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2014-04-10 08:29:47

BOSTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tal Medical, Inc., a clinical-stage company developing breakthrough treatments for psychiatric diseases, has added two industry veterans to its leadership team. Jan Skvarka has joined as the company's President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors, and Ben Shapiro, MD as a member of the Board of Directors. Jan Skvarka is joining Tal after spending 14 years with Bain and Company, a leading global management consultancy. As one of Bain's...

2013-08-22 12:26:11

Coalition Recommends Balanced Coverage of Controversial Intervention WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) urges "The Today Show" to provide balanced coverage of the risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which grand mal seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression. The NCMHR is responding to a one-sided segment about ECT that "Today" ran on August 20, 2013. "We are...

2013-07-29 16:20:06

University of Utah study shows isoflurane may provide alternative to electroconvulsive therapy Although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has long been considered the most effective treatment of medication-resistant or refractory depression, millions of people who might benefit don't take advantage of it because of the treatment's side effects and public misperception of the procedure. If the results of a campuswide collaboration of University of Utah researchers are borne out by larger...

2012-08-07 23:17:46

Biomarkers help pinpoint mechanisms, predict outcomes -- NIH studies Scientists have discovered a biological marker that may help to identify which depressed patients will respond to an experimental, rapid-acting antidepressant. The brain signal, detectable by noninvasive imaging, also holds clues to the agent's underlying mechanism, which are vital for drug development, say National Institutes of Health researchers. The signal is among the latest of several such markers, including...

How Does Shock Therapy Really Help Depressed Patients?
2012-03-20 13:54:01

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been an effective yet controversial tool to treat severe depression for more than 70 years, and now Scottish researchers for the first time say they have discovered why the procedure often works the way it does. ECT works by altering how different parts of the brain involved in depression communicate with each other. The University of Aberdeen and University of Dundee researchers, reporting in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

2012-01-26 09:20:00

Coalition Recommends Balanced Coverage of Controversial Intervention WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) calls upon the producers of "The Dr. Oz Show" to provide balanced and truthful coverage of the risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which grand mal seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression. "We are surprised that Dr. Oz would air such a one-sided show," says NCMHR...

2011-06-22 04:30:00

Pleads For International Help BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rhonda Coleman-Albazie, Executive Director of The Hello Schizo Foundation, is initiating and calling for an immediate, formal Congressional Investigation into the highly speculative business practices of American psychiatry and big pharma's trillion dollar profit over people enterprise with a track record of 0% cures, 0% long term case management and 100% ineffective treatments for any of the...

2011-01-24 15:41:58

Pioneering neurosurgical treatment, a world first in Bristol, which very accurately targets brain networks involved in depression, could help people who suffer with severe and intractable depression. The research led by Dr Andrea Malizia, Consultant Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Mr Nikunj Patel, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Neurosurgery at North Bristol NHS Trust, are pioneering a number of treatments including...

2010-10-06 19:23:09

It's an experience shared by everyone: You run into someone you know, but his or her name escapes you. Now, Temple psychologist Ingrid Olson has found a way to improve the recall of proper names. Olson dedicates her research to understanding human memory. In a recent study, she found that electric stimulation of the right anterior temporal lobe of the brain improved the recall of proper names in young adults by 11 percent. Her study appears this month in the journal Neuropsychologia. "We know...

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2010-10-03 06:50:00

New depression treatment recommendations include the use of shock therapy and other alternatives like exercise. The American Psychiatric Association issued new guidelines on Friday that are the first update on depression treatment in over a decade. "The five-year process of intense review, discussion and thoughtful revision-making has led us to today's release of new guidelines that we believe will improve patient care," Dr. Alan Gelenberg, an Arizona-based psychiatrist who led the group...