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“Major Neurological Conditions Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds”

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This February 8, 2018 article found on the NPR website in the section called “The Two-way breaking news” talks about a study done that seems to show indications that Autism, Schizophrenia, and Bi-polar Disorder share some commonalities on a molecular level.  The article also mentions Major Depression, and Addiction Disorder as also being looked at in this study.  They are hoping that this study will lead to better, more effective treatments for people with mental illnesses.  They compared brain samples from people known to have a mental illness to samples from people who did not have a mental illness the samples were all taken postmortem so no living people were included in the study, but for me, this study gives me hope that not only will science continue to find more measurable evidence that mental illness is indeed real to show those who claim that mental illness it not real.  Beyond that though it gives me hope that better treatments that are more precise in targeting the underlying problem will be developed and that perhaps in 50 years (preferably less than that) from now people will have access to those treatments and some will look back and recognize the work that scientists did today and in previous decades as having helped to lay the groundwork that gave them better, safer, and more effective treatments.  On the other hand though 50 years from now, people will likely view today’s treatments as somewhat barbaric, because that’s how history works.

“Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later”

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This July 20, 2015 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about how being a couch potato as a young adult can contribute to an increased risk of developing things like Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders as we age.

“First Trial of PTSD Treatment in Psychosis”

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This January 23, 2015 article talks about reasons why until now, people with Psychosis have not been allowed to participate in PTSD study’s and goes on to say that this study will be the first to break that trend in light of a decade of information that shows that people with psychosis often have been the victims of some form of abuse.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“After-school exercise yields brain gains”

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This September 29, 2014 Health Day article found on the FoxPhilly website talks about a study that demonstrates the benefits of after school exercise and how it can improve mental function.

“Brains get sick too: How neuroscience can teach children about mental health”

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This September 25, 2014 article on The Independent, talks about how something as simple as teaching kids about the brain could help them understand mental illness better and overtime work to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

“Study Sees Differences in Brain Connections of Kids With ADHD”

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This September 16, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about studies showing a difference in the brain connections of someone with ADHD when compared to the brain connections of someone who doesn’t have ADHD.  While the study needs more research, it is felt that this may lead to better diagnosis of ADHD, and could also benefit people with other disorders like Schizophrenia.

“Aggressive People May Process Violence’s Impact Differently”

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This September 11, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about a recent study that seems to indicate that there are differences in the function of brains in aggressive men compared to the function of non-aggressive men  when t comes to how they respond to watching or not watching violence.

Part of a series of 2 differently colored meta...

Part of a series of 2 differently colored metaballs, and how they interact with each other. The series was created using Bryce, for illustrating the wikipedia article on metaballs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Single Gene Mutation May Predispose to ADHD”

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This June 11, 2014 post on the Medical Research and News: MedicalResearch.com blog talks about research being done that is showing that a single gene mutation could be a huge factor in why some people have ADHD and others don’t.  there is speculation that the same gene effecting ADHD may be tied to Schizophrenia also, but more research is needed to better understand this link and what can be done to correct it.

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English: Medicine “Strattera” (eg. used to treat ADD/ADHD) Svenska: Läkemedlet “Strattera” (som bl.a. används mot besvär av ADD/ADHD) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Schizophrenia May Raise Dementia Risk in Older Adults”

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This May 30, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about an ongoing study that is seeing indicators

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English: Image showing brain areas more active in controls than in schizophrenia patients during a working memory task during a fMRI study. Two brain slices are shown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

that dementia is more common among people with schizophrenia then it is in those without a mental illness.  There is a question being raised about whether the higher rate of dementia is due to symptoms of schizophrenia being misinterpreted as being symptoms of dementia.  They are indicating that more research is needed to better understand this issue though.

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“Major Mental Health Initiative To Map Brain Circuits And Create New Treatment Devices”

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This May 29, 2014 Med Device Online article talks about a program that hopes to map the circuitry of the human brain, while learning more about how it works, and develop new treatment devices to help in treating mental illness.

Visualization of a DTI measurement of a human ...

Visualization of a DTI measurement of a human brain. Depicted are reconstructed fiber tracts that run through the mid-sagittal plane. Especially prominent are the U-shaped fibers that connect the two hemispheres through the corpus callosum (the fibers come out of the image plane and consequently bend towards the top) and the fiber tracts that descend toward the spine (blue, within the image plane) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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