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Scientists explore new link between genetics, alcoholism and the brain

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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Depression symptoms increase over time for addiction-prone women

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,

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Peer support offers promise for reducing depression symptoms

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

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Stressors raise depression risk in people with gene allele

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

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