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Depression: Men more vulnerable to long-term effects of stress

ANN ARBOR—It’s long been believed that women suffer more of the stresses of life, and research has shown that repeated stress can translate into depression. So it might be logical to conclude that women who experience such stresses would suffer more depressive symptoms than men later in life, right? Wrong. New research from the University

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When it comes to predicting depression, race may matter more than was thought, study suggests

Blacks’ answers to standard screening questions may not reveal risk as well  ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  Depression can strike anyone, taking a toll on mental and physical health, friendships, work and studies. But figuring out who’s at risk for it is still a murky task. A new University of Michigan study suggests that standard ways

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Podcast: What Causes Stuttering

Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, discusses what brain research tells us or suggests regarding the structure and function of the brains of people who stutter, deficits in white matter tracts, how stuttering may relate to lysosomal dysfunction, persistency and recovery, how the right and left hemispheres interact and much more. Click here for more - read more

The dose makes the poison: Opioid overdose study supports call for caution in prescription levels

Careful study in veterans looks at accidental death by prescription painkillers ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in veterans. And the threshold for safe prescribing

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Personalized screen to identify suicidal teens in 14 ERs

Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide  (ED-STARS), a recently-launched study in a network of hospital emergency departments (EDs) across the country, will develop and test a personalized, computer-based suicide risk screening tool for teenagers. “We plan to refine algorithms capable of predicting which youth are most likely to attempt suicide. We will use

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Slow to mature, quick to distract: ADHD brain study finds slower development of key connections

Brain networks to handle internal & external tasks mature more slowly in ADHD ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A peek inside the brains of more than 750 children and teens reveals a key difference in brain architecture between those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and those without. Kids and teens with ADHD, a new study finds,

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Depression mystery: U-M team seeks to figure out why magnets work for some

People with depression being enrolled in new study of TMS treatment ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A depression treatment based on magnetic fields, not medications, appears to help many patients who don’t respond to other options. But no one really knows what it does to the brain – or why it works for some people. Now, a University

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Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

Subtle changes could act as early warning of need for care, U-M research suggests ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person’s voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports. While the

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Brain imaging reveals dynamic changes caused by pain medicines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A study in the December issue of Anesthesiology suggests a role for brain imaging in the assessment and potential treatment of chronic pain. Brain images allow researchers to see pain medicines at work in fibromyalgia patients. University of Michigan researchers are the first to use brain imaging procedures to track the

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Beard and Seyfried earn top honors from Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

November 15, 2013 At the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s annual meeting this week, Kristine Beard, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., and Lisa Seyfried, M.D., took home first prize for their poster, Are Patients with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Responsible for the Perpetration of Violence Towards Care Providers on Medical-Surgical Floors? A Retrospective Chart Review. Seyfried is the director

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