Archive for August, 2011

Meeting Summary » Improving Care for Child and Adult Behavioral Health Clients with Suicidal Ideation and Behavior in Emergency Department Settings Conference

On July 26–28, 2011, staff from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Division of Services and Intervention Research, partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), representatives from the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in the planning and coordination of a meeting to discuss suicide prevention in Emergency Department (ED) settings.

Science News » HIV-Infected Astrocytes Disrupt Blood-Brain Barrier, Contribute to Cognitive Impairment

Astrocytes, a type of support cell in the brain, that are infected with HIV show abnormal connections and functioning that disrupt the blood-brain barrier, according to an NIMH-funded study.

Blog Post » Skin cells to neurons: Disease-in-a-dish promises shortcut to discovery

An emerging research technology using Induced pluripotent stem cells holds promise as a window into the developing brain in mental illness.

Concept Clearance » Advancing Community-level Approaches to Reduce HIV Infection in Highly Impacted Communities

To advance community-level HIV prevention interventions among geographic locations and populations highly impacted by HIV in the United States (US).

Science News » Many School-aged Children with ASD in South Korea Go Undiagnosed

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children in South Korea appears to be much higher than the range of estimates reported for other countries, according to a study partly funded by NIMH. Furthermore, two-thirds of ASD cases were found in children attending mainstream schools, had not been previously diagnosed, and had never received treatment for the disorder. The study was published on May 9, 2011, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

School-Based Mental Health Screening For Teens Results In Connection To Care

A new study involving nearly 2,500 high school students demonstrates the value of routine mental health screening in school to identify adolescents at-risk for mental illness, and to connect those adolescents with recommended follow-up care...

Majority Of Homeless People Have Chronic Health Conditions

More than eight out of 10 homeless people surveyed by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and elsewhere have at least one chronic health condition and more than half have a mental health problem. People who are "vulnerably housed" - meaning they live in unsafe, unstable or unaffordable housing - had equally poor, and in some cases worse, health, the survey found...

Support From Doctors May Help Smokers With Comorbid Conditions To Quit

Smokers who also have alcohol, drug and mental disorders would benefit greatly from smoking cession counseling from their primary care physicians and would be five times more successful at kicking the habit, a study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found...

Study Links Low DHA Levels To Suicide Risk Among U.S. Military Personnel

A new study suggests that low levels of the highly unsaturated omega-3 essential fatty acids, in particular DHA, may be associated with increased risk of suicide...

More Accurate Suicide Reporting By Death Investigators Due To Insulation From Public Pressure

Medical examiners and appointed coroners are less likely to underreport suicides than are elected coroners, that's according to a new study from Temple University. Many of us view suicide as an intensely private and personal act and commonly seek to explain it by focusing on the mental and emotional health of the individual...