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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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2014 Updates

NIMH Update December 15, 2014

  • Soldiers at increased suicide risk after leaving hospital
  • Medications for patients with first-episode psychosis may not meet guidelines
  • Regulating a single gene may alter addiction and stress responses
  • NIH funds robots to assist people with disabilities
  • NIH updates Down Syndrome research plan
  • New HHS grants increase, improve learning opportunities for young children
  • FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA reporting mental health drug Ziprasidone (Geodon) associated with rare but potentially fatal skin reactions

NIMH Update December 1, 2014

  • HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results
  • Buprenorphine tapering less effective than ongoing maintenance for prescription opioid abuse
  • Nearly one in five adult Americans experienced mental illness in 2013
  • About 1 in 4 mental health treatment facilities offer services to quit smoking
  • Most people who drink excessively are not alcohol dependent
  • New tools simplify suicide prevention efforts

NIMH Update November 15, 2014

  • Soldiers at increased suicide risk after leaving hospital
  • Largest autism gene dragnet fingers 33 prime suspects
  • Renewed NIH centers focus on translation of aging research
  • New NIAAA resource gives guidance on treatment options for alcohol problems
  • NIDA researchers confirm important brain reward pathway
  • Federal officials announce new research on youth homelessness
  • Methylphenidate hydrochloride extended release tablets (generic concerta) made by Mallinckrodt and Kudco
  • HRSA awards $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support mental health and substance abuse treatment

NIMH Update November 1, 2014

  • Rapid agent restores pleasure-seeking ahead of other antidepressant action
  • NIMH creates new unit to support its research domain criteria initiative
  • Using social media to better understand, prevent, and treat substance use
  • Bullying of students with disabilities addressed in guidance to America's schools
  • Emergency department visits linked to "synthetic marijuana" products rising
  • SAMHSA and USDA team up to promote behavioral healthcare in communities across the U.S.
  • SAMHSA provides up to $743 million to promote youth mental and substance use disorder prevention programs

NIMH Update October 15, 2014

  • Increased health risks linked to first-episode psychosis
  • Groundbreaking suicide study
  • New report provides national clinical data on the prevalence of many specific mental disorders
  • HHS and DOJ award $3M to support innovative approaches to curb youth violence
  • SAMHSA provides up to $139 Million for integrated approaches to treat mental and substance use disorders
  • SAMHSA provides up to $231 Million to promote programs addressing children's mental health and substance use issues
  • SAMHSA provides up to $175 Million to promote treatment and recovery from mental and substance use disorders
  • SAMHSA provides up to $294 Million in tribal youth programs to prevent and treat mental and substance use disorders
  • New funding to support people with mental and substance use disorders
  • National Health Service Corps expands the primary care workforce in communities that need them most

NIMH Update October 1, 2014

  • Personalized screen to ID suicidal teens in 14 EDs
  • NIH awards initial $46 million for brain initiative research
  • NIH, VA address non-drug approaches to pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families
  • NIH awards $35 million for centers for collaborative research in Fragile X
  • HHS announces $99 million in new grants to improve mental health services for young people
  • White House launces "it's on us" public awareness campaign to help prevent campus sexual assault
  • National survey shows lower rate of illicit drug use among adolescents ages 12 to 17
  • SAMHSA awards $936,000 in funding for the National Disaster Distress Helpline
  • Over $8 million in funding awarded to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Justice Department announces $2.6 million in grants for domestic violence homicide prevention

NIMH Update September 15, 2014

  • New grants fund cross-lifespan services research for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Scientists plug into a learning brain
  • CDC awards $7.5 million to expand the National Violent Death Reporting System to 32 states
  • Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation
  • Reports highlight the importance of workplace programs for addressing substance use disorders
  • 25 years of PTSD research, education and technology provides comprehensive mental healthcare for veterans
  • VA rallies community support for veterans during Suicide Prevention Month
  • HHS awards more than $295 million in Affordable Care Act funds to increase access to primary care at health centers

NIMH Update September 1, 2014

  • Magnetic stimulation boosts human memory, network connectivity
  • Suspect gene corrupts neural connections "diseases of synapses" demo'd in a dish - NIH-funded study
  • Follow that cell: NIH challenges innovators with a half million dollars in prizes
  • President Obama announces new executive actions to fulfill promises to service members, veterans, and their families
  • Poor early language skills may be linked to kids' behavior problems
  • Scientists plug into a learning brain
  • FDA approves new type of sleep drug, Belsomra
  • Underage binge alcohol use rates vary extensively across regions in the U.S.
  • HUD, VA, and USICH announce 33% drop in veteran homelessness since 2010

NIMH Update August 15, 2014

  • Emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts rise over six year period
  • Emergency department visits linked to zolpidem overmedication nearly doubled
  • Substance use treatment facilities offering outreach service rise 10 percentage points since 2006
  • HHS awards more than $106 million to support state home visiting programs
  • VA announces new grants to help end veterans homelessness

