Category Archives: In the News

Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S.

Amy S.B. Bohnert, assistant professor of psychiatry, was quoted in an L.A. Times article that analyzed recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that deaths due to drug overdoses now exceed motor vehicle fatalities.  This shift is largely attributable to increases in deaths due to overdoses of prescription narcotics, particularly

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U-M among international group to find genetic variants that may contribute to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

Several newly discovered genetic variants may increase the risk of developing bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or both, according to an international research consortium that includes the University of Michigan School of Public Health and U-M Health System. Laura Scott, associate research scientist at U-M SPH, led the SPH group that participated along with more than 250

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Innovative military mental health program launches website

Developed to meet the needs and challenges of our service members, veterans, and their families, M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks) is a comprehensive, collaborative initiative dedicated to military mental health. M-SPAN incorporates innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, and the design and delivery of programs for military families. M-SPAN will host an inaugural Michigan

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Greden named Health Care Hero; Prechter receives honorable mention

Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D., was named a winner in the 10th annual Crain’s Detroit Business “Health Care Hero” awards.             WINNER: ADVANCEMENTS IN HEALTH CARE U-M center director raises awareness of depression A pioneer in the creation of a national network of academic depression centers in 2007,

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Your brain on sleep

J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and a Depression Center member, was quoted in an MSN article on the damaging effects of sleep deprivation on mood and functioning. Recent research shows that spending just a couple of hours less in bed each night for a week or two lowers one’s spirits. “Sleep deprivation

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Signs of recurring depression revealed in brain scans

Scott Langenecker, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, is quoted in a MyHealthNewsDaily article about a new study that shows that the brains of people who relapse into depression differ from those of people who maintain a recovery, as demonstrated through brain imagery. Researchers at the University of Toronto used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to

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