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Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age

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Boys are more likely than girls to receive an antipsychotic prescription regardless of age, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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Study May Help Department of Veterans Affairs Find Patients with High Risk of Suicide

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Scientists used health data to identify very small groups of VHA patients with very high, predicted suicide risk. Such methods can help the VHA to target suicide prevention efforts for patients at high risk, and may have more wide-ranging benefits.

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A Patient’s Budding Cortex -- in a Dish?

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Neurons and supporting cells in the spheroids form layers and organize themselves according to the architecture of the developing human brain and network with each other.  Source: Sergiu Pasca, M.D., Stanford University

Scientists have perfected mini cultured 3-D structures that grow and function much like the outer mantle – the key working tissue, or cortex – of the brain of the person from whom they were derived.

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GTEx Findings Reveal New Insights into how DNA Differences Influence Gene Activity, Disease Susceptibility

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Genotype-Tissue Expression Project chart shows locations for liver, heart and brain tissue within the human body

Data resource begins to reveal how genetic variability influences key tissues in health and disease.

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The NIMH Research Domain Criteria

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NIMH Research Domain Criteria

NIMH’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) is a groundbreaking initiative designed to help bring precision medicine to mental illnesses.

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Souped-up Remote Control Switches Behaviors On-and-off in Mice

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illustration of the effect of DREADD (Designer Receptors Activated Exclusively by Designer Drugs) bidirectional remote control of a neuron in a mouse brain circuit

Neuroscientists have perfected a chemical-genetic remote control for brain circuitry and behavior.

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Brain Circuitry for Positive vs Negative Memories Discovered in Mice

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Neuronal projections encoding negative (red) and positive (green) associations

Neuroscientists have discovered brain circuitry for encoding positive and negative learned associations in mice.

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A New Look at Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults

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Cover of the new report: Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults

New report on mental health service use among racial/ethnic groups

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Dr. Insel Reflects on Autism Awareness Month

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Dr. Thomas Insel

Dr. Insel describes recent accomplishments related to autism spectrum disorder over the past year—from the reauthorization of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee to promising therapeutic results from clinical trials.

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New NIMH Strategic Plan Aims to Focus, Accelerate Mental Health Research

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NIMH Strategic Plan for Research

New NIMH Strategic Plan balances the need for long-term investments in basic research with urgent mental health needs.

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