NIMH Update August 1, 2014

  • Schizophrenia's genetic "skyline" rising
  • Common gene variants account for most genetic risk for autism
  • How might new neurons buffer against stress?
  • NIH system to monitor emerging drug trends
  • Substance use during childhood or adolescence is linked to long-term health risks
  • HHS awards $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act mental health services funding
  • DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans

NIMH Update July 15, 2014

  • Rehabilitation helps prevent depression from age-relation vision loss
  • New brain imaging dataset now available to enhance reliability and reproducibility
  • Obama administration releases national drug control policy strategy emphasizing public health approaches to nation's drug problem
  • HHS announces the availability of $100 Million in ACA funding to expand access to primary care through new community health centers
  • HHS awards $83.4 Million to train new primary care providers
  • Report shows combining drug use with underage drinking raises health risks
  • Young adults more likely to attend college

NIMH Update July 1, 2014

  • Lead in kids' blood linked with behavioral and emotional problems
  • Report shows rise in methamphetamine-related hospital emergency department visits
  • SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $5.6 million for cooperative agreements to implement the national strategy for suicide prevention
  • SAMHSA is providing up to $1.5 million in supplemental funding for the cooperative agreement for networking, certifying and training of suicide prevention hotlines
  • HHS grants bolster health care and public health disaster preparedness

NIMH Update June 15, 2014

  • Shining a light on memory
  • NIH embraces bold, 12-year scientific vision for brain initiative
  • NIDA review summarizes research on marijuana's negative health effects
  • MDMA can be fatal in warm environments
  • Report reveals millions of young adults use illicit substances every day

NIMH Update June 1, 2014

  • Older medication just as effective as newer medication for patients with schizophrenia
  • Genes impact suspect cortex areas more as youth mature
  • Emergency departments see increased visits involving the nonmedical use of sedative alprazolam

NIMH Update May 15, 2014

  • NIMH's Dr. Robert Heinssen receives special Presidential commendation from APA
  • Longevity gene may boost brain power
  • SAMSA data reveal the impact of behavioral health conditions and treatment on older adolescents and young adults
  • Inactivity related to chronic disease in adults with disabilities
  • 2014 National Alzheimer's disease plan available

NIMH Update May 1, 2014

  • Jump-starting natural resilience reverses stress susceptibility
  • Channel makeover bioengineered to switch off neurons
  • NIMH director honored by BBRF
  • Ocytocin promotes social behavior in infant rhesus monkeys
  • More than half of all adults with serious thoughts of suicide do not receive mental health services
  • Half of all substance abuse treatment facilities accept teen clients
  • NIDA announces new resources for healthcare providers
  • American Indian and Alaska Native death rates nearly 50 percent greater than those of non-Hispanic whites
  • CDC reports on effective strategies for reducing health disparities

NIMH Update April 15, 2014

  • NIH-funded brain atlas offers clues to psychiatric disorders
  • Most individuals receive health services a year before suicide death
  • Disorganized cortical patches suggest prenatal origin of autism
  • CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder
  • New resource helps identify developmental delays in infants and young children
  • SAMHSA and USDA collaborate to help communities better identify local behavioral health issues
  • Gender differences are an important factor when examining patterns in substance abuse
  • New interactive video claims to better protect research subjects and reduce misconduct in clinical research
  • HHS announces progress in disease prevention and health promotion

NIMH Update March 15, 2014

  • Suicide in the military
  • Brain region singled out for social memory
  • Girls thrive emotionally, boys falter after move to better neighborhood
  • Announcing new U.S. disability statistics on the NIMH website
  • Nine eating disorders myths busted
  • Physicians are a leading source of prescription opiods for the highest-risk users

NIMH Update March 1, 2014

  • More than one-third of adults experiencing major depressive episodes did not talk to a care provider
  • SAMHSA issues advisory to treatment community on the danger of heroin contaminated with fentanyl and what can be done to save lives
  • NIH releases comprehensive new data outlining Hispanic/Latino health and habits

NIMH Update February 15, 2014

  • NIH, industry and non-profits join forces to speed validaiton of disease targets
  • FY2014 funding for SAMHSA expands vital mental health services - especially for children and youth
  • FDA launches its first national public education campaign to prevent, reduce youth tobacco use

NIMH Update February 1, 2014

  • Adult illicit drug users are far more likely to seriously consider suicide
  • SAMHSA'S nwe report tracks the behavioral health of America
  • VA offers $600 Million in funding to support services for homeless veteran families
  • New committee to advise HHS on needs of children in disasters

