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  • Genetic Analysis of Symptoms Yields New Insights Into PTSD

    Attempts to identify the genetic causes of neuropsychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through large-scale genome-wide analyses have yielded thousands of potential links. The challenge is further complicated by the wide range of symptoms exhibited by those who have PTSD. For instance, does extreme arousal, anger, or irritation experienced by some have the same genetic basis as the tendency to re-experience traumatic events, another symptom of the disorder? A new study led by researchers at Yale and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) provides answers to some of these questions and uncovers intriguing genetic similarities between PTSD and other mental health disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

    Source: Yale News
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  • Correlates of Homelessness Among Patients in Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Marina Gaeta, a fourth-year Yale School of Medicine student, and Declan Barry, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, are first and senior authors, respectively, of a paper published in Medical Care that evaluates the correlates of homelessness among patients enrolled in low-barrier-to-treatment-access methadone maintenance treatment programs for opioid use disorder.

    Source: Medical Care
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  • WHRY Funds Study on How CBD Affects the Brain

    Women’s Health Research at Yale announced funding to investigate how the presumably non-intoxicating cannabis ingredient cannabidiol (CBD) affects the brain, and if it affects women and men differently. CBD use is growing in popularity exponentially, yet the safety and effectiveness of this non-regulated category of products are unknown.

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  • Simulation in Addiction Education

    In recent years, high-fidelity simulation has proven to be a significantly effective teaching tool in psychiatry and specifically in the treatment of addiction and substance abuse. High-fidelity simulation recreates real-life medical scenarios in a safe learning environment and results in improved medical care and better patient outcomes.

    Source: Simulation in Addiction Education
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