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Blood Test Guides Depression Drug Decisions

(AllanAjifo, Wikimedia Commons)

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

Electronic Patch Shown to Help Relieve PTSD, Depression

Neuromodulation patch and signaling device (University of California, Los Angeles)

28 January 2016. An electronic device stimulating nerves in the brain was shown in a small clinical study to relieve symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and depression. The team developing the patch and taking it to market published results of the . . . → Read More: Electronic Patch Shown to Help Relieve PTSD, Depression

Boehringer, Arena to Discover Neurological Drugs

(Arthur Toga, UCLA/NIH.gov)

13 January 2016. Pharmaceutical companies Boehringer Ingelheim and Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. are collaborating on discovery of new therapies for schizophrenia and other neurological disorders. The partnership could bring Arena, in San Diego, as much as $262 million.

Arena Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for disorders related to G protein-coupled . . . → Read More: Boehringer, Arena to Discover Neurological Drugs

Autism App Adapts Facial Analysis Software

The Autism and Beyond app assesses a child’s emotional state while viewing various stimuli. The dots are landmarks automatically placed on a video of the child by the software. (courtesy, Autism and Beyond)

31 December 2015. A research team at Duke University is using facial analysis software routines developed for the U.S. Navy in . . . → Read More: Autism App Adapts Facial Analysis Software

Detailed Brain Activity Imaging Being Developed

(Arthur Toga, UCLA/NIH.gov)

17 December 2015. An engineering group at University of Arizona is developing a new technology that promises to provide better images of electrical activity in the brain. The project, led by Arizona biomedical engineering professor Russell Witte, is funded by a three-year, $1.15 million grant from National Institute of Neurological Disorders . . . → Read More: Detailed Brain Activity Imaging Being Developed

Brain Tissue Banks Partner on Autism Research

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18 November 2015. Two repositories of brain tissue for research on neurological disorders agreed to coordinate their donation and distribution policies for studies of autism. The agreement aims to bring into alignment policies and practices of NeuroBioBank at National Institutes of Health and Autism BrainNet, a private tissue bank.

The deal covers . . . → Read More: Brain Tissue Banks Partner on Autism Research

Trial Testing MRI Depression Treatment with Teens

(Arthur Toga, UCLA/NIH.gov)

2 November 2015. A new clinical trial is recruiting adolescents with major depressive disorder to test a therapy using magnetic resonance imaging impulses. The study is testing the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System, already approved for adult patients with major depressive disorder who do not respond to medications.

Depression is a widespread . . . → Read More: Trial Testing MRI Depression Treatment with Teens