NIMH Update January 15, 2014

  • Severe mental illness (SMI) tied to higher rates of substance abuse
  • NIH's 2013 monitoring the future survey shows high rates of marijuana use
  • Obama administration takes additional steps to strengthen the federal background check system
  • 43.7 million Americans experienced mental illness in 2012
  • HHS strengthens community living options for older Americans and People with Disabilities
  • VA to expand benefits for traumatic brain injury
  • U.S. Departments of Education and Justice release school discipline guidance package
  • Cognitive training shows staying power

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2013 Updates

NIMH Update December 15, 2013

  • Vice President Biden announces $100 Million to increase access to mental health services
  • FDA approves first generic versions of antidepressant drug Cymbalta
  • NIH deposits first batch of genomic data for Alzheimer's disease
  • Study breaks blood brain barriers to understanding Alzheimer's
  • Tobacco, drug use in pregnancy can double risk of stillbirth

NIMH Update December 1, 2013

  • Neurobiobank gives researchers one-stop access to post-mortem brains
  • PCP-related emergency department visits rose 400 percent over six years
  • VA and HUD announce twenty-four percent reduction in veterans' homelessness since 2010

NIMH Update November 15, 2013

  • Administration issues final mental health and substance use disorder parity rule
  • Earliest marker for autism found in infants
  • NIH-funded study finds that Gabapentin may treat alcohol dependence
  • VA meets President's mental health executive order hiring goal
  • VA approves $8.8 Million in grants to provide transportation and renovated housing for homeless veterans

NIMH Update November 1, 2013

  • Exposure / Ritual prevention thereapy boosts antidepressant treatment of OCD
  • NIMH Grantee receives 2013 Nobel Prize
  • Streamlined method offers shortcut to generating neurons for discovery
  • Three NIH scientists elected into IOM
  • NIMH scientists honored with 2013 brain & behavior research foundation awards
  • FDA approves new drug to treat major depressive disorder
  • FDA approves second brain imaging drug to help evaluate patients for Alzheimer's disease, dementia
  • NIDA'S drug abuse information for teens goes mobile
  • NIH study identifies gene for alcohol preference in rats
  • SAMHSA guidelines help media produce insightful stories about bullying
  • SAMHSA awards up to $56.9 million in grants over four years in FY13 to support safe schools and healthy students
  • HHS awards grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery research

NIMH Update October 1, 2013

  • NIH approves high-priority research within brain initiative
  • Positive relationship factors may help break cycle of child maltreatment
  • FDA and NIH create first-of-kind tobacco centers of regulatory science
  • Versatile proteins could be new target for Alzheimer’s drugs
  • NIH calls for research projects examining violence; particular consideration to be given to firearm violence
  • FDA announces safety labeling changes and postmarket study requirements for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics
  • Report shows that “bath salts” drugs were involved in nearly 23,000 emergency department visits in one year

NIMH Update September 15, 2013

  • VA collaborates with communities to help veterans access mental health support
  • World suicide prevention day 2013: A statement by HHS secretary
  • Lifestyle intervention improves high schoolers' health, social skills, grades
  • NIH launches first national Down Syndrome registry
  • National survey shows continued reduced levels of prescription drug use among young adults; report also shows continued reduced rates of alcohol use among those aged 12 to 17
  • Nearly 18 percent of pregnant women drink alcohol in early stages of pregnancy

NIMH Update September 1, 2013

  • The more hemispheric lateralization, the better thinking performance
  • NIH study finds chronic alcohol use shifts brain's control of behavior
  • Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers may raise the risk of turning to heroin use
  • New resources availale to help consumers navigate the health insurance marketplace
  • CDC releases 2012 school health policies and practices study results
  • New data show antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes nationwide

NIMH Update August 15, 2013

  • President Obama's executive order leads to national research action plan
  • DOD, VA establish two multi-institutional consortia to research PTSD and TBI
  • New data reveal extent of genetic overlap between major mental disorders; schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share the most common genetic variation
  • Stray prenatal gene network suspected in schizophrenia
  • Gene combinations help predict treatment success for alcoholism medication; NIH-funded study says five-marker genotype panel can guide ondansetron use
  • NIH study explains neuroscience of habit breaking
  • New insight on how the brain forms habits
  • Stimulant-related emergency department visits rise 300 percent among younger adults
  • New SAMHSA report shows when times are tough, public funding for behavioral health treatment is even more critical
  • NIH launches neurological drug development projects; new projects will target fragile
    x syndrome, nicotine addiction, and age-related macular degeneration

NIMH Update August 1, 2013

  • NIMH director discusses the brain initiative on the Charlie Rose brain series
  • NAB unveils youth mental health awareness campaign
  • FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD
  • VA hosts mental health summits to promote collaboration
  • Alcohol use among pregnant women in substance abuse treatment drops in past decade, but illicit drug use rises
  • Excessive heat poses increased risks for individuals with behavioral health conditions
  • SAMHSA's NREPP posts its 300th intervention summary
  • HHS letter on trauma-informed treatment

