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Public Release: 18-Feb-2014
JAMA study shows medication to treat agitation for Alzheimer's disease shows mixed results
The results of a JAMA study offer a glimmer of hope to families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at the University of Rochester, Johns Hopkins University, and six other academic medical centers found that a high dose of a common antidepressant significantly reduced agitation in patients. However, given potentially concerning side effects of citalopram, researchers say further investigation is needed to determine whether a smaller dose will be as effective.
NIH/National Institute on Aging, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Julie Philipp
University of Rochester Medical Center

Public Release: 18-Feb-2014
Antidepressant holds promise in treating Alzheimer's agitation
The antidepressant drug citalopram, sold under the brand names Celexa and Cipramil and also available as a generic medication, significantly relieved agitation in a group of patients with Alzheimer's disease. In lower doses than those tested, the drug might be safer than antipsychotic drugs currently used to treat the condition, according to results of a clinical trial led by Johns Hopkins researchers that included seven other academic medical centers in the United States and Canada.
NIH/National Institute on Aging, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Stephanie Desmon
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
Broad, MIT researchers reveal structure of key CRISPR complex
Researchers from the Broad Institute and MIT have teamed up with colleagues from the University of Tokyo to form the first high definition picture of the Cas9 complex -- a key part of the CRISPR-Cas system used by scientists as a genome-editing tool to silence genes and probe the biology of cells.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Haley Bridger
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Public Release: 11-Feb-2014
Molecular Psychiatry
New evidence shows how chronic stress predisposes brain to mental disorders
UC Berkeley biologist Daniela Kaufer and colleagues have shown in rats that chronic stress makes stem cells in the brain produce more myelin-producing cells and fewer neurons, possibly affecting the speed of connections between cells as well as memory and learning. This could explain why stress leads to mental illness, such as PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, later in life.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 11-Feb-2014
Behavior Therapy
RI Hospital: Cognitive behavioral therapy benefits patients with body dysmorphic disorder
In a recent study, researchers at Rhode Island Hospital found significant benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy as a treatment modality for patients with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD is a common, often severe, and under-recognized body image disorder that affects an estimated 1.7 percent to 2.4 percent of the population. This study demonstrated significant improvement in patients' BDD symptoms and level of disability, as well as high levels of patient satisfaction with the treatment.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Ellen Slingsby

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Psychiatric Services
Personal experience, work seniority improve mental health professionals' outlook
One might think that after years of seeing people at their worst, mental health workers would harbor negative attitudes about mental illness, perhaps associating people with mental health issues as less competent or dangerous. But a new study suggests the opposite.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Molly McElroy
University of Washington

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Psychiatry Research
Study finds high Rx burden for bipolar patients
Concerned about patients with bipolar disorder needing hospitalization despite treatment with four or more psychotropic medications, a team of researchers sought to quantify the rate of "complex polypharmacy." They found that 36 percent of patients admitted to the hospital with bipolar disorder in 2010 were receiving complex polypharmacy from their community providers The polypharmacy rate was significantly higher for women. Including for other conditions, the average patient was on six medications.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: David Orenstein
Brown University

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Health Psychology
Happy people, safer sex
In a new study, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health report that HIV-positive men whose moods improved in a given week were more likely to have safe sex than they would in a normal week. In weeks where moods were worse than usual, they were more likely to have unprotected sex. Results appear online in the journal Health Psychology.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Timothy S. Paul
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Public Release: 3-Feb-2014
Health Psychology
Perceived control reduces mortality risk at low, not high, education levels
Personality researchers find having a sense of control over one's life can reduce mortality rates in people who have little education, but a sense of control does not influence mortality rates in people with higher levels of education.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, NIH/National Institute on Aging

Contact: Julie Philipp
University of Rochester Medical Center

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