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Researchers discover new genetic brain disorder in humans A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, is reported in the April 24, 2014 issue of Cell. The findings were generated by two independent but collaborative scientific teams, one based primarily at Baylor College of Medicine and the Austrian Academy ofRead More
Stanford team makes switching off cells with light as easy as switching them on In 2005, a Stanford University scientist discovered how to switch brain cells on or off with light pulses by using special proteins from microbes to pass electrical current into neurons. Since then, research teams around the world have used the technique that this scientist, Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, dubbed “optogenetics” to study not just brainRead More
Genetic legacy from the Ottoman Empire: Single mutation causes rare brain disorder An international team of researchers have identified a previously unknown neurodegenerative disorder and discovered it is caused by a single mutation in one individual born during the Ottoman Empire in Turkey about 16 generations ago. The genetic cause of the rare disorder was discovered during a massive analysis of the individual genomes of thousands ofRead More
Motor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity in new research An Oregon State University researcher has found a relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in very young children. The findings, believed to the be the first to show a direct relationship between motor skills and autism severity, indicate that development of fine and gross motor skillsRead More
Children living with a lone parent are as happy as those with two Children living with a step-parent or a lone parent are as happy as those living with two biological parents, the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Leeds heard today. In a major UK study on wellbeing, researchers from NatCen Social Research analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study on 12,877 children aged seven in 2008Read More
Take notes by hand for better long-term comprehension Dust off those Bic ballpoints and college-ruled notebooks — research shows that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over the long term. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Walk into any university lecture hall and you’re likely to see row upon rowRead More
Study: Altruistic adolescents less likely to become depressed It is better to give than to receive – at least if you’re an adolescent and you enjoy giving, a new study suggests. The study found that 15- and 16-year-olds who find pleasure in pro-social activities, such as giving their money to family members, are less likely to become depressed than those who get aRead More
Autism Genome Project delivers genetic discovery A new study from investigators with the Autism Genome Project, the world’s largest research project on identifying genes associated with risk for autism, has found that the comprehensive use of copy number variant (CNV) genetic testing offers an important tool in individualized diagnosis and treatment of autism. Funded primarily by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autismRead More
What makes psychotic teens more at risk for suicide than other groups with psychosis? Suicide is a general risk for people with psychosis. According to The Journal of Psychiatry, 20 percent to 40 percent of those diagnosed with psychosis attempt suicide, and up to 10 percent succeed. And teens with psychotic symptoms are nearly 70 times more likely to attempt suicide than adolescents in the general population, according toRead More
Building an Online Presence for Your Practice Strategies to make it easier for potential clients to find your services online Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen invited me to participate in her monthly “Talk Time” webinar series this week to talk about the importance of developing an online presence for your private practice. In this webinar we cover the essential...
9 Tips to Navigate Common Stages of Divorce Are you facing divorce? Design your own strategy for navigating the common stages of divorce. Have you passed through all the stages of love and decided you’re ready to end your relationship and surrender to divorce? Do you wonder what you’ll go through and what it will all mean? While...
Responding When Your Partner Is Angry: What to do, what not to do Physical or emotional abuse is never excusable. This article only deals with a display of anger from a partner but does not address, nor excuse the abuse than can come from anger. If you are in a violent relationship please seek professional advice immediately. WHEN TO RESPOND You love your partner and they love you, […]
Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use Brain region involved in reward, learning, pleasure and impulsivity may be affected by light marijuana use.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Marijuana Does Not Cause Schizophrenia Teen Myth: Marijuana is a ‘Safe Drug’ Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Unique Human Brain Area Identified that Separates Us From Monkeys Brain Map of Love and Desire
Heartbreak among the roses British Pathé, the vintage news organisation, have released all of their archive online including some fascinating newsreels on psychiatric institutions of times past. A particularly interesting film is Inside Rampton! a 1957 newsreel which focuses on Rampton Secure Hospital – which was, and still is, one of England’s three highest security psychiatric hospitals. The others […]
Reaching Out For Compassion Whenever we feel held by a caring presence, by something larger than our small frightened self, we too can begin to find room in our own heart for the fragments of our life, and for the lives of others. The suffering that might have seemed “too much” can now awaken us to the sweetness of more
Controlling brain waves to improve vision A novel technique to test brain waves is being used to see how the brain processes external stimuli that do and don't reach our awareness. "When we have different things competing for our attention, we can only be aware of so much of what we see," said a researcher on the study. "For example, when you're driving, you might really be concentrating on obeying traffic signals." But say there's an unexpected event: an emergency vehicle, a pedestrian -- will you actually see the unexpected, or will you be so focused on your initial task that you don't notice?
VIDEO: DBSA Stronger Together Conference “Stand-Up for Mental Health” A while back, well it’s been almost a year, I was at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 2013 Conference Miami. The theme was “Stronger Together”.  As the Mental Health Humor cartoonist at the conference, I got to share many of my cartoons…AND take part in my third Stand-Up...
Targeting B cells may help with MS, study shows A new study suggests that targeting B cells, which are a type of white blood cell in the immune system, may be associated with reduced disease activity for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The researchers found that when B cells were reduced to below a threshold of 64 cells per microliter, disease activity, as measured by appearance of new brain lesions, was significantly reduced.
How Far We'll Go to Feel in Control Having a sense of control is often an illusion—but a useful one
The Importance of Feeling in Control Having a sense of control is often an illusion—but a useful one read more