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  1. FDA OKs New Schizophrenia, Bipolar Drug

    Aug. 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Saphris to treat schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder in adults. "Mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be devastating to patients and families, requiring lifelong treatment and therapy," Thomas Laughren, MD, director of

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  2. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder: Gene Link?

    Jan. 15, 2009 -- The largest study ever to track bipolar disorder and schizophrenia within families offers evidence that the two psychiatric disorders share a common genetic cause. For more than a century the psychiatric community has debated whether schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were two disti

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  3. Bipolar Kids Suffer as Adults, Too

    Oct. 6, 2008 -- Children who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder can continue to suffer from the disease as they develop into young adults. That's according to a new study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, which was published in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry

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  4. Bipolar Risk for Kids Born to Older Dads

    Sept. 2, 2008 -- A new study suggests that children born from older fathers are at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder. Earlier research has shown a link between older paternal age and risk for autism and schizophrenia. The new findings appear in the September issue of Archives of Psychiat

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  5. Bipolar Disorder Overdiagnosed?

    May 6, 2008 (Washington) -- Many people who have been told by their doctors that they have bipolar disorder don't really have it. So say researchers who used a standardized, comprehensive, psychiatric diagnostic interview to evaluate 700 adult psychiatric outpatients. About 20% had previously been d

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  6. Tamoxifen May Help Treat Bipolar Mania

    March 3, 2008 -- Tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug, appears to help treat the manic phase of bipolar disorder. Researchers say the discovery should help them come up with even better drugs to treat bipolar patients. In a newly published study from Turkey, roughly half the manic patients wh

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  7. A Blood Test for Mood Disorders?

    Feb. 25, 2008 -- Scientists may be one step closer to creating a blood test for bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. Mood disorders may have blood biomarkers -- chemicals in blood -- that can be detected, new research shows. In a preliminary study, researchers identified 10 biomarkers in blood

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  8. 1 Decade, 40 Times More Bipolar Kids

    Sept. 4, 2007 -- Today's children and teens are 40 times more likely to have bipolar disorder than were the children of 10 years ago. That's 20 times faster than the growth in diagnoses of adult bipolar disorder over the same decade. Are we only now discovering a huge reservoir of untreated psychiat

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  9. Many Genes May Affect Bipolar Disorder

    May 8, 2007 -- Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, may be influenced by several genes, a new study shows. The findings may one day lead to new treatments for bipolar disorder. "Treatments that target just a few of these genes or the proteins they make could yield substantial benefits

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  10. Bipolar Illness Widely Underdiagnosed

    May 7, 2007 -- There appear to be almost twice as many Americans with bipolar disorder as previously thought, and many are not getting the treatments they need, researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health report. Once thought of as a single mental illness, bipolar disorder is increasing

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