|Spinal cord injuries increasing, especially among older individuals
||Traumatic spinal cord injuries are increasing with the population, and incidence is higher in older individuals, according to a Vanderbilt study that was published in the June 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which analyzed data from 63,109 patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury from 1993 to 2012, will [...]
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|Modeling a nervous pathway involved in touch-induced behavior
||Many animals actively touch objects in their environment and respond to them by appropriate movement sequences. Jan Ache and Volker Dürr from Bielefeld University in Germany present a model in PLOS Computational Biology that captures key properties of a wide variety of descending neurons that are part of an “active touch system”. Goal-directed actions require [...]
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|Living with Bipolar Or Depression? Why Celebrate Your Mental...
||Our Mental Health Organizations & Networks Celebrate. Why Don’t We? In 2015, the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance is celebrating 30 years of supporting peers living with mood disorders and mental health issues … ...
|Why Be Present?
||It is normal for our minds to wander. Whether we are in conversation, at work, or doing day-to-day activities, we have a tendency to think about the past or the future. When we do this, we are more prone to anxiety and depression. By practicing Mindfulness and being present in every situation, science has shown […]
|Stonewalling: How You Can Cure It
||After reading my article, “Disarming the Four Horsemen that Threaten Marriage,” a reader who requested anonymity writes to me: “Great column…maybe in the future you can focus on stonewalling…and what causes it. I remember my now ex-wife clamping her arms together and (figuratively) stamping her … ...
|The One List You Should Make
|| If you are like most people, there is a space between where you are and where you want to be. And you probably think about where you want to … ...
|A new wrinkle: Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage
||The three-dimensional shape of the cerebral cortex -- the wrinkled outer layer of the brain controlling many functions of thinking and sensation -- strongly correlates with ancestral background, researchers have found. The study opens the door to more precise studies of brain anatomy going forward and could eventually lead to more personalized medicine approaches for diagnosing and treating brain diseases.
|Cultural and economic factors affect European antidepressant use
||Public attitudes towards mental illness and levels of healthcare spending may explain the huge variation in antidepressant use across Europe, according to a new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. The study, published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that antidepressants were prescribed [...]
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|European scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from some unwanted side effects
||Scientists at the University of East Anglia, University of Barcelona, University Pompeu Fabra and several other European institutions have found a way to separate the medical benefits of cannabis from some of its unwanted side effects. The research comes from the team that had previously discovered how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, known as [...]
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|Rare genetic mutations occur more often in schizophrenia patients
||A new study by UCLA scientists adds to the understanding of the genetic architecture of schizophrenia. Past research has shown the impact of commonly occurring genetic variants on a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia. This new study focused instead on rare coding mutations that affect protein function. It found that patients with schizophrenia have a [...]
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|Mind meld: Neuroscientists establish brain-to-brain networks between animals
||Neuroscientists at Duke University have introduced a new paradigm for brain-machine interfaces that investigates the physiological properties and adaptability of brain circuits, and how the brains of two or more animals can work together to complete simple tasks. These brain networks, or Brainets, are described in two articles to be published in the July 9, [...]
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|How Much Is Your Reputation Really Worth?
||New research explores when your reputation matters ...and when it doesn’t.
|'Conjunction junction' for brain's navigation function
||The world we and other animals navigate is complex and non-linear, quite unlike the way a proverbial crow flies. Scientists say our ability to get around its numerous indirect points depends, at minimum, on mapping our position within the environment, knowing routes that take us between locations, and an awareness of the correct actions to initiate at any given time: turn right, turn left, go straight. The retrosplenial cortex is a critical interface for mental mapping and way-finding, according to a new electrophysiological study.
|Critical genes responsible for brain tumor growth identified
||After generating new brain tumor models, scientists have identified the role of a family of genes underlying tumor growth in a wide spectrum of high grade brain tumors.
|The Experience of Ghostly Apparitions
||Have you ever had the eerie feeling that you were being watched? Ever seen a ghost? It appears that “spirits” visit humans at predictable times and places.
|What the weather may be doing to your health
||Victims of natural disasters or those that have been displaced due to weather, are more likely to develop stress, anxiety, depression or even PTSD.
|To combat stress, exercise harder
||People who spend more time exercising are less likely to be depressed and have lower rates of anxiety.
|5 Crucial Things Parents Tend to Forget
||Being a parent is hard. It’s the most difficult setting on the most difficult game you have ever played. The only way to succeed is to get in there, get your hands dirty, and be willing to learn. You go and go and go until … ...
|5 Reasons Why Psychoanalysis Is One of The Best...
||I just received a great email question from one of you and I thought it will be a good idea to share my answer with everyone. The question was in … ...
|Pulling Through Postpartum Depression
||Today is a very special day; it’s my daughter’s seventh birthday. We have a very fun day planned with her favourite dinner topping it all off. As I wander down memory … ...