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2008-08-26 15:00:00

GREAT NECK, N.Y., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- People concerned about the toll that mental health disorders are taking on their families and communities will have a unique opportunity to hear from world-class experts on what is known to-date about the causes, symptoms and progression of such illnesses as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia and autism, and learn about current and potential treatments. In an unprecedented event called Healthy Minds Across America, 48 free public...

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2008-08-18 10:20:00

Researchers said on Sunday that two genes influencing the activity of nerve cells in the brain may play a key role in a person's risk for bipolar disorder, marked by dramatic swings from depression to manic behavior. The findings could help unravel the mystery of how depression arises and lead to better treatments. The genomes of 10,596 people mainly from Britain and the United States, including 4,387 with bipolar disorder were examined throughout numerous studies by an international team of...

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2008-07-22 16:20:00

Adolescent girls who had a serious school failure by the 12th grade "“ being expelled, suspended or dropping out "“ were significantly more likely to have suffered a serious bout of depression at the age of 21 than girls who did not have these problems. New research published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that girls who had early conduct problems in elementary school also were at increased risk for depression in early adulthood. However, the University of...

2008-07-16 06:00:13

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Crystal Borde, +1-202-331-4323, +1-626-664-0511 (cell), for 2008 National Training Institutes Data Shows Comprehensive Community-Based Services Critical for Helping Youth with Mental Health Needs Thrive NASHVILLE, Tenn.,July 16/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Partnerships with schools and child welfare services are necessary elements of a comprehensive public health approach to childrens mental health care, which is the focus of this weeks 2008 National Training...

2008-07-10 00:00:28

By Carla K. Johnson CHICAGO - Pressured by desperate parents, government researchers are pushing to test an unproven treatment on autistic children, a move some scientists see as an unethical experiment in voodoo medicine. The treatment removes heavy metals from the body and is based on the fringe theory that mercury in vaccines triggers autism - a theory never proved and rejected by mainstream science. Mercury hasn't been in childhood vaccines since 2001, except for certain flu shots....

2008-06-27 12:01:46

RARITAN, N.J., June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ADHD is the most common emotional, cognitive and behavioral disorder treated in children(1), and according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), between 30 percent and 70 percent of children with ADHD continue to exhibit symptoms in the adult years(2). ADHD is thought to affect about eight million, or one in 20, adults in the United States(3), and research on the life span of the condition notes the disorder impairs academic, social and...

2008-06-14 03:00:08

By Hamid, Hamada Abanilla, Karen; Bauta, Besa; Huang, Keng-Yen Abstract Mental health is a low priority in most countries around the world. Minimal research and resources have been invested in mental health at the national level. As a result, WHO has developed the Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) to encourage countries to gather data and to re-evaluate their national mental health policy. This paper demonstrates the utility and limitations of WHO-AIMS by applying...

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2008-04-10 10:45:00

Two University of Kentucky researchers from the department of communication in the UK College of Communications and Information Studies have learned that targeted mass media campaigns alone can be effective in convincing high sensation-seeking, impulsive decision-making young adults to adopt safer sex practices.Past public health campaigns, particularly those promoting healthy behaviors, were rarely successful unless associated with other interventions. But this study, which was funded from...

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2008-03-31 09:30:00

Rare mutations disrupt genes in pathways of neuronal development and regulationUsing an important new method that can be applied in the study of other psychiatric illnesses, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington (UW) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), have identified multiple, individually rare gene mutations in people with schizophrenia that may help explain how that devastating illness is...

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2008-03-28 11:36:26

MRI studies show brain changes in the adolescent brain impact cognition, emotion and behavior Philadelphia -- Many parents are convinced that the brains of their teenage offspring are different than those of children and adults. New data confirms that this is the case. An article by Jay N. Giedd, MD, of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), published in the April 2008 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health describes how brain changes in the adolescent brain impact cognition,...


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