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- Brain “Relay” Also Key to Holding Thoughts in Mind
• Press Release
Long overlooked as a mere “relay,” an egg-like structure in the middle of the brain also turns out to play a pivotal role in tuning-up thinking circuity. A trio of studies in mice are revealing that the thalamus sustains the ability to distinguish categories and hold thoughts in mind. It might even become a target for interventions for psychiatric disorders marked by working memory problems, such as schizophrenia.
- Prescribing Patterns Change Following Direct Marketing Restrictions
• Press Release
A study of how policies restricting pharmaceutical promotion to physicians affect medication prescribing found that physicians in academic medical centers (AMCs) prescribed fewer of the promoted drugs, and more non-promoted drugs in the same drug classes, following policy changes to restrict marketing activities at those medical centers.
- Emergency Departments Could Play Significant Role in Reducing Suicide Attempts
• Science Update
Research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows hospital emergency departments can play a vital role in lowering the number of suicide attempts among adults by as much as 30 percent.
- Human Forebrain Circuits Wiring-up - in a Dish
Neuroscientists have created a 3D window into the human brain’s budding executive hub assembling itself during a critical period in prenatal development.
- PMDD Linked to Gene Network
Researchers have discovered molecular mechanisms that may underlie a woman’s susceptibility to disabling irritability, sadness, and anxiety in the days leading up to her menstrual period.
- Men and Depression: Tuffy Sierra, Trauma and Recovery Specialist
Men and Depression: Tuffy Sierra, Trauma and Recovery Specialist
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