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Butler Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Yoga as a Treatment for Pain
Researchers at Butler Hospital have been awarded a research grant to study yoga and health education classes to treat chronic pain in people with a history of opioid use disorder who are currently receiving opioid agonist therapy (OAT). OAT refers to medications including buprenorphine and methadone. The three-year grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health and totals over $600,000. Details  
Preliminary Research Results Show Promise for Alzheimer’s Treatment
Researchers at Butler Hospital publish breakthrough results from a study of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease. The clinical trial covered a novel antibody therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, called aducanumab. In the study, researchers demonstrate the antibody’s ability to reduce amyloid plaque in the brain and slow cognitive decline, two major markers of Alzheimer’s disease. Details  
Butler Hospital Awards Barbara Ostrove with President’s Award for Employee Excellence
Barbara Ostrove, of Chepachet, RI, has been awarded the President’s Award for Employee Excellence, a quarterly award presented by Butler Hospital. Details  
Butler Hospital Announces New Agreement with Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
A new contract agreement between Butler Hospital and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island is providing greater access to treatment for Rhode Islanders. The agreement, effective March 1, allows people with health insurance through Neighborhood to utilize Butler’s Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, expanding on the variety of services Neighborhood already covers at Butler. Details  
Sara Masri Named Philanthropy Officer for Major Gifts for Butler Hospital
Care New England Health System (CNE) and Butler Hospital are pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Masri as a Philanthropy Officer for Major Gifts. Details  
Butler Hospital Researchers Awarded at National Neuropsychopharmacology Conference
Three research residents from Butler Hospital and Brown University awards receive awards for “best poster” at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Details  
Dr. Julie Forrest Named Chief of Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Treatment Unit at Butler Hospital
Julie Forrest, MD, a psychiatrist at Butler Hospital, has been appointed the hospital’s new Chief of the Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Treatment Unit (ADI). Details  
New Book Explores Acceptance and Mindfulness Therapy for Psychosis
In his new book titled Incorporating Acceptance and Mindfulness into the Treatment of Psychosis: Current Trends and Future Directions, Editor Brandon Gaudiano, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Butler Hospital and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown University, provides a comprehensive look at the history and application of mindfulness and acceptance psychotherapies in the treatment of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia. Details  
Connection Between Childhood Adversity and Psychiatric Disorders Seen at Cellular Level
In a notable new study, Butler Hospital researchers identify an association between biological changes on the cellular level and both childhood adversity and psychiatric disorders. Understanding this biology is necessary to move toward better treatment and prevention options for stress-related psychiatric and medical conditions, and may shed light on the aging process itself. Details  
Patients Benefit from Caregiver Involvement in Discharge
New Butler Hospital research study results show family caregivers involvement in hospitalization and discharge greatly influences patient experience and health outcomes. Details  
Butler Hospital Charity Golf Tournament
Butler Hospital is pleased to announce that the Cavanagh Family and Blish & Cavanagh, LLP are co-sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit Butler on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Shelter Harbor Golf Club. Details  
Butler Hospital's First Endowed Chair for Neurodegenerative Disorders
Investing in the future of understanding and treating neurodegenerative disorders, Butler Hospital announces the creation of its first endowed chair honoring the work of Stanley M. Aronson, MD. Details  
Butler and Rhode Island Hospitals to Test 'Brain Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's
After showing promise in early phase trials, Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital are now conducting a large study of deep brain stimulation for Alzheimer's disease.  
