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Science News from 2004

Nobel Laureate Axelrod, Neuroscience Pioneer

Press Release

National Institute of Mental Health

Nobel Laureate Julius Axelrod, Ph.D., an NIMH researcher since 1955, died in his sleep early Wednesday morning, December 29, 2004.

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International Coalition to Fund Autism Genetics Research

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National Institute of Mental Health

An international public/private partnership of government health agencies and private advocacy organizations has committed more than $21 million for research to identify the genes associated with autism spectrum disorders, a range of developmental disorders that impair communication and other mental abilities.

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Mutant Gene Linked to Treatment-Resistant Depression

Science Update

National Institute of Mental Health

A mutant gene that starves the brain of serotonin, a mood-regulating chemical messenger, has been discovered and found to be 10 times more prevalent in depressed patients than in control subjects, report researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

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Rare Deficit Maps Thinking Circuitry

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National Institute of Mental Health

Using brain imaging, neuroscientists at the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have pinpointed the site of a defect in a brain circuit associated with a specific thinking deficit.

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Combination Treatment Most Effective in Adolescents with Depression

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National Institute of Mental Health

A clinical trial of 439 adolescents with major depression has found a combination of medication and psychotherapy to be the most effective treatment.

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Imaging Study Shows Brain Maturing

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National Institute of Mental Health

The brains center of reasoning and problem solving is among the last to mature, a new study graphically reveals.

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