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Science News from 2003

Creation of New Neurons Critical to Antidepressant Action in Mice

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National Institute of Mental Health

Blocking the formation of neurons in the hippocampus blocks the behavioral effects of antidepressants in mice, say researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Gene More Than Doubles Risk Of Depression Following Life Stresses

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National Institute of Mental Health

Among people who suffered multiple stressful life events over 5 years, 43 percent with one version of a gene developed depression, compared to only 17 percent with another version of the gene, say researchers funded, in part, by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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Lithium Shows Promise Against Alzheimer’s in Mouse Model

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National Institute of Mental Health

An enzyme crucial to formation of Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles may hold promise as a target for future medications, suggest studies in mice and cells.

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Gene Enhances Prefrontal Function at a Price

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National Institute of Mental Health

Studies of a gene that affects how efficiently the brain’s frontal lobes process information are revealing some untidy consequences of a tiny variation in its molecular structure and how it may increase susceptibility to schizophrenia.

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NIMH Launches First Public Health Education Campaign To Reach Men With Depression

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National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one of the National Institutes of Health, today announced the launch of the first national campaign to raise awareness that depression is a major public health problem affecting an estimated 6 million men annually.

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Telltale Protein Defects Mark Fragile X Pathways

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National Institute of Mental Health

A team of scientists led by National Institute of Mental Health Health (NIMH) grantees has identified a trove of proteins involved in synaptic plasticity and neuronal growth—some of them likely implicated in mental retardation and perhaps other neurodevelopmental disorders like autism.

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Human Gene Affects Memory

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National Institute of Mental Health

NIH scientists have shown that a common gene variant influences memory for events in humans by altering a growth factor in the brain<s memory hub.

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