Care New England/The Providence Center Affiliation
With the goal of enhancing the delivery of behavioral health care in the region, Care New England and The Providence Center have entered into an affiliation agreement that will integrate and strengthen behavioral health services across community-based and hospital-based systems of care. Read more  
ECT Study Results
57 Care New England Physicians Named to Best Doctors List
Fifty-seven physicians in the Care New England Health System (CNE) – including Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Women & Infant Hospital – have made the Best Doctors in America list (www.bestdoctors.com) for 2013, placing them among the top five percent of doctors in the country. Read more  
57 Care New England Physicians Named to Best Doctors List
Fifty-seven physicians in the Care New England Health System (CNE) – including Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Women & Infant Hospital – have made the Best Doctors in America list (www.bestdoctors.com) for 2013, placing them among the top five percent of doctors in the country. Read more  
Study Finds Faults in Proposed DSM-5 Diagnosis
A much anticipated addition to the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition (DSM-5) is questionable. According to findings from a Butler Hospital research study on attenuated psychosis syndrome (APS), including APS in the DSM-5 would be cause for concern. Details  
Two NHL Players Shed Light on Brain Injury and Mental Illness in Athletes
Tickets are now on sale for the Tom and the Lion luncheon event on September 27, 2012. Come learn about two NHL players who shed light on traumatic brain injury and mental illness in athletes. Read more  
New Research: TMS Effective for Treating Depression in Clinical Practice
In one of the first studies to look at transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in real-world clinical practice settings, Butler Hospital researchers confirm TMS is an effective treatment for depression symptoms that are not relieved with antidepressants. Read more  
New Research: Childhood Adversity Causes Genetic Changes
Many studies have shown an association between extreme stress during childhood and an increased risk of psychiatric illness in adulthood. New research at Butler has uncovered the genetic alteration at the root of this association. Read more  
Butler Hospital Presents 2011 Clare Sullivan, RN Award for Leadership in Compassionate Care
Butler Presents Robert J. Westlake, MD Award for Physician Excellence
Butler Hospital awards Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, with the 2011 Robert J. Westlake, MD Award for Physician Excellence. Details  
Butler Hospital Presents 2011 Employee of the Year Award at Annual Meeting
Butler Hospital Invites the Public to Ask the Experts About OCD and Hoarding
Tom and the Lion Event Raises 160K for Charitable Care
Butler Hospital Offers Confidential, Online Screening as Part of National Depression Screening Day on October 6
New Weekend Program at Butler Hospital Wants to Help Teens to be SAAFER
Butler Hospital has introduced a weekend program for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems. The Substance Abuse Adolescent and Family Education Recovery (SAAFER) Program offers teens and families a range of therapy and educational interventions. Details  
Six Butler Hospital Physicians Named to U.S. News and World Report’s List of Top Doctors in the United States
Butler Physicians Named to U.S. News List of Top Doctors Six physicians at Butler Hospital have been named to the U. S. News & World Report’s list of top doctors in the United States Details  
Butler Hospital one of first sites in U. S. testing new device that delivers magnetic energy synched to the brain’s alpha waves to treat depression
Butler Hospital one of first sites in U. S. testing a new synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS) device that delivers magnetic energy synched to the brain’s alpha waves to treat depression. Details  
Newly Approved, Non-invasive Treatment for Depression Available at Butler Hospital
Butler Hospital one of first sites in U. S. testing a new synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS) device that delivers magnetic energy synched to the brain’s alpha waves to treat depression. Details  
Effects Witnessing Violence has on Children Focus of Butler Hospital/Family Service of RI Professional Education Program
Butler Hospital Annual Report Goes Online
 "We are excited to be able to share and celebrate Butler Hospital's 2010 accomplishments with the community in a format that is not only environmentally-friendly, but also more creative and engaging," said Patti Melaragno, director of Marketing and Public Affairs. Details  
Project HOPE Aimed at Helping People with OCD Excel
Butler Hospital's Project HOPE research study is actively recruiting patients with OCD. The study tests the effectiveness of a 12-week exercise program versus a health and wellness education program in helping people manage their OCD symptoms. Read more  
OCD--What It Is, What Causes It, and How It Is Treated--is the Topic of Free Public Education Program
Research suggests childhood adversity may lead to unhealthy stress response
Butler Hospital launches initiative to speed the advancement of brain science research
