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“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.

English: Medicine "Strattera" (eg. u...

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

English: Image showing brain areas more active...

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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