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Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U-M research finds

Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U-M research finds

July 28, 2014

Research in rats may help explain how trauma’s effects can span generations ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Babies can learn what to fear in the first days of life just by smelling the odor of their distressed mothers, new research suggests. And not just “natural” fears: If a mother experienced something before pregnancy that made her fear something specific,

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University of Michigan Receives NCAA Grant for Student-Athlete Mental Health Project

University of Michigan Receives NCAA Grant for Student-Athlete Mental Health Project

July 16, 2014

Will Heininger, mental health advocate and former U-M football player. Image credit: Michigan Photography ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It has been said many ways: being a student-athlete is as much about mind as it is about

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Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

May 8, 2014

Subtle changes could act as early warning of need for care, U-M research suggests ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person’s voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University

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Experts propose new approach to manage the most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs

Experts propose new approach to manage the most troubling symptoms of dementia, lessen use of drugs

April 21, 2014

Technique called DICE empowers caregivers, patients & health providers to work together to reduce behavioral problems ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric

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Brain imaging reveals dynamic changes caused by pain medicines

Brain imaging reveals dynamic changes caused by pain medicines

December 4, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A study in the December issue of Anesthesiology suggests a role for brain imaging in the assessment and potential treatment of chronic pain. Brain

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Prioritizing military family mental health

Prioritizing military family mental health

November 12, 2013

HomeFront Strong, a University of Michigan Depression Center program for military spouses that focuses on building resilience and coping skills, will expand its reach into several additional southeast Michigan

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ER study finds prescription painkillers, sedatives misused by 1 in 10 older teens

ER study finds prescription painkillers, sedatives misused by 1 in 10 older teens

October 29, 2013

With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels nationwide, and overdoses killing more people than auto accidents in many states, a new University of Michigan study provides striking new data about the misuse of potent prescription painkillers and sedatives by teens and young adults. In all, 10.4 percent

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Building the best brain

Building the best brain

September 24, 2013

Research on synapse stabilization could aid understanding of autism, schizophrenia, intellectual disability When we’re born, our brains aren’t very organized. Every brain cell talks to lots of other nearby cells, sending and receiving signals across connections called synapses. But as we

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U-M psychiatric hospital care recognized among nation’s best

U-M psychiatric hospital care recognized among nation’s best

July 16, 2013

The University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers are among America’s best for psychiatric care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual review of hospitals nationwide. U-M also ranked #1 for psychiatry in the state of Michigan. For the second year in a row, U.S. News rated U-M

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Declining depression rates among older Americans

Declining depression rates among older Americans

July 10, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Fewer Americans may be feeling the blues, with rates of depression in people over 50 on the decline, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study. Between 1998 and 2008, rates of severe depression fell among the majority of older adults, especially the elderly, who

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