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Blood test identifies key Alzheimer's marker Measures of amyloid beta in the blood have the potential to help identify people with altered levels of amyloid in their brains or cerebrospinal fluid, new research shows. Currently, the only way to detect amyloid beta in the brain is via PET scanning, which is expensive and not widely available, or a spinal tap, which is invasive and requires a specialized medical procedure.
Why some women are more likely to feel depressed It's no secret that the risk of depression increases for women when their hormones are fluctuating. Especially vulnerable times include the menopause transition and onset of postmenopause. There's also postpartum depression that can erupt shortly after childbirth. But why do some women feel blue while others seem to skate through these transitions? One answer is provided through new study results.
When Internet Shopping Is an Impulse Control Disorder For me, the danger zone is online book sellers. There have been evenings when I’ve gone looking for a particular book. With one click, it’s on its way to me. Fine. But then there are always pictures of book jackets strung across the bottom of … ...
Husbands Watch Porn, Wives Despair—But Why? When couples argue about porn, they're usually arguing about something else.
Ketamine produces rapid anti-anxiety effects that last for up to 7 days New Zealand researchers have found that ketamine — a drug commonly used as general anesthetic — can reduce symptoms of treatment–resistant anxiety disorders. Previous research had found that ketamine produced an antidepressant effect in patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. The new study provides the first evidence that ketamine improves symptoms of anxiety in patients [...]
Conservative Christians are more likely to think porn is immoral but view it anyway, study finds New research indicates there is a significant number of conservative Christians who are morally opposed to pornography but view it anyway. The study, recently published in the Journal of Sex Research, found that evangelical Protestants were more likely than non-religious people to have an incongruence between their beliefs and their actions. “I’ve been studying the [...]
Can Computer-Based Intervention Benefit Our Stress Levels?... Too much stress is a problem we all face, however stress isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes, feeling stressed can lead to more motivation and greater focus. If we overdo it, however, it can have a bad impact on our mental health. This can range … ...
The Sex With Twice The Depression Risk Brain scans reveal how men and women react differently to depression. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
The Simplest Way To Help Someone In Pain It has incredible psychological and physiological power. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
Why Would Anyone Build Their Own Coffin? In the remote Tasmanian town of Ulverstone there’s a community group who’ve taken to building their own coffins years before they need them. Why are they doing it?
Blueprint for adult visual system is present at birth Research reveals the presence of a blueprint for the complex visual system already present at birth. The observations shed light on a long-standing mystery about how and when certain cardinal features of the visual system develop.
Distracted from Life Too much self-thought distracts you from the things that really matter.
Using omega 3 fatty acids to treat Alzheimer's and other diseases? Understanding how dietary essential fatty acids work may lead to effective treatments for diseases and conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson's disease and other retinal and neurodegenerative diseases. The key is to be able to intervene during the early stages of the disease.
How to Kick Divorce Unfairness to the Curb Let’s talk about one of the most common obstacles that stop us from moving on after divorce. Fairness. Unfairness. The feeling like we’ve been screwed over during divorce. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Do any of the following sound like things you have … ...
Is It True That All Is Fair in Love? Alternative relationship types come under scientific scrutiny in a new study on monogamous, open, and polyamorous couples. As long as you play fair, it seems that anything goes.
Heavy drinking during adolescence: Dire effects on the brain A review of the literature shows that the effects of heavy drinking among young people on the brain are serious -- binge drinking among young people is associated with a thinning or reduction of areas of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, language, awareness and consciousness, which include cortical and subcortical structures.
Helping Patients in Eating Disorder Recovery to Cope with... Transitions and major life changes are often tough for people in general. However, for those who struggle with mental illness-life stressors can often serve to exacerbate their symptoms. As clinicians, it’s important that we are aware of how a patient’s life events and stressors might … ...
Epilepsy biomarkers pave way for noninvasive diagnosis, better treatments A unique metabolic signature associated with epileptic brain tissue that causes seizures has been identified by researchers. It will allow physicians to precisely identify small regions of abnormal brain tissue in early-stage epilepsy patients that can’t be detected today using current technology, they say.
New insights into complex processes The blood-brain barrier is a crucial protection mechanism: it is a highly selective physical barrier that prevents pathogens and toxins in the circulatory system from entering the central nervous system where they could create havoc. At the same time, however, it prevents many therapeutic drugs from reaching the brain, making it much more difficult to treat medical conditions such as stroke, brain tumors or edemas.
Language development starts in the womb A month before they are born, fetuses carried by American mothers-to-be can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and Japanese. Using non-invasive sensing technology for the first time for this purpose, a group of researchers has shown this in-utero language discrimination. Their study has implications for fetal research in other fields.