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Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

Medications taken by people with bipolar disorder may actually be nudging hundreds of genes that direct the brain to behave more normally, according to new research. 

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Translation of Science to Service: Jean A. Frazier, MD, University of Massachusetts

This paper is Jean Frazier and David Kennedy's contribution to The Balanced Mind Parent Network's series, Translation of the Scientific Evolution of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder.  The series presents the leading researchers' contribution to the field.  It describes the programmatic approach and direction of the labs, the seminal questions which drive their research, a listing of their most important findings and a summary of how their work impacts the field.   The Balanced Mind Parent Network is very grateful to Drs. Frazier and Kennedy for sharing their vision with our readers.

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In the Media: April 2010

Education, Medication, and More

A genetic test for bipolar disorder is on the horizon say researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine. 

The scientists published a “prototype” for laboratory testing in the online edition of the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics.  (Read More)   


Prevention Program Helps Teens Override a Gene Linked to Risky Behavior

A family-based prevention program designed to help adolescents avoid substance use and other risky behavior proved especially effective for a group of young teens with a genetic risk factor contributing toward such behavior, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), components of the National Institutes of Health, supported the study, which appears in the May/June issue of Child Development.

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