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2009-09-06 08:03:43

Sticking with what you know often comes at the price of learning about more favorable alternatives. Managing this trade-off is easy for many, but not for those with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or obsessive-compulsive disorder who are trapped in simple routines. Using brain scans in monkeys, Duke University Medical Center researchers are now able to predict when monkeys will switch from exploiting a known resource to exploring their options. "Humans aren't the only animals who...

2009-08-11 16:17:23

A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Infection and Immunity indicates that pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing common throat infections. The mouse model findings, published online by Nature Publishing Group in this week's Molecular Psychiatry, support the view that this condition is a distinct disorder, and...

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2009-08-08 11:25:00

This week marks the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation's annual weekend conference, an event where speakers and seminars offer support to those living with OCD, The Associated Press reported.Ashley Bystrom had a paralyzing fear of germs and said she always attends the conference because she enjoys meeting other kids and learning about what types of OCD they have and telling them about how she overcame hers.When she was 6, Ashley began wearing slippers every time she stepped out of the shower and...

2009-07-15 15:47:25

New research shows that childhood adversity is associated with diminished neural activity in brain regions implicated in the anticipation of possible rewards.Scientists at Harvard University used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitor brain activity as participants played a game involving cues that predicted monetary rewards and penalties."We found that, in comparison to community controls, young adults who had experienced childhood adversity showed weaker responses to...

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2009-07-15 06:20:00

On Tuesday, Medtronic Inc. said that it received regulatory approval in Europe for an implantable brain simulator to treat patients that suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The company, which is based out of Minneapolis, said the approval marks the first time any type of deep brain simulation has gained CE Mark approval for treatment of a psychiatric disorder. The battery-powered device is implanted near the collarbone or abdomen, and is then connected by a wire to electrodes placed...

2009-07-14 10:04:00

TOLOCHENAZ, Switzerland, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - CE Mark Approval for Medtronic's Reclaim(R) DBS Therapy for Treatment of Chronic, Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Medtronic today announced that Reclaim(R) Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy has received CE (Conformite Europeene) Mark approval for the treatment of chronic, severe treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).* This is the first time that a deep brain stimulation therapy has gained...

2009-06-29 11:28:33

Pioneering therapeutic trials to investigate the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in hard-to-treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette's syndrome are underway at multiple medical centers around the world, according to a review in the June 2009 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. "Deep brain stimulation has long been seen as valuable for controlling movement disorders," according to the review, written by Susannah Tye, Ph.D., Mark Frye, M.D., from the Mayo...

2009-06-19 18:11:23

For a child with obsessive-compulsive disorder, soothing anxiety or helping with OCD behaviors could lead to more severe symptoms, U.S. researchers said. University of Florida researchers said often parents of children with OCD will help their children complete rituals related to their obsessions and compulsions, or reassuring a child that his or her hands are clean, or buying objects that make the child feel safe. Parents do that because that is what a parent whose child doesn't have OCD...

2009-06-02 08:11:28

 A new multi-center study, conducted at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with five other centers throughout the country, tested the commonly prescribed antidepressant citalopram and found that it was no more effective than placebo in altering obsessive features of the condition "“ the spinning, rocking and repetitive behavior.Like everything in medicine, the use of antidepressants in children with autism spectrum disorder took off before there was...

2009-06-02 07:57:51

Citalopram, a medication commonly prescribed to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), was no more effective than a placebo at reducing repetitive behaviors, according to researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other NIH institutes. The study was published in the June 2009 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry."Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders face an enormous number of treatment options, not all of which are research-based," said...


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