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Study shows feasibility of blood-based test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Although approximately 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, no reliable blood-based test currently exists for the neurodegenerative disorder that is the [...]The post Study shows feasibility of blood-based test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Healing after Trauma: Ten Steps Forward, Nine Steps Back Most of us have suffered psychological wounds. Just as the body can be damaged, so can the mind. But the similarity ends there, because mental and physical injuries heal by different means. At another time I’ll explore physical healing in detail, but for now a brief outline will suffice: A...
STOP Catastrophizing I’m really good at catastrophizing. I’ve even ended up overdosing and in the hospital because of it. What is “catastrophizing?” It’s mental health jargon for thinking the worse thing that can happen, will happen. For me, it is a snowball rolling down a hill. One “bad” thing happens and then...
Sexy soldiers? Study reveals sexual appeal of war heroes Women are more attracted to war heroes than regular soldiers or men who display heroic traits in other fields, such as in sports or natural disaster work, according to new research from the University of Southampton and partners in Europe. The findings also suggest that men did not find heroism to be a sexually attractive [...]The post Sexy soldiers? Study reveals sexual appeal of war heroes appeared first on PsyPost.
Meta-study shows that depression alters the experience of time Time perception is highly subjective and usually depends on the relevant situation so that, for instance, your sense of how fast or slow time is passing can be influenced by whether you are waiting for something or if a deadline is approaching. Patients suffering from depression appear to experience time differently than healthy individuals. Statements [...]The post Meta-study shows that depression alters the experience of time appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Very encouraging results': Yoga could lessen prenatal depression, study suggests In a small pilot study, researchers at Brown University, Butler Hospital, and Women & Infants’ Hospital have found evidence suggesting that yoga could help pregnant women with significant depression reduce the severity of the mood disorder. Lead author Cynthia Battle said she learned in prior research that depressed pregnant women are often reluctant to use [...]The post ‘Very encouraging results': Yoga could lessen prenatal depression, study suggests appeared first on PsyPost.
Study reveals how genetic changes lead to familial Alzheimer’s disease Mutations in the presenilin-1 gene are the most common cause of inherited, early-onset forms of Alzheimer’s disease. In a new study, published in Neuron, scientists replaced the normal mouse presenilin-1 gene with Alzheimer’s-causing forms of the human gene to discover how these genetic changes may lead to the disorder. Their surprising results may transform the [...]The post Study reveals how genetic changes lead to familial Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Prescription for living longer: Spend less time alone Ask people what it takes to live a long life, and they’ll say things like exercise, take Omega-3s, and see your doctor regularly. Now research from Brigham Young University shows that loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity. “The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that [...]The post Prescription for living longer: Spend less time alone appeared first on PsyPost.
Rat brains point to lead’s role in schizophrenia A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia. Results of the study by scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health appear in the [...]The post Rat brains point to lead’s role in schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
Steroids rapidly restore blood-brain barrier function after blast Barclay Morrison III, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has led the first study to determine underlying biological mechanisms that promote functional recovery of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) after blast injury. The research demonstrates that treatment with the glucocorticoid, dexamethasone, after primary blast injury promotes rapid recovery of an in vitro model of [...]The post Steroids rapidly restore blood-brain barrier function after blast appeared first on PsyPost.
Rewriting the Script: What if You Dropped Your Usual I often feel like my husband always gets to be the good guy and I have to keep the balance by being the bad guy. I have to be the one to naysay. Ask him to dinner, but he’ll check with me before answering. “My wife says we’re doing something...
Rat brains point to lead's role in schizophrenia A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia.
“Teen Mom” Star, Tyler Baltierra, Recounts Suicide Attempt When Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra first appeared on reality television, they were preparing to give their now 5-year-old daughter, Carly, up for adoption. The young couple managed to stay together and now have a 2-month-old baby girl named Novalee. Although, they shared, in often painstaking detail, the challenges they...
Why Some People Are More Resilient Than Others Everyone suffers at least one negative life event. A recent study discovered two factors that characterize resilient people following negative or even traumatic life events.
Feasibility of blood-based test for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease The first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, has been presented by researchers.
Signs You’re Stuck in Unrealistic Thinking One of the greatest things we can do for ourselves is to become self-aware. When we’re self-aware, we take notice of our thoughts and feelings. We observe them. We examine how they drive our decisions and shape our lives. And we have the opportunity to make decisions that are genuinely...
A Landmark Case for the Legal Rights of Dogs? Legal precedents establishing the rights of dogs under the law may have been set when, for the first time, a dog charged with murdering a cat was tried in front of a judge and jury.
Promising 'natural' Alzheimer's treatment moves toward clinical trials A promising new natural treatment for Alzheimer's disease is moving toward clinical trials. This will be a major step forward as there is nothing on the market that slows the progression of Alzheimer's; natural products chemist has patented a botanical compound, withanamides.
Repairing the cerebral cortex: It can be done An important step in the area of cell therapy has been taken by scientists: repairing the cerebral cortex of the adult mouse using a graft of cortical neurons derived from embryonic stem cells. These results also suggest that damaged circuits can be restored only by using neurons of the same type as the damaged area.
Brain processes ongoing pain more emotionally A momentary lapse of concentration is all it takes for a finger to become trapped or sprain an ankle -- and it hurts. Pain is the body's protective mechanism and a complex neurological phenomenon. Moreover, ongoing pain in the sense of chronic pain can be a disease, clinicians say. Scientists have now demonstrated that already during a few minutes of ongoing pain, the underlying brain activity changes by shifting from sensory to emotional processes.