Psychiatry

The latest psychiatry news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Anorexia is Not a Choice

Anorexia is Not a Choice

Researchers at the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and around the world continue to study the genetics of the disease while treating patients in desperate need of help.

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UNC autism article named one of top 10 papers of 2015

UNC autism article named one of top 10 papers of 2015

Researchers at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities tracking age-related issues of autism identified an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in this high-impact paper.

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Study finds no link between subcortical brain volumes and genetic risk for schizophrenia

Study finds no link between subcortical brain volumes and genetic risk for schizophrenia

Proof-of-concept study provides roadmap for future research into possible associations between brain volume measures and known genetic risk factors.

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Pignone featured by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Pignone featured by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

UNC's Dr. Michael Pignone is featured in two videos, a press release and a podcast discussing the Task Force's recommendation that clinicians should screen all adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, for depression.

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UNC receives grant to support young physician scientists

UNC receives grant to support young physician scientists

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists aims to address potential burnout of young doctors who have substantial research and extra-professional responsibilities.

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The Atlantic tells story of adult autism through research at UNC

The Atlantic tells story of adult autism through research at UNC

Joseph Piven, MD, and his team are trying to fill the gaps in our understanding of what it has meant and will mean to live with autism as older adults.

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Neurological underpinnings of schizophrenia just as complex as the disorder itself

Neurological underpinnings of schizophrenia just as complex as the disorder itself

New analysis links cognitive, emotional, and intellectual symptoms to neurological ‘disruption’ in multiple brain regions – a finding with important implications for diagnosis and treatment.

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UNC and NCCU awarded $7.5 million for alcohol health disparities research

UNC and NCCU awarded $7.5 million for alcohol health disparities research

This funding will continue a research program investigating the molecular mechanisms of fetal alcohol pathology, alcoholic liver disease, alcohol-related cancers, including breast cancer, and the effects of alcohol and marijuana on brain stem cells and neurotoxicity.

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Study Finds Surprising Links Between Bullying and Eating Disorders

Study Finds Surprising Links Between Bullying and Eating Disorders

According to new research from Duke and UNC, both victims of bullying and the bullies themselves could be at risk psychologically for anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

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The Art of Clinical Science

The Art of Clinical Science

Gabriel Dichter, PhD, earned a Hettleman Prize for his work imaging and elucidating brain regions involved in various aspects of autism, depression, and other neurological conditions.

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New study suggests hallucinations, alone, do not predict onset of schizophrenia

New study suggests hallucinations, alone, do not predict onset of schizophrenia

An analysis of psychological symptoms aims to refine diagnostic criteria for teens at high risk of developing the brain disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Stuber earns Gill Transformative Investigator Award

Stuber earns Gill Transformative Investigator Award

Indiana University honored UNC neuroscientist Garret Stuber, PhD, for his work uncovering how brain circuits work.

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Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Gut bacteria population, diversity linked to anorexia nervosa

Studying the ‘gut-brain axis,’ UNC researchers find evidence of an association between the gut microbiota and the eating disorder.

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New study to explore possible links between gut bacteria and eating disorders

New study to explore possible links between gut bacteria and eating disorders

UNC’s part in the study is led by Dr. Cynthia M. Bulik, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, a Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.

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Puppies: The Power of Cute for Mental Health

Puppies: The Power of Cute for Mental Health

The UNC PAWS program of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health trains puppies for 10 weeks and then matches each puppy with a veteran suffering from PTSD.

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Is Facebook use always associated with poorer body image and risky dieting?

Is Facebook use always associated with poorer body image and risky dieting?

A survey of college-aged women finds that those with the strongest emotional connection to Facebook are less likely to struggle with risky dieting behaviors compared to their peers.

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Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores

Popular electric brain stimulation method detrimental to IQ scores

In a double-blinded, randomized study, UNC researchers found that the IQ scores of people who underwent tDCS brain stimulation improved markedly less than did the IQ scores of people in the placebo group.

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Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression

Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

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Functional brain organization of newborns altered by prenatal cocaine exposure

Functional brain organization of newborns altered by prenatal cocaine exposure

A new study of newborns with prenatal drug exposure finds cocaine-specific disruptions in a part of the brain circuitry thought to play an important role in arousal regulation.

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Simple strategies used by parents lead to improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder

Simple strategies used by parents lead to improvements in one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder

Parents using these strategies, known as Adapted Responsive Teaching (ART), reported significant improvements in their child’s sensory responsiveness, communication and socialization.

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