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VA-led consortium launches brain bank for research on PTSD
Department of Veterans Affairs
A consortium led by the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has launched the first brain tissue biorepository (also known as a "brain bank") to support research on the causes, progression, and treatment of PTSD affecting Veterans.
Could a shock-delivering headband cure depression?
Nina Burleigh writes: Last year, I went to New Mexico to interview a retired nuclear scientist named Gerald Yonas for a story about the storage of old nuclear weapons. Try as I might, however, I couldn't keep Yonas on the topic; all he wanted to talk about was his post-retirement passion, electricity and the brain. Studies were showing electrocranial stimulation could be effective for PTSD in soldiers, he told me, as well as for anxiety and depression.
Psychiatry's identity crisis
The New York Times
American psychiatry is facing a quandary: Despite a vast investment in basic neuroscience research and its rich intellectual promise, we have little to show for it on the treatment front. With few exceptions, every major class of current psychotropic drugs — antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medications — basically targets the same receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain as did their precursors, which were developed in the 1950s and 1960s.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Long-term outcome in pediatric trichotillomania
Depression and Anxiety
Findings suggest that few children with trichotillomania experience a significant improvement in trichotillomania symptoms if behavioral treatments are inaccessible or have failed to produce adequate symptom relief. Findings also confirm results of previous cross-sectional studies that suggest an increased risk of depression and anxiety symptoms with age in pediatric trichotillomania. Increased focused pulling and older age among children with trichotillomania symptoms may be associated with poorer long-term prognosis.
Home-based program for older adults improves depression
A new home-based program for older adults appears to provide significant health benefit for individuals with depression. In addition, the program also provides substantial stress reduction in family caregivers of dementia patients. Indiana University researchers say the "The Aging Brain Care Medical Home" program demonstrated at least a 50 percent reduction in symptoms in two-thirds of patients with moderately severe depressive symptoms.
Specific SSRIs and birth defects: Bayesian analysis to interpret new data in the context of previous reports
This study follows up on previously reported associations between periconceptional use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and specific birth defects using an expanded dataset from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.
Psychosocial interventions for mental and substance use disorders: A framework for establishing evidence-based standards
This report details the reasons for the gap between what is known to be effective in treating individuals with mental health and substance use disorders and what is currently practiced, and it offers recommendations for how best to address this gap by proposing a framework that can be used to establish standards for psychosocial interventions.
2 supplements effective in treating mice with skin-picking disorder
The Medical News
Two antioxidant supplements are effective in treating skin-picking disorder in mice, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. The finding suggests that people with the potentially serious disorder might benefit from this therapy.
First robust genetic links to depression emerge
More than 350 million people have depression. The disorder's symptoms and severity can vary widely from one person to the next, and particularly between men and women. This suggests that different conditions have been lumped together into one diagnosis, complicating genetic analyses.
Panic disorder linked to physical illness
While it is well-known that mental health is linked to physical heath, physicians often disregard a person's complaints of physical symptoms when a mental illness is present. New research hopes to end this practice as investigators discover a cadre of physical disorders appear to occur in combination with particular mental conditions. The study was reported in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.
Brain imaging shows how children inherit their parents' anxiety
In rhesus monkey families, anxious parents are more likely to have anxious offspring. And a new study in an extended family of monkeys provides important insights into how the risk of developing anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children. The study shows how an overactive brain circuit involving three brain areas inherited from generation to generation may set the stage for developing anxiety and depressive disorders. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Could playing Tetris reduce intrusive memories?
Medical News Today
For individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, unwanted visual memories are a common symptom. But a new study suggests that playing computer games 24 hours after a traumatic event may reduce the occurrence of such memories. The study was published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.
Children with psychiatric problems 'fare worse than adults'
The Medical News
Children with psychiatric problems go on to be at greater risk of health, legal, financial and social problems, finds a prospective study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The higher likelihood of problems in adulthood remained even if the children's psychiatric disorders did not persist into adulthood. The same was true even if they did not meet the full diagnostic criteria for a disorder.
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Mobile phone sensor correlates of depressive symptom severity in daily-life behavior: An exploratory study
Journal of Medical Internet Research
This study explored the detection of daily-life behavioral markers using mobile phone global positioning systems (GPS) and usage sensors, and their use in identifying depressive symptom severity.
How insomnia therapy can help with other illnesses
The New York Times
When a person is chronically tired, pain can be more painful, depression deeper, anxiety heightened. What should doctors address first, insomnia or the co-occurring condition? How about both at the same time? A new study suggests that a therapy that improves sleep also reduces symptoms of other illnesses that often disrupt it. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
FDA approves Rexulti to treat schizophrenia
Pharmacy Practice News
The FDA has approved brexpiprazole (Rexulti, Otsuka/Lundbeck) tablets to treat adults with schizophrenia, and as an add-on therapy to treat adults with major depressive disorder. The drug is a joint venture by two international pharmaceutical companies, which expect it to be available to U.S. patients in early August.
Antidepressant, painkiller combo may raise risk of brain bleed
Taking both an antidepressant and a painkiller such as ibuprofen or naproxen may increase risk of a brain hemorrhage, a new study suggests. Korean researchers found that of more than 4 million people prescribed a first-time antidepressant, those who also used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) had a higher risk of intracranial hemorrhage within the next month. The findings were published online in BMJ.
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