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Smart Talk: Penn State research into bipolar disorder; Resetting presidential campaigns

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 11, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, February 11, 2016:

Almost six million adults in the U.S. are living with bipolar disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  

We've seen the movies and know the stereotypes, but what is bipolar disorder? How does it impact the lives of those diagnosed and their families?  Most importantly, do we know what causes bipolar disorder and how to treat it? That's the focus of Thursday's Smart Talk.

Appearing on the program is Dr. Erika Saunders, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Saunders has been working on understanding the importance and impacts of certain omega-3 fatty acids in the brains of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

She'll discuss what her findings could mean for the future understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder.

Also, the presidential candidates have left conservative Iowa and moderate and independent New Hampshire and are on their way to South Carolina for a primary a week from Saturday.

Who's out? Who's in? Will it matter? Is the slugfest going to drag on long enough that Pennsylvania comes into play like it did in 2008?  Will there be a candidate around whom the religious right will coalesce?  Will Bernie Sanders be able to cut into Hillary Clinton's lead among non-white voters in South Carolina and Nevada?

Dickinson College political science professor and author Dr. David O'Connell tells us on Smart Talk.

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Dr. Erika Saunders & Dr. David O'Connell

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