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Do you REALLY know your genetic predisposition?

January 15, 2018 1:57 pm : Best Practice, Brain Science
Do you really know your full multi-generational family history for addiction and/or mental health issues? Genetics plays a key role: upwards of 80% (for bi-polar and schizophrenia) and upwards of 60% for addictions. So, understanding our relative’s mental health and history of addictive behaviors can help us take steps to avoid triggers and build resilience.     When more »

Pathways to the Future

November 19, 2017 8:04 pm : Brain Science BBR Foundation’s special edition!   Keep talking about genetics in our community.  

Scientists identify brain chemical abnormalities in earliest stage of psychosis

October 17, 2017 9:56 am : Brain Science
Read full article in here “Our findings suggest that glycine abnormalities may play a role in the earliest phases of psychotic disorders,” said Dr. Öngür. The researchers also measured increased glutamate levels in patients, which lines up with strong support for elevated glutamate reported in other studies of first-episode psychosis. The elevations in glutamate more »

Largest study to-date finds no Evidence for a Connection of Childhood Trauma and Polygenic Risk for depression

October 17, 2017 9:49 am : Brain Science
Download PDF summary of the study here Scientists perform largest study to-date to answer the question: “Does Childhood Trauma Moderate Polygenetic Risk for Depression?” Conclusion:  To conclude, no overall evidence was found for interaction between PRS and CT. Previously found interaction effects (27, 28) were no longer significant when applying more powerful discovery results. This more »

Nearly 80% percent of schizophrenia risk is genetic

October 9, 2017 5:50 pm : Brain Science, Breaking News
Largest twin study to date pins nearly 80 percent of schizophrenia risk on heritability PsyPost In the largest study of twins in schizophrenia research to date, researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, estimate that as much as 79% of schizophrenia risk may be explained by genetic factors. The estimate indicates that genetics have a more »

Study Identifies Signaling Molecule Involved in Resilience to Stress

September 22, 2017 6:48 pm : Brain Science, Breaking News
BBR study  Researchers find brain signaling by lipid 2-AG is important in promoting resilience. The findings suggest that a drug boosting 2-AG levels is a potentially useful approach for those engaged in trying to find new ways to treat stress-related psychiatric disorders, the researchers said.

Perspectives on Genetics!

July 4, 2017 12:02 pm : Brain Science, Breaking News
White paper presented at NAMI Conference in more lay terms.  Excellent research.   For years we have been providing mental health outreach in our local El Dorado County encouraging everyone to do their family tree for both mental health and addiction of any kind.   Notice that Schizophrenia, BiPolar and Autism Spectrum Disorder are highest more »

Cannabis Users Have 500% Increased Risk for Schizophrenia, Increased Risk from Alcohol and Other illegal Drugs Too

June 24, 2017 10:02 am : Brain Science This is an important and large new study that again confirms the increased risk of psychosis for young people using cannabis, but also many other street drugs, including alcohol. (Note, we’ve included the full research paper at the end of this post).   Avoid use of cannabis, alcohol, and other street drugs – if you more »

Differential brain network activity across mood states in Bipolar disorder

June 22, 2017 1:01 pm : Brain Science  

Trial Finds Rapid Reduction in Suicidal Thoughts after Ketamine Treatment in Patients with Bipolar Disorder

June 21, 2017 1:42 pm : Brain Science Ketamine reduced suicidal thoughts in bipolar disorder within 24 hours in a small randomized trial. Thoughts of suicide in patients with bipolar disorder declined significantly within 24 hours following treatment with ketamine, according to a small randomized trial reported April 28 in the journal Bipolar Disorders. As many as 25 percent of people with bipolar disorder make more »

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