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Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who’ve Committed No Crimes

Andrew Butler was a popular kid at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire, an honors student who was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Then, during college, Andrew tore his leg muscles, making even walking to class difficult.…
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Hyperconnectivity in a Brain Circuit May Predict Psychosis

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded scientists have discovered a pattern in the way a brain circuit works that may help predict the onset of psychosis. High levels of chatter, or “hyperconnectivity,” in a circuit involving…
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A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD – National Institute of Mental Health

First-line treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often require many treatment sessions and delivery by extensively trained therapists. Now, research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has shown that a…
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Inflammation in Pregnant Moms Linked to Child’s Brain Development – National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH-funded researchers are connecting the dots between inflammation in a pregnant human mother and possible effects on her young child’s developing brain. So far, they have linked high levels of maternal inflammation during pregnancy to reduced…
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Delay in HIV Treatment Associated with Brain Atrophy – National Institute of Mental Health

Research has shown that people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, known as HIV, display reductions in brain volume compared with people who are not infected with HIV. Now, a new study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health…
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Inherited Variations in Noncoding Sections of DNA Associated with Autism – National Institute of Mental Health

A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study, funded in part by the National Institute of Mental…
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New Processing Technique Helps Researchers Use Electronic Health Records to Study Biological Contributors to Mental Illnesses – National Institute of Mental Health

A new study has developed a natural language processing technique that identifies dimension phenotypes that may allow for the discovery of common genes relevant to psychopathology. Read more.
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National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) Open Policy Session Registration Form – May 17, 2018

REGISTRATION Online registration available until 12:00 pm (EST), Tuesday May 15, 2018. On-site registration will be available afterward. Those viewing by webcast do not need to register. ACCOMMODATION Individuals with disabilities…
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Suspect Molecules Overlap in Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder – National Institute of Mental Health

A new study finds that disorders with significant overlap in genetic risk factors also had significant overlap in gene expression and shared dysfunction in similar molecular pathways. Read more.
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NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder – National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) are co-hosting a Twitter chat to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The chat will take place Tuesday, February…