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Biofeedback Device Reduces Panic Attacks in Trial

A medical device that provides people with panic disorder feedback on their abnormal breathing is shown in a clinical trial to reduce panic severity 12 months after treatment. . . . → Read More: Biofeedback Device Reduces Panic Attacks in Trial

Trial Planned to Evaluate CTE Blood Test

A clinical trial is planned of a blood test to detect an indicator of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. or CTE. a neurodegenerative disease associated with collision sports. . . . → Read More: Trial Planned to Evaluate CTE Blood Test

Grant Funds MRI for Mental Illness Understanding

A psychiatric treatment center received what it calls “a major grant” for a research program on the use of MRI scans to better understand complex mental illnesses. . . . → Read More: Grant Funds MRI for Mental Illness Understanding

Stem Cells Banked for Bipolar Disorder Research

Stem cells from people with bipolar disorder are being collected by an academic-industry partnership for scientists worldwide who study the disorder. . . . → Read More: Stem Cells Banked for Bipolar Disorder Research

Commercial Data Yield Genetic Links to Depression

An analysis of data from commercial genetic tests identified 15 regions in the genome and 17 specific variations associated with depression among people of European descent. . . . → Read More: Commercial Data Yield Genetic Links to Depression

FDA Clears Insomnia Relief Device

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8 June 2016. A device that helps people with insomnia get to sleep without taking drugs received clearance for marketing in the U.S. from the Food and Drug Administration. The device, developed by the company Cerêve in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will require a prescription once it’s on the market in the . . . → Read More: FDA Clears Insomnia Relief Device

Blood Test Guides Depression Drug Decisions

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7 June 2016. A blood test for two key biomarkers can identify drugs for depression that match an individual’s condition with the disease, thus improving chances of success. A team from the lab of psychological medicine professor Carmine Pariante at Kings College London published its findings yesterday in the International Journal . . . → Read More: Blood Test Guides Depression Drug Decisions

Smartphone App Helps Deal with Negative Moods

Screens from the Catch It app (University of Liverpool)

13 May 2016. A smartphone app created at two university psychology departments in the U.K. was shown to reduce the intensity of negative moods among its users. The team from University of Liverpool and University of Manchester reported its findings in the May 2016 issue . . . → Read More: Smartphone App Helps Deal with Negative Moods

$500K Challenge Seeks Mood Research Ideas with iPhone

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Update, 20 July 2016. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsoring the Mood Challenge announced the competition’s 5 semi-finalists:

– Aware Study, to measure mood and posttraumatic stress symptoms among the millions of adults living with PTSD.

– BiAffect, a system for understanding mood and neurocognitive functioning in bipolar disorder using keystroke dynamics, . . . → Read More: $500K Challenge Seeks Mood Research Ideas with iPhone

Virtual Reality Seen Helping People with Depression

Scene from virtual reality scenario. Inset: participant in virtual reality exercise. (University College London)

15 February 2016. Individuals suffering from depression often express a high degree of self-criticism to the point it interferes with recovery from their disorder. Researchers from University College London showed in a pilot study that a virtual reality exercise could . . . → Read More: Virtual Reality Seen Helping People with Depression