Our Cousins the Chimps
Genetic research by Dr. Daniel Geschwind, professor of human genetics and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a professor at the Semel Institute, on how human and chimp brains developed differently, was cited April 11 in a Philadelphia Inquirer column.
Genetics & neurochemistry
11 Apr 11
Psychedelic Drug Cuts Brain Blood Flow and Connections
Charles Grob, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor–UCLA, was featured in an April 8 New Scientist article. His research shows that small doses of psilocybin, or "magic mushrooms,” may cut depression in people with late-stage cancer.
8 Apr 11
Medscape published an article about the Alzheimer’s gene APOE-4 by Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging.
29 Mar 11
Tai Chi May Lift Depression in Seniors
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and her research finding that tai chi combined with medication improved elderly people’s depression and enhanced their memory was covered March 18 by the New York Times, TIME, London Mirror, the Independent (London) and Times of India, among others.
“Tai Chi Eases Depression in Elderly” http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/tai-chi-eases-depression-in-eld...
“Good News: Tai Chi Helps Fight Depression among the Elderly” http://healthland.time.com/2011/03/18/good-news-tai-chi-helps-fight-depr...
“Tai Chi May Lift Depression in Seniors” http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/tai-chi-may-...
“Personal Health: News and Notes” http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-21/news/29171529_1_tai-chi-cardiac-ar...
18 Mar 11
Tai Chi Beats Back Depression in the Elderly
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured in a March 16 RedOrbit report on her study showing that practicing the ancient martial art tai chi chih helped depressed seniors lower their depression levels.
16 Mar 11
How Mindfulness Can Add to Your Well Being
Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at the Mindful Awareness Research Center in the Semel Institute, was featured in a March 2-9 web-based New Dimensions Radio interview about the center and her book, “Fully Present.”
Mind and body
9 Mar 11
Cigarettes Make Teens Want to Smoke More Cigarettes
A new study by Edythe London, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured March 3 by the Orange County Register, AOL Health and LA Weekly blogs and KCRW-89.9 FM, and March 4 on KTSM-Ch. 9 (El Paso). Her research found that smoking can lower activity in teens' prefrontal cortex, the brain region that guides decision-making and other important functions.
“Smoking May Alter Brain in Teens” http://www.ocregister.com/articles/teens-290641-smoking-most.html
“Study: Smoking Impacts 'Decision-Making' Part of Teens' Brains” http://www.aolhealth.com/2011/03/03/teen-smoking-reckless-decisions/
“UCLA Study: Cigarettes Make Teens Want to Smoke More Cigarettes” http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/teens_smoke_cigarettes_brain.php
“Mom Was Right? Teen Smokers are Altering Brain
3 Mar 11