Bradley clinicians treat nearly 4,000 children each year from as young as nine months to the age of 21. We help 7-year-olds struggling with eating disorders and 12-year-olds who fight a daily battle with depression. We diagnose and treat children with profound developmental disabilities to help them become as self-sufficient as possible. We work with each child and the child's family, to strengthen families.
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Their work is making a difference for children not just at Bradley but throughout the world. At Bradley Hospital, we are creating new ways to keep children out of the hospital by expanding the resources we have for preventive mental health care and after care following hospitalization. To do this, we need your financial support. Every gift, no matter the size, will be put to good use in improving the lives of children and adolescents throughout the region.
When a human cell has an abnormal number of copies of a section of its DNA, scientists call this a copy-number variation. For example, a chromosome that normally has sections in order as A-B-C-D might instead have sections A-B-C-C-D (a duplication of "C") or A-B-D (a deletion of "C").
A recent study led by Eric Morrow, MD, PhD, explores the role of copy-number variations in the genetic roots of autism, intellectual disability and schizophrenia. According to Morrow, copy-number variations play an important role in the genetic susceptibility to these childhood neuropsychiatric disorders and, in some cases, these genetic findings may be relevant to clinical diagnosis and treatment.
Recent studies suggest the number of children and teens being treated for bipolar disorder has increased dramatically over the last decade, yet experts say there is much that is still unknown about the brain mechanisms that play a role in this disorder.
But new work from Bradley Hospital researchers sheds new light on the disorder by showing that bipolar youth have intrinsic brain activation changes - a discovery that could someday help clinicians make more accurate diagnoses and lead to more effective treatments.
Previous brain imaging studies have compared the brain function of children with bipolar disorder to their healthy peers during certain tests of attention, decision-making and in response to facial expressions. But recent work shows that only five percent of the brain's energy is spent on such cognitive or emotional processes. This new study by Bradley researchers is the first study ever to use a state-of-the-art method to evaluate how the brain spends the other 95 percent in children with bipolar disorder. Read More and Watch Video > >