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Monday, August 15, 2016
Effects of frequent marijuana use last long after stopping

Teen boys who regularly use marijuana are at higher risk of paranoia and hallucinations, even a year after they stop using the drug, according to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Learn More

Friday, August 12, 2016
Cortical biomarkers differentiate psychotic, bipolar disorders

Presence of certain biomarkers in patients with schizophrenia, as well as schizoaffective or bipolar disorders, suggests heightened risk of cognitive impairment that might be treatable.   Learn More

Friday, August 12, 2016
Correcting metabolic deficiencies shows promise for treatment-resistant depression

Research in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that identifying metabolic deficiencies in patients with unrelieved depression can lead to major improvement, even remission. Learn More

Monday, August 8, 2016
Commentary: Zika spreads through routine travel, so stop focusing on Rio

Infectious-disease specialist Amesh Adalja, MD, says pregnant women are the only ones who should avoid attending the Olympics, to prevent any chance of newborns with microcephaly. Learn More

Monday, August 8, 2016
Alzheimer Disease Research Center issues call for pilot proposals

Letters of intent are due on October 7 for seed grants up to $25K.  Awards will go to novel proposals that are considered likely to receive subsequent external, peer-reviewed funding. Learn More

Monday, August 1, 2016
Surprise! "Uh" and "um" may help people remember what you say

Scott Fraundorf, PhD, of the Learning Research and Development Center explains the upside of these sometimes annoying conversational fillers, in the Journal of Memory and Language. Learn More

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
NIH study to focus on conversation, not vocal exercises, for patients with voice impairment

The study is the first to look at a voice therapy program based in theories of motor learning and neuroplasticity, developed with input from patients and expert speech-language pathologists. Learn More

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
NYT Well: Hot flashes fall into four types, according to NIH study

Lead author Rebecca Thurston, PhD, professor of psychiatry, says the 22-year study explodes the myth that hot flashes last just a few years and that women all follow the same pattern. Learn More

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Trib-Review: What the discovery of 97 new brain areas really means

Julie Fiez, PhD, says brain researchers now have an imaging tool that can be used to fractionate a living brain into functional areas, with more exquisite detail than ever before. Learn More

Monday, July 25, 2016
NYT: Personality change may be early sign of dementia

Take note if a family member stops doing something they always enjoyed, like baking a certain Thanksgiving dessert or tinkering with the lawn mower in springtime, says Mary Ganguli, MD. Learn More

Friday, July 22, 2016
Aspen Brain Lab to feature work by Alzheimer's researcher Amantha Thathiah

Hear one the Brain Institute's newest recruits discuss a new approach for to a potential cure for Alzheimer's, on Aspen public radio. Learn More

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Q&A about what happens in the brain when we read

Avriel Ghuman, PhD, discusses how a study in PNAS that used invasive electrophysiology techniques sheds light on literacy and reading disorders.   Learn More

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
KDKA-TV: Man with OCD on life after deep-brain stimulation

Neurosurgeon Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, and psychiatrist Robert Hudak, MD, have teamed to offer DBS to patients with the most severe cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Learn More

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
PEOPLE Magazine: Grandparents win lottery, fund Pitt research on Krabbe disease

Maria Escolar, MD, founder of the Program for the Study of Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders at Children’s Hospital, heads a promising gene-therapy project for the incurable hereditary disease.  Learn More

Friday, July 8, 2016
"Reading" the mind of a person who's reading

Avniel Ghuman, PhD, talks about new evidence for Charcot's hypothesis that a specific brain area is a center for visual memory of words. The study was published in PNAS. Learn More

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Help for middle-of-the-night insomnia

Some doctors forbid TV-watching if you wake up at 1 a.m., but Daniel J. Buysse, MD, is less rigid. “Don’t sit 2 inches away from the TV. And wear sunglasses,” he says. Learn More

Monday, June 27, 2016
UPMC among three in nation to use next-generation bloodless brain surgery

The new gamma knife destroys brain tumors and vascular malformations once considered inoperable, and can be used to treat vascular brain disease and facial nerve pain. Learn More

Friday, June 24, 2016
SCIENCE News: Past exposure to dengue may worsen effects of Zika virus

Data about the correlation are persuasive, says Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, but he cautions that antibodies to dengue are not essential to cause Zika-related brain damage in infants. Learn More

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
PNAS study suggests neural target to treat reading disorders

Watch two volunteers struggle to read words when signals are disrupted to a critical part of the brain -- the left midfusiform gyrus. Learn More

Friday, June 17, 2016
SCIENCE Editorial: On Jeremy Berg as new editor-in-chief

Berg's "distinguished background, .. passion for data-driven analysis of science policy ...and enthusiasm about leading Science make (him) well suited for the job." Learn More

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