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Study Offers Glimpse of Molecules That Keep Memories Alive
July 2, 2007 • Science Update
Working memory is a kind of temporary-storage system in the brain. Unlike long-term memory, it stores disposable information we must keep in mind only transiently, for tasks at hand. But how?
Violence in Schizophrenia Patients More Likely Among Those with Childhood Conduct Problems
July 2, 2007 • Press Release
Some people with schizophrenia who become violent may do so for reasons unrelated to their current illness, according to a new study analyzing data from the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials for Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE).
New Study Will Examine Effects of Excluding Anti-anxiety Medications in Medicare Part D Coverage
June 22, 2007 • Science Update
A new research grant funded by NIMH will examine the costs and benefits of excluding a commonly prescribed class of anti-anxiety medications—benzodiazepines—from coverage in the new Medicare Part D program.
Male Veterans Have Double the Suicide Rate of Civilians
June 12, 2007 • Science Update
Male veterans in the general U.S. population are twice as likely as their civilian peers to die by suicide, a large study shows.
Gene Variants Linked to Suicidal Thoughts in Some Men Starting Antidepressant Treatment
June 7, 2007 • Science Update
Some men who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviors after they first start taking antidepressant medications may be genetically predisposed to do so, according to the latest results from the NIMH-funded Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) study.
Antipsychotic Medications for Schizophrenia on Equal Footing in Improving Patients’ Thinking Skills
June 4, 2007 • Science Update
Patients with schizophrenia taking antipsychotic medications experience a small improvement in thinking and reasoning skills (neurocognition), but no one medication appears to be better than the others in improving these skills during the first two crucial months of treatment, according to the latest results from the NIMH-funded Clinical Antipsychotic Trials for Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE).
NIMH Funds Research for Early Intervention in Childhood Bipolar Disorder
June 4, 2007 • Science Update
NIMH recently approved funding to test the effectiveness of an early intervention in children at high risk for developing bipolar disorder.
Genetic Roots of Bipolar Disorder Revealed by First Genome-Wide Study of Illness
May 8, 2007 • Press Release
The likelihood of developing bipolar disorder depends in part on the combined, small effects of variations in many different genes in the brain, none of which is powerful enough to cause the disease by itself, a new study shows.
Bipolar Spectrum Disorder May Be Underrecognized and Improperly Treated
May 7, 2007 • Press Release
A new study supports earlier estimates of the prevalence of bipolar disorder in the U.S. population, and suggests the illness may be more accurately characterized as a spectrum disorder.
Cell Networking Keeps Brain’s Master Clock Ticking
May 4, 2007 • Science Update
Each day, a master clock in the brain synchronizes the timing of lesser clocks in cells throughout the body to the rising and setting of the sun, regulating such daily rhythms as sleep, body temperature, eating, and activity. Scientists funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health have now discovered that the secret to this master clock’s robust time-keeping ability lies in the unique way its cells work together.
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