In recent studies on mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering discovered how stem cells "eavesdrop" on communications between neurons in the brain. The findings are reported in the July 29 advance...
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General Mental Illness
Brain and behavior disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – about 1 in 4 adults – suffer from one or more of these disorders in a given year. Brain and behavior disorders are common among children in the United States and are increasingly being recognized and diagnosed at an early age. Just over 20 percent (or 1 in 5) children live with a debilitating mental illness.
Out of the 10 leading causes of disability identified and tracked in the United States and other developed countries; four are brain and behavior disorders: major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
It is estimated that:
- 18% of American adults will suffer from an anxiety disorder each year
- 10% of Americans adults will suffer from depression each year
- 4% of American adults will suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) each year
- 4% of American adults will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder each year
- 3% of American adults will suffer from bipolar disorder each year
- 1% of American adults will suffer from schizophrenia each year
- 1% of American adults will suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) each year
- 1 in every 88 8-year-old children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
(*Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Center for Disease Control)
Zhiping Pang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at UMDNJ-RWJMS-Child Health Institute of New Jersey won the 2012 Freedman Prize on July 27, 2012 for his development of a novel way to study...
The high quality publication International Innovation features an interview with Dr. Herb Pardes, President of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council. Pointing to the complexity of brain and...
In an article that was the cover story of the July 16 issue of Newsweek, NARSAD Grantee Peter C. Whybrow, M.D., Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California in Los...
Brain and behavior disorders are increasingly considered to be caused by altered functioning in the circuitry of the brain. Now known to be a vast and sophisticated network, the circuitry of the brain has proven elusive...