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Mental Disorders Persist Among Hurricane Katrina Survivors
January 24, 2008 • Science Update
More residents affected by Hurricane Katrina are enduring mental disorders than was initially determined a few months after the storm.
Faster-Acting Medications for Bipolar Disorder’s Manic Phase May Be Feasible
January 23, 2008 • Science Update
Scientists may be able to develop faster-acting medications for the manic phase of bipolar disorder, new research shows.
Research-based Principles May Help Improve Mental Health Recovery Following Mass Trauma
January 14, 2008 • Science Update
Experts on trauma-related research and medical practices from around the world recently identified five principles to guide mental health care efforts immediately or shortly after a mass trauma, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
Autism Risk Higher in People with Gene Variant
January 10, 2008 • Press Release
Scientists have found a variation in a gene that may raise the risk of developing autism, especially when the variant is inherited from mothers rather than fathers.
Mood Disorders Predict Later Substance Abuse Problems
January 9, 2008 • Science Update
People with manic symptoms and bipolar disorder type II are at significant risk of later developing an alcohol abuse or dependence problem, a long-term study conducted in Switzerland confirms.
Scientists Can Predict Psychotic Illness in up to 80 Percent of High-Risk Youth
January 7, 2008 • Press Release
Youth who are going to develop psychosis can be identified before their illness becomes full-blown 35 percent of the time if they meet widely accepted criteria for risk, but that figure rises to 65 to 80 percent if they have certain combinations of risk factors, the largest study of its kind has shown.
Real-World Outcomes in Schizophrenia Are Focus of Two New NIMH Grants
January 4, 2008 • Science Update
Two new NIMH grants are aimed at determining the most accurate methods of measuring how well community-dwelling people with schizophrenia are faring. Results of the project are meant to provide scientists who conduct future research on the effectiveness of treatments with tools that reflect the truest possible picture of daily-life outcomes.
Foreign Nativity May Not Always Protect Against Mental Disorders in the US
January 3, 2008 • Science Update
Though all Latino immigrants tend to display better overall mental health compared to their US-born counterparts, a recent study by NIMH-funded researchers has found that the protective benefits of foreign nativity vary widely across subgroups of this population.
Ethnicity Predicts How Gene Variations Affect Response to Schizophrenia Medications
January 2, 2008 • Science Update
Different variations in the same gene influence how well different ethnic groups, and people within the same ethnic group, respond to various antipsychotic medications, report NIMH-funded researchers. If confirmed, their findings could one day help clinicians predict which medication is most likely to help a patient, based on his or her genetic makeup.
Family-centered Intervention Effectively Reduces Risky Behavior Among Hispanic Youth
December 20, 2007 • Science Update
A family-centered program that improves parent-child dynamics and family functioning is more effective at discouraging Hispanic youth from engaging in risky behavior than programs that target specific behaviors.
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