One article "Biomarker Could Point the Way Past Trial-and-Error Inefficiencies – NIH-funded Study" [6-12-13] talks about being able to make better decisions about treatment options using pre-treatment scans of brain activity. The link to read this article is: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2013/scan-predicts-whether-therapy-or-meds-will-best-lift-depression.shtml
Another article "Imaging Biomarker Predicts Response to Rapid Antidepressant" is an early article [2-4-13] that reports on scopolamine research where there is discovery of "a potential neuroimaging biomarker that may eventually help to personalize treatment" of depression. The link to read this article is: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2013/imaging-biomarker-predicts-response-to-rapid-antidepressant.shtml
A further article " Ketamine Cousin Rapidly Lifts Depression Without Side Effects" [5-23-13] shows clinical trial possibilities of the substance GLYX-13, a molecular cousin to ketamine, lifting depression quickly and possibly safely without harmful side effects. The link to read this article is: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2013/ketamine-cousin-rapidly-lifts-depression-without-side-effects.shtml
There has also been current news about "Community-based Treatments Offset Depression Disparities" [6/25/13] which is showing the benefits of our daily living care in places like our churches, senior centers and neighborhood businesses. The link to read this article is: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2013/community-based-treatments-offset-depression-disparities.shtml
The National Institute of Mental Health does a very good job at being a resource area for practitioners to follow significant research news and updates on topics that affect our clients and their families. The information is easily accessible and very readable. For example, to read further about the significant findings in depression research, NIMH has built a linked area called "Science News About Depression". Here is the link: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/science-news-about-depression.shtml
Practitioners may want to consider viewing the NIMH website occasionally for updates or subscribing to information that is of interest to professional learning. Under for example, Health and Education, there are a variety of resources that can be very helpful to read, to recommend or order for our clients and their families.
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