NIMH Update July 15, 2013

  • Deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses rise sharply among women: CDC study shows emergency department visits also on the rise among women
  • NIH study identifies brain circuits involved in learning and decision making; finding has implications for alcoholism and other patterns of addictive behavior
  • FDA partners internationally to protect consumers from fake online pharmacies

NIMH Update July 1, 2013

  • Community-based treatments offset depression disparities
  • Skewed norms weaken case for early brain overgrowth in autism
  • Vietnam Vets with PTSD more than twice as likely to have heart disease
  • VA starts campaign to raise PTSD awareness
  • NIH funds industry collaborations to identify new uses for existing compounds
  • CDC findings show higher suicide-related behaviors among youth involved in bullying
  • Estrogen therapy has no long-term effect on cognition in younger postmenopausal women: NIH-funded study finds neither benefit nor risk to cognitive function years after treatment
  • HHS releases 2013 Alzheimer's disease update; plan updated to show achievements, newly set goals in research, care, and services
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NIMH Update June 15, 2013

  • Scan predicts whether therapy or meds will best lift depression
  • Biomarker could point the way past trial-and-error inefficiencies
  • Bullying exerts psychiatric effects into adulthood
  • White house conference on mental health
  • President Obama applauds commitments to raise awareness and increase understanding of mental health at white house conference
  • Medicaid study links insurance to reduced depression and financial strain, but no increase in health
  • Impact of sequestration on the National Institutes of Health
  • Anti-smoking medication shows promise for treating alcohol dependence
  • VA hires over 1,600 mental health professionals to meet goal, expands access to care and outreach efforts, directs nationwide community mental health summits
  • HUD & VA team up to provide permanent homes to 9,000 homeless Vets

NIMH Update June 1, 2013

  • Ketamine cousin rapidly lifts depression without side effects
  • Taming suspect gene reverses schizophrenia-like abnormalities in mice; NIH-funded study raises hope for recovery of some adult patients, despite early damage
  • VA, DOD and HHS partner to expand access to mental health services for veterans, service members and families
  • New campaign to help parents talk to younger children about the dangers of underage drinking
  • SAMHSA appoints Elinore F. Mccance-Katz, M.D. to the new position of Chief Medical Officer
  • More than one in five parents believe they have little influence in preventing teens from using illicit substances; in fact, parents are among the most influential factors in preventing children’s substance use
  • Study of “screen time” on mood, memory, and cognition wins top NIH addiction science award
  • VA announces new grants to help end Veterans’ homelessness

NIMH Update May 15, 2013

  • Flu in pregnancy may quadruple child's risk for bipolar disorder; NIH-funded study adds to evidence of overlap with schizophrenia
  • DSM-5 and RDOC: shared interests
  • CDC finds suicide rates among middle-aged adults increased from 1999-2010
  • Sharp rise in emergency department visits involving the sleep medication zolpidem
  • Report reveals special challenges of pregnant teens in substance abuse treatment
  • Brain patterns may help predict relapse risk for alcoholism
  • Health centers to help uninsured individuals gain affordable health insurance coverage; Obama administration provides $150 million for health centers to offer enrollment assistance nationwide

NIMH Update May 1, 2013

  • Suppressing protein may stem Alzheimer's disease process - NIH-funded study
  • SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $11.3 million in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment medical professional training program grants
  • NIH researchers identify pathway that may protect against cocaine addiction

NIMH Update April 15, 2013

  • Fat-free see-through brain bares all; method enables 3-D analysis of fine structure and connections
  • Brain initiative challenges researchers to unlock mysteries of human mind
  • NIH-funded researchers create next-generation Alzheimer's disease model; new rat model will advance Alzheimer's research
  • NIH study sheds light on how to reset the addicted brain; research suggests that targeted stimulation of the brain's prefrontal cortex is a promising treatment for addiction
  • NIH-supported study finds U.S. dementia care costs as high as $215 billion in 2010
  • New NIH funding for two autism centers of excellence

NIMH Update April 1, 2013

  • NIH study shows people with serious mental illnesses can lose weight
  • Autism risk unrelated to total vaccine exposure in early childhood
  • Five major mental disorders share genetic roots: overlap blurs diagnostic categories
  • Prevalence of parent-reported autism
  • Adults experiencing mental illness or a substance use disorder account for nearly 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked
  • Developing male brain exposed to less stress-protective protein; mouse findings could help explain sex differences in schizophrenia, autism
  • Delay in shifting gaze linked to early brain development in autism; NIH-funded study documents possible risk factor for autism at 7 months of age
  • NIH-funded study finds community-based efforts increase HIV testing, prompt behavior change

