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A Handheld Treatment for PTSD?

With new discoveries by McLean Hospital researchers, a fast and effective treatment for PTSD, anxiety, and addiction disorders could be close at hand. Literally. Right now, work is underway to develop a handheld inhaler containing xenon gas that could be used to block traumatic memories as soon as they are experienced. Whether used in a clinical setting or self-administered in the real world,...

McLean Researchers Awarded Allowance for a Method to Treat PTSD and Other Disorders with Xenon Gas

Researchers from McLean Hospital have been issued a patent allowance for their invention involving the use of xenon gas to aid in the treatment of addiction and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The allowance indicates that, pending administrative actions, a patent will be issued to Edward G. Meloni, PhD, an investigator in the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory at...

Brain Imaging Study Suggests Long-Term Steroid Use Can Lead to Significant Brain Structural and Functional Abnormalities

Results of the first systematic brain imaging study conducted on long-term users of anabolic-androgenic steroids reveal significant brain structural and functional abnormalities, according to doctors at McLean Hospital. An article detailing their findings, “Brain and Cognition Abnormalities in Long-Term Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Users,” was published last month in the journal Drug and Alcohol...

Imaging Innovations: Two Groundbreaking Techniques Offer the Possibility of Direct Relief

Innovations in neuroimaging enable McLean scientists to investigate the structure and function of the brain to diagnose and develop treatments for many mental health conditions. Now two groundbreaking techniques go a step further: offering the possibility of direct relief from memories of traumatic events and bipolar or major depression. Edward G. Meloni, PhD, assistant psychologist at McLean,...

Xenon Exposure Shown to Block Traumatic Memories: Potential New Treatment for People with PTSD

In a study published earlier this year, McLean Hospital researchers found that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders. “In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing memories of traumatic events,” says Edward G. Meloni, PhD, assistant...

Potential New Treatment for PTSD Discovered

McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders. “In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing memories of traumatic events,” said Edward G. Meloni, PhD, assistant psychologist at McLean Hospital...

Bridging Distances: Patricia and James Poitras Fund McLean’s Novel Research Study with MIT

The distance between McLean Hospital and MIT is a mere eight miles, but that is vast in the world of scientific collaborations. Longtime McLean and MIT donors Pat and Jim Poitras decided to bridge the distance by supporting an innovative study bringing together the two research powerhouses to investigate the brain abnormalities at the root of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). “We wanted to...