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NIH/NIMH Research News Update 5-27-09

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Mental Health (NIMH) have been somewhat quiet lately with the research news. For today’s NIH/NIMH Research News Update, I rounded up several interesting new announcements/studies that include: potassium linked to schizophrenia, increased funds for suicide prevention, and ADHD medication linked to improved school performance.

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One Step Closer To Antiviral Treatments for Persons Infected With Latent Viruses

Latent viruses and their damaging effects and possible cures are an intense focus of current research efforts. I not aware of any cure for these elusive latent viruses, who are virtually undetectable by the immune system during latent stages. Examples of latent viruses include herpes, Epstein Bar, and Cytomegalovirus. Latent viruses are suspected, and occasionally proven, to be casual or contributing factors to mental/developmental disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia and to physical disorders like high blood pressure and atherosclerosis (see the first link).

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Potential QEEG Markers of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Their Implications for Neurofeedback

Using QEEG technology, researchers have identified a left frontotemporal dysfunction in persons who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, better known as OCD*. Persons with OCD have disturbing recurrent thoughts, as well as compulsive behaviors that are difficult to suppress and provide temporary relief from anxiety. The authors note that previous research has generally suggested a frontal […]

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Improves Sleep In Those Diagnosed With Chronic Primary Insomnia

Approximately 5% of persons in the United States suffer from primary persistent insomnia and many are prescribed sedative hypnotics or antidepressant medications. However, prescription medication can also cause side effects or create dependence, and published data on their efficacy for sleep disorders is limited*. Additionally, poor sleep may return once the medication intake stops*. The […]

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Excellent Free Resource: “Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens – A Parent’s Guide” E-Book

Children and teens who are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder often face significant life style adjustments not only for themselves, but for family and friends around them. Medication management, psychological treatments, and other behavioral modifications can be intimidating, frustrating, and difficult to adapt too. The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently released a free evidence based […]

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