NIMH Update March 1, 2013

  • Mapping brain circuits provides clues to schizophrenia, earlier detection of psychosis
  • 5 major mental illnesses share the same genes
  • Differences in on/off switches help explain how the human brain evolved
  • Scientists identify molecular events that underlie FASD
  • Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths; drug overdose deaths increase for 11th consecutive year
  • SAMHSA's information resource center provides information on how the Affordable Care Act benefits behavioral health care
  • HHS announces 25 state innovation model awards

NIMH Update February 15, 2013

  • Long-term course of ADHD diagnosed in preschool years can be chronic and severe
  • Threat bias interacts with combat, gene to boost PTSD risk
  • Precursor symptoms to autism detected in 6-month-old infants
  • NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel received AMA's top government service award
  • Imaging biomarker predicts response to rapid antidepressant
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the state of mental health care in the United States
  • Smoking among U.S. adults with mental illness 70 percent higher than for adults with no mental illness
  • NIH study finds missed opportunities for underage alcohol screening
  • Reports show fewer adolescents getting substance abuse prevention messaging
  • SAMHSA recognizes team of behavioral health advocates as champions of resilience and recovery
  • VA hires more mental health professionals to expand access for Veterans
  • VA issues new report on suicide data
  • HUD and HHS partner to provide permanent housing and services to low-income people with disabilities

NIMH Update February 1, 2013

  • Brain imaging predicts psychotherapy success in patients with social anxiety disorder
  • Leading neurobiologist appointed NIMH scientific director
  • 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy sent a special message to congress about the state of mental health
  • Prenatal inflammation linked to autism risk
  • Statement from HHS Secretary Sebelius on President's Sandy Hook response plan
  • Sharp rise in emergency department visits involving ADHD medications
  • Sharp rise in buprenorphine-related ED visits from 2005 to 2010
  • HHS issues letter to providers on disclosures to avert threats to health or safety

NIMH Update January 15, 2013

  • Emergency department suicide screening tool accurately predicts at risk youth
  • Study documents that some children lose autism diagnosis; small group with confirmed autism now on par with mainstream peers
  • Guide offers a blueprint for end-of-life conversations with youth
  • NIDA's 2012 monitoring the future survey shows rates stable or down for most drugs
  • Prescription drug misuse remains a top public health concern

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2012 Updates

NIMH Update December 15, 2012

  • Experimental agent briefly eases depression rapidly in test; works in brain like ketamine, with fewer side effects
  • Stress-resilience/susceptibility traced to neurons in reward circuit; light instantly triggers or reverses depression-like states in rodents
  • Psychotropic medications are prescribed appropriately among U.S. teens, national study finds
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse to announce results of 2012 Monitoring the Future survey
  • Report reveals further reduction in Veterans homelessness; VA also announces $300 million to expand homeless prevention program
  • Sharp rise in admissions for certain drug combinations over 10 years

NIMH Update December 1, 2012

  • Switching off a specific brain region can alter ingrained habits in rats
  • 20 percent of US adults experienced mental illness in the past year, report says
  • New report shows a significant decrease in adolescent smoking in most states during the past decade
  • Underage drinking still serious problem in all states according to new national report
  • HHS to implement health care law, ban discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions
  • SAMHSA ads center: 2012 campaign for social inclusion state award winners announced
  • HHS launches
  • "The Right Place" assures female Vets of high-quality VA care

NIMH Update November 15, 2012

  • In-sync brain waves hold memory of objects just seen; brains code for visual working memory deciphered in monkeys NIH-funded study
  • New online resources for opioid prescribers now available on NIDA's website
  • Heavy prenatal alcohol use linked to childhood brain development problems

NIMH Update November 1, 2012

  • HHS, private foundations join forces to address family homelessness
  • Special journal edition focuses on substance abuse issues impacting American Indians/Alaska natives
  • Good behavior game wins 2012 mentor international best practice in prevention award
  • New research stresses potential health dangers of “bath salts”

NIMH Update October 15, 2012

  • Gene variants implicated in extreme weight gain associated with antipsychotics
  • Many teens considering suicide do not receive specialized mental health care
  • Risk gene for Alzheimer's disease associated with lower brain amyloid; NIH study reveals multiple mechanisms may play role in complex disorder
  • More than $21 million awarded to school districts to expand counseling programs
  • Online toolkit aims to support mental health providers serving veterans in the community
  • White House drug policy office awards more than $84 million to local communities to prevent youth substance use

NIMH Update October 1, 2012

  • NIH funds will strengthen national capacity for cost-effective, large-scale clinical studies
  • National survey shows reduction in non-medical prescription drug use among young adults; report also shows reductions in binge and heavy drinking among underage youth
  • SAMHSA awards up to $6 million in grants for teen court program
  • VA and entertainment industries council launch resource on veterans mental health; publication to support the creative process in film and television industry
  • VA approves $28 million in grants for homeless veterans
  • VA and DOD to fund $100 million PTSD and TBI study
  • Health care law increases number of mental and behavioral health providers; Affordable Care Act grants also help military personnel, veterans, and families
  • White House drug policy office and National Institute on Drug Abuse unveil new training materials to combat national prescription drug abuse epidemic
  • U.S. Department of Education provides guidance to help classroom teachers combat bullying

