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2008-09-23 06:00:11

In a new paper published in the online open-access journal PLoS ONE, http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0003150, David Pickar and colleagues of Gabriel Sciences report that 74.5% of 200 community-based schizophrenic patients, who were individually interviewed and evaluated (including a review of clinical records), were treated with off-label medication treatments. Specifically, 42.5% of subjects reported that they were simultaneously treated with more than one antipsychotic drug, an...

2008-09-19 00:00:02

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) - A government agency has dropped plans for a study of a controversial treatment for autism that critics had called an unethical experiment on children.The National Institute of Mental Health said in a statement Wednesday that the study of the treatment - called chelation - has been abandoned. The agency decided the money would be better used testing other potential therapies for autism and related disorders, the statement said."There will be parents who...

2008-09-15 12:00:21

The 14th Annual Staglin Family Music Festival for Mental Health raised approximately $3 million at its September 13 event to help support pioneering mental health research. Co-hosts Shari and Garen Staglin announced that scientists who have been conducting research with seed funding from previous festival earnings were recently awarded a $21 million grant by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to begin a large multi-center study. A jubilant mood set in as R&B legends The...

2008-09-05 00:00:26

A $10 million federal grant will allow the University of Pittsburgh to establish a new center for studying schizophrenia, officials announced Wednesday. The Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders will focus on developing new treatments for the disease, which affects more than 2 million adults in the United States. It was established with a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. "Our goal is to understand how schizophrenia affects brain function, to identify new...

2008-09-04 00:00:22

A $10 million federal grant will allow the University of Pittsburgh to establish a new center for studying schizophrenia, officials announced today. The Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders will focus on developing new treatments for the disease, which affects more than 2 million adults in the United States. It was established with a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. "Our goal is to understand how schizophrenia affects brain function, to identify new...

2008-09-02 03:00:09

By Braithwaite, Kisha The etymology of the phrase "mental health" rests on the foundation of the Latin term mens and the Greek term nous, both of which mean mind, or that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings and is the seat of the faculty of reason. From a holistic perspective, balance among biological, psychological, social, and spiritual health yields an optimal sense of general well-being. However, in the United States, fully integrating into society and actualizing the...

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...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.