Psychiatry

The Genetics of Normal

April 11, 2011

In the 11 years since the blueprint of human life was decoded by the Human Genome Project, much of the focus has been on when those instructions fail. Scientists have used our newfound genetic knowledge to look for the roots of common and rare [Read more]

An Eating Disorder Iceberg, Revealed

March 14, 2011

For some diseases, taking a census is easy. Most people who have cancer are diagnosed with the disease before they die and seek treatment, allowing for the collection of detailed national cancer statistics. But other diseases tend to hide in the [Read more]

Copy Errors and Schizophrenia Genes

March 2, 2011

Here’s how genetic medicine was supposed to work. Once the basic menu of human genes was mapped by the Human Genome Project, scientists could turn their attention to gene variants associated with common diseases. These disease-associated [Read more]

The Off-Label Antipsychotic Surge

January 20, 2011

If you watch enough football games, you might come away with the impression that today’s most profitable drugs are for erectile dysfunction, cholesterol, and allergies. But far less public attention is paid to one of the most expensive classes [Read more]