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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 images allow researchers to see pain medicines at

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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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Developing a dementia treatment tool for caregivers

Developing a dementia treatment tool for caregivers

June 11, 2013

Aside from memory loss and cognitive impairments, often the most difficult aspect of caring for people with dementia is treating their disruptive changes in behavior. With no reliable medications to treat them and limited information for caregivers regarding alternative therapies, these behavior changes

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FDA warning on antidepressant may be unwarranted

FDA warning on antidepressant may be unwarranted

June 6, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s warning that high doses of the antidepressant citalopram can cause potentially serious abnormal heart rhythms might be doing more harm than good. In 2011, the FDA attached a warning to the drug, also known as Celexa, based on data linking higher doses of

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Mindfulness therapy may help with combat-related PTSD

Mindfulness therapy may help with combat-related PTSD

June 3, 2013

Mindfulness exercises that include meditation, stretching, and acceptance of thoughts and emotions might help veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder find relief from their symptoms. A new collaborative study from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare

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Assessing the use of medical marijuana

Assessing the use of medical marijuana

May 28, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Across the country, patients use marijuana in hopes that it will ease the symptoms of conditions such as cancer, seizures, glaucoma and pain. Twenty states and the District of Columbia

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