NIMH Update September 15, 2012

  • President Obama signs Executive Order to improve access to mental health services for veterans, service members, and military families
  • New national strategy paves way for reducing suicide deaths
  • NIH awards $100 million for autism centers of excellence program
  • NIH-funded study links long-term marijuana use, especially when started during adolescence, with decreased IQ and impaired cognitive function
  • SAMHSA awards up to $2.3 million in statewide consumer network grants
  • New resources help older Americans and people with disabilities maintain their independence
  • Veterans in rural areas to get expanded access to health care
  • U.S. Department of Education awards more than $9.8 million to fund centers for parents of students with disabilities
  • Veterans’ communities, families asked to ‘Stand by Them’

NIMH Update September 1, 2012

  • Daily or severe tantrums may point to mental health issues
  • Stresses of poverty may impair learning ability in young children
  • SAMHSA awards up to $1.1 million in statewide family network program grants
  • SAMHSA awards up to $4.6 million in youth suicide prevention grants to tribes in South Dakota
  • SAMHSA awards a minority fellowship program grant of up to $1.6 million to expand the behavioral health workforce to better address the needs of underserved populations
  • HHS releases new report on efforts to end the tobacco epidemic
  • New mobile app from NIH helps women learn about their health in 52 weeks
  • Children with neurologic disorders at high risk of death from flu
  • Federal report details health, economic status of older Americans

NIMH Update August 15, 2012

  • Brain hubs boil when hoarders face pitching their own stuff; impaired decision-making traced to “salience network”
  • Targeted behavioral therapy can effectively control tics in adults with Tourette syndrome
  • Brain signal ID’s responders to fast-acting antidepressant; biomarkers help pinpoint mechanisms, predict outcomes
  • Couple’s therapy appears to decrease PTSD symptoms, improve relationship
  • SAMHSA awards up to $11 million in grants for treatment services for pregnant and postpartum women recovering from substance abuse
  • National Drug Facts Week begins Jan. 28, 2013; observance provides teens with information on the science about drug abuse

NIMH Update August 1, 2012

  • NIMH seeks outreach partners in California
  • Many youths with autism not employed or in college two years after high school
  • Social brain circuits disrupted in autism
  • Depression rates triple between the ages of 12 and 15 among adolescent girls
  • SAMHSA awards more than $22 million for screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment programs
  • NIH researchers use brain imaging to understand genetic link between Parkinson's and a rare disease
  • Colleges and communities can reduce alcohol-related harm to students; NIH-supported study finds coordinated efforts limit the impact of high-risk drinking
  • Cognitive changes may be only sign of fetal alcohol exposure; distinct facial features not seen in many cases, NIH study finds
  • NIH video reveals the science behind yoga; consumer-friendly resource will guide viewers through research on yoga's safety and effectiveness

NIMH Update July 15, 2012

  • NIMH to seek outreach partner proposals in California
  • SAMHSA awards up to $3.5 million in system of care expansion planning grants for children and their families
  • SAMHSA awards up to $12 million in grants to benefit people experiencing homelessness
  • FDA introduces new safety measures for extended-release and long-acting opioid medications
  • Methadone linked to 30 percent of prescription painkiller overdose deaths

NIMH Update July 1, 2012

  • Rate of bipolar symptoms among teens approaches that of adults
  • Survey finds more evidence that mental disorders often begin in youth
  • For young children with autism, directing attention boosts language; NIH-supported study confirms that pointing, gestures to focus attention improve later language
  • VA continues PTSD outreach with AboutFace campaign; veterans provide video testimonials on experiences with PTSD
  • VA supports family and friends seeking to encourage vets to get mental health services; media campaign promotes “Coaching into Care” program
  • Department of Health and Human Services releases annual LGBT report

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NIMH Update June 15, 2012

  • VA medical article discusses specialized Iraq and Afghanistan veteran health care needs
  • HHS announces availability of funding to help older adults, people with disabilities access long-term services and supports and thrive in their communities
  • Prevention council issues action plan to promote wellness

NIMH Update May 15, 2012

  • Awake mental replay of past experiences critical for learning; blocking it stumps memory-guided decision-making in rats
  • SAMHSA report shows trauma-informed care helps improve outcomes among youth exposed to traumatic events

NIMH Update May 1, 2012

  • Agent reduces Autism-like behaviors in mice; Boosts sociability, quells repetitiveness
  • HHS announces new affordable care act options for community-based care; Medicaid and Medicare introduce greater flexibility for beneficiaries to receive care at home or in settings of their choice
  • VA adding family therapists and mental health counselors to workforce
  • VA to increase mental health staff by 1,900

