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2010-07-08 14:40:07

NIH grantees eye neuroprotective mechanism for Alzheimer's Scientists have discovered a compound that restores the capacity to form new memories in aging rats, likely by improving the survival of newborn neurons in the brain's memory hub. The research, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, has turned up clues to a neuroprotective mechanism that could lead to a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. "This neuroprotective compound, called P7C3, holds special promise because of its...

2010-06-22 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold its annual convention in Washington, D.C., July 1-3 and present its Distinguished Service Award to U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) Scientific research on early treatment of schizophrenia, children, and military and veterans mental health are key topics on the agenda....

2010-05-25 15:00:00

NEW ORLEANS, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Turning in assignments, following instructions and focusing on learning something new are among the daily classroom challenges for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),(1) according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). New data presented today show efficacy of CONCERTA® (OROS® methylphenidate HCl Extended-Release Tablets CII) on ADHD symptoms in children with the condition who...

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2010-05-25 13:56:45

Living with a mental illness can be a tough experience for adults, but with the increasing numbers of youth diagnosed and taking medications for mood disorders, it can become a time of isolation, according to a study from Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. In one of the first studies of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 with mental illnesses and taking medications, researchers found that at least 90 percent of the study's participants reported...

2010-05-19 11:19:19

"While a move can represent a positive change, all moves involve some degree of loss," say Carol Podgorski from the University of Rochester in New York and colleagues in an article published this week in PLoS Medicine, and this can lead to heightened risk for suicidal behavior. Whether by choice or necessity, more older adults are now living in residential homes. And while the residences themselves are designed to be appealing, the underlying reasons that precipitate moving into a residential...

2010-05-19 08:37:56

It is time to reassess mental disorders, recognizing that these are disorders of brain circuits likely caused by development processes, according to a commentary in the May 19 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on mental health. Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda, Md., presented the commentary at a JAMA media briefing on mental health. Dr. Insel and commentary co-author Philip S. Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H., Deputy Director, NIMH, write that compelling...

2010-05-12 09:30:00

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is calling on Congress for greater scientific research, mental health grants to offset massive state budget cuts and an end to a backlog in the processing of Social Security disability claims. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick outlined the needs of adults and children living with serious mental illness during "public...

2010-05-06 18:00:00

"The View's" Sherri Shepherd, child development pioneer Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, and expert panel join SAMHSA to celebrate fifth anniversary of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day WASHINGTON May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To highlight the importance of promoting children's mental health from birth, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and more than 80 public and private collaborating organizations and federal programs and agencies - including...

2010-05-06 07:00:00

New data reveal parents and caregivers experience improved quality of life and higher productivity after their young children receive mental health supports and services WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), behavioral and emotional problems decreased among nearly one-third (31 percent) of young children with mental health challenges within the first 6 months after...

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2010-03-31 14:49:51

Like patients, engineered mice falter at working memory tasks The strongest known recurrent genetic cause of schizophrenia impairs communications between the brain's decision-making and memory hubs, resulting in working memory deficits, according to a study in mice. "For the first time, we have a powerful animal model that shows us how genetics affects brain circuitry, at the level of single neurons, to produce a learning and memory deficit linked to schizophrenia," explained Thomas R. Insel,...