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  • Cathy Barr, The Toronto Western Hospital
  • Ruth Benca, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Secondo Fassino, Turin University
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  • Ute Lewitzka, TU Dresden
  • Paul Lysaker, VA Medical center
  • Frank Neuner, Bielefeld University
  • Mark Powers, University of Texas at Austin
  • Lon S Schneider, University of Southern California
  • Florian Seemüller, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Emanuel Severus, TU Dresden
  • Martin Teicher, Harvard Medical School
  • Wei Wang, Zhejiang University School of Medicine

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  • Alice Murray, BioMed Central


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    Cerebral metabolism in depression

    A review of the literature suggests that a decrease in insular activity might play a key role in the neuropathology of depression, but further research is required to find the specific brain regions involved.

    BMC Psychiatry 2014, 14:321
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    Onset of metal disorders for victims of gender-based violence

    Two thirds of women exposed to gender based violence report the first onset of ‘mental disturbance’ in the first 1-5 years of the abuse, calling for increased preventative action to be taken during this time.

    BMC Psychiatry 2014, 14:312
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    Asking for help

    In a selected South-East London community, 62.6% of people sought informal help for their mental health problems, highlighting the importance of informal services and research into this sector.

    BMC Psychiatry 2014, 14:275
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    Risk factors for depression in Parkinson's disease

    In a Sri Lankan sample,  depression in Parkinson's disease was found to be significantly associated with the stage of illness, as well as functional impairment and caregiver dependence amongst other factors.

    BMC Psychiatry 2014, 14:278
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    Oxidative stress in schizophrenia

    Blood sampling results suggest that the protein 'neurotrophin 4/5' could have a protective role against oxidative stress, which seems to have a positive impact on neurocognition in schizophrenia.

    BMC Psychiatry 2014, 14:268



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