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New Antidepressant: Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure-Seeking Ahead Of Other Antidepressant Action

PET scans revealed that ketamine rapidly restored bipolar depressed patients’ ability to anticipate pleasurable experiences by boosting activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (yellow) and related circuitry. Picture shows PET scan data superimposed on anatomical MRI.
Source: Carlos Zarate, MD, NIMH Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch

A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of — and ahead of — its other antidepressant effects, in a National Institutes of Health trial. Within 40 minutes after a single infusion of ketamine, treatment-resistant depressed bipolar disorder patients experienced a reversal of a key symptom — loss of interest in [...]

Many Older People Have Mutations Linked To Leukemia, Lymphoma In Their Blood Cells

Li Ding, PhD, and colleagues at Washington University's Genome Institute found that many older people have mutations linked to leukemia and lymphoma in their blood cells.
Source: Washington University in St. Louis

At least 2% of people over age 40 and 5% of people over 70 have mutations linked to leukemia and lymphoma in their blood cells, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Mutations in the body’s cells randomly accumulate as part of the aging process, and most are harmless. [...]

Males With IBS Report More Social Stress Than Females

UB's Lackner says the research may be relevant to the ways in which males with IBS relate to their physicians.
Source:Douglas Levere, University at Buffalo

One of the few studies to examine gender differences among patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has found that males with the condition experience more interpersonal difficulties than do females with the condition. The findings challenge what had been predicted by the University at Buffalo investigator and his colleagues. The study, “Understanding gender differences in [...]

After Heart Ailments, Urological Issues Are The Most Common Conditions For Newborns, And Those Ailments Affect Girls More Than Boys

Source: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physician-scientist Roger E. De Filippo, MD, an associate professor of urology and director of Pediatric Urology Stem Cell Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California discusses how science, technology and parental care can lead to improved pediatric urological health.

Improving Bladder Function Among People With Spinal Cord Injuries

This is V. Reggie Edgerton, University of California - Los Angeles.
Source: V. Reggie Edgerton Reed Hutchinson/UCLA

People who have suffered spinal cord injuries are often susceptible to bladder infections, and those infections can cause kidney damage and even death. New UCLA research may go a long way toward solving the problem. A team of scientists studied 10 paralyzed rats that were trained daily for six weeks with epidural stimulation of the [...]