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Lithium Shows Promise Against Alzheimer’s in Mouse Model
May 21, 2003 • Press Release
An enzyme crucial to formation of Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles may hold promise as a target for future medications, suggest studies in mice and cells.
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.
NIMH Study Finds Anti-Psychotic Medication Useful in Treating Serious Behavioral Problems among Children with Autism
July 31, 2002 • Press Release
One of a newer class of anti-psychotic medications was successful and well tolerated for the treatment of serious behavioral disturbances associated with autistic disorder in children ages 5 to 17.
Drug Targets Brain Circuits that Drive Appetite and Body Weight
July 25, 2002 • Press Release
Research conducted in animals has revealed that an appetite suppressant drug, D-–fenfluramine (D–FEN), activates brain pathways that regulate food intake and body weight.
Placebo, Antidepressant May Lift Depression Via Common Mechanism
May 1, 2002 • Press Release
Whether it’s a widely prescribed medication or a placebo, a successful treatment for depression must trigger a common pattern of brain activity changes, suggests a team of researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
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