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2008-07-21 07:18:53

Researchers at Cambridge University in Britain have found that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as their close relatives, show less activity in a particular part of their brain compared to those without the condition.   identified differences in the way brains of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) work. The scientists found that brain scans of those with OCD, as well as their close relatives, revealed less activity in a particular part of...

2008-06-16 12:00:11

The majority of newly diagnosed patients who are prescribed medications for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) receive inadequate dose and/or duration of drug treatment, according to a study conducted by BioMedEcon, a leading provider of health economics and outcomes research. The study, which was supported by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was based on a nine-year retrospective claims analysis that assessed the adequacy of medication treatment among Medicaid-enrolled adults who were newly...

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2008-05-28 00:00:00

A New York researcher has pinpointed for the first time brain regions in children with autism linked to "ritualistic repetitive behavior," the insatiable desire to rock back and forth for hours or tirelessly march in place. Collaborating with investigators at Duke University and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Dr. Keith Shafritz, an assistant professor of psychology at Hofstra University, unmasked brain regions in children with autism typified by reduced neural activity. In...

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2008-04-12 06:00:00

For a half-century, D-cycloserine has led a quiet, workmanlike existence as an antibiotic, primarily for tuberculosis in developing countries. Its patent has long since expired, and its popularity has waned as newer antibiotics have appeared. But D-cycloserine might now get a second act: A growing number of researchers say the drug could transform the way doctors treat a range of psychiatric ailments, including anxiety, phobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It could also help alleviate...

2007-05-11 06:00:28

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Rick Shocket sits on the floor of his Cary, N.C., bedroom, absorbed in building his latest Lego Bionicles creature. His concentration is interrupted by soft, hiccuplike squeaks that periodically escape his throat _ the only hint that he is anything other than a typical 9-year-old boy. Rick has Tourette's syndrome. A year ago, he could hardly cross a room. With nearly every step, he felt compelled to do a deep knee bend _ a strange dance that left him frustrated and...

2007-03-15 09:01:16

By Mike Snyder, Houston Chronicle Mar. 15--Elizabeth McIngvale knew something was up when her sister stayed home from school and her entire family gathered for breakfast one morning five years ago. "We never do that," McIngvale, 20, recalled. "My dad works every day." Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture and the Westside Tennis Club, told his daughter a car was waiting outside to take her to the airport. Resisting her protests, he said she must go to the...

2006-08-10 10:27:33

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that behavioral therapy plus medication is the most effective approach to treating trichotillomania, a psychiatric disorder characterized by obsessive hair pulling. "The ultimate take-home message is that the combination is better than either one alone," Dr. Darin D. Dougherty of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. Trichotillomania is related to obsessive-compulsive...

2006-06-26 14:35:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who smoke during pregnancy appear to have a very strong risk of having a child with severe symptoms of Tourette's syndrome and the risk of having obsessive-compulsive disorder is also increased in these children. Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that develops in childhood or adolescence in which patients have involuntary tics involving sudden movements or vocalizations that are rapidly repeated. The symptoms usually occur several times a day,...

2005-11-14 10:57:52

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish pharmaceutical group Lundbeck said on Monday that two Phase III studies had shown its anti-depressant Cipralex to be effective in treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Cirpralex, sold in the United States as Lexapro by Forest Laboratories, is approved for the treatment of depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Lundbeck will file for approval of the drug's use for OCD in the European Union in the...

2005-09-21 13:58:42

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers may be zeroing in on some of the genes that increase a person's vulnerability to the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia. In two new studies, an international research team identified several "core traits," such as a tendency toward anxiety or perfectionism, that are commonly seen in people with the eating disorders, and that are to some degree inherited. The researchers then traced these traits to regions on particular chromosomes that, the...


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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.