Mark B Powers

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Two decades of research demonstrate the efficacy of exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The efficacy of prolonged exposure (PE), a specific exposure therapy program for PTSD that has been disseminated throughout the world, has been established in many controlled studies using different trauma populations. However, a meta-analysis of(More)
There is now a substantial literature investigating virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) as a viable treatment option for anxiety disorders. In this meta-analysis we provide effect size estimates for virtual reality treatment in comparison to in vivo exposure and control conditions (waitlist, attention control, etc.). A comprehensive search of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite significant advances in psychosocial treatments for substance use disorders, the relative success of these approaches has not been well documented. In this meta-analysis, the authors provide effect sizes for various types of psychosocial treatments, as well as abstinence and treatment-retention rates for cannabis, cocaine, opiate, and(More)
In earlier studies, we provided statistical evidence that individual differences in the angiotensinogen gene, the precursor of the vasoactive hormone angiotensin II, constitute inherited predispositions to essential hypertension in humans. We have now identified a common variant in the proximal promoter, the presence of an adenine, instead of a guanine, 6(More)
The M235T polymorphism of the angiotensinogen gene (AGT) has been associated with essential and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Generation of haplotypes can help to resolve whether the T235 allele itself predisposes to the development of hypertension or acts as a marker of an unknown causal molecular variant. We identified 10 diallelic polymorphisms at the(More)
While undergoing fMRI, six patients with DSM IV diagnosis of panic disorder and six normal controls performed directed imagery of neutral, moderate and high anxiety situations based on an individually determined behavioral hierarchy. Brain activity was compared during high vs neutral anxiety blocks for each group of subjects using SPM99b. Panic patients(More)
Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism (GRA), an autosomal dominant disorder, is characterized by hypertension with variable hyperaldosteronism and by high levels of the abnormal adrenal steroids 18-oxocortisol and 18-hydroxycortisol, which are all under control of adrenocorticotropic hormone and suppressible by glucocorticoids. These abnormalities could(More)
BACKGROUND There are now a substantial number of controlled trials investigating the efficacy of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). This meta-analysis combined multiple well-controlled studies to help clarify the overall impact of ACT relative to waiting lists, psychological placebos, treatment as usual, and established therapies. METHOD A(More)
Data from 33 randomized treatment studies were subjected to a meta-analysis to address questions surrounding the efficacy of psychological approaches in the treatment of specific phobia. As expected, exposure-based treatment produced large effects sizes relative to no treatment. They also outperformed placebo conditions and alternative active(More)
BACKGROUND Thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) is a genetically polymorphic enzyme that catalyzes the S-methylation of thiopurine drugs such as 6-mercaptopurine. Recently, a variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) within the TPMT promoter has been reported to "modulate" levels of this enzyme activity. METHODS We set out to perform genotype-phenotype(More)