Renewing the Debate over Electroshock Therapy
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured in a Jan. 26 segment on KPCC-89.3 FM’s Larry Mantle show, discussing electro-convulsive therapy and the Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to downgrade the treatment’s risk classification.
26 Jan 11
Growth Hormone also a Memory Booster
Dr. Alcino Silva, a professor of neurobiology and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, commented Jan. 26 in Science and Live Science on a new study identifying a naturally occurring hormone that boosts memory retention in animals.
“Growth Hormone also a Memory Booster” http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/01/growth-hormone-also-a-memo...
“Hormone Holds Promise as Memory Enhancer” http://www.livescience.com/health/hormone-boosts-memory-110126.html
26 Jan 11
Cognitive Training to Improve Memory Just as Effective as Other Intellectual Activities
Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, commented Jan. 14 in a KNBC story about a new book about Ronald Reagan. In addition, he was quoted Jan. 25 in a Medscape article about studies on the effectiveness of cognitive training to improve memory.
“Cognitive Training to Improve Memory Just as Effective as Other Intellectual Activities” http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/736278
“Dr. Gary Small Interview – KNBC” http://showroom.multivisioninc.com/share.do?id=139720&key=esDjyCeLeYEHQL...
26 Jan 11
The Real Issue in Arizona: Schizophrenia
Dr. Stephen Marder, professor of psychiatry and director of the Section on Psychosis at the Semel Institute, was featured in two WashingtonPost.com articles on Jan. 14 about accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner and the suggestion he may suffer from schizophrenia. Marder discussed what the symptoms of the disorder are.
“The Real Issue in Arizona: Schizophrenia (Part 1)” http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/the_real_issue_in_ar...
“The Real Issue in Arizona: Schizophrenia (Part 2)” http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/the_real_issue_in_ar...
14 Jan 11
Probability of Full Recovery from Body Dysmorphic Disorder Good over Time
Dr. Jamie Feusner, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program, was quoted in a Jan. 14 Medscape Today article about the long-term recovery rates of people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition characterized by a person’s obsession over nonexistent or slight defects in their physical appearance.
14 Jan 11
Bupropion, Varenicline May Decrease Brain Reactivity to Smoking Cues
Dr. Arthur Brody, professor of psychiatry and director of the smoking cessation programs at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center, was interviewed Jan.12 by Medscape Today and in Jan. 4 news reports on nine NBC-TV affiliates. He discussed his research showing that the drug bupropion changes how smokers’ brains react to smoking cues.
12 Jan 11
Autism Risk Rises in Closely Spaced Pregnancies, Study Finds
Rita Cantor, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, commented Jan. 10 in an MSNBC.com story on new research that suggests that autism risk triples when a child is conceived within 12 months of his or her next older sibling. The report also appeared on ThirdAge.com and the (Taiwanese) Liberty Times.
“Autism Risk Rises in Closely Spaced Pregnancies, Study Finds” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40990120/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/
“Autism Risk: Risk of Autism Rises in Closely Spaced Pregnancies” http://www.thirdage.com/news/autism-risk-risk-autism-rises-closely-space...
The Liberty Times (Taiwan) http://iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/liveNews/news.php?no=452119&type=%E5...
10 Jan 11
Marilu Henner Remembers Every Single Minute of Her Life
Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, was featured Jan. 9 in NBC’s “Today Show” about actress Marilu Henner's unusual ability to clearly recall nearly every moment of her life. He also was interviewed Jan. 4 for a CNBC documentary about technology’s overwhelming impact on our lives.
“Marilu Henner Remembers Every Single Minute of Her Life” http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/01/06/5778163-marilu-henner-reme...
“CNBC - Crackberry'd: The Truth about Information Overload” http://showroom.multivisioninc.com/share.do?id=139281&key=21sSw4ukcE6hn9...
9 Jan 11
The Teen Brain on Technology
The PBS NewsHour aired a Jan. 6 story on multitasking’s effect on the teenage brain. Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, discussed how technology may alter the way young minds develop, function and interpret information.
6 Jan 11