Butler Hospital Adds Healing Arts Dimension to Patient Care
Mental Health, Addictions and Child Policy Groups Sponsor Candidate Forum for Rhode Island’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Seats
Aging Baby Boomers Are Topic of Free Education Programs at Butler Hospital
Butler Hospital Invites the Public to ‘Ask the Experts’ About Parkinson’s Disease
AAAS Presentation: Deep brain stimulation helps severe OCD, but pioneer advises caution, compassion
Parkinson’s Disease And Movement Disorders Expert To Be Interviewed Live on WPRO Radio Sunday, May 22, at 1:30 PM
Butler Hospital Co-sponsors Nothing to Hide Photo Exhibit in RI
Butler Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Care Services Named Nurse Leader of the Year by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association
Butler Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Care Services, Linda Damon, RN, MSN, MHCA, has been named Nurse Leader of the Year by the the Rhode Island State Nurses Association. Details  
Expert on Mindsight and the Cultivation of Wellness to Present at Butler Hospital
Care New England Web Sites Transitioning to New Platform
While the CNE web sites are transitioning to a new platform, website visitors may experience errors or not be able to view certain pages. We apologize for any inconvenience and expect our sites to be fully operational within several days. Thank you for your patience as we work to provide a user-friendly and comprehensive online health care resource. Details  
Care New England Addresses Community Need for Psychiatric Services With Consult Program
Butler Hospital now offers Outpatient Psychiatric Consultation Services to all referring physicians in the area in need of a patient psychiatric consult. Read more  
Butler Hospital Establishes Foundation to Support Mission
The Butler Hospital Board of Trustees has recently approved the formation of the Butler Hospital Foundation to further the mission of the hospital. Read more  
Butler Celebrates Brain Awareness Week
What tells a newborn to draw its first breath? What tells your heart to beat? What makes us feel happiness, sadness, confusion? Find out during National Brain Awareness Week and learn how Butler Hospital is advancing brain health. Details  
Important Treatment for Depression Receives Medicare Coverage
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), an FDA approved treatment for depression that Butler Hospital began offering in 2008, is now covered by Medicare. Read more  
Butler Begins Building New Patient Care Center
Butler Hospital begins building the new Patient Care Center, which will bring greater access to care, more jobs, and a stronger, healthier community. Read more  
Butler Hospital Awards Jeff Sparr With the Corporation Member of the Year Award
 Butler Hospital has honored Jeff Sparr, Rhode Island entrepreneur and co-founder of Peace Love Studios, with the Corporation Member of the Year Award at the hospital's second annual Corporation Member Breakfast on May 3, 2012.  Details  
Butler Hospital Appoints New Medical Director
A Healthy Mind Facebook Community
There's a new online community on Facebook called A Healthy Mind! Sponsored by Butler Hospital, A Healthy Mind kicks-off its page with a video featuring Butler Hospital staff sharing what helps them to have a healthy mind. Learn more about the many benefits of joining and as we move forward together to promote wellness—body, mind and spirit. Details  
RIIL Hockey “Healthy Mind” Awareness
Butler Hospital Dedicates New Patient Care Center
New Butler Program Alert
With suicide the second leading cause of death for ages 15 to 29 in the United States, and 50 to 75 percent of anxiety, mood, impulse control, and substance use disorders emerging between the ages of 14 to 24 years, Butler Hospital is stepping forward to do something to address this health crisis. Details  
Outpatient Detoxification Program Available at Butler Hospital
In response to the growing crisis of heroin addiction and the ongoing problem of alcohol use in our community, Butler Hospital, a member of Care New England health system, announces the opening of an outpatient detoxification unit as an addition to its alcohol and drug treatment services. The ambulatory program provides medically managed safe withdrawal from alcohol and/or heroin, opioid or other prescription medications to adults 18 years or older. Details  
Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and Brain Health Registry Partner to Accelerate Alzheimer’s Treatment by 2025
Butler Hospital is one of six key institutions supporting the efforts of a new partnership between the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and the Brain Health Registry at the University of California at San Francisco to grow its global registry of potential Alzheimer’s clinical trial candidates. “This is not only an exciting advancement, but an essential endeavor if we hope to achieve the national goal of finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2025,” said Stephen Salloway, MD, MS, director of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital, and professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Details  
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