How Are Mood Disorders Treated

The treatment of mood disorders is one of the biggest success stories in modern psychiatry, or for that matter in modern medicine. Effective treatments are available for both mania and depression. Four general classes of treatment are available mood stabilizers, antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychotherapy. Mood stabilizers are primarily used to treat bipolar disorder. As the name suggests, they abort the activity of the emotional roller coaster and even out the mood swings so...

One Hundred Years after Mendel The Double Helix and the Central Dogma

Although Mendel's work eventually provided pivotal insights for understanding the molecular and metabolic basis of inherited diseases and inherited traits, it passed unnoticed for many years, in part because Mendel himself did not publicize it. People speculate that he may have been concerned about disapproval from the Roman Catholic Church. The next major breakthrough occurred nearly one hundred years later. Two brash young men, the American James Watson and the Briton Francis Crick, published...