Jun 25 2019
By studying the behaviors and experiences of at-risk individuals, researchers hope to identify signs of an oncoming episode of psychosis. Past research indicates that language patterns are one such sign. A new study used a machine learning system to analyze the speech patterns of 30 young people at risk of developing psychosis and 30,000 contributors to the social network site Reddit. The machine learning system was able to predict which at-risk individuals would develop psychosis in the following two years with 93% accuracy. This represents a major opportunity to intervene and potentially prevent poor outcomes for at-risk individuals. To learn more about this study, please visit the NIH website.
Jun 05 2019
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to medications. When the interaction between a specific gene variant and a medication is well-understood, genetic testing can help a prescriber select which medication is most likely to be effective. This could be a significant improvement for people seeking treatment for depression, as they often try multiple medications before finding one that is effective. Beginning in 2020, the National Human Genome Research Institute will conduct clinical trials to determine whether genetic testing improves the efficacy of prescribing medications for chronic conditions, including depression. To learn more about the trials, please visit the NIH website.
Jun 01 2019
A new training program from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is now available online. The free four-course program for behavioral health professionals is designed to improve cultural and linguistic competency. Participants will learn basic concepts of cultural identity, increase self-awareness of their own identity and learn how to build stronger therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds. Licensed alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers can receive 4–5 contact hours for completing the program. To learn more, please visit the HHS website.