Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 08, 2007
New studies suggest brain overgrowth in 1-year-olds linked to development of autism
Brain overgrowth in the latter part of an infant's first year may contribute to the onset of autistic characteristics, according to research presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting.

Study suggests nicotine addiction might be controlled by influencing brain mechanisms
There is a clear link between GABA -- a chemical substance of the central nervous system that inhibits neurons in the brain -- and nicotine dependence, according to a study presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting.

Study finds first-ever genetic animal model of autism
By introducing a gene mutation in mice, investigators have created what they believe to be the first accurate model of autism not associated with a broader neuropsychiatric syndrome, according to research presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting.

Studies elucidate genetic links between cancer and schizophrenia
A series of studies presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting elucidates evidence that there is a genetic link between schizophrenia and cancer, providing a surprising possible scientific explanation for lower rates of cancer among patients with schizophrenia -- despite having poor diets and high rates of smoking -- and their parents.

Study finds brain differences in adolescents with mental illness
Puberty may have an impact on areas of the brain that contribute to bipolar disorder or schizophrenia in youth, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

ZOLINZA (vorinostat) in combination with bortezomib demonstrated clinical activity
Results from two investigational Phase I trials of ZOLINZA (vorinostat) in combination with bortezomib provide preliminary anti-tumor activity in patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma.

Study shows new strategy for developing antidepressants
Researchers may be able to develop an antidepressant which takes effect almost immediately by directly targeting novel molecules in the brain instead of taking a less direct route, which can lead to longer times for medication to take effect, according to a new study presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting.

Weill Cornell physician-scientists present latest cancer findings at ASH Meeting
Leading hematologists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center are presenting new basic and clinical research findings at the 46th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Dec.

Studies find stable sleep patterns and regular routines may improve outcomes in bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic-depressive disorder, is highly influenced by the circadian system -- the body's internal clock -- and a specific kind of psychotherapy may help decrease irregularities in the circadian system that can trigger key symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to a study presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting.

Study shows psychotherapy useful in treating post-traumatic stress disorder in early stages
When treated within a month, survivors of a psychologically traumatic event improved significantly with psychotherapy, according to a new study presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting.

Research finds link between depression
Depression nearly triples the risk of death following a heart attack, even when accounting for other heart attack risk factors, according to research presented today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting, which showed that among 360 depressed, post myocardial infarction patients followed for more than six years, those who did not recover from their depression in the first six months were more than twice as likely to die.

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology presents Media Award to HBO's Addiction Project
HBO's Addiction Project will receive the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 2007 Media Award for its accurate and revealing depiction of the science of addiction.
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