NIMH Update April 15, 2012

  • Spontaneous gene glitches linked to Autism risk with older dads: Non-inherited mutations spotlight role of environment
  • Pattern recognition technology may help predict future mental illness in teens
  • Adults experiencing mental illness have higher rates of certain chronic physical illnesses
  • New demonstration program to help states to improve the quality of care for patients with psychiatric emergency

NIMH Update April 1, 2012

  • Brain wiring a no-brainer?
  • Friendly-to-a-fault, yet tense: Personality traits traced in brain
  • Possible causes of sudden onset OCD in kids broadened
  • Study provides clues for designing new anti-addiction medications
  • NIH brain imaging study finds evidence of basis for caregiving impulse
  • HHS announces new members of the interagency autism coordinating committee
  • US Labor Department announces availability of $12 million in grants to provide employment services for formerly incarcerated females
  • FDA approves first generic Lexapro to treat depression and anxiety disorder
  • SAMHSA provides new online tools for consumers and providers of mental health services to make informed treatment decisions
  • Women on probation or parole more likely to experience mental illness

NIMH Update March 15, 2012

  • Computer-based treatment eases anxiety symptoms in children: Small clinical trial supports larger scale testing
  • Linked brain centers mature in sync: Imaging reveals underlying unity between brain structure and development
  • NIH-funded study defines treatment window for HIV-positive children infected at birth EEOC issues revised publications on employment of veterans with disabilities
  • SAMHSA, MacArthur collaborate to improve how juvenile justice system responds to the behavioral health needs of youth
  • Confused by genetic tests? NIH's new online tool may help

NIMH Update March 1, 2012

  • Variation in brain development seen in infants with Autism; NIH research network identifies differences in brain structure as early as six months
  • VA introduces text messaging to expand efforts to prevent suicide
  • Report shows 7.5 million children live with a parent with an alcohol use disorder
  • NIDA creates easy-to-read website on drug abuse

NIMH Update February 15, 2012

  • Gene regulator in brain's executive hub tracked across lifespan; mental illness suspect genes are among the most environmentally responsive
  • NIH clinical research trials and you: Agency-wide resource provides important information for the public and health care providers
  • New York-based employment program helps ex-prisoners transition successfully
  • Child abuse and neglect cost the United States $124 billion; rivals cost of other high profile public health problems
  • Nearly half of all substance abuse treatment admissions involving college students were primarily for treating alcohol disorders

NIMH Update February 1, 2012

  • Ethnic disparities persist in depression diagnosis and treatment among older Americans
  • National report finds one-in-five Americans experienced mental illness in the past year; substance dependence and abuse rates higher among those experiencing mental illness
  • CDC study explores role of drugs, drive-by shootings, and other crimes in gang homicides

NIMH Update January 15, 2012

  • Atypical antipsychotic more effective than older drugs in treating childhood mania, but side effects can be serious
  • Turning on dormant gene may hold key for correcting a neurodevelopmental defect
  • NIH establishes national center for advancing translational sciences: new center to speed movement of discoveries from lab to patients
  • Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence widespread in the United States
  • Illicit drug related emergency department visits vary by metropolitan area
  • SAMHSA announces a working definition of “recovery” from mental and substance use disorders

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2011 Updates

NIMH Update December 15, 2011

  • NDAR Federation creates largest source of Autism research data to date
  • Suspect gene variants boost PTSD risk after mass shooting
  • Cigarette and alcohol use at historic low among teens
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants: drug safety communication - use during pregnancy and potential risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
  • Many young children overdosing from medicines at home: new educational program reminds parents to keep medication “up and away and out of sight”
  • SAMHSA and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline collaborate with Facebook to help those in crisis
  • New report shows treatment admissions for abuse of prescription pain relievers have risen 430 percent from 1999-2009
  • VA and HUD report decline in veteran homelessness; VA announces $100 million to expand homeless prevention program
  • Children with special health care needs more likely to have health care access problems
  • HRSA issues 2011 report on the health status, health behaviors, and use of health care by U.S. women

NIMH Update December 1, 2011

  • Neurons grown from skin cells may hold clues to Autism
  • Training peers improves social outcomes for some kids with Autism
  • Interventions show promise in treating depression among preschoolers
  • HIV variants in spinal fluid may hold clues in development of HIV-related dementia
  • NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report describes oldest Americans
  • Spouse telephone support program demonstrates improved quality of life
  • Study shows nearly a ten-fold increase in the number of hospital emergency department visits involving non-alcohol energy drinks between 2005 and 2009
  • Justice Department research shows that school-level interventions reduce dating violence by up to 50 percent

