Science News » The 22nd NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research

The 22nd National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR): Research in Pursuit of a Learning Mental Health Care System, will be convened on April 23–25, 2014, at the Natcher Conference Center on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus, Bethesda, MD.
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Blog Post » BrainSpan – Mapping the Developing Brain

A new map of where and when genes are expressed in the developing human brain—the transcriptome—is already enabling scientists to gain insights into the role of risk genes in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Insel talks about the implications of this work.
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Blog Post » A Misfortune Not a Crime

Dr. Insel discusses a new report that compares the number of people with serious mental illness who are incarcerated vs. the number being treated in hospitals.
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Science News » Learn About the Adolescent Brain with Expert Dr. Jay Giedd on May 8!

NIMH expert Dr. Jay Giedd will discuss the developing adolescent brain at a community event on May 8. The event will be video archived.
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Science News » Jump-starting Natural Resilience Reverses Stress Susceptibility

Scientists have traced vulnerability to depression-like behaviors to out-of-balance neuronal electrical activity and made mice resilient by reversing it.
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New cause of brain bleeding immediately after stroke identified

By discovering a new mechanism that allows blood to enter the brain immediately after a stroke, researchers have opened the door to new therapies that may limit or prevent stroke-induced brain damage. A complex and devastating neurological condition, stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and primary reason for disability in the U.S. The blood-brain barrier is severely damaged in a stroke and lets blood-borne material into the brain, causing the permanent deficits in movement and cognition seen in stroke patients.
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Vitamin D deficiency, cognition appear to be linked in older adults

A study that looks at Vitamin D deficiency and cognition relationship in older adults adds to the existing literature on the subject. “This study provides increasing evidence that suggests there is an association between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline over time,” said the lead author. “Although this study cannot establish a direct cause and effect relationship, it would have a huge public health implication if vitamin D supplementation could be shown to improve cognitive performance over time because deficiency is so common in the population.”
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Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington’s Law School

The litigation arising from brain injuries in the N.F.L. has prompted George Washington University’s law school to devote a course to the ramifications of such trauma.

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Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

Things I’ve learned since being sectioned. Good piece on the appropriately named Sectioned blog.

The New York Times covers the latest in rising fads in proposed psychiatric diagnoses: sluggish cognitive tempo.

Don’t Throw Out The Baby With The Dead Salmon. Neuroskeptic discusses critiques of fMRI.

Slate has a eulogy to a man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal through scientific studies where he was known as ‘KC’ – now known to be Kent Cochrane.

Suspect in the disturbingly weird ‘selling stolen human brains on eBay’ case faces new charges, reports The Courier Journal.

The Independent reports on the recent release of new 3D maps of genes expression and pathways in the… yes, yes, you can just check the pretty pictures.

Here’s How Neuroscientists in the 1800s Studied Blood Flow in the Brain. Clever, clever study covered by The Smithsonian Magazine.

Aeon Magazine has an excellent piece on soldiers, guilt and post-deployment trauma.

‘Brain cells linked to autism’ reports the Star Tribune who should fire their headline writer.

Gizmodo has an excellent new visual illusion.

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians? asks KQED. Practice, collaborate and stay off the smack?

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Deep brain stimulation may improve cognition in dementia, other neurodegenerative diseases

Intralaminar thalamic deep brain stimulation (ILN-DBS) has been studying to find out if it could have an effect on dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases that cause severe cognitive dysfunction. Growing evidence shows the efficacy of deep brain stimulation in patients with neuropsychiatric diseases.
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