Controversial Law Improves Care for Serious Mental Illness
Mounting evidence supports the benefits of New York State’s much-debated law authorizing court-ordered outpatient psychiatric treatment for people with serious mental illnesses, according to a series of newly published reports led by Duke University Medical Center researchers.
Oct. 7, 2010
Novel Treatment May Provide Relief for People with Schizophrenia
A compound that naturally occurs in the brain and other areas of the body may be a promising new treatment for the most severe and disruptive symptoms of schizophrenia, according to researchers from Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center.
Apr. 1, 2009
Schizophrenia Genetics: Evidence Fingers Emerging Class of Culprits
Results from the first genome-wide study assessing common genetic variation in schizophrenia show that the disease is caused, at least in part, by large, rare structural changes in DNA referred to as copy number variants - not the tiny, single letter alterations known as "snips" that scientists have pursued for years.
Feb. 5, 2009
Genetic Variation Cues Social Anxiety in Monkeys and Humans
A genetic variation involving the brain chemical serotonin has been found to shape the social behavior of rhesus macaque monkeys, which could provide researchers with a new model for studying autism, social anxiety and schizophrenia. Humans and macaques are the only members of the primate family to have this particular genetic trait.
Jan. 13, 2009
ADHD Medication Not Found to Increase Genetic Damage
Two widely prescribed medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not cause genetic damage associated with an increased risk for developing cancer, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
Nov. 19, 2008