Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety. The results, published online April 12 in Molecular Psychiatry, suggest that variations in the GABRA2 gene contribute to the risk of alcoholism by
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(Reuters Health) – Patients prescribed higher doses of powerful painkillers are more likely to die of an accidental overdose on those drugs, according to a new study. The finding is the latest addition to the debate in the medical community over how to balance the needs of patients in severe pain against the high potential
The Michigan Daily examined mental health issues on college campuses in a three-part series.
A new program at the University of Michigan aims to help patients with depression manage their symptoms by making someone who cares about them an important part of their treatment. Patients enroll with a partner – a best friend, grown child or any trusted person from outside of the home. Each week, after the patient
Psychiatry resident Sachin J. Bhalerao, DO, was interviewed in a Medscape article about new research that suggests antipsychotics are associated with a significantly increased mortality risk in those with late-life bipolar disorder. The study was supported by a National Institute of Mental Health grant to principal investigator Helen C. Kales, M.D.
Psychiatry faculty were featured in a WJRT-TV series on sleep and health and answered many common questions about sleep, including the phenomenon some call “momsomnia.” http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/health&id=7973500 . . . .
Unlike alcohol problems and antisocial behavior, depression doesn’t decline with age in addiction-prone women in their 30s and 40s – it continues to increase, a new study led by University of Michigan Health System researchers found. The longitudinal analysis examined the influences of the women’s histories, family life and neighborhood instability on their alcoholism symptoms,
Researchers have known for decades that alcohol can initially deepen sleep during the early part of the night but then disrupt sleep during the latter part of the night; this is called a “rebound effect.” A new study of the influence of gender and family history of alcoholism on sleep has found that intoxication can
Peer support offers promise as an effective, low-cost tool for fighting depression, a new study by the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and University of Michigan Health System finds. Programs in which patients and volunteers share information were found to reduce symptoms of depression better than traditional care alone and were about as effective as
The association between variations in the serotonin transporter gene and the development of depression in response to life stress—first elucidated in a now-famous 2003 report in Science—has been confirmed by meta-analysis. Moreover, the analysis refines the association by showing that specific stressors, such as childhood maltreatment or the presence of a specific medical condition, appear