to Reduce Rate of College Suicide by Helping Students Better Adjust
October 31, 2008 • Science Update
A new grant funded by NIMH will test an intervention designed to prevent or reduce suicide among college students.
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