Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 22 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Jan-2004-Jan-2004
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In a panic? Not your fault: Emotion-regulating protein lacking in panic disorder
Three brain areas of panic disorder patients are lacking in a key component of a chemical messenger system that regulates emotion, researchers at the NIH's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have discovered. Brain scans revealed that a type of serotonin receptor is reduced by nearly a third in three structures straddling the center of the brain. The finding is the first in living humans to show that the receptor, which is pivotal to the action of widely prescribed anti-anxiety medications, may be abnormal in the disorder, and may help to explain how genes might influence vulnerability. more

Information for patients: Understanding panic disorder
Fear...heart palpitations...terror, a sense of impending doom...dizziness...fear of fear. The words used to describe panic disorder are often frightening. But there is great hope: Treatment can benefit virtually everyone who has this condition. It is extremely important for the person who has panic disorder to learn about the problem and the availability of effective treatments and to seek help.  more

Information for patients: Medications and mental disorders
This booklet, designed to help persons who use mental health services to be well informed about medications for mental illnesses, has been completely revised . Offers descriptions of mental illnesses and the medications prescribed for them, together with an alphabetical listing of medications, including all those that have been approved since the last edition of the booklet. (PDF).  more


Most people with diabetes do not meet treatment goals: Study finds little improvement in last decade
Less than 12 percent of people with diagnosed diabetes meet the recommended goals for blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol despite a great deal of research showing that controlling these conditions dramatically delays or prevents diabetes complications. Moreover, the percentage of people who achieve these targets has changed little in the last decade.  more

Information for patients: Power to control diabetes is in your hands
This booklet discusses blood glucose measurement and steps patients can take to control their blood sugar. The information explores the many types of blood glucometers and ways patients can receive diabetes education to fit their need. (PDF)  more

Women more vulnerable to mental illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
High levels of estrogen may enhance the brain's response to stress, making women more vulnerable to mental illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a Yale study.  more

Two proteins may help prevent Alzheimer's brain plaques
A study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests two proteins work together in mice to prevent formation of brain plaques characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.  more

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