NIMH Update November 15, 2011

  • Widely used screening tool shown to successfully predict suicide attempts
  • NIH-funded study shows pre-birth brain growth problems linked to autism
  • NIH announces results from first large scale study on treatment of prescription opioid addiction
  • NIH, Musicares and Grammy Foundation hail teen artists during National Drug Facts Week
  • NIDA-funded research in mice shows that nicotine primes the brain to enhance cocaine's effects
  • Updated NIH sleep disorders research plan seeks to promote and protect sleep health
  • Risk factors for post-traumatic stress symptomatology in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans similar to those observed in Vietnam veterans
  • VA plans 3,000 units of housing for veterans at 25 locations nationwide
  • VA introduces make the connection: shared experiences and support for veterans
  • Intentional poisonings result in 14,720 emergency department visits in a year
  • Hospital emergency department visits involving the misuse of the muscle relaxant drug carisoprodol have doubled over five years, study shows
  • New study shows residential substance abuse treatment programs are operating at 89 percent of capacity
  • Obama administration announces winners of Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge
  • New study shows smokers underutilize proven treatment and services for quitting

NIMH Update November 1, 2011

  • Human brains are made of the same stuff, despite DNA differences; gene expression databases reveal “consistent molecular architecture”
  • Perinatal antidepressant stunts brain development in rats; miswired brain circuitry traced to early exposure
  • National survey dispels notion that social phobia is the same as shyness
  • NIH grant to help translate addiction research into practice
  • CMS decision: screening for depression in adults
  • CDC study shows suicidal thoughts and behavior vary among U.S. adults
  • FDA approves first generic olanzapine to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
  • Report finds parent training effective for treating young children with ADHD

NIMH Update October 15, 2011

  • Brain chemical linked to joylessness provides insight into teen depression
  • Mental illness rates by state highlighted in new report
  • NIH releases clinician's guide for screening underage drinkers
  • NIH study finds doctors miss many alcohol screening opportunities
  • Social media may help identify college drinking problems
  • New report shows that on average 15.6 years elapses between when adults in treatment first used a substance and when they were first admitted for treatment
  • VA debuts documentary highlighting heroes, polytrauma system of care
  • SAMHSA awards up to $25 million to expand use of health information technology
  • Federal agencies join forces to award $13 million to enhance drug courts
  • Department of justice awards $20 million to support mentoring children of military families
  • Affordable care act to support quality improvement and access to primary care for more Americans

NIMH Update October 1, 2011

  • Prescribed stimulant use for ADHD continues to rise steadily
  • Adding psychotherapy to medication treatment improves outcomes in pediatric OCD
  • Survey assesses trends in psychiatric hospitalization rates
  • NIH study finds hospitalizations increase for alcohol and drug overdoses
  • Some progress reported in reaching people on probation and parole with behavioral health services
  • Insufficient sleep among high school students associated with a variety of health-risk behaviors
  • SAMHSA announces FY 2012 guidance for submissions to National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
  • NIH to fund development of K-12 neuroscience education programs
  • SAMHSA awards $1.8 million to prevent suicide and prescription drug misuse among older adults
  • SAMHSA awards $7 million to address childhood traumatic stress
  • SAMHSA awarding up to $600,000 in peer-to-peer recovery support services in supplemental grants to community-based organizations
  • SAMHSA awards up to $27.7 million in grants to help provide services to those who are chronically homeless
  • ED awards $15.2 million in elementary and secondary school counseling grants for FY 2011
  • HHS announces $224 million to support evidence-based home visiting programs to help parents and children

NIMH Update September 15, 2011

  • Continued use of stimulants for ADHD likely does not increase risk for hypertension, but may affect heart rate
  • Violence during pregnancy linked to reduced birth weight
  • National survey shows a rise in illicit drug use from 2008 to 2010
  • SAMHSA awards up to $1.1 million to provide follow-up services to people at high risk of suicide
  • SAMHSA awards up to $6.4 million in grants for children’s mental health systems in American Indian/Alaska native communities
  • SAMHSA awards up to $1.5 million for the historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health
  • SAMHSA awards up to $12.2 million in minority fellowship program grants
  • HHS awards $137 million to states to boost prevention and public health
  • NIH-supported studies show online course helps reduce harmful college drinking
  • ED awards $1.2 million to 11 small businesses to develop technology for people with disabilities
  • White House drug policy office awards more than $88 million to local communities to prevent youth substance use

NIMH Update September 1, 2011

  • White House names NIMH a “Champion of Change” for its suicide prevention efforts
  • Autism risk in younger siblings may be higher than previously thought
  • Biology, not just society, may increase risk of binge eating during puberty
  • New neurons in adult brain buffer stress
  • Scientists show how gene variant linked to ADHD could operate
  • Study links low DHA levels to suicide risk among U.S. military personnel
  • CDC report identifies need for increased monitoring of adult mental illness
  • HHS tightens financial conflict
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