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A Revelation About DREADDs: A New Neuroscience Technique with Promise for Clinical Psychiatric Treatment

A Revelation About DREADDs: A New Neuroscience Technique with Promise for Clinical Psychiatric Treatment

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In an essay I published last year for the Lasker Essay Contest (and republished in our blog), I described optogenetics and chemogenetics, two technologies recently developed for basic neuroscience research that have the potential to improve the way we treat psychiatric illness. The major drawback to drugs currently prescribed for diseases such as depression, PTSD,(...)

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How to Beat the Third-Year Slump

How to Beat the Third-Year Slump

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After their qualifying exams are over and most of their required coursework is completed, graduate students disperse back to their labs for the long haul. Most classes and exams occur in the first year or two of a Ph.D. program; afterward, students focus full-time on their independent studies and dedicate their time to pursuing their(...)

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Improving Wellness for Health Care Providers

Improving Wellness for Health Care Providers

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To maintain wellness in the medical profession, wellness must be brought to the forefront as an issue for the medical community. The emphasis on wellness should start early while physicians are still in their training and continue in the workplace. At the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Student Wellness Initiative, led by Jenny(...)

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New Frontiers in Major Depressive Disorder Treatment

New Frontiers in Major Depressive Disorder Treatment

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Major depressive disorder (MDD) afflicts more than 250 million people worldwide and is the most common source of disability for Americans. In addition to counseling and talk therapy, there is a veritable alphabet soup of medications, from amitriptyline to venlafaxine, currently prescribed to treat MDD. Each class of antidepressant acts on an individual or combination(...)

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Tips on Surviving the Intern Blues

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July 1 marked a monumental day for all first-year residents, also known as interns, across the country. All freshly minted medical graduates began the rite of passage of what purports to be the most challenging year in medical training. No longer medical students, interns suddenly must take up the mantle of responsibility and make real-life(...)

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Prostate Cancer Therapy Linked to Depression

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A recent study by researchers from Harvard, MD Anderson and Weill Cornell, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed an association between a common treatment for locally advanced prostate cancer and clinical depression. These results are part of a broader conversation about how prostate cancer is treated and could impact the way that clinicians(...)

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Student Wellness Initiative Promotes Self-Care

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Walking out of a lecture on mood disorders, one of my classmates made the striking remark, “Well, if that’s the definition of depression, then all medical students are depressed.” Even though his comment provoked laughter, I couldn’t help but wonder about the possible, sad truth in it. Like so many psychiatric disorders, the definition of(...)

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Depression in Grad School: What You Need to Know

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While graduate research is often stimulating, fulfilling and rewarding, most graduate students will also experience periods of high stress and frustrating experimental failures or obstacles. Lifestyle choices, such as a healthy diet, exercise, sufficient sleep or meditation, can help students manage stress. However, many graduate students also have symptoms of clinical depression, a serious medical(...)

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