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Ancient DNA Studied for Mental Health Clues

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A lab studying DNA from past civilizations and the genomics technology company Illumina are investigating remains of ancient peoples for insights into today’s neurological disorders. . . . → Read More: Ancient DNA Studied for Mental Health Clues

Virtual Reality Therapy Company Gains $5.1M in Early Funds

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A company in the U.K. developing automated treatments for phobias using immersive virtual reality is raising £3.2 million ($US 5.1 million) in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Virtual Reality Therapy Company Gains $5.1M in Early Funds

FDA Clears Magnetic Device for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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A non-invasive device using magnetic waves that penetrate the brain to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder received authorization for sales in the U.S. from the Food and Drug Administration. . . . → Read More: FDA Clears Magnetic Device for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Apps Seen Over-Diagnosing Mental Health Conditions

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A study of leading mobile apps for mental health indicates many apps promote their use with misleading guidance to individuals on the extent and seriousness of psychological conditions. . . . → Read More: Apps Seen Over-Diagnosing Mental Health Conditions

New Models Improve Suicide Risk Predictions

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Statistical models derived from data in electronic health records and standard questionnaires for depression are shown to better predict a person’s risk of suicide following a doctor’s office or mental health clinic visit. . . . → Read More: New Models Improve Suicide Risk Predictions

FDA Clears First Sensor-Pill and App System

The Food and Drug Administration approved for the first time in the U.S. a system that combines pills with built-in sensors and a mobile app to track adherence. . . . → Read More: FDA Clears First Sensor-Pill and App System

New Drug Shown to Reduce Depressive Behaviors

A new type of treatment for depression that works differently from most other anti-depressive drugs was shown in lab mice to reduce depression-like behaviors. . . . → Read More: New Drug Shown to Reduce Depressive Behaviors

Phone App Screens for Postpartum Depression

A new smartphone app helps detect depression among women who recently gave birth, and optionally gathers data for continued research on the disorder. . . . → Read More: Phone App Screens for Postpartum Depression

FDA Clears First Mobile App for Substance Abuse

A smartphone app designed to help treat substance abuse disorders received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. . . . → Read More: FDA Clears First Mobile App for Substance Abuse

University, Drug Maker Partner on Suicide Genetics

Pharmaceutical company Janssen Research and Development and University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City are studying genetic factors linked to higher suicide risks. . . . → Read More: University, Drug Maker Partner on Suicide Genetics