Category Archives: UMHS Press Release

U-M finds anxiety impacts future cortisol production in gender specific ways

ANN ARBOR—African-American youth whose anxiety levels are elevated by the everyday struggles they encounter will overproduce the stress hormone cortisol into adulthood, according to new research by the University of Michigan.  Researchers from the U-M School of Public Health and Medical School found that anxiety among females and alcohol use among males in their teens

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Placebo power: Depressed people who respond to fake drugs get the most help from real ones, U-M study finds

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When it comes to treating depression, how well a person responds to a fake medicine may determine how well they’ll respond to a real one, new research finds. Those who can muster their brain’s own chemical forces against depression, it appears, have a head start in overcoming its symptoms with help

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A new factor in depression? Brain protein discovery could lead to better treatments

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Low. Down. Less than normal. That’s what the word depression means, and what people with depression often feel like. But sometimes, depression can mean too much of something – as new research shows. The discovery, about a protein called fibroblast growth factor 9 or FGF9, goes against previous findings that depressed brains often have less of

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Managing the Culture of Stress at the Depression on College Campuses Conference

University of Michigan Depression Center to host its 13th annual conference in March, President Schlissel to provide opening remarks ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Join the U-M Depression Center for our 13th annual Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC) to learn how a sharper focus on improving student mental health can benefit student success in all

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U-M part of effort to study genetics of two mental health disorders

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Medical School and collaborators at two other institutions will undertake the largest whole genome sequencing study funded to date, as they seek to better understand bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. U-M, the University of Southern California and the Broad Institute of Harvard and

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Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD brain study finds slower development of key connections

Brain networks to handle internal & external tasks mature more slowly in ADHD ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without. Kids and teens with ADHD, a new study finds,

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

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

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