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Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions Known as “brief depression symptom measures,” the self-administered questionnaires are used in primary care settings to determine the frequency and severity of depression symptoms among patients. Several questionnaires have been developed to help reduce untreated depression, a serious mental illness that can jeopardize relationships, employment and quality of life and increase the risks of heart disease, drug [...]The post Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions appeared first on PsyPost.
A ‘frenemy’ in Parkinson’s disease takes to crowdsourcing The protein alpha-synuclein is a well-known player in Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological conditions, such as dementia with Lewy bodies. Its normal functions, however, have long remained unknown. An enticing mystery, say researchers, who contend that understanding the normal is critical in resolving the abnormal. Alpha-synuclein typically resides at presynaptic terminals – the communication [...]The post A ‘frenemy’ in Parkinson’s disease takes to crowdsourcing appeared first on PsyPost.
#118 When is a Mom Not a Mom?? The dilemma for women who are mothers is about how much time and energy they will give to their children and how much they will keep for themselves. Though more women are working outside than they were way back in the 70’s, the questions still remain. How much do we...
Scientists identify the signature of aging in the brain How the brain ages is still largely an open question – in part because this organ is mostly insulated from direct contact with other systems in the body, including the blood and immune systems. In research that was recently published in Science, Weizmann Institute researchers Prof. Michal Schwartz of the Neurobiology Department and Dr. Ido [...]The post Scientists identify the signature of aging in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Who are the men and boys suffering from anorexia? A new study by researchers from the University of Montreal reveals the current state of knowledge about anorexia in men and boys. “Most of the knowledge about anorexia pertains to females. However, about 10% of persons affected are males, and we believe this figure is underestimated,” says Laurence Corbeil-Serre, lead author of the study. “Our [...]The post Who are the men and boys suffering from anorexia? appeared first on PsyPost.
Single-neuron ‘hub’ orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit The idea of mapping the brain is not new. Researchers have known for years that the key to treating, curing, and even preventing brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury, is to understand how the brain records, processes, stores, and retrieves information. New Tel Aviv University research published in PLOS Computational [...]The post Single-neuron ‘hub’ orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers identify brain changes involved in alcohol-related sleep disturbances A review article published online in Behavioral Brain Research provides novel insight into changes that happen in the brain as a result of chronic alcohol exposure that can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle. Clinical assessments and research indicate that individuals with alcohol use disorders frequently suffer from severely disrupted sleep. This can occur [...]The post Researchers identify brain changes involved in alcohol-related sleep disturbances appeared first on PsyPost.
Modeling shockwaves through the brain Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury caused by exposure to bomb blasts — and in particular, exposure to improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can range from the mild, such as lingering [...]The post Modeling shockwaves through the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Attract Wealth Instantly in 7 Simple Steps! Why do some individuals seem to effortlessly attract money while others almost repel it?Do the folks who have the cash know something that the rest of us don’t? What’s their secret? If you are like most people, you probably have a life goal of achieving financial independence. Yet finding the...
New scaling law helps estimate humans' risk of blast-induced traumatic brain injury Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury caused by exposure to bomb blasts -- and in particular, exposure to improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Now, a new scaling law helps estimate humans' risk of blast-induced traumatic brain injury.
Brain changes identified in alcohol-related sleep disturbances Novel insight into changes that happen in the brain as a result of chronic alcohol exposure that can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle has been provided by researchers. Clinical assessments and research indicate that individuals with alcohol use disorders frequently suffer from severely disrupted sleep. This can occur when people are actively drinking, when they are going through withdrawal or when they are abstaining.
Study holds hope of treatment for deadly genetic disease MPS IIIB Researchers report they may have found a way to replace the missing enzyme that causes progressive damage to the brain in people with MPSIIIB. Officially known as mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB or Sanfilippo Syndrome type B, the disease causes the accumulation of waste products in the cells, leading to progressive damage to the brain.
The Psychology of Terrorists (Pt. 3): The Messiah Syndrome As stated in my previous post, I view Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, like his predecessor Osama bin Laden, as a religious fundamentalist cult leader with a major messiah complex. But what exactly is a "messiah complex"?
Higher gun ownership rates linked to increase in non-stranger homicide A new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher has found that states with higher estimated rates of gun ownership experience a higher incidence of non-stranger firearms homicides – disputing the claim that gun ownership deters violent crime, its authors say. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, [...]The post Higher gun ownership rates linked to increase in non-stranger homicide appeared first on PsyPost.
Self-compassion key to positive body image and coping: study Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index (BMI) and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives. Research out of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo found that this self-compassion might be an important [...]The post Self-compassion key to positive body image and coping: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Single-neuron 'hub' orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit New research makes a major contribution to efforts to navigate the brain, offering a precise model of the organization of developing neuronal circuits. If researchers can further identify the cellular type of 'hub neurons,' it may be possible to reproduce them in vitro and transplant them into aged or damaged brain circuitries in order to recover functionality.
New clues revealed to understand brain stimulation Brain networks -- the interconnected pathways that link brain circuits to one another -- can help guide site selection for brain stimulation therapies, a new study suggests. Over the past several decades, brain stimulation has become an increasingly important treatment option for a number of psychiatric and neurological conditions.
Sleep twitches light up the brain A new study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.
7 Prompts that Initiate Healing from the Inside Out It’s the one principle that all spiritual and non-spiritual disciplines share: Healing occurs from the inside out. But how do you do it? The hardest part is squaring yourself what the fact that you’ve got issue. This is difficult for all of us. Our ego gets in the way, neck-deep...
Have You Tried Meditation to Help With Migraines? A new study shows that mindfulness meditation may help lessen the duration and severity of a migraine — one of the most painful and debilitating types of headaches. This is a significant finding as many sufferers have found little to no relief with conventional treatments. Most migraine sufferers share similar...