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Research snapshot: Choline supplement shows small gains in memory performance for kids with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) affect more than two percent of the population, yet there is little physicians know of that can be done to help improve the brain damage those children suffer. Utilizing a choline supplement after birth for children with FASDs could be a potential option, a University of Minnesota Medical School clinical trial found.

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First World Suicide Report released on World Suicide Prevention Day at University of Minnesota

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created the World Suicide Report in collaboration with nations around the world. It is being released today in the USA in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day by SAVE, IASP and the University of Minnesota.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 800,000 people die by suicide each year, one person every 40 seconds, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 15-29 years old.

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U of M psychiatry experts, Minnesota legislators align to advance first episode psychosis programs

Last weekend, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar visited the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic to host a roundtable discussion around first episode psychosis and to discuss options for improving the care and long-term prognosis for patients suffering psychiatric illness.

Recent federal legislation allocated more behavioral health funding to establish new first episode programs at the state level or bolster existing programs like the one found at the University of Minnesota.

According to Charles Schulz, M.D., chair of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, Senator Klobuchar has an active interest in mental health but shares the concerns of University providers around the average time it takes patients to receive treatment from the onset of their disease, a statistic that continues to hover around a year and a half.

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UMN, community groups partner to address mental illness in the homeless

In 2005, the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry partnered with People Incorporated Mental Health Services and other service providers to address this issue. Together, they created two Safe Haven shelters to help those who are homeless and suffering with mental illness on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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U of M Head of Psychiatry receives Fenton Award

Charles Schulz, M.D., head of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, has received the 2013 Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care for his advancement of care in patients battling schizophrenia.

Each year, the award is given to clinical providers who demonstrate unwavering dedication to patients and who advance schizophrenia research for patients and their families.

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Minnesota autism registry to unite researchers, families

A new voluntary registry for families of children with autism is ready to be utilized.

The Focus in NeuroDevelopment (FIND) Registry will provide participants information about new research and educational opportunities, community groups and other services offered in Minnesota.

The registry is a collaboration led by the University of Minnesota and is bringing together organizations serving people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) and other community partners interested in brain development. The first of its kind database has researchers and clinicians excited